VOLUNTEERING GUATEMALA

TEACHING

Do you love the Dealing with children and want to help where your help is urgently needed? Would you like to get a taste of the everyday life of a teacher and improve your Spanish skills at the same time? Our partner organization in the beautiful Antigua, Guatemalabuilds schools around the city to Children and young people from the poorest backgrounds a chance of an education. But that's not all: the pupils receive lunch, school materials, attention and love, as well as psychological support. This project gets under your skin! You will immerse yourself in a different world, make a lasting improvement to the children's lives, make friends and learn a lot about yourself. In your free time, you can discover Antigua - it has great food and a lively backpacker scene.

Quick Facts

Type of program
Educational project for children and young people
Program location
Antigua
, Guatemala
Working hours
approx. 5 hours, Mon-Fri
Program start
Every 1st Saturday of the month
Minimum age
18 years
Language
Basic knowledge
Prerequisites
Desire to work with children
Location
Mountains, Small town
Accommodation
Double room, Single room, Host family, Multi-bed room
Catering
Not included
Support
German-speaking contact person via WhatsApp
Internet
Mobile Internet with SIM card from WanderWorld Travel
Price
Single room
Base price 1st program: 1400,00 €
Extension month: 640,00 €
Double room
Base price 1st program: 1270,00 €
Extension month: 510,00 €
Host family
Base price 1st program: 1560,00 €
Extension month: 800,00 €
Multi-bed room
Base price 1st program: 1260,00 €
Extension month: 500,00 €

Project description

You have a big Heart for children and young people, would you like to enrich their everyday lives and accompany them on their way to a regulated and self-determined life? Then our Teaching project in the beautiful city of Antigua is just right for you. Our partner organization has set itself the task of building schools around the city of Antigua and thus giving children and young people from the surrounding villages a real chance of an education. The organization was founded in 2006 by three Dutch people who themselves came to Guatemala as young people and did volunteer work there. They were introduced to the Poverty many families, which led her to the decision to help the many children who do not belong to the School can go.

Many Guatemalan families have more than 4 children. Unfortunately, poverty often means that they cannot afford the time and money required to send their children to school. There is also a lack of schools and teachers, so not all children have the privilege of going to school. The founders of the project immediately realized that only a good education can improve the future of the children and Guatemala. Thanks to the support of donations and volunteers from all over the world, three schools have already been built in recent years. 500 children and young people have the opportunity to attend school every day and are given the chance of a better future. The schools place particular emphasis on a comprehensive and future-oriented education and the English lessons has a high priority. English is not taught at all in most state schools, but young people can get better jobs with it later on.

The schools not only offer traditional lessons in all relevant subjects such as Spanish, English and mathematics, but also teach students how to use the Computer is brought closer to the pupils. In an increasingly digital world, the necessary knowledge in this area is essential. At home, families often have no access to the internet and do not have a computer. During the breaks, the pupils can work off their energy through sport. They also receive psychological support and attention if necessary, Love and recognition. The schools also rely on cooperation with social workers who support the families in matters of education. In addition, the children are provided with all the materials they need free of charge: school supplies, books, pens, but also snacks and lunch.

The schools survive on donations and the commitment of many volunteer from all over the world. Be part of this great project, get a taste of the everyday life of a teacher and improve your Spanish language skills at the same time. You will immerse yourself in a different world and make a lasting difference to the children's lives. During your time at the school, you will make friends and new contacts and have lots of contact with the locals. An unforgettable time with lots of exciting experiences awaits you.

Tasks

The help of the volunteers is particularly needed in the Pre-school classes needed. In Guatemala, kindergarten children aged 4-6 are taught before they start elementary school. The schools teach the little ones half of the day in Spanish and the other half in English. Lessons take place from 7:30 am to 12 noon. You will assist the Teaching English when teaching, for example when doing handicrafts, painting or working on worksheets. We often sing songs together in English to teach the children the vocabulary for the body parts, colors or animals in a playful way. You can play games with them or read simple books. Each class has around 25 schoolchildren, which means that the games can be quite colorful. Afterwards, you will help the teachers to put the classroom back in order and prepare the materials for the next lesson. If you want to take the initiative, you are welcome to teach English yourself or give a presentation about your background and culture.

In the morning, the children have 1 hour Breakhere you look after them at the Play in the schoolyard and act as their contact person. Help the little ones to wash their hands and eat their snacks before they go back to class.

Do you already have a solid knowledge of Spanish? Then you can also interact a lot with the teachers and help plan and prepare the lessons.

In the afternoon there will also be a After-School ProgramHere you can offer various workshops depending on your skills and interests. Your creativity is in demand! Because how you Workshops is up to you. Whether it's group games, arts and crafts, dancing or handicrafts, the main thing is that it's lots of fun! Or are you more of a sports fan? Then you can help shape the after-school sports program. Soccer is the most popular sport among Guatemalans, but other sporting activities are also popular.

Program location

Antigua

Antigua is the former capital and our favorite city in Guatemala and makes every traveler's heart beat faster. The positive atmosphere of this city is unique. Antigua is beautiful and impressive in many ways. Let yourself be enchanted by the colorful houses, cobblestone streets and many small stores, restaurants and cafés. Antigua is a magnet for young people from all over the world, and many who have traveled here have stayed. The surrounding volcanoes offer a spectacular view and invite you to climb them. There are many coffee and organic farms around Antigua that you can visit. The owners of the countless restaurants, cafés, bars and hostels come from all over the world, so the atmosphere is correspondingly international. You can hear 1,000 different languages in the bars and quickly make new friends from all over the world.

In addition to the work in the project, Antigua offers many opportunities for colorful leisure activities. Climbing the surrounding volcanoes is an experience that you will probably never forget. A weekend trip to Lake Atitlan is just as worthwhile.

You can find more information about Antigua here.

Prerequisites

You don't need any special qualifications to work at the school. Of course, you should enjoy working with children and young people, enjoy spending time with them and be keen to make new contacts and friends. You will be working a lot with locals. You should be open-minded and have the motivation to get to know a new culture and everything that goes with it. Working at the school will playfully improve your Spanish skills and also have a positive impact on your life. A wonderful experience that you will remember for a long time to come.

Language

The national language in Guatemala is Spanish. It is crucial that we ensure that our participants have a solid knowledge of Spanish, especially when it comes to our children's aid projects. Many of the children in the projects speak little or no English, which is why Spanish is the main language.
To meet this need, we can organize a Spanish course at one of our renowned schools in Latin America in advance. This will not only improve the effectiveness of the work, but also foster a deeper connection with the communities.

Accommodation and meals

You have the choice of whether you prefer to work in a Guesthouse or in a Guatemalan Host family would like to live.

Our Guesthouse is located on the outskirts of Antigua. Here you can choose to be accommodated in a shared room with other participants and guests or in a single room. The shared rooms have their own bathroom, up to four single beds and a desk. The single room shares the bathroom with two other people and is located in the corridor directly next to the room.

The guesthouse has a lovely communal area and a kitchen where the volunteers enjoy cooking together.

The center of Antigua is just a few minutes' walk away. There are many restaurants, bars and cafés in the area.

Our Host families are personally selected by us. You will stay in a single room with the family and usually share a bathroom. Meals can be booked for a small surcharge. All host families live in Antigua.

Contact person

Alejandro is Guatemalan and grew up in Antigua. That's why he knows the city, the country and its culture like no other. He has a great passion for Germany, has visited the country several times and speaks the language fluently. Alejandro always has an open ear for your wishes and is happy to introduce you to his home country. He is happy to organize city tours and weekend excursions for our participants. You will never feel alone. Thanks to his history studies, he can tell you a lot about the history of Guatemala and the ancient buildings in Antigua. Alejandro will look after you during the introductory event in Antigua. A German-speaking contact person is available via WhatsApp in the same time zone to answer any questions you may have during your stay in Latin America.

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Services and prices

Single room
Base price 1st program: 1400,00 €
Extension month: 640,00 €
Double room
Base price 1st program: 1270,00 €
Extension month: 510,00 €
Host family
Base price 1st program: 1560,00 €
Extension month: 800,00 €
Multi-bed room
Base price 1st program: 1260,00 €
Extension month: 500,00 €

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