Gap Year in Guatemala
Guatemala is one of the most up and coming destinations in Latin America for backpackers and its easy to see why. Guatemala has some of the friendliest people in the whole continent and lots of places to visit including the ancient temple ruins of Tikal deep in the jungle.
Guatemala Gap Year Trips, Programs & Travel Ideas
Plan a Gap Year to Guatemala
Guatemala will not disappoint. If you want to really make a difference on your gap year and travel with purpose then we recommend viewing our gap year programs, this gives you chance to explore this beautiful country and to help local people in places like Antigua.
Traveling in Guatemala can be a daunting but exciting prospect, don't let the countries last wars put you off now its a very safe country to travel in. Guatemala presents a great opportunity for you to make explore ancient ruins, help communities, improve your Spanish and see amazing places.
A safe and recommended way to experience the highlights of Guatamala is to join an organised trip, you can book these on our website. There are lots of different trips and itineraries where you can explore Guatemala,or travel overland seeing more of this region or a neighbouring country. Transport is very easy to book, public transport in the form of funkily local busses are reliable and easy to use but sometimes very crowded. Try to get a lock and keep an eye on your belongings.
Local people are very welcoming especially if you speak a little Spanish and there are a wide range of options where you can help. You could join a program to improve the lives of less fortunate communities in Guatemala and get a really rewarded experience, a lot of people travel to Antigua and join a teaching program helping to educate local children. You could also work at a day care centre, nursery, community centre or orphanage.
Don't worry if you don't have any previous experience doing something like this, most placements in Guatemala are non-skilled meaning you don't need previous experience. You will need to have a positive attitude and be open to living and working in a new culture though. It's not all work too, there will be free time at weekends to visit new places and explore the country. There are also lots of cultural homestay programs where you can live with a local family and teach them English. Teaching at schools in Guatemala is popular, whilst internships and medical projects are very worthwhile if you are looking to gain hands on work experience. You might also like to view our Costa Rica gap year trips.