Friends of San Lucas

Position: San Lucas Mission Intern

Contact: Terri Wong, Mission Activities and Communications Coordinator

Goal of Program:

The experience at the San Lucas Mission is focused on learning. In working alongside Guatemalans and accompanying them in their daily activities, volunteers can learn about the richness of the Mayan culture, the work of the mission, and life in Guatemala.

Interns come to be a part of the mission projects including construction, housing, coffee, education, and healthcare. Beyond projects, interns form relationships in the community. In taking part in this cross-cultural exchange, we hope interns become more open, aware, and educated global citizens.

Type of Placement:

The average day for an intern will vary during the course of their time at the Mission. During peak seasons, when the Mission has multiple visiting groups, interns can expect to spend the majority of their time with these volunteer groups. Interns may find themselves helping on the construction site of a new house, sorting coffee beans before roasting, participating in housing repairs, leading a culture class at the women’s center, or building fuel-efficient stoves. When things slow down, interns are encouraged to get involved in various projects of the Mission and in the community. Many decide to become deeply involved with one or two projects to see the projects transform throughout their stay.

We love to have individuals apply from a variety of areas of study and interest; there is a place for all.  We offer internship focus areas, but are also open to developing personalized internships

Service Area: San Lucas Mission

We are located about 100 miles west of Guatemala City, on Lake Atitlán in the central highlands of Guatemala.

Map: San Lucas Mission

Service Length: 3-month minimum commitment


  • 18 years or older
  • Conversational Spanish or willingness to attend language school before beginning to work at the Mission
  • Previous international experience preferred

Financial Arrangements:

  • Room and board
  • Transportation to and from the airport
  • Local travel expenses

Living Arrangements: San Lucas provides a home for interns, a vibrant intentional living community.  Interns are expected to share in mealtimes at the Mission and live in community with their fellow interns.

Program Size: 6-8 Interns at a time

Training: Language school (if necessary), on site orientation, individual program mentoring

Application Deadline: Friends of San Lucas are always accepting applications. We request applications be submitted at least 3-6 months before the timeframe you hope to volunteer.