VOLUNTEER IN GUATEMALA

Join us for an unforgettable experience working to make a meaningful difference in the lives of families living in poverty. Volunteers travel to some of the most remote parts of Guatemala to provide life-saving medical care, make homes safe and healthy for families, and train rural schoolteachers.


Every trip is a different adventure, but volunteers can expect long days, hard work, simple accommodations, welcoming hosts, and the chance to build lasting friendships with a community of people dedicated to service. 

As a volunteer, you'll have an opportunity to help people living in extreme poverty change their lives immediately--and for years to come. With HELPS' strong local infrastructure and proven programs, you can be certain you are having a lasting, positive impact on the people you meet in Guatemala.

The life you change most, though, may be your own.   As one of our veteran volunteers put it,  "[At the end of each day on a HELPS trip] you are so tired; everything in your body hurts. But the help we give people truly changes you and your perspective about what is important in life."

WHAT HELPS VOLUNTEERS SAY

"It is an honor to have this opportunity to share my skills, especially globally to people who are in need. Very gratifying and rewarding!"

-Health Care Volunteer

2019 VOLUNTEER IMPACT

Education volunteers led six teacher trainings, benefiting 199 children.

Health care volunteers provided surgery and preventive care to 14,732 patients.

Community development volunteers installed ONIL stoves and water filters in over 3,000 homes and schools.

HOW TO GET STARTED

Find the right trip.


Volunteer teams travel to Guatemala throughout the year for 7-11 days, at a time to work in one of three programs: community development, health care, and education. Learn about each type of team and find one that's right for you. Community Development Community development teams are made up of 10 volunteers who work alongside local families to install ONIL cook stoves and water filters in their homes, dramatically improving health and safety. Community development teams travel to rural areas across Guatemala and may stay in hotels or dorm facilities. Some community development teams are embedded with health care volunteer groups; others are standalone teams. Take a look behind the scenes of the Cascade Community Development Team. Stove installation can be physically demanding, so volunteers should be able to lift 30 lbs easily, walk 2 miles up and down hills, and generally be in good health. Applicants must be 18 , or 16 if accompanied by a parent or guardian. If you have a corporate, family, or church group of 10 volunteers and wish to start your own community development team, we can help. Contact us at info@helpsintl.org for more information. Health Care Medical teams are made up of 50 to 100 health care professionals who provide surgery, preventive care and health education to people in remote areas who often have no other no other way to access quality healthcare. Medical teams travel to one of the ten destinations in Guatemala, where temporary hospital facilities are located to provide care for hundreds of people over the course of a week. During this time, they stay in dorm-style accommodations. Take a look at one of the Michigan medical team trips. Volunteers in the medical program must be over 18 years of age and may include surgeons, anesthesiologists, internists, general practitioners, nurses (OR, CRNA, PACU, recovery, etc.), pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, surgical technicians, scrubs techs, translators and other support staff. The focus areas and needs of each team may vary. Education Education teams are small groups of certified teachers who travel to HELPS school in the remote village of Santa Avelina several times a year. There, they spend a week training school teachers in workshops covering reading, math, science, and book creation. Because space on education teams is very limited, all volunteers must be certified teachers. For more information, contact info@helpsintl.org.




Check the travel calendar and select your team.


Visita la página de Fechas de Viajes de Servicio para encontrar el equipo al que te gustaría unirte. Tome nota del nombre y número del equipo, ya que deberá tenerlos a mano cuando complete su solicitud de voluntariado. Si tiene alguna pregunta sobre un equipo o viaje específico, contáctenos en info@helpsintl.org ** Tenga en cuenta que puede solicitar unirse a cualquiera de los equipos de HELPS que figuran en el calendario, independientemente de la ciudad en la que se encuentre el equipo.




Complete the volunteer application.


Complete the online volunteer application. El líder del equipo al que se postula recibirá una copia de su solicitud y se comunicará con usted pronto. Solicitar unirse a un viaje de servicio es gratis. Si lo aceptan para unirse a un equipo voluntario, el líder de su equipo se comunicará con usted con respecto a su itinerario, calendario de pagos del viaje y otros detalles. Si tiene alguna pregunta sobre el proceso de solicitud o seguimiento, contáctenos en info@helpsintl.org o 469 779 7101.




