At the place where we were volunteering in Guatemala, we met an old guy from Denmark. We became really good friends with Him. Once, he told me, that we are so lucky to be workawayers at this place, that I should call my blog: “You can travel luxuriously on a budget”. So yeah, this is how I would describe our experience in Guatemala…
When we wrote to Pedro (our host from WorkAway) we were not expecting anything like this. The job and the place were different in their description.
Let me tell you about it…
About the place and about Pedro
Lake Atitlan is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been to. It’s a lake in Guatemala, surrounded by small villages all around and three big (nonactive) volcanos. We were “hired” by a guy named Pedro. He is the owner of a Spanish Language School, a very successful travel agency in Guatemala, a hotel and a restaurant. Also, he’s the manager of the place where we were working: La Casa Rosa Rosa Hotel. This is a lakefront hotel, with the best view on the lake, local staff, and a magical garden…
About the work we had to do
Originally, we were supposed to help Pedro’s kids to learn English, but when he saw our profession, he asked us to do something else. We built up a website from zero (lakeatitlanguatemala.com), we helped to fix another website (lascasarosa.com) and we also did some online marketing stuff 🙂
We worked 5 hours per day, 6 days per week. The only problem we had was that the internet was not the best all the time, but we managed to finish almost everything we wanted to.
This is a perfect example for a win-win situation: he needed someone to fix some problems but to hire someone costs a lot and it takes a lot of time to explain via email everything. Also, marketing something like this hotel is waaaay better if you can experience it. And we really needed a place where we can rest and relax, but also we needed a place where we could plan our trip, where to go or where to sleep in the following months. Moreover, we could practice the work we wanted to do. Oh, and by the way, thanks to this job, we ended up with three new requests (for money, so now maybe we can start our “digital-nomad” life finally!!)
An average day
5:00-6:00: I woke up, read something or just learned something new
6:00-7:00: morning yoga
7:00-8:00: reading Harry Potter 😀 or writing on my blog 8:00-9:00: local coffee and breakfast (usually omelette, oatmeal, fruits and vegetables and lemonade)
9:00-13:00: our time. Bálint usually went for a big walk, while I was working on my blog, then before lunch, we sat down to plan out trip
13:00-14:00: lunch (usually, vegetables with rice)
14:00- 19:00: work.
19:00-20:00: dinner (usually, vegetables with rice, or vegetable soup and tea)
20:00-: chill time.
What did we get in return?
We had the chance to sleep in this amazing hotel, we got food at the restaurant three times a day. I could not ask for more, because we really had the chance to rest! Also, we met some amazing people while we were at this place.