Hike Volcanoes, Help Kids!

Quetzaltrekkers is a volunteer-run hiking company founded in 1995 in Quetzaltenango (Xela), Guatemala.

We run affordable 1, 2 and 3 and 6 day treks in, on, and around the volcanoes and mountains of western Guatemala. With the money raised doing this, we financially support a school here in Xela of 170+ kids, as well as a boarding house that is a physical, emotional and educational home to 23 kids.

We are consistently in search of hardworking, experienced volunteers to lead hikes throughout the highlands of Guatemala. All volunteers are provided affordable accommodation for GTQ200-500/month, free communal meals, and a fun, supportive work environment. All on-trek costs are covered for guides.

* Please note this is a minimum 3 MONTH commitment.



The following criteria is used in consideration of potential volunteers:

  • A 3 month absolute minimum time commitment (not including a 3-day client hike beforehand)
  • A first aid qualification
  • Intermediate Spanish; (must make phone calls in Spanish and communicate with locals)
  • Love of the outdoors, trekking, roughing it, (not sleeping) under the stars, getting wet, cold toes and lumpy oatmeal
  • Great people-skills, endless patience
  • The ability to work and live as a member of a hard-working (but fun!) team

Please contact us to learn more about who we are, to read the full description of what we expect from our volunteers, and to apply!


Duration / Dates

Ongoing, year-round. Minimum 3-month commitment.

Costs / Pay

Volunteer / no-direct pay. Low-cost accommodation, free communal meals.

Contact / Enquiry

Quetzaltrekkers Reviews

Unforgettable experience

I came to QT to develop my outdoor leadership skills and practice my Spanish, but the experience was so much more than I could have ever asked for.

Yes, it’s hard work — but everything you do at QT feels meaningful and serves a greater purpose. The treks are gorgeous and varied: you’ll get to hike to the tops of volcanoes, through remote villages, dense forests, and beautiful farmland. Sometimes you camp and other times you are hosted by local families. QT guides share stories with clients about Guatemalan history and geology so you’ll learn a lot about the area.

Back in Xela, you get to experience the fun of working and living at Casa Argentina. Guides pool tip money to share on communal meals and other group activities. There is a spirit of silliness and valuing the time we have together.

One of the best parts of volunteering at QT is the time you get to spend with the kids at the Hogar Abierto. We play soccer with them on Wednesday nights and eat dinner together on Thursdays. You can also organize other activities to do with the kids — when I was there we took them on an overnight trip to an incredible waterfall and hot springs.

As a QT guide, you’ll have a lot of responsibility on your plate, but also a lot of agency to make decisions and guide the direction of the organization. Your work there will really matter, you’ll have a lot of fun, and you’ll get to live in the beautiful city of Xela, and trek through some of the most gorgeous parts of Guatemala. If you’re considering being a guide and you have the 3 months, go for it!

By: Karolina
Nationality: USA
Age: 25

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