Volunteer with Long Way Home

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. Individuals, interns 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. Volunteer tasks cover a wide spectrum of activities including 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 (7:30am – 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 Mayan culture. Check out below for details, our Volunteer Manual or contact the Volunteer Coordinator, Valeria at volunteer@lwhome.org for more information!


Your internship with Long Way Home can be tailored to your specific area of interest - NGO Management, Engineering, Architecture, Technological Design, Anthropology, International Development and more!  Find out if your school will accept credits for your experience working with us. Contact us with your cover letter and resume or any questions!



Long Way Home values the energy and enthusiasm that student and professional service groups bring to the project! We offer a variety of packages to accommodate different budgets and schedules. We have been hosting groups for over a decade and can promise an alternative vacation that is both rewarding and rich in new experiences.
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Ensure you have read the Volunteer Manual (or en Español) for all the information you might need, prior to volunteering.

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

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For individual volunteers and interns, our program fee for individuals is USD$75 per week or USD$300 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, salaries, etc.).

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!

Come get your most exciting CrossFit work out with Long Way Home in Guatemala! Volunteer with Long Way Home for a week - three months and help us build a school!! Video Credit: Lucas Boutilier - Naked Rain Creative

Make check payable to "Long Way Home", send check to:
Long Way Home c/o Matt Paneitz
508 Mountain Prospect Ln
Culpeper, Va 22701

This campus was built by volunteers just like you!

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