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Quetzaltrekkers is a non-profit, all volunteer-run trekking and outdoors association in Guatemala. They offer adventurous hikes through the volcanoes in the surrounding areas of Xela, Guatemala and then donate all profits to locally-run projects working with disadvantaged youth in and around the city.

As a trekking guide you take tourists to awesome volcanoes, and handle all trip preparations, clean-up, and expense reports. Depending on the time of year and number of volunteers you can expect to hike three to four days per week.

Volunteers in the children’s home assist the staff in the care, supervision and general education of the 15 kids that live full-time in our dormitory in the centre of Xela. Volunteers are given a lot of autonomy to choose what activities they do with the kids with the main emphasis being on keeping the kids active and engaged.

Volunteers manage virtually all aspects of the organization. They’re given a lot of autonomy and responsibility. Life can be hectic and the days can be long but ultimately , working at Quetzaltrekkers is an incredibly amazing and rewarding experience.

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Quetzaltrekkers is looking for volunteers to commit for 3 months or more. It takes some time to learn the trails and systems, so staying for at least 3 months will allow you to have the biggest impact.

If you are interested in working with the children’s dormitory, Hogar, volunteers must commit to at least 2 months.


Volunteers do not pay anything to volunteer. Food and other expenses while on hikes are covered. They are responsible for paying for their own housing in Xela (there is a volunteer house which is quite cheap) or in a nearby apartment. They also pay for all of their food and drink when not hiking.


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