Volunteer > Grande

Volunteer GrandeGrande volunteering is for volunteers who want to make more of their Buenas Cosas experience. Every penny you contribute stays right here in Guatemala supporting our Partner Communities, programs and projects. Your contribution will directly assist credible, non-profit ecotours, volunteering and sustainable Guatemalan social development.

Spanish immersion and volunteering – You’ll be immersed in the culture of Peten Guatemala. Immersion includes Spanish. No worries. Included with your Grande volunteer participation is our quick and easy Spanish Survival workshop and 6 page workbook. With a little bit of effort on your part, you’ll have all the Spanish you need in a day or three. Or, study Spanish one-on-one with a Spanish Study partner.

The people of Peten (Peteneros) are some of the most friendly, kind, patient people on the planet. Our volunteers are consistently amazed at how welcome they feel being among the happy, peaceful people of Peten. Our volunteers are consistently amazed at how welcome they feel being among the happy, peaceful people of Peten – we feel it’s the due to the rich Maya heritage of our area.

Sustainable Social Development – Volunteering with Buenas Cosas is sustainable social development. Your contribution and efforts are designed from the ground-up to impact generations. Even still, our volunteer projects are continually reassessed to assure we are doing the best we can for the people and environment of our Partner Communities – not taking, always giving. We succeed when we quit and pass our programs and projects to our Partner Community. We move on down the road to the next community – we’ve got a waiting list.

Three Grande Volunteer Tracks…

2 Day Volunteervolunteering two days/week (Tuesday and Thursday), four hours/day.

3 Day Volunteervolunteering three days/week (Monday, Wednesday and Friday), four hours/day.

5 Day Volunteervolunteering five days/week (Monday-Friday), four hours/day.

Spanish Immersion and Volunteering – You’ll be immersed in the culture of Peten Guatemala. Immersion includes Spanish. No worries. Included with your Poco volunteer participation is our quick and easy Spanish Survival workshop and 6 page workbook. With a little bit of effort on your part, you’ll have all the Spanish you need in a day or three. Or, study Spanish one-on-one with a Spanish Study partner.

The people of Peten (Peteneros) are some of the most friendly, kind, patient people on the planet. Our volunteers are consistently amazed at how welcome they feel being among the happy, peaceful people of Peten.

Orientation / Training
You’ll spend the first day in volunteer orientation / training. We respect the culture and tradition of our Partner Communities. You’ll be given all the Do’s and Don’ts of volunteering in our Partner Communities.

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Accommodations
As a Grande volunteer you’ll homestay with a family in one of our Partner Communities or at our Community Center – the choice is ours. In any case, you’ll have your own private room and three family meals each day. Yes, couples may share the same room/bed and same-sex couples are welcome. But, it’s not the cultural norm in our Partner Communities for couples to engage in PDA.

Meals are included with your Grande participation. These are good, healthy meals – tasty Guatemalan food. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are an important part of Guatemalan culture. Don’t miss meals. As a Grande volunteer raw food, vegan and vegetarian diets are easily accommodated. And you’ll also have access to our Maya Kitchen for your gastronomic explorations.

Volunteer Days
You’ll volunteer 4 hours each day and 2, 3 or 5 days each week. So long as you donate the project fee, you can participate in any project you like. If not, we’ll put you where you’re needed most.

Ecotours / Fun Days
Fun Day activities vary. You could be exploring Mayan caves or Mayan ruins, boating, fishing, swimming or hiking/biking/horseback-riding.

Spanish Study with your Spanish Language Partner is available up to 4 hours each day Monday through Friday.

Make Your Grande Volunteer Reservation Donation – Quick & Easy…
1 – Read the FAQ
2 – Post your Grande Volunteer Reservation Donation
3 – Send us a photo of your happy face, your completed SignUp and you’ll have email confirmation the next day.

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Orientation and Training

Volunteers respect the culture, traditions and values of our Partner communities. we’re happy to show you the ropes. At arrival, volunteers are provided with orientation and training. As a volunteer you’ll know how to handle yourself in our Partner Communities. Our Volunteer training and orientation manual is full of great little tips and tricks to make your volunteer stay with us easy and enjoyable.

Security in Guatemala

Naysayers like to concentrate on the violence in Guatemala – nonsense. Yes, there’s violence in Guatemala – mostly Guatemalan-on-Guatemalan. Guatemala is safe for foreign travelers and volunteers and the statistics validate it. If you doubt this fact, visit the Thorntree forums at LonelyPlanet.com and do a little research – share what you find with family/friends who may express concern about your desire to volunteer in Guatemala. It’s easy to be safe in Guatemala. All you need to do is follow one simply rule…

don’t do anything stupid and nothing stupid will happen to you

We’ve designed our volunteer orientation and training to completely prepare you to safely experience all that we offer our volunteers in Guatemala. So long as you don’t do anything stupid – absolutely no worries :)

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Learning + Service

Our entire approach to volunteering, is based on learning and service. With that in mind, you need to stand on your own two-feet. We’re not baby-sitters and we’re not here to force anything on anyone. We have a wealth of social development experience. We offer a broad selection of volunteer opportunities. We’ve got all the cross-cultural experience and immersion you can handle. We’re happy to share all we have with our volunteers. But, you need to take the initiative. When you’re volunteering with Buenas Cosas in Guatemala: put down your tablet, get off the Internet, pull yourself out of your hammock, get out of your comfort-zone, get out into your Partner Community and be pro-active. You’ll have a better volunteer experience and you’ll do more good things :)


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