Work with children at risk in Guatemala

Where: Guatemala City, Guatemala
Departing: between 27th - 29th July
Returning: between 18th - 20th August

Contribution Target: £900 (+ £50 Project fund + flights)
Age: 18 +
Application Deadline: **NOW CLOSED**

Project outline

The Step team will be working in a project called Puerta de Esperanza (Door of Hope) in Guatemala City. The project is situated in an open market area known as 'the Terminal'. This is an area of high social need and extreme poverty, where many have a dysfunctional home life and it is not uncommon for children to be working. As a result, many children never go to school and are at risk of becoming involved in gangs, theft and prostitution.


The Puerta de Esperanza project partners with local schools and churches to run classes and activities for the children, to encourage them to stay in education. Your team will be helping with these activities and you'll have the chance to bring any skills you have to the table (music, art, sport etc.) to help the children have fun and learn. There may also be some practical tasks around the schools or churches that you can help with. All you need is a desire to serve!

You’ll get a few rest days, giving you the chance to explore a bit more of this amazing country!



Step teams stay right in the heart of the community they are serving, living together as a team. Latin Americans are extremely hospitable but as you're going to areas with greater economic need, you should expect accommodation to be cosy and fairly basic.

You will most likely be staying either in the building of the church that supports the project, or in the house of the project's directors. This will be confirmed before your Orientation in June.

How much does it cost?

Contribution Target: £900 (+ £50 Project Fund)

We encourage each Step applicant to meet a specific financial target for their time away. This amount is a contribution towards the cost of running the Step Programme and your participation in it. We do not want the personal financial contribution to be a stumbling block for anyone keen to serve in Latin America; therefore we look to support those who may find it genuinely difficult to meet this target.

What does your contribution cover?

 Orientation before departure (residential)* 
 Country specific training and materials  
 Food and accommodation  
 Health clearance and medical advice  
 Project setup and supervision  
 Residential debrief weekend  
 Comprehensive insurance cover  
 £50 towards project material e.g. bricks, paint, wood, cement, crafts/ art supplies etc.
 Admin costs - DBS, application process, resources etc.

What's not covered?

 Return flights
 Vaccinations - some of them costs money
 Pre-departure UK travel - We usually book flights from London so you all fly out together as a team.
 Personal spending money


We think it is of utmost importance to prepare our volunteers well and so hold a compulsory Orientation for all those wishing to take part in Step. It is a residential Orientation weekend (Friday-Sunday) so food and accommodation will be provided and the cost covered by your contribution target - all you need to do is get there!

*Orientation for 2017 will be held just outside Reading from the 23rd - 25th June. 

Want to go for longer?

If you're free for 7 weeks over the summer and want to make the most of your time in Latin America, why not do both of our summer projects?

Getting between the two countries is easy and inexpensive and will give you another perspective on life here! We organise everything and help you find a great deal on flights.

Contribution Target: £1350 (+ £100 Project Fund)
If you're interested, then just download the application form below and tick the 7 week option.

Any questions?

If you have any further questions about Step, please visit our FAQs. For our full booking conditions please click here.

How to apply

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