Free volunteering in Guatemala

In Guatemala, we teach English to at least 1.000 children in twelve public schools of Santiago Atitlán and to many adult groups. We have an agreement with the Ministry of Education to provide children in primary school with a basic level of English.

Tourism is growing rapidly in Central America and Santiago Atitlan is surrounded by several touristic villages. Our students are mostly indigenous, hence their level of Spanish is not high and their access to the job market is difficult. By teaching them English, we help these children getting a job in the near future.

Volunteers receive instructions and academics materials upon their arrival. These materials are standard throughout our organization and they follow the ESL international levels.  All this work is organized and managed on-the-ground by our Volunteer Coordinator. She organizes the arrival, accommodation and teaching schedule of our volunteers in Guatemala.

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


Volunteers stay with local host families from Santiago Atitlán. You will get three meals per day, room and shower. Your host family will give you a warm welcome and you will have a wonderful stay during your time with them. Staying with a family allows you to get a truly local experience on the culture and traditions of the country.

The usual accommodation costs range from 150$ (USD) to 330$ month. We can arrange someone to pick you up at the Guatemala City airport for an additional cost.


  • There is a minimum period of 4 weeks to volunteer with us. In any case, we give priority to longer stays.
  • Good level of English is not an essential requirement (as most English teaching is given to beginners).
  • You need a medium level of Spanish. Alternatively, you can enrole into one of our offered Spanish lessons while you are in the project.
  • When choosing the period to come, please take into account that holidays in Central America go from mid-December to early February.
  • Volunteers must get their own travel insurance.
  • You should also send us a police record issued by your local authorities certifying that you haven´t committed any child related crime.

What do we offer?

We offer recommendation letters, certificates of your volunteer stay or Linkedin recommendations for all those who work with us. If you are staying for a long period (eg three months or more), we will be happy to contact your university and arrange this work to be considered as an internship for your studies. Don´t hesitate to contact us if you need something else.

Check our project memorandum to know more about our project, including info about the locations, English methods, accommodation costs and other useful information!

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