Volunteer in Guatemala Center For Orphaned Children
Center For Orphaned Children
Project Overview: An educational center for orphaned children created 15 years ago by the current Director and her husband. Currently the project looks after approximately 55 children between the ages of 3 and 14.
Due to the small size of the project and their lack of resources, the sustainability and continuation of their work is very difficult and relies heavily on volunteer participation and external donations.
Location: The Project carries out its work in a small, pretty and secure village approximately 20-25 minutes from Antigua Guatemala by local bus.
Project Mission: To provide children a secure space for daily educational support, with the aim of encouraging their personal and vocational development within the context of the socioeconomic limitations of Guatemala. The project also undertakes training and capacity building with the parents of the children, such as literacy-building, support groups, educational workshops and other activities.
- Support learning and the completion of homework in all subjects that the children study at school, such as Science, Math, Language….
- Carry out motivational and educational games and activities, including activities to improve behavior and self-esteem.
- Organize team-building and integration exercises, for example sports matches.
- Help out with or run cooking workshops (once a week).
- Help impart basic IT classes (once a week)
- Organize occasional field trips with the children and their parents locally, so that they can experience a fun day out of their village.
- Depending on the specific skills and abilities of each volunteer they can plan and execute – alongside the project team – other suggested relevant activities.
- Occasionally the volunteers will be asked to contribute to helping with the upkeep and organization of the project, such as gardening, carpentry, organizing resources, cleaning etc.
Working Hours: Afternoons, approximately 1.30pm-5.30pm.
Suggested Volunteering Dates: Volunteers can participate in a placement at any time of year, except for the 2 weeks that the center is closed over Christmas (20th December-10th January).
Minimum Length of Placement: Minimum 2 weeks.
Location: Situated in Central America, bordered west and north by Mexico, east by Belize and Honduras, southeast by El Salvador and south by the Pacific Ocean. The capital is the City of Guatemala.
Climate: Often described as the ‘land of the eternal springtime’, due to its tropical and sub-tropical climate. A country with varied climates, but remains warm and sunny most months of the year, with lower temperatures at night. The mountainous geography of Guatemala – varying from sea level to 4200m above sea level - creates many variations in weather and temperature.
Culture: The ethnic diversity of Guatemala’s current population is reflected by the presence of descendants of various peoples – Mayan, Spanish, Afro-Caribbean, Mexican and (to a smaller extent) Northern American. The typical weavings and traditional dress are still made according to Mayan tradition, and there are still numerous Mayan ruins found at important archeological sites across Guatemala. The enduring mystery and magic of the Mayan civilization can still be felt at sites such as Tikal, Aguateca, Quirigua and Yaxha. Guatemala stands out amongst other Latin American countries for being the country with the highest population of indigenous people.
Tourism: Over the last few years Guatemala has become one of the most visited countries in Central America, with its Mayan traditions, vibrant history and incredible volcanic landscape proving to be a fantastic tourist attraction.
Language: The official spoken language is Spanish, but there exist 24 different Mayan languages. Years ago there were many more Mayan languages that have disappeared over the course of time.
Currency: The official currency of Guatemala is the Quetzal, $1 (7,65Q), 1EUR (8,35Q).
These details could vary according to future currency fluctuation.
Each volunteer will be provided housing with a Guatemalan host family in a charming house – either located in the small city of Antigua or in the community in which you will be carrying out your volunteer placement. The majority of rooms are single-occupancy, although some are shared with other volunteers. They are simple, clean rooms with all the basic necessities and the families are incredibly warm and welcoming. Each volunteer will be provided clean bedding and a home-cooked breakfast, lunch and dinner from Monday-Saturday.
- Volunteers must be 20 years old or above
- High level of Spanish fluency if not a native Spanish speaker.
- This particular project is appropriate for all kinds of volunteers and does not require specific training or experience.
- We expect a positive attitude and a willingness to live, learn and get to know a different culture in a community with few resources.
- It is very important for a volunteer to be highly adaptable, as the people that will be surrounding you during your time in Guatemala have very different lives and work to our own.
- It is essential to have an attitude of wanting to learn, willingness to listen and observe and motivation to help children and/or adults.
- Complete dedication to the volunteer experience is imperative.
4 weeks: 575 Euros ($640)
3 weeks: 470 Euros ($525)
2 weeks: 385 Euros ($430)
Extra week: 72 Euros ($80)
(These prices could vary slightly according to fluctuations in the $-EUR Exchange Rate).
These prices include:
- Pick-up and transport from Guatemala’s national airport, La Aurora, to your accommodation (one way).
- Accomodation with a host family, including 3 meals Monday-Friday.
- Presence of a Volunteer Coordinator to support you throughout your placement.
- Organization of your volunteer placement in a project of your choice, and a donation to the project.
These prices do not include:
- Plane ticket
- Travel insurance (obligatory)
- Contact us either by phone, email or by filling in the following application form.
- Once you have chosen your volunteering project and have confirmed your start and end dates, you will need to provide us with your exact flight dates (date, flight number, arrival time).
- We will send you a breakdown of the price of the program that you choose.
- Before departure we ask you to make a deposit of your program cost to the ONGVoluntariado Bank Account (the balance of your program cost will be settled in-country upon arrival).
- Before departure you will also receive all the information pertinent to your volunteer placement, Volunteer Contract, travel recommendations and useful info, and we will be available to resolve any doubts or issues you may have before commencing your placement.