Fundraise for your service trip


Between airfare, lodging, meals, and in-country transportation, service travel can be expensive. Our volunteers have come up with some creative ways to raise funds to cover the cost of their service trips, from hosting a Guatemalan-themed dinner to beekeeping and selling honey at the farmers market. If you have a very creative fundraiser, please let us know so we can help spread the word! For help getting started with your online fundraising, here are six steps for a successful service trip fundraiser. If you have questions or need assistance with your online fundraising efforts, please contact us at info@helpsintl.org.





 

VOLUNTEER FAQ

Find the right trip.


Volunteer teams travel to Guatemala throughout the year for 7-11 days, at a time to work in one of three programs: community development, health care, and education. Learn about each type of team and find one that's right for you. Community Development Community development teams are made up of 10 volunteers who work alongside local families to install ONIL cook stoves and water filters in their homes, dramatically improving health and safety. Community development teams travel to rural areas across Guatemala and may stay in hotels or dorm facilities. Some community development teams are embedded with health care volunteer groups; others are standalone teams. Take a look behind the scenes of the Cascade Community Development Team. Stove installation can be physically demanding, so volunteers should be able to lift 30 lbs easily, walk 2 miles up and down hills, and generally be in good health. Applicants must be 18 , or 16 if accompanied by a parent or guardian. If you have a corporate, family, or church group of 10 volunteers and wish to start your own community development team, we can help. Contact us at info@helpsintl.org for more information. Health Care Medical teams are made up of 50 to 100 health care professionals who provide surgery, preventive care and health education to people in remote areas who often have no other no other way to access quality healthcare. Medical teams travel to one of the ten destinations in Guatemala, where temporary hospital facilities are located to provide care for hundreds of people over the course of a week. During this time, they stay in dorm-style accommodations. Take a look at one of the Michigan medical team trips. Volunteers in the medical program must be over 18 years of age and may include surgeons, anesthesiologists, internists, general practitioners, nurses (OR, CRNA, PACU, recovery, etc.), pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, surgical technicians, scrubs techs, translators and other support staff. The focus areas and needs of each team may vary. Education Education teams are small groups of certified teachers who travel to HELPS school in the remote village of Santa Avelina several times a year. There, they spend a week training school teachers in workshops covering reading, math, science, and book creation. Because space on education teams is very limited, all volunteers must be certified teachers. For more information, contact info@helpsintl.org.




Check the travel calendar and select your team.


Visita la página de Fechas de Viajes de Servicio para encontrar el equipo al que te gustaría unirte. Tome nota del nombre y número del equipo, ya que deberá tenerlos a mano cuando complete su solicitud de voluntariado. Si tiene alguna pregunta sobre un equipo o viaje específico, contáctenos en info@helpsintl.org ** Tenga en cuenta que puede solicitar unirse a cualquiera de los equipos de HELPS que figuran en el calendario, independientemente de la ciudad en la que se encuentre el equipo.




Complete the volunteer application.


Complete the online volunteer application. El líder del equipo al que se postula recibirá una copia de su solicitud y se comunicará con usted pronto. Solicitar unirse a un viaje de servicio es gratis. Si lo aceptan para unirse a un equipo voluntario, el líder de su equipo se comunicará con usted con respecto a su itinerario, calendario de pagos del viaje y otros detalles. Si tiene alguna pregunta sobre el proceso de solicitud o seguimiento, contáctenos en info@helpsintl.org o 469 779 7101.




Fundraise for your service trip


Between airfare, lodging, meals, and in-country transportation, service travel can be expensive. Our volunteers have come up with some creative ways to raise funds to cover the cost of their service trips, from hosting a Guatemalan-themed dinner to beekeeping and selling honey at the farmers market. If you have a very creative fundraiser, please let us know so we can help spread the word! For help getting started with your online fundraising, here are six steps for a successful service trip fundraiser. If you have questions or need assistance with your online fundraising efforts, please contact us at info@helpsintl.org.





Have more questions? Email us at info@helpsintl.org

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