Volunteer Opportunity

Volunteer Group Trip (OPEN TO ALL) "Discover Guatemala While Giving Back" July 13th until July 20th 2019

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Niños de Guatemala | Antigua, Guatemala
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Niños de Guatemala


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Start Date

July 13, 2019

End Date

July 20, 2019

Times of Day

Weekday Mornings

Time Commitment

Part time (10-30 hrs/wk)

Duration

One-time only


More than 50% of Guatemala’s population live in extreme poverty. The Guatemala’s government investment in education is only 2.9% of the annual budget. These and other reason explain why Ninos de Guatemala exists in the communities of Ciudad Vieja and San Lorenzo El Cubo, just outside Antigua, Guatemala.

Ninos de Guatemala supports 500 children offering high quality education, psychological support, and school for parents through our social workers.

We have been receiving volunteers who support our mission since the organization was founded in 2006. Volunteer experiences are life-changing for all - the volunteer as well and the community being supported.

The objective of a volunteer trip program is to involve enthusiastic volunteers in community-based service projects, and to give volunteers opportunities to learn and work with the communities. Together, this fosters an experience where both participants and the local community members are exposed to alternative forms of living. Being completely immersed into diverse environments enables participants to experience, discuss, and understand social issues in a significant way; encouraging a broader understanding of the world and our role within the global context of development.

“Groups” are a minimum of 6 volunteers who come to volunteer, learn from the Guatemalan culture, and go on wonderful adventures together.


Project:

Classroom Assistance [Level of Spanish: basic]

Monday to Friday: 7:30 am - 12:00 pm

Being a classroom assistant will give you the opportunity to deeply engage with a classroom and a teacher. This program will make you understand how life in one of our NDG school works. Volunteers will be paired with a class and aid one of our teachers in any way that is useful, whether it is to cut and glue paper into notebooks, handing out soap or toothpaste, helping kids with in-class worksheets, or homework.

 

Volunteer Groups Requirements

  • Be flexible, motivated and willing to change children's lives.
  • A positive attitude
  • An appreciation of new cultures that will help you settle in Guatemala and enjoy all of the new experiences;
  • Be 18 years old or older (Exceptions can be made with under age volunteers who come with theirs parents)
  • Commit to at least 1 week of volunteer work.


Itinerary

  • Sunday: Welcome. Arrive in Guatemala City where you will be picked up by our driver (Look for a sign with your name and CODE of the group) and take you to your homestay. Here you will meet the rest of the team, receive an orientation where you’ll learn more about NDG’s innovative work in the region and details about the week’s project. Then we will enjoy our “Welcome dinner out” in beautiful Antigua.
  • Monday-Friday: Classroom assistance.  Travel to school to start our volunteer mornings.
  • Tuesday & Thursday: Cultural tours. On Tuesday you will see the community of San Lorenzo el Cubo and visit a family home where you will make your own traditional worry doll, and local furniture carpentry workshop. On Thursday you will visit a woman-owned, small-batch coffee plantation in San Lorenzo el Cubo to learn about Guatemala’s coffee history and the coffee and chocolate producing processes, all while enjoying delicious cups of coffee and chocolate!
  • Tuesday & Wednesday: Cultural Activities. Tuesday the group will have a private latin dance lessons to get more immersed in the local culture. Wednesday we will learn the traditional method of making tortillas together alongside the community (including moms and children from the schools).
  • Friday: Celebrate. Spend the morning working in the school followed by a farewell party in the afternoon to celebrate the week’s accomplishments with the community.
  • Saturday: Adventure. Hike Pacaya Volcano and toast your own marshmallows on top, before enjoying our closure meeting and a farewell dinner with your group.
  • Sunday: Goodbyes. Continue your journey in Guatemala independently or depart for home.


Logistics:

  • Airport transfers: Drop off and pick up with a safe, reputable private company.
  • Homestay: our homestays give you the opportunity to meet local families, experience the culture, and practice the language with 3 meals daily. They are all located in downtown Antigua, Guatemala, between 15 to 20 minutes (walking) from the bus stop.
  • Local transportation: the chicken bus will be our local transportation, and help immerse each volunteer in how locals live and work.
  • Volunteer work location: The work will take place directly at one of our schools (2 primary schools and 1 middle school) in communities called Ciudad Vieja and San Lorenzo El Cubo only 20-30 minutes away from Antigua.
  • Tours: Off-the-beaten-path excursions to local non-touristy towns, providing unique and memorable experiences. The tours are run by NDG’s social business “Impact Experiences,” which donates 100% of all net profits directly to the NGO Niños de Guatemala. Our tours let you experience the real Guatemala!
  • Cultural activities: Latin dance classes, Tortilla making, and Farewell party with the community. The Volunteer Manager will arrange the activities and will guide the group through them.
  • Volunteer Support: The Volunteer team at NDG will be supporting you at all times, you will even have a 24/7 emergency number just in case.

Program Donation: $800 USD per group member. Includes all trip expenses other than airfare, medical insurance and spending money. You will have to finish paying your donations by June 13th, 2019.

Deposit: 10% of the total cost of the package ($80 USD) Reserve your spot ASAP.

What's included:

  • 24/7 Volunteer Support throughout the week
  • Accommodation: Homestay with local Guatemalan family, 3 meals a day
  • Welcome and Farewell dinner at a restaurant in Antigua
  • Airport pickup and drop-off (Airport transfers)
  • Local transport to the volunteer work and others.
  • Impact Experiences cultural and adventure tours.
  • Cultural activities: Salsa lessons, tortilla making and farewell party with the community.

What's not included

  • Air travel
  • Travel insurance
  • Leisure activities/ extra spending money

Fundraising:

Part of your commitment with NDG involves creating a fundraising goal, of a minimum of $250 US dollars per group participant. This requirement serves multiple purposes:

  • It raises awareness about the cause we are supporting by expanding Niños de Guatemala´s network of support,
  • It is a great way to engage and inform your friends and family about your volunteer efforts. 100% of this amount will go directly towards supporting our 500 students and there is no limit to how much you can raise, the more the better, but anything and everything helps.

We included a “Fundraising Guide” for you to check out and for more information and fundraising assistance let me know so we can begin discussing your fundraising plans, feel free to email us (volunteer@ninosdeguatemala.org) if you would like to know specific projects or needs that the school has. Many Volunteer Groups are able to raise 100% of their fees and donation—and there are many ways to do it!

We’re always a phone call or email away to answer any questions that you have before you depart.


Cancellation Policy

Ninos de Guatemala created this cancellation policy in order to be able to guarantee that upon cancellations we have a contingency plan that will guarantee that our time is valuable and yours is too. We recognize that changes happen during the planning of group trips.

Once you have paid th 10% to reserve your spot, refunds can be made only if:

1. Cancellation notice made 3 months prior to the schedules arrival date of the “Volunteer Group”.

2. If for any reason NDG deems it necessary to cancel your group’s trip after payment has already been received, all costs including deposit will be refunded or applied to a rescheduled trip.

You cannot be refunded if:

1. If, a cancellation is made less than 3 months before the scheduled arrival date.

2. If a group member cancels within thirty days of the scheduled arrival date, the team will not be refunded the member’s costs.

3. If a group member leaves Guatemala earlier for any reason, no refund will be issued for this member ́s costs.

4. If a group member must cancel or if there is any change in the makeup of your group please contact us as soon as possible to assist you as costs or plans may be affected.

If not refunded, it will automatically become a donation to Ninos de Guatemala, and we will be very grateful.

More than 50% of Guatemala’s population live in extreme poverty. The Guatemala’s government investment in education is only 2.9% of the annual budget. These and other reason explain why Ninos de Guatemala exists in the communities of Ciudad…

Details at a glance

  • On-site Location
  • Training Provided
  • Language / Cultural Support Available
  • Groups Welcome
  • Families Welcome
  • International Volunteers Welcome

How To Apply

  1. Fill in this registration form to sign up for this Volunteer Group trip.
  2. Read the Volunteer Group trip Handbook.
  3. Fill in the registration form.
  4. Send a copy of your passport and CV and Background check
  5. Pay 10% of the donation fee ($80 USD) to reserve your spot ASAP
  6. Complete your payment 30 days before the scheduled arrival date.
  1. Fill in this registration form to sign up for this Volunteer Group trip.
  2. Read the Volunteer Group trip Handbook.
  3. Fill in the registration form.
  4. Send a copy of your passport and CV and…

Location

Antigua

4ta Calle Oriente, Antigua 1054, GT
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