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1. Posted by dorty (Inactive 8 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

In october i will begin my yearlong volunteering trip through central/south america. I will be starting in guatemala and will need some serious intensive spanish lessons. Any advice on the best area/school to study in? I've heard Antigua is a little overrun with the schools...
As for the volunteering, IN each area I stay in I would like to volunteer with an animal orgainization and a humanitarian one-any advice there..? Thanks all!

2. Posted by stevemc (Budding Member 28 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Can't help with the Spanish schools I'm afraid,
my advice would be to get a running start and buy a
self-teach book, and make time to read it before you go.

There is a directory of free and grass-roots volunteer
opportunities in South America here:

www.volunteersouthamerica.net

There are several volunteer Ops in Guatemala listed on the site.

If you're headed down to Bolivia try: www.intiwarayassi.org
I heard on the grapevine that they urgently need volunteers.

HTH
Steve

3. Posted by Belize Me (Full Member 137 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Quoting stevemc


There is a directory of free and grass-roots volunteer
opportunities in South America here:

www.volunteersouthamerica.net

There are several volunteer Ops in Guatemala listed on the site.

If you're headed down to Bolivia try: www.intiwarayassi.org
I heard on the grapevine that they urgently need volunteers.

HTH
Steve

WARNING: If anyone follows the first link (www.volunteersouthamerica.net), you will find a good sized list of volunteer info sites. DO NOT FOLLOW THE LINK NAMED ARCASGUATEMALA.COM...the first page on that site is infected with a trojan virus. I was lucky, my virus scanner picked it up and deleted it.

Belize Me

4. Posted by stevemc (Budding Member 28 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

I have now removed the www.arcasguatemala.com link from www.volunteersouthamerica.net
and informed ARCAS about the problem.

Thanks for the info Belize Me.

ARCAS is a long established volunteer program in Guatemala, it is not a fake or phoney site, I don't want to discourage people from volunteering there.

FYI The Trojan was detected by McAfee virusscan, not Norton, the Trojan name was "Generic Downloader.o"

Sorry to hi-jack your thread Dorty.

Steve
www.volunteersouthamerica.net

5. Posted by CanadaKid (Full Member 71 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

I definitely recommend Spanish lessons in Quetzaltenango (Xela) Guatemala. Antigua is only good if you're more into partying than actually learning. You would still learn some basic things though. There are a ton of different language schools in Xela, most are really good. And if you get to one and are disapointed, you could probably be studying at a different one by the next day. All the language schools have contacts to volunteer organizations. Usually you have to have a certain level of Spanish achieved first, then they will help you get in contact with the type of organization you want to work with.