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Eco Lodge Semuc Champey, Guatemala

6 reviews6

Work in our cacao plantation and in our tropical garden!

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This host has received 7 applications recently. We recommend you apply for other positions too.
Practice Spanish
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Connect with the locals
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What you offer


Hours per day
Help out and collaborate with your host only a few hours per week.
Plant crops, sow seeds and help in outside tasks.
Help grow plants and cultivate gardens
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What you get


Days off per week
Have some time off for yourself, go explore the city or rest for a while.
Team Dorm
You will have a bed in a shared room, which means you will share the same room with other people.
You are entitled to a free breakfast, every day of your stay.
You are entitled to a free lunch, every day of your stay.
You are entitled to a free dinner, every day of your stay.
Discounts on Restaurants
Get discounts at nearby restaurants.
Discounts on Drinks
Get discounts for drinks and beverages from our bar.
Discounts on Tours
Get discounts for tours and excursions around town.
Free Tours
We’ll take you on tours and rides around town. For free!
Free Hiking Tours
We’ll take you on excursions and hikes around town. For free!
Pick Up
We will pick you up when you arrive, and take you to our property.
Yoga classes
Take free yoga classes at our place.
Language lessons
Take free language classes at our place.
Use our equipped kitchen
Feel free to use our kitchen and make your own delicious food.
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The Experience

We offer you a free accommodation and 3 meals (including soft drinks) a day. Also discounts on all other drinks and meals, tours and activities we offer. We also have a kitchen for the volunteeers to prepare their own meal or just hang out with your fellow volunteers. In exchange, we need help taking care of the garden, planting & composting. Apply to know more! =)

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  • Intermediate English
  • Over 18 years old
  • Only hosts solo volunteers (doesn’t accept couples or pairs)

What's not included

Flights, Travel Insurance, Internal Transportation and Visa

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Stay at least
4 weeks

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6 Reviews


Host & Team


Hours & Tasks


Eco Lodge


Learning & Fun


How this experience will transform you

1 Developing environmental awareness

1 Meeting international travelers

1 Meeting locals

1 Practicing Spanish

United States


Utopia is a unique experience that's everyone should experience once. From the food to them full-time staff, the outdoor activities, down to the sense of community. Basically, if you love nature, you'll really enjoy the hostel.

3 months ago



I had the opportunity to volunteer at Utopia for three months. My overall experience was amazing. The scenery and nature are breathtaking and the river that changes every day is just steps away.
Pia and John are great. They are super friendly and accommodating, by the end of my stay I really felt like family and was sad to go. The rest of the full-time staff there are a ton of fun and really nice.
I would highly recommend Utopia for anyone who is looking for a getaway from the hustle and bustle that life can bring and would like a new jungle experience.
I hope to be back again one day!

about 2 years ago



I volunteered in Utopia for 6 weeks and had an amazing time. The natural scene with all it's beauty, waking up to birdsongs every day, the health focused lifestyle that a volunteer can live there, the beautiful river, the easygoing management and staff are all making your stay an unforgettable experience and of course the delicious veggie food that they spoil you with :) last but not at least the close proximity to Semuc and the lovely Mayan community makes your Utopia stay full and makes sure that want to return one day.

Thank you Pia and John for an awesome jungle experience :D

about 2 years ago

El Salvador


Hostel owners John and Pia very good hosts.

over 2 years ago



I had the most rewarding experience at Utopia, I mean, how couldn’t I when the people is amazing and the place left me speechless everyday. I feel very grateful for this opportunity, I learned a lot of things.

I am definitely coming back, and, worldpacker, if you have the chance to go to this place, I wouldn’t think it twice.

over 2 years ago

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