Come and help around our spiritual retreat center in Santa Cruz la Laguna, Guatemala



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  • Description


    We are a retreat and wellness center located in Santa Cruz la Laguna, Lake Atitlán, Guatemala. We are dedicated to rejuvenating holistic practices and healing modalities as well as preserving Mayan traditions and facilitating outdoor adventure in the heart of the Altiplano. Majestically located on the shores of Lake Atitlan, we offer custom-designed all-inclusive services, to personal, group and family retreats.

    We rent our space and offer hotel and restaurant services to retreat leaders and their participants. Our high season is from November to April.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    General Maintenance
    Help with Computers/ Internet

  • UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN goals
    No poverty
    Zero hunger
    Good health and well-being
    Quality education
    Gender equality
    Clean water and sanitation
    Affordable and clean energy
    Decent work and economic growth
    Industries, innovation and infrastructure
    Reduce inequality
    Sustainable cities and communities
    Responsible consumption and production
    Climate action
    Life below water
    Life on land
    Peace, justice and strong institutions
    Partnerships for the goals
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    This is an opportunity to be immersed in the local Maya culture, enjoy the slower life of a retreat center on the lake, deepen any practices you are currently cultivating, enjoy the wonderful meals and food served here at our center, take advantage of our hot-tubs and on-site offerings and enjoy the local communities here on the lake. Volunteers can learn Spanish, study Kaqchikel, enjoy the spectacular landscape and visit the twelve villages surrounding the lake.

  • Help


    We are only accepting volunteers at this time who have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19. We understand that this is a sensitive and controversial topic, and we are doing our best to maintain the safety of our staff and guests so we can continue to operate our retreat center during the ongoing global pandemic.

    We are looking for the following:

    1. a photographer/videographer to assist us with developing our content and the use of social media to ensure that it aligns with our branding. The volunteer would need to have experience working with social media marketing (primarily Instagram)

    2. an individual or couple to help with the everyday management and duties of running our spiritual retreat center, as well as serving as hosts for our guests

    We're seeking a high level of organization, computer skills, sociable nature and a positive attitude. We will start with a few weeks to learn the ropes and can potentially extend the position.

    3. We are also currently looking for an experienced herbalist/acupuncturist who would be able to work with our well-stocked apothecary. This requires someone with extensive knowledge, professionalism and experience in the field.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    On-site guest room and three meals per day in exchange for (max 25 hours/week) 5 hours of work per day, five days per week. Your guest room may be shared with another volunteer. You may also be asked to move rooms depending on the needs of the center, but we will try our best to have you move as little as possible.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    This large endorheic lake (one that does not flow to the sea) is the deepest lake in Central America with a maximum depth of 1,120 feet (340 meters). The local people speak of a 50-75-year cycle during which the level of the lake water fluctuates dramatically. For this reason, the Maya have strategically built their pueblos far above the lakeshore.

    There are 12 villages around the lake. Each village has its own distinctive style, revealed through the traditional dress of the women. This clothing is called traje. The women’s huipíles, or tops, are ceremoniously changed each New Year to reflect the evolving fashion of the Mayan women. Most men now wear western clothing, but if you walk around town, you will undoubtedly spot one or two dressed in the traje of his pueblo. The two Mayan dialects spoken on Lake Atitlán are Kaqchikel and Tzutujil.

    The lake’s landscape features three volcanoes. Facing the lake from our place, to the far right sits the oldest volcano, San Pedro, rising to 9,908 feet (3,020 meters). Directly in front of the Villa are two volcanoes, although they often appear to be only one. In front is Tolimán, standing at 10, 361 feet (158 meters) and behind Tolimán looms the youngest volcano, Atitlán, at a height 11,605 feet (3,537 meters). Volcán Atitlán is the only one of the three believed to still be active, though its last eruption occurred in 1853. Most of the year, the volcanoes are clearly visible in their supreme grandeur.

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    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    On-site guest room or nearby guest house and three meals per day in exchange for maximum of 5 hours of work per day, five days per week.

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