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UPDATE: Guatemala Children's Project is expanding our reach. In an effort to help more children in Guatemala we are working with orphanages, schools and organizations that are in need of assistance. At this time we do not have an official volunteer program.

Although if you are interested in helping the children of Guatemala, please contact us for help in making these arrangements.


FAQ

Do I need a passport to get into Guatemala?

Where can I find more information about Guatemala?

Do I need a work permit?

Do I have to pay to be a volunteer at an orphanage?

How is the weather?

Do I need to get vaccinations?

What kind of health insurance do I need?

What should I bring for myself?

How much money do I need?

Is there internet at Ninos de Guatemala?

How Much time do I have to commit for? / Can I stay less than 3 months?

How many hours per day do I have to work?

Do I need to be able to speak Spanish?

Where do I sleep?

Can I bring something for the children?

How old do you have to be to volunteer at the orphanage?

Who makes travel arrangements?

What about food and water?

Legal stuff

 

Do I need a passport to get into Guatemala?

Yes.
-Passport Info: http://travel.state.gov/passport/passport_1738.html

TRAVEL DOCUMENTS: Participants must carry a valid passport. Participants will be provided with information
concerning passports, tourist cards, visas, and immunizations where needed, but obtaining them is the responsibility of
the applicant. Photocopy of passport must be submitted to HELP International before departure.

Where can I find more information about Guatemala ?

-Guatemala’s Travel Net: http://centralamerica.com/guatemala/index.htm
-Guatemala on Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guatemala
-Guatemala Travel Information on WikiTravel:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guatemala

Do I need a work permit?

No. You will not be employed, so you will not need a work permit.

Do I have to pay to be a volunteer at an orphanage?

Our volunteer program is not available at this time. Please contact us if you are interested in volunteering in Guatemala.

Application Fee: $50.00 USD.
-Non-refundable application fee
-If volunteer withdraws from the program.
-Or if your application is not processed/declined.

PROGRAM:
12 WEEK stay – arrives on a Thursday and departs on a Thursday.
4 WEEK stay – arrives on a Thursday and departs on a Thursday.
1 full week minimum stay (7 days) – Thursday to Thursday.

COST:

  • $3,000 for 12 week stay (airfare excluded)
  • $1200 for 4 week stay (airfare excluded) limited availability
  • $850 for 1 week stay (airfare excluded) limited availability

Guatemala Children’s Project will make every effort to minimize increases in fees; however, unforeseen increases by service vendors may be passed on to participants.
-Cost includes, room and board, food, transportation to and from the airport.                        

SOME ITEMS NOT COVERED:
- Expenses of a personal nature such as toiletries, film developing, special services, shopping, food and beverage that are not part of the Guatemala Children’s Project home are not covered.
- Health Insurance

PAYEMENT DEADLINES:

Applicants who are accepted into the GUATEMALA CHILDREN’S PROJECT volunteer program will need to follow the payment schedule outline below to secure your dates. 

  • Upon approval, 50% of trip cost due within 2 weeks.
  • 2 months before departure balance of trip cost due.
  • Full trip cost due 2 months prior to departure.

If within 2 months of departure date, must be paid in full at time of acceptance into the program.

PAYMENT OF FEES:

  • Payment deadlines are not flexible.  Payment must be POSTMARKED by the deadline.

Make all payments in (US funds) payable to:  Guatemala Children’s Project,

  • Acceptable forms of payment (in US funds): Personal checks, money orders, cashier’s check.
  • Clearly identify your name to insure that your account is property credited.
  • A $25.00 fee will be assessed for any returned check (if this occurs with a sponsor check) you, the volunteer, will be held responsible for payment of this fee.
  • You may use a credit card through PayPal by clicking here. This will be a one time payment for the full amount of your trip and is due 2 months before departure. 3% (the amount PayPal charges us)will be added to your payment if you use a credit card.
  • If you have any questions, feel free to call or email us

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How is the weather?

Weather conditions very throughout Guatemala but are usually mild. The dry season is from October to early May & the rainy season from late May until the end of September. Temperatures vary little during the year.

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Do I need to get vaccinations?

We advise each participant to have the necessary shots recommended by their local travel clinic. Ninos de Guatemala will not be responsible for illnesses that may occur while traveling. Please contact your local Health Department for more information.
HEALTH: THIS IS NOT A VACATION! We advise each participant to have a physical checkup before applying for the experience. GCP is not responsible for illnesses that may occur while traveling. Since projects and group or individual sightseeing can be physically taxing, we recommend that persons who suffer from heart disease, high blood pressure, or any physical impairment which could hinder them from normal participation contact GCP prior to submitting an application and have their doctor mail us a letter stating that they have received a recent checkup and are
able to participate in this program.

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What kind of health insurance do I need?

INSURANCE: GCP is not an insuring agent and is not responsible for any injury to your person. Participants must provide proof of health insurance with international coverage, before departure. If participants desire travel insurance they must also purchase it separately. All volunteers are required to purchase an ISIC, ITIC or
International Youth card, available at STA travel (for locations visit www.statravel.com or by calling (801) 582-5840 for information regarding insurance coverage), which carries minimal insurance, including $25,000 medical evacuation insurance. Our programs take place in rural locations where adequate medical services often are not available. Evacuation insurance covers emergency transportation to a hospital or clinic. (Please see the ISIC handbook of discounts and benefits for specifics). GCP recommends that participants consider obtaining travel insurance covering accidents, baggage loss, delays and unexpected cancellation. GCP is not responsible for any loss, theft, or damage to your belongings. Information on travel insurance will be sent to participants who so desire. Baggage and cancellation insurance is recommended and is available at nominal rates through private insurance companies.

What should I bring for myself?

Clothes:
Lightweight Clothing- t-shirts, long shorts, long pants, hat.
Long Sleeved shirts and trousers- the evenings are a lot cooler than the days.
Toiletries:
Towel
Prescription or special medication that you require
Anti-bacterial wipes
Lice Medicine
Shampoo

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How much money do I need?

For the time that you are volunteering, you will probably spend very little, as your board and food are taken care of. There are shop usually nearby where you can buy drinks, etc.

You may also want to bring a little extra for souvenirs if the opportunity arises.

Is there internet at GCP?

Yes. However, access is limited, so please do not plan on unlimited availability.

How Much time do I have to commit for? / Can I stay less than 3 months?

It depends on what type of volunteering you want to do. Long term volunteers have to commit for at least 3 months. Other types of volunteering are more flexible if you want to stay for less time.

We ask that you stay for at least 3 months, as it is to the benefit of the children to have some consistency and not continually have new volunteers to get to know.

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How many hours per day do I have to work?

We ask that the volunteers work for 8-10 hours a day, for 6-7 days a week. Some types of work are divided into shifts.  Depending on the volume of volunteers that we have, the work load can vary. Please contact us for any further information regarding this matter.

Do I need to be able to speak Spanish?

Fluent Spanish is not a requirement, but it is encouraged for the long term volunteers.

Where do I sleep?

 

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Can I bring something for the children?

Please see page: Product Donation list

How old do you have to be to volunteer at the orphanage?

Volunteers must be 18 years of age at the time of travel, or if a minor you must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

Who makes travel arrangements?

All airline and ground transportation tickets are issued subject to all terms and conditions set forth by the issuer, and Guatemala Children’s Project shall not be liable in any way in connection with such transportation, or any loss, injury, or damage to person or property, in respect to said transportation arrangements.

Volunteers are to makes all flight arrangements but must be coordinated with Guatemala Children's Project to arrive in Guatemala at the specified time.

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What about food and water?

During your in-country orientation, you will receive more specific instruction on food, drink and sanitation. If you are careful you shouldn't have serious problems. You can avoid this by not drinking the water and watching what you eat. Avoid things that are not well-cooked, especially fruits and vegetable that are grown next to the ground that are not peeled.  All fruits and vegetables should be bleached. When you get your shots, the Health Dept should give you more info regarding this and how to avoid getting sick.

If you are a picky eater you should consider bringing foods which you cannot do without.

Legal stuff

INDEMNIFICATION:
Each volunteer indemnifies and holds Guatemala Children’s Project harmless of any and all claims of real or perceived injury or loss they may sustain during their association with Guatemala Children’s Project.

FORCE MAJEURE:
Guatemala Children’s Project reserves the right to cancel, change or substitute any program due to insufficient participation, strikes, lockouts, riots, wars, changes in currency exchange rates, natural disasters or Act of God, or any other circumstances beyond the control of Guatemala children’s Project. In such instances, Guatemala Children’s Project shall be held harmless by each and every volunteer.   

 

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