Long Way Home needs help from people just like you! We accept volunteers at our school site in San Juan Comalapa, Guatemala for periods of one week to three months, and both individuals and groups are welcome.

Our volunteer program is very popular. It may be possible for us to accommodate last minute applications, but it is best to plan your time with us in advance. Our application process is crucial to giving you the best possible volunteer experience, so please complete the form completely. Volunteer tasks cover a wide spectrum of activities: pounding tires, plastering walls, collecting materials, creating art, and more. We accept volunteers with a variety of skill sets and proficiencies… just bring a positive attitude!

You should come prepared to work hard (7am – 4pm, Mon-Fri), contribute to a project that will change a community, meet people with common interests and passions, and immerse yourself in the local Maya culture.

In order to provide structure, consistency, and efficient use of learning class time, we have made it our policy to limit volunteer involvement with the students to fluent Spanish speakers who are here for 3 months minimum, and propose a curriculum/lesson plan to the school administrator and teacher prior to their arrival.

Ensure you have read the Volunteer Manual (o en Español) for all the information you might need, prior to volunteering.

Our volunteer fee for individuals is $75USD per week or $300USD per month. This includes a bed in our volunteer house, onsite orientation and training, purified drinking water, kitchen essentials (propane, matches, cooking oil, etc.) and clean bedding every two weeks. Typically food costs and preparation duties are shared by everyone in the house. We also offer homestay ($85/week-meals are additional) and hotel ($95/week) options. Approximately 50% of the volunteer fee goes toward offsetting our costs to host you (rent, propane, supplies, etc.) and 50% toward project expenses (construction materials, local salaries, etc.).

Long Way Home accepts interns year-round. If you are interested in doing an internship with us, you should first contact your university to find out more about internship requirements. The next step is to reach out to us at LWH to discuss this possibility further (email: volunteer@lwhome.org). We are able to work with you to customize your internship plan to align with what you hope to accomplish and learn more about. However, there are generally two main types of internships:

The Green Builder Internship is centered on alternative construction techniques. Activities may include pounding tires with rammed earth, using bottles stuffed with trash to form fences, creating and placing glass bottle bricks, or harvesting cactus pads for a natural sealant. 
The NGO Management Internship involves grant writing, fundraising, marketing, reporting, and managing resources. This internship can be tailored to a student's specific area of interest, but will also give them the opportunity to experience the full gamut of nonprofit administrative tasks.

    NuMundo center

    NuMundo center

To learn more about our price structure for service groups (six or more), please visit this page of our website.

For questions, feel free to email our Volunteer Coordinator - volunteer@lwhome.org. To volunteer, please fill out the application form, and we will be in contact!