Quetzaltenango, as second biggest city of Guatemala, relies 100% on volunteer firefighters. These firefighters are responsible to attend emergencies and fires in the city. Volunteer with prior training would participate in the ambulance activities. This can include attend car accidents, injured people, general sickness. On a daily basis, the local firefighters attend approximately 6-10 emergencies, in the area of Quetzaltenango and surrounding villages. In case of big accidents, they also provide assistance further into the country.
Volunteers are welcome to support the ambulances of the firefighters. This involves being present at the station, and when an emergency comes in, volunteers can assist with all of them.
When there are no emergencies, there is help needed with cleaning of the units, check equipment and general tasks. Spanish speaking volunteers are needed.
Volunteer Abroad: Paramedical/ Rescue Program
- Project length: From 1 week to 12 weeks
- Arrival airport: Guatemala City
- Work schedule: Monday to Friday, flexible schedule (24h operating project)
- Requirements: Proficient Spanish. Prior EMT experience/training. US$50 donation
- Age limits: Minimum 18 years or older for solo travelers
- Airlines: American, United, Delta, Spirit, Avianca, Taca
- Vaccinations: Routine Vac, Hep-A and Typhoid wwwnc.cdc.gov
- Accommodation: Host Families
- Meals: 3 per day Monday to Saturday, Sunday only breakfast
- Arrival: Airport meet and greet pickup, transport to bus station
- Bus Ticket: Included and pick up at Quetzaltenango bus station.
- Orientation: Project Overview and Orientation
- Support: Pre-trip written guide, In-country ABV staff available 24/7
- Departure: ABV Staff Escorted Airport Transfer
- Flights to Guatemala. Entry Visa. Departure taxes. Vaccinations. Local Transportation. Travel & Health Insurance. Laundry and Internet