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

As a 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.

In addition to hiking volcanoes, guides spend some time with kids at local projects and help with homework, playing soccer and art projects.

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.

Requirements for being a volunteer guide:

  • Be in good physical condition
  • Have hiking experience
  • Be a sociable person
  • Speak English
  • Have or learn some Spanish
  • Have a valid first aid certification
  • Be able to commit for minimum three months
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.
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 Leon (there is a volunteer house which is reasonably priced) or in a nearby apartment. They also pay for all of their food and drink when not hiking.

For more information about volunteering with Quetzaltrekkers, visit them online: