I am going to San Andres hopefully this September/October to volunteer with "Volunteer Peten" I am just wondering if any of you have experienced this program? Or know of any other good volunteer programs.
I also have quite a few questions.
How did you handle your money there? Apparently there are no banks so I am a little worried about my money.
What did you bring? What do you suggest to bring that you forgot, or things not to bring?
What are some places in guatemala that you recommend?
Is it too dangerous for a lone 18 year old girl?
Any information is great!!
Thanks a lot!
I assist volunteers in logistics in Central America our own project is CINDURMA in Nicaragua www.cindurma.org/ no fees, we commect you to other projects if you desire...
According to Volunteer Peten's website http://www.volunteerpeten.com/GettingTo.htm .................
"Getting to San Andrès ( We will be more than happy to meet you at the bus station in Santa Elena or at the Airport in Santa Elena if you call us at 5711-0040 or 5496-2276)..the area code is +502,by the way
Buses leave the Santa Elena Market every hour starting at 5:30 am. The last bus for San Andrès leaves at 5:45 pm. Buses charge 4 Quetzals and Microbus charge 5 Quetzals. The ride to San Andrès takes about thirty minutes.
Boats do not leave on a fixed schedule and are very expensive if you have to rent a private boat (at least $10). But it is a nice twenty minute ride.
Once in San Andres
Give us a call at 5711-0040 and we will come find you or head directly to the ecological park which is located one mile north of the town center. It’s just a twenty minute walk to the park.
Please check out our Wish List before heading to Guatemala!..."
Santa Elena is a rather large town so e mail the project, no soubt there is an atm or two there.
sorry I cant really help with your questions. just found this forum whilst researching guatemala. I too am thinking of working with volunteer peten, leaving in early to mid october. I am going to hopefully get their water tank building project back up and running again. I was thinking it would be worthwhile if we pool our resources and exchange any information we turn up.
I get the impression from the (minimal) reading I have done that although guatemala appears to be dangerous it is generally a problem with inner city areas, notably guatemala city, and transport. I assume that the organisation will be able to provide advice on getting to them in the safest possible manner and once there the risk will be minimal. If I find any useful information I'll post it up here.