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Miguel Angel Asturias Spanish School - Language and Volunteer Programs


Guatemala: Quetzaltenango, Xela

Program Duration

1-2 Weeks, 2-4 Weeks, 5-8 Weeks, 9-12 Weeks, 3-6 Months, 7-12 Months


Throughout the year


Most of our volunteer positions require at least an intermediate level of Spanish so that the student can communicate effectively, although we have some positions that beginners can participate in also. Students with less than the necessary level can enter into a volunteer position after improving their Spanish at our school. Most positions also require a two week or one month minimum participation. Qualifications needed vary with the position medical background for the clinics, teaching experience for education projects, photography experience for photojournalism, etc. We don't have specific entrance requirements, but students are placed according to their abilities and interests and our assessment of where they will have a successful and beneficial experience.


  • Spanish

Languages Used as a Medium of Teaching

  • English
  • Spanish

Cost in US$:

USD150 per week

Cost Includes:

  • Language instruction
  • Housing
  • Food
  • Excursions

Program Fees Include:

25 hours of private one-on-one Spanish instruction per week, homestay with a Guatemalan family (all meals provided), activities in the afternoons and weekends (except for bus fare and food eaten out on these trips, which is very inexpensive). No additional cost for involvement in volunteer projects. Continuation in a volunteer project after studies will cost USD35/week for the homestay or student can secure their own housing and meals if they prefer.

Credit Available



Our volunteer positions are generally in very poor rural areas where it is not possible for the people to provide monetary compensation, although the personal satisfaction you receive will be great.

Experience Required


Volunteer Types

  • Agriculture
  • Arts
  • Building & Construction Projects
  • Business
  • Childcare & Children
  • Community Centers
  • Community Development
  • Computer Training
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Conservation
  • Counseling
  • Culture
  • Disability Issues
  • Disaster Relief
  • Driving
  • Eco-tourism
  • Economic Development
  • Education
  • English Teaching
  • Environment
  • Gender Issues
  • Grassroots Organization
  • Health
  • Health Care
  • Health Education
  • Hospital
  • Human Rights
  • Journalism
  • Law
  • Medicine
  • Microfinance
  • Nursing
  • Nutrition
  • Organic Farming
  • Orphans
  • Public Health
  • Public Policy
  • Reforestation
  • Renewable Energy
  • Senior Citizens
  • Small Business Development
  • Social Work
  • Street Children
  • Teaching
  • Tourism
  • Translation
  • Tree Planting
  • Tutor
  • Volunteer Management
  • Water Projects
  • Wildlife
  • Women
  • Youth
  • Youth Development

Typical Volunteer

Our volunteers not only want to improve their Spanish, but they are very committed to improving the lives of the people of Guatemala and Latin America. Their interests vary, from agriculture to education to health care and more. Our volunteers in the Medical Spanish program are usually pre-med, medical, nursing, or veterinary students who wish to gain practical experience working in rural communities. Many are able to receive credit for a medical rotation after participating in our program.

Age Range

5 - 100

This Program is open to

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

Typical Living Arrangements

  • Home-stays

Participants Travel


Typically Participants Work


Application Process Involves

  • Written Application

Typically The Application Process Time is

same day

Post Services Include

  • Job and Internship Network