Volunteer English Teacher - Guatemala



Start Date


End Date


Times of day

Weekday Mornings

Time Commitment

Part time (10-30 hrs/wk)


Long-Term (6 months-1 year)


Santiago Atitlán


About us

One,two…tree! is a non-profit organization focused on education in Central America. We are based in Santiago Atitlán,Guatemala. Santiago Atitlán is a beautiful small town with approximately 45,000 people. 90% of the population are Mayan and speak Tz'utujil, mother tongue, one of 24 indigenous languages spoken in Guatemala as well as Spanish. Santiago Atitlán is a picturesque town with a lot of history and with an important indigenous culture that makes it especially unique and interesting.

In Santiago Atitlán, we are focused on teaching English in primary schools. English class is part of the national primary school curriculum, but very few primary education teachers have the skills to teach the language to their students. At this moment, we are collaborating with 12 primary schools, where our volunteers teach English to 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th graders. With these lessons, we are preparing our students for their English classes in secondary schools. They can also use this knowledge for their future professional life, as the tourism sector is growing very rapidly in Central America.

Your work with One,two...tree!

Volunteers in Guatemala teach the basics of English to children between 6 and 12 years old. Lessons are taught in public schools of Santiago Atitlán. The average number of classroom hours is approximately 16 hours per week. Your actual weekly workload should be twice the ours in the classroom or about 32 hours per week - which is used for class preparations, grading homework and tests, and administrative work. You will be teaching about 4 to 5 hours a day, four days a week. You will have Fridays off so you can go on long weekend trips to visit the beautiful towns around Lake Atitlán such as San Pedro, San Marco, and Panajachel; hike some of the 34 volcanoes spread around the country, and visit other unique places such as Antigua, Chichicastenango and Semuc Champey. During school holidays Volunteers have gone on longer trips such as to San Cristobal, Mexico, Livingston, Guatemala or other parts of Central America.

Volunteers will be trained in the use of our academic materials upon their arrival. These materials are standard throughout our organization. All work is organized and managed on-the-ground by our Volunteer Coordinator. She organizes the arrival, accommodation and teaching schedule of our volunteers in Guatemala.

The Guatemala school year runs from January thru October. During the school vacation (November and December) English Classes for Teacher, Adults, and other organizations will continue, but fewer Volunteers are required during this period.


  • Intermediate level of English and Basic level of Spanish is recommended (we offer Spanish classes to help those that need or want to learn more Spanish).
  • Minimum Commitment: One month (no maximum).
  • No previous teaching experience required
  • Ability to work in a multicultural setting.
  • Cultural sensitivity, ability to connect across diverse cultural and linguistic environments.


We do not charge registration fees, volunteer fees, or administrative fees. Volunteers only pay for their travel and living expenses. These payments are made directly to the local people providing these services.


We will arrange for your accommodations. Prices range from $150 USD to approximately $330 USD per month depending on whether you want a room or apartment with a Host Family, food included, Internet, and/or laundry service. Your Host Family will give you a warm welcome and you will have a wonderful stay during your time with them. Staying with a Host Family allows you to get a truly local experience with the culture, food, music, lifestyle, and traditions of a typical Mayan family in Guatemala.


  • Training Provided
  • Housing Available
  • Language/Cultural Support Available


  • Groups
  • International Volunteers

How To Apply


To apply, please go to the One,two...tree! website and click the Click to Volunteer button to fill out the Volunteer Application form.