• Home to more than 15 million people
  • Major crops include sugar, coffee, bananas and vegetables
  • The average income is $2,800 (USD)
  • 54% of Guatemalans live below the poverty line
  • 50% of children under the age of 5 suffer from chronic malnutrition


Interns in Guatemala work directly with the children and staff at the Malnutrition Center for 4-6 weeks. Some typical tasks include: feeding children, playing games and sports, sharing Bible stories and songs, working in the clinic, working with the social worker and completing maintenance projects. Interns are leaders of an assigned room and assist nannies and other staff with daily tasks. Interns also provide leadership and guidance to short-term mission teams and help ensure they engage in effective ministry during their time at the Malnutrition Center. Interns are given the opportunity to enjoy cultural activities, sightseeing, excursions, trips to the market and more, including a chance to see the world famous city of Antigua. There are plenty of opportunities to learn and practice Spanish!


The cost of serving in Guatemala is $2,100 plus airfare (approximately an additional $700 roundtrip from Orlando). These costs cover housing, meals, in-country transportation, interpreters, excursions, insurance, and snacks/bottled water.

Living Arrangements

Interns stay at the Malnutrition Center in San Jaun, Guatemala. It is dorm-style housing with shared bathrooms and a kitchen. Beds, sheets, towels and pillows are provided. The kitchen is stocked with food and snacks and wireless Internet is available.


Summer 2018 Session 1 runs June 2 – July 6
Summer 2018 Session 2 runs June 30 – August 3
Spring 2018 Session to be determined
Fall 2018 Session to be determined

How to Apply

All individuals interested in participating in the Orphan’s Heart internship program must complete the following:

  1. Fill out the Internship Application.
  2. Send in a minimum of 3 written reference letters of recommendation to
  3. Complete a phone interview with an Orphan’s Heart staff member.
  4. Complete a background screening and pass a drug test.
  5. Obtain a note from a medical professional stating you are healthy enough to travel abroad for up to six weeks.
  6. Complete the Orphan’s Heart Internship Training.