Biology/Chemistry Teaching Internship in Guatemala SPRING/SUMMER 2019


Compensation includes up to a $1,000 monthly stipend, dependent on qualifications, on-site lodging in a rustic cabin, daily meals from the school's cafeteria, and cost of bus transportation to and from Guatemala City.

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A minimum of three months up to a six-month commitment is preferred beginning in March, April, May, or June.



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San Juan la Ceiba


Adopt-A-Village in Guatemala (AAV), a 501(C)(3) organization located in Grants Pass, OR, is seeking a bilingual individual (English/Spanish) with a background in biology and chemistry to serve in our organization's private schools in the Mayan Center for Education, an educational community located in remote northwestern Guatemala. The residential campus is situated on 200 acres of pristine rain forest, and comprises a high school, middle school, nutrition center, organic gardens, and staff and student housing.

Responsibilities of this leadership position include classroom and science laboratory instruction with students, as well as an important advisory role with two department teachers to strengthen the schools' current science curriculum and assist them in running an efficient on-site science lab. Science equipment and supplies will be provided to assist in creating experiments that support the students' theoretical studies.

Classes are held at the private school for 19 consecutive days each month.


VACATION: 10-day vacations are offered each month, giving an opportunity to travel to Mayan villages and engage in projects that Adopt-a-Village manages, including its expanding sustainable agricultural projects. A trip to the famous Mayan Ruins at Tikal and Yahxa is only six-hours from the school. The Belize border is only another 1 ½ away from Yahxa, providing opportunities for travel there as well. Alternately you may remain on campus, hike to a pristine volcanic lake with a Mayan guide, visit a jungle animal reserve (two hours distance from campus), or simply kick back and explore and enjoy the 200-acre rainforest campus ambience.

MISSION: AAV's primary focus is education through programs that emphasize leadership and self-efficacy. AAV has been working steadily in northwestern Huehuetenango for almost 30 years, growing and evolving in response to the needs and strengths of the indigenous Mayan communities where it works. Candidate must have a sincere interest in education, social justice, and the environment, and be comfortable living in rustic conditions.