We're looking for volunteer Hiking Guide in Guatemala (:

The Exchange

We are in search of hardworking, experienced volunteers to lead hikes throughout the highlands of Guatemala, for us as we are a non-profit hiking-outfitter. 100% of our profits go to support a local school of 170+ primary school-aged children, as well as a boarding house that is home to 22 full-time children. Come help us and be part of the change!

What you offer

30 hours of help per week

Social Work: Help with volunteer work in local projects and communities.

What you get

1 day off per week

Shared Dorm: You will have a bed in a shared room, which means you will share the same room with other travelers.

Breakfast: You are entitled to a free breakfast, every day of your stay.

Dinner: You are entitled to a free dinner, every day of your stay.

Discounts on Tours: Get discounts for tours and excursions around town.

Discounts on Accommodation: Get discounts for your stay in other hostels.

Free Hiking Tours: We’ll take you on excursions and hikes around town. For free!

Use our equipped kitchen: Feel free to use our kitchen and make your own delicious food.


Fluent English or Beginner Spanish

Over 18 years old

Accepts solo applications and also couples and pairs

What's not included

Flights, Travel Insurance, Internal Transportation and Visa

Program Details

We are consistently in search of hardworking, experienced volunteers to lead hikes throughout the highlands of Guatemala.

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

Activities & Shift

As a trekking guide, you will be guiding (and soon leading) groups of people on our treks. This entails much more than just showing people the way up a volcano. You are there to make sure the trek runs smoothly, safely, and your group is fed, watered and content. This is not always an easy task. You will also develop an awareness of the people, culture, history, and ecology of the areas through which we trek to in-turn share this knowledge with your group of trekkers (and newer guides).

Trekking days can make up anywhere between 3 – 6 days of your week, all depending on the schedule and number of guides that are here at any given time.

Guiding people on adventurous treks is just part of the job. Some of your week will be spent in the Quetzaltrekkers office, doing behind-the-scenes tasks to keep the whole operation running.