Why volunteering?

Volunteering is based on giving. Your time, your skills, your efforts, your knowledge of a language, these are all put together towards something bigger than yourself. It is, however, very rare that volunteers do not feel like they have received more than they gave. Volunteering is a mutually rewarding experience. You will end up more independent, wiser and stronger to face situations like public speaking or tough negotiations. Many employers value international volunteer experiences. You are looking at the big picture, acting locally to support globally.

At One, two… Tree! we receive volunteers on a continuous basis. Currently you can help us in Guatemala. If you have more than six months available to work with us, you may look at our long-term opportunities (compensation available). You can also support remotely. Scroll down to learn more about remote volunteering opportunities.

Free volunteering in



Volunteers in Guatemala teach the basics of English to children from the age of 4 to 17 years old (approx.) as well as adults  up to 68 years old being our current eldest student!


Lessons are taught in public schools of Santiago Atitlán, local cooperatives, and our learning centre, which we opened in response to schools offering limited school time due to the pandemic earlier this year.


The average workload is 16 hours per week (you should add some preparation time for each lesson). Local families provide accommodation. One, Two…Tree! does not charge any fee, all your costs are paid directly to the host family.

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Long-term volunteer (Compensation)

Volunteers staying for more than 6 months in Guatemala may apply for the Volunteer Coordinator position, which includes free accommodation and food. Staying 6 months does not automatically grant free accommodation, there is a screening and selection process and only a few positions are available.


You will coordinate the local project together with Pedro, the Director of One, two…tree! At the moment, only one coordinator position is available, this means that only a limited number of applications for these positions can be accepted. However, regular volunteering is very affordable and we give priority to longer stays. If you are interested, please contact us to check out current opportunities.

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Support remotely!

We are volunteers supported by volunteers! Your support is always welcome, please feel free to contact us if you wished to support us in any way. We will be keen to explore opportunities to keep improving and serving the community in the best way we can.

These are some areas where we would love to get a hand from someone keen to get involved, look at the last one, it may be your call!

  • Donate: As there are no management or administrative costs in One, two…tree! your donation goes directly into the life of those for which we are working. Click here to donate!
  • Donate books: Do you have spare English books that you no longer use? We are creating a library so children, teenagers, and adults can borrow books and keep learning at home.
  • Online conversation lessons: Would you be free to have a weekly 30 min 1:1 conversation for a month with one of our adult students? Practice makes the master and our students are very keen to keep practicing while meeting new people. Reach out to know more!
  • Design: Do you like our website? Are you able to improve it? We want to hear from you!
  • Programming: This webpage is made with Joomla thanks to Jose Luis’ help. There is always room for improvement!
  • Administration: If you are a Spanish accountant, lawyer or you have any experience in internal companies or foundations compliance (annual accounts, tax returns, etc) this is where you can help the children that benefit from our projects. We desperately need someone to help us with these tasks.
  • Organise events: If parties and events are your best skills, you could help us fundraise and share our project with the world. We’ll support you with resources and marketing materials for your fundraising events. Send us your idea!!
  • T-shirts: We are looking for someone who can help us get T-shirts and have them printed with our logo. Please consider that this is a small NGO that can only pay small prices.
  • Marketing material: Flags, banners, stickers… we need a printing company who can support us with this. Please refer to us any person you think may want to help us.
  • Your project: If you have your own idea to change things and help turn this world into a better place, we want to hear from you. You may use our structure and our support to develop your dream.
What do we offer in exchange?


In addition to being part of the positive change, you would like to see in the world, learning more about Guatemala and collaborating with a great team: if you are a company, we can add your logo and link to our donors’ banner and for individuals, we are happy to sign recommendation letters and Linkedin reviews.


All suggestions for collaboration should send us an email including your contact details, an explanation of how could you support us, how much time would you be able to dedicate to the project, and which of the options above would you be interested in.


For on-site volunteers look at our Guatemalan Project page for more information on what One, Two, … Tree! offers.

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