Agricultural Placements in Guatemala


Guatemala: Rural Areas


Volunteer or Intern in Guatemala! ELI works with a variety of programs to help address the country's agricultural needs. ELI's programs strive to assist poor communities in rural regions throughout the country through education and vocational training. We work with local groups who teach responsible practices and sustainability. Volunteers may help at large education centers or work with small local eco-communities. Locals receive education and assistance to improve their personal lives as well as better their communities. Educational centers train local farmers to improve their techniques, produce and market their product. The centers work on a wide range of projects including hydroponic cultivation, seed propagation, chicken raising, and others. Guatemala offers incredible biodiversity and plenty of opportunities to work and meet with the friendly locals.


1. The program is very flexible for participants and can start at any time for any length of stay between two weeks and six months

2. Participants with different skills are welcome to apply because ELI matches applicants with projects that fit their interests

3. Participants live with local host families which is a great opportunity to practice conversational Spanish and learn about the local community

4. On time off, participants can go hiking, relax on the beach, or go bird watching

5. ELI provides an optional excursion to a nature reserve to see unique flora and fauna

Program Duration

2-4 weeks, 5-8 weeks, 9-12 weeks, 3-6 months (High School)


Throughout the year

Typical Duration of Program

5-8 weeks


throughout the year


* Must be at least 18 years of age
* Must have intermediate Spanish language skills
* Must have completed 1 year of university
* Must have a demonstrated interest or background in field
* Must be a self-starter, creative, flexible, and able to work with a wide-range of people

Intern Types

  • Agriculture
  • Sustainable Development
  • Development
  • Technology
  • Horticulture
  • Agricultural Sciences
  • Agricultural Economics


  • English
  • Spanish

Cost in US$:

Cost varies. Please contact us for details

Cost Includes:

  • Language instruction
  • In-country staff support
  • In-country orientation/Training
  • Written materials pre-departure
  • Housing
  • Food

Program Fees Include:

* Airport Pickup
* Accommodation
* Orientation Upon Arrival
* Housing
* 2 meals a day
* 1 week free language classes
* In-country coordinator available 24/7

Experience Required


Volunteer Types

  • Agriculture
  • Community Centers
  • Community Development
  • Culture
  • Digging
  • Economic Development
  • Environment
  • Organic Farming
  • Planting
  • Tree Planting

Typical Volunteer

There is no typical ELI volunteer. We work with people from all over the world and a variety of backgrounds. ELI has placed volunteers ranging in age from 18-81. Successful volunteers are flexible, upbeat, energetic, and inquisitive.

This Program is open to

Worldwide Participants. This Program is also open to Couples and Individuals.

Typical Living Arrangements

  • Home-stays

Participants Travel


Typically Participants Work


Application Process Involves

  • Online Application
  • Resume