Programas Especiales in Guatemala

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This country of big contrasts could perfectly be a fairy-tale land!

The highlands, inhabited mostly by the descendants of the original Mayas still treasure the ancient ruins of that enigmatic civilization. This family oriented aboriginal people, though sometimes timid, are very warm and friendly.

The exuberant rainforests, pinewoods, the rivers and lakes; are the home of a wide variety of wildlife species. The thirty-three volcanoes (of which three are active) scattered along the Andes mountain range of Central America add a gloomy and mysterious atmosphere to this enchanted lands.

On the coastal areas you will find many colonial cities and villages along with modern urban centers. The Pacific coast is also blessed with the beauty characteristic of the Caribe and marine and coastal flora and fauna ma leave you breathless with astonishment.

CW community programs offer our volunteers a unique opportunity to share the daily life of Guatemalans and to improve their Spanish language skills, while partaking in a variety of activities that better the living conditions of this hospitable people and help preserve their beautiful natural landscapes and wildlife.

Volunteer programs in Guatemala begin with an intensive Spanish course either in the colonial capital, Antigua or in a small town nearby.

 

CW Programs in Guatemala are:

 

-Child daycare program.

-Women empowerment programs.

-Teaching programs.

-Micro finances programs.

-Health programs.

-Preservation programs.

-Agriculture program.

What’s included in our fair-cost policy?

 

All our programs include a fixed price Registration Fee of US$249 and a Program Fee that varies according to the duration of the program and the services included.

 

The Registration Fee covers the costs of all that Connecting Worlds has to do in order to organise the experience in an efficient manner and offer each participant a quality program. These costs include marketing, staff salaries, travel costs of staff who visit and inspect each of the programs on offer and Connecting Worlds’ solidarity fund among others. We need this fee just to sustain the organization.

 

The Program Fee is the total cost of everything related to the services that the volunteer will be able to take advantage of upon arrival to the destination of their choice. For example, accommodation, meals, transfers, the donation made to the volunteer project, welcome orientation and constant 24/7 support. The payment for this fee goes directly to the country in which the volunteer will be stationed, directly benefiting the local community. It’s a fee which helps organisations that work in the country associated with the program at hand to move forwards with their projects and generate work opportunities for the local community.

 

Thanks to our fair-cost policy, the volunteer benefits from not having to pay high fees and our local partners benefit from being able to invest in their projects and keep things moving forwards. Connecting Worlds also benefits from keeping the costs of its programs as low as possible because we get the opportunity to support local communities and make a difference in our own small but important way.

 

Women empowerment programs

This program is placed in the highlands of Guatemala and it aims to reinforce women and children rights as well as provide underprivileged women with training tools to better domestic economy and social conditions for themselves and their families.

CW works in tight cooperation with government organizations that provide women  with the necessary instruction, support and advice to overcome difficult domestic circumstances and to undertake entrepreneurial activities to increase their income.

As a volunteer for this programs you can participate in different projects according to your background and expertise.

Projects in this program  include psychological and medical consultation, educational and training workshops, women’