Your Local Volunteer Placement Agency


Individuals or groups, apply to volunteer with Buena Onda


Buena Onda specializes in customizing your volunteer trip

Volunteering is a commitment to a community and a project. Volunteers are important to the progress of an organization, and Buena Onda is your link to projects that align with your passions, goals, schedules and special requests. We believe that a motivated volunteer is an effective volunteer and we work with you one-to-one to make sure that you are comfortable with the roles and expectations of your chosen project.  

Please take a moment to fill out this volunteer application form

 project categories

Animal Welfare

Work with other passionate volunteers to improve the situation of animals. 


Partake in sustainable projects so that each generation can enjoy the bounty that Guatemala's natural resources has to offer. 


Get your hard hat on and contribute to a community building project.

Health & Nutrition

Support the creation of long-term healthy and thriving communities in Guatemala that allows for productivity to flourish. 


Break the cycle of poverty through education and empowerment. 

Social Justice

Help us support projects which have causes that you are passionate about, for a more equal Guatemalan society.

Project Locations

Antigua & Surrounding Areas - Pacific Coast - Peten & Northern Jungle 

Lake Atitlan & Surrounding Villages  - Guatemala City

Build your own trip with Buena Onda

With our local knowledge. Buena Onda handles all the logistics for you so that you can concentrate on what really matters - the great impact you’ll have with your volunteer project and surrounding community. When you build your trip, we provide our best recommendations and tips on location, transport, accommodation...all the pieces you want to know about for a safe, comfortable trip. We're here to answer all your questions and you make the choices that best suit your budget and needs. We keep track of your trip and send you a final invoice; with that, we pay all the bills so that all is settled by the time you arrive! 

We start with a (US) $100 administrative fee

This fee is payable as we begin the placement process and is non-refundable. The Buena Onda fee acknowledges the energy and time we devote to every aspect of your volunteer time in Guatemala.

Placing you with the right project

  • Buena Onda is based in Guatemala. The staff at Buena Onda are knowledgeable of all our projects and we are here to assist you in finding the project that is right for you.

Accommodation assistance based on your budget

  • We have arrangements with the best guesthouses, hotels, and hostels.

Airport transfer arrangements and travel around Guatemala

  • We help you coordinate transportation from Guatemala City to your project location, and any further travel throughout the country.

Orientation of your new surroundings

  • Consider us your personal assistant and in-country travel guide! We show you to the best money exchange and secure ATMs, the most well-stocked pharmacies, the best eating and drinking spots, where to purchase food, in addition to many other useful tips and tricks. The goal of your orientation is to answer your questions so that you can feel at home from the day you arrive.

Assistance with Spanish classes

  • Whether a private tutor or a local Spanish school, Buena Onda has some of the best rates and all our partnering teachers are experienced at any learning levels. While fluency is not at all necessary, being able to communicate confidently is an essential component of any rich volunteer experience, let us help you find the best teachers to get the most out of your volunteer experience!