Volunteer Description: At Sueños, we all started out as volunteers, and because of that, we know the importance of having volunteers in our organization. We are always in need of an extra set of hands. Volunteer opportunities range from supporting teachers in classes, strategic planning online, administrative support, to connecting us with potential partners.
Volunteers are welcome to come for as little or as long as they like. We do not have a minimum requirement and appreciate any and all time volunteers can spend with us. For volunteers interested in supporting the classroom, the school day runs from 9:30am-2pm. Please note, our classes are taught in Spanish and K’iche. While Spanish is not a requirement to volunteer, English is not spoken among our teachers or students.
History: Sueños began in 2014 as an informal after school program for the children of street vendors in Antigua’s Central Park. Coming from indigenous families that often speak K’iche rather than Spanish at home, these children tend to experience discrimination and limited success in school. Over the years, Sueños (which means “dreams” in Spanish) grew into a cost-free program for these children to access homework help as well as classes focused on critical thinking, literacy, and social and emotional skills. Housed in various locations around Antigua, Sueños served as a safe environment for children to receive educational support, nutritious meals, and a break from working as street vendors alongside their parents.
In January 2021, Sueños began providing formal, full-time school for children at the preschool and elementary levels. Teachers are bilingual, speaking both K’iche and Spanish. Now located in a welcoming and spacious school building, Sueños currently serves nearly 40 students utilizing a model of community-centered education. The key aspects of this approach are:
About Antigua: Antigua Guatemala is a small, colonial city, about an hour away from Guatemala City, the capital of the country. Antigua was the capital of Guatemala until earthquakes did so much damage that the capital was moved to Guatemala City in 1776.
Antigua has a mix of traditional Guatemalan culture and modern elements. There is an international vibe here since many tourists visit Antigua from all over the world, and numerous expatriates have settled here to live. Weekends are especially busy, as Antigua is a popular day trip for residents of Guatemala City.
The central part of the city is nine blocks by nine blocks with a bustling Central Park in the middle. Antigua has a population of around 46,000. You can walk from one side of the town to another in about 20 minutes. Antigua has a vibrant traditional market that is easy to access, as well as more modern supermarkets and small “tiendas” where you can find processed foods and most other common foodstuffs.
Requirements: We ask for a $100 donation from foreign volunteers and 100Q from local volunteers to support our work.
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Volunteer Description: At Sueños, we all started out as volunteers, and because of that, we know the importance of having volunteers in our organization. We are always in need of an extra set of hands. Volunteer opportunities range from…