Full time (30+ hrs/wk)
CONTINUOUS VOLUNTEER NEED!
LICHUTAM is an international development organization based in El Valle del Polochic–Guatemala. The Polochic Valley is one of the most disadvantaged areas in Guatemala, where education is still a privilege only a few can afford. Most rural communities in the region are affected by low income, high levels of poverty, and low access to basic service such as health, electricity, and water. Since 2009 we have been working to promote sustainable development in indigenous Maya communities through innovative solutions with the aim to improve education and the livelihoods of local inhabitants.
Currently our projects serve two Maya Q’eqchi speaking communities, with a total population of 600 people, focusing on following key projects:
1. Support teachers at the primary school in the community of Nueva Mercedes
2. Organize extracurricular activities such as computer classes, arts, crafts, mind-training games, and sports for children
3. Scholarship Program to provide support for students in secondary and high school
4. Family/Community Projects such as kitchen gardens, teaching planting/harvesting techniques, providing technical agricultural support
We are a small and young organization, a group of eager and practical people who want to make a difference in the world.
Currently, we are looking for volunteers to join our team and carry out the projects listed above in the field. This is a fantastic opportunity for anyone who has interest in international development, enjoys working in a rural environment, and has excellent intercultural communication skills.
Since we have a continuous turnover of volunteers, your start date is flexible for us. We can usually accept last minute volunteers (pending vacancy at our volunteer lodge) but are also happy to schedule volunteers to join us weeks or months in advance. While we feel volunteers are able to build better connections with the community the longer they stay, we are also flexible on how long you are able to volunteer with us.
· Ability to engage for 3, 6, or 12+ months’ period in the field (Negotiable)
· Fluency in Spanish and English – both written and spoken (REQUIRED)
· A minimum of an undergraduate degree in pedagogical studies, international development, international relations, economics or equivalent; Master’s degree and/or knowledge in alternative pedagogies such as Stainer School or Freire’s Pedagogy of the Oppressed are advantages
· Ability to work collaboratively as a part of an international, multicultural, multi-ethnic environment and team, utilizing strong intercultural communication skills, but also take responsibility and initiatives independently
· "Doer" attitude, eager to fulfill goals in a result-based management
· Experience working in rural areas in developing countries
· Ability to be flexible and adapt to the challenges of living in a rural environment and a tropical climate
· Experience working with indigenous communities, development of community-based education in rural areas, knowledge and creativity to apply pedagogical games to support education are highly desired
· Running activities of the local projects on a daily basis
· Taking initiatives to design educational programs and activities
· Assisting teachers at the local school
· Developing a trustful relationship with the community
· Reporting periodically to other Li Ch’utam team members
· Liaising with external organizations (governmental and other NGOs) that serve the same purpose
· If interested, we're happy to have volunteers also contribute to project management responsibilities such as monitoring and evaluation, grant writing, writing project reports, etc.
What we offer
· To cover all living (accommodation and food) and work related transportaion expenses; housing is provided in a modern volunteer lodge with maximum 3 other volunteers *
· Internet connection
· A unique opportunity to gain work experience in a cross-cultural environment and to work with indigenous Q'eqchi Mayan families in the heart of Guatemala
· Ability to improve your language skills through complete immersion
· Ability to learn about forward thinking development projects and take an active role in planning and implementing them
· A recommendation letter upon successful completion of the assignment
Joining our volunteer team is a challenging opportunity that suits highly motivated people interested in pursuing a career within international development and who want to make a visible difference in the lives of others.
* Unfortunately we cannot offer a salary, health insurance, or compensation for flights to and from Guatemala.
- Stipend Provided
- Housing Available
- International Volunteers
How To Apply
Application Submission Instructions
Please submit your application, consisting of a CV and a motivation letter, to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please mark “Application: Education Development Volunteer” in the subject field. Please specify your potential start date and volunteering duration within the email and/or motivation letter (we are happy to discuss these during the interview to accommodate your schedule).
We are constantly looking for volunteers to join our team but encourage you to submit an application as soon as possible to ensure we have accommodation availability.
We will contact all successful applicants to arrange an interview via Skype, providing additional information about our projects and to answer any questions you may have.