Make a real difference and help towards making a brighter future for Guatemalan kids. This incredible after-school programme seeks to provide meaningful education opportunities to more than 1,000 children who come from poor coffee-growing families. The goal is to help improve living conditions and provide skills and confidence needed to make changes in this beautiful corner of Guatemala. Volunteering your time at this vibrant programme means you will spend afternoons with local kids, sharing your skills and knowledge, helping with English, maths, art and IT as well as one-to-one tutoring and maintaining the centre in their absence. You will be staying with a local family with chance to improve your Spanish and get a real glimpse of life lived as a local. Please not that basic Spanish is mandatory for this project so you will have a lot more fun and interaction with the kids.
Transfer from Guatemala City airport or your Antigua Hotel (hotel not included) to your family homestay at the volunteer project, which is about 20 minutes outside of Antigua, approximately 1 hour driving time. Once the third largest city in all of Spanish America, Antigua served as Guatemala`s capital city for more than 200 years until it was destroyed by an earthquake in 1773. Antigua today is a peaceful, partially restored colonial city that is a pleasure to explore. In your spare time, walk through quiet cobblestone streets past rebuilt stucco homes with heavy, beautifully carved wooden entrances. It is a short 45 km from Guatemala City on a lovely winding road. The natural scenery is some of the most beautiful anywhere with high mountain peaks surrounding deep valleys, every inch of land covered with lush growth. The point of reference for finding one`s way around Antigua is the Central Park, which is directly in the centre of town and the place to be in the late afternoon or early evening. You can pick up a map from the tourist office located on the ground floor of the Palace of the Captains-General on the south side of the Central Park. Explore the museums, the colonial buildings and other sites in this delightful town.
Spend 4-6 hours a day, Monday to Friday, working alongside friendly staff and international volunteers by assisting with recreational activities, art, computer classes, and tutoring to improve reading and writing skills. Activities during the project will include: • Tutoring and homework support, particularly reinforcement classes in Math, Reading, Science and Social Studies • Introducing motor skills to teach children working with scissors, crayons, stitching etc. • Basic reading and writing skills, including grammar, handwriting and spelling • Higher critical thinking skills through educational games and creative problem-solving activities • Encouraging creativity through art and craft projects The aim of this project is to improve the living conditions of over 1000 children who come from poor coffee-growing families by providing meaningful education opportunities to help them gain the skills and confidence they need to create a brighter future. Your weekends are free to enjoy all that this beautiful place has to offer.
Depart any time or you hopefully have more weeks booked with this project to fully immerse yourself into the colourful local living.