We have a high school, and we are currently expanding our community development efforts to include free English and culture classes. Volunteers can help organize an activity at school and teach English to high school students and community members. There are many opportunities for creative and motivated volunteers to start new classes or workshops and help develop our tours and processes of our space.

This is a self-sustaining project supported by numerous associations, which helps students in humble areas obtain an appropriate education and degree.

The school is joint to a hostel, where the volunteers can be accommodated. Our amenities include wifi, kitchen facilities, hot showers, a barbecue deck... We are well known for our beautiful garden with stunning views of Lake Atitlan.

The main income to keep this educative center running comes from the hostel.

Volunteers must have at least a conversational level of Spanish, since the administration team has limited English. Volunteers must also master English.

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Free / Work-Trade

English teacher

Apr 01 - Mar 28, 2020Minimum stay: 90 nightsMaximum capacity: 2 people
Food Not Included
The two volunteers share a room which has kitchen facilities, wifi, hot showers, and purified water for drinking. Food is not included in this Stay but produce is very cheap at the market. The volunteers are expected to maintain the cleanliness of the kitchen and their living space, and we ask that you only use the kitchen between the hours of 7:30 am and 9:00 pm. The hostel has a huge garden and backyard with a barbecue area and path down to the lake. There is a basketball and soccer court, and the hostel is just a five minute walk from the town centre and a ten minute walk to a great swimming spot.
The hostel doors closes at 10.00pm; if a late night entry is necessary, advise beforehand.

We are looking for some help in the following areas:
- Teach English classes to the students (aged between 14-20), usually 2h/day
- Help with the activities of the hostel (reception, maintenance, promotion, cleaning, gardening, tours…)
- Web page designer, web promotion of the hostel
- Translator for some office work
- Various eco project on the volunteers’s initiative (see below)

Project idea that we would like to develop:
- Use a part of the big garden to install a vegetable garden. As of now there is no sorting of wastes in Santiago Atitlan. We could then use our organic wastes from the kitchen to produce compost for the vegetable garden. A plus would be to build an educative program related to school around bio-agriculture & eco sustainability.

We are looking for volunteers who can commit for 3 to 6 months (or more) in order to have a continuity in the English lessons; a 2 months commitment is however negotiable.

Key Stats.

Year founded


Size of project site

0.25 hectares

Languages spoken

  • Español
  • Tzutujil

People on site

5 - 25

Dry season

October to April

Wet season

June to September

Living Conditions.


  • shared rooms
  • private room

Omnivore Food

  • communal kitchen access


  • medium: voice calls (no video)


Centro Santiaguito is currently offering the following opportunities:

  • Bio agriculture/permaculturr skills to start a vegetable garden project
  • English teacher for local teenagers with beginner level

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