Our volunteers are the backbone of Adopt-a-Village in Guatemala. We offer many different opportunities to participate on a variety of different levels and welcome you to join us. We offer you the opportunity to share your time and skills while working side-by-side with our Maya partners, as you witness the realities of life in this remote, impoverished, but beautiful corner of Guatemala. When you return home, play a vital role in spreading the word about our work and the acute needs of the children we serve. We welcome teachers with Spanish language skills, as well as biology and chemistry teachers. We are looking for volunteers with carpentry, construction, cabinet and furniture making, and machine maintenance skills. We also need electricians, organic farmers, as well as computer technicians. Volunteers are responsible for travel to the Maya Jaguar High School campus (a 2 ½ day drive from Guatemala City) and contribute a modest fee for room and board during their stay.


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Volunteers from coast to coast provide critical support for Adopt-a-Village in a variety of capacities. Lend a hand with Spanish-English translations, clerical tasks, Internet research, publicity, marketing, mailings, letter-writing, graphics, selling Maya crafts and art, knitting and crocheting.  Or propose something else–we welcome your ideas, creativity and energy!

Current volunteer opportunities

  • CREATIVE WRITERS/EDITORS: Creative writers with experience in writing in human interest stories, particularly stories about overcoming life’s challenges. The editing will focus on improving the story line in a compelling way that inspires the reader to take action. The pieces are between 100 to a maximum of 500 words.


  • SPANISH TRANSLATORS: Spanish/English translators are needed to translate letters written by our Maya scholarship students to their sponsors about their studies, aspirations, families, and culture. Letters for English translation are emailed in Microsoft Word, typically four times per year. Easy, fun, and a way to learn about a fascinating group of young people, descendants of the ancient Maya. Write to guatvillage@gmail.com.

Service groups sponsored by Rotary International

Volunteers help to build a new girls dorm

Jessica and Lindsey assist with gardening

Pia works with children in our literacy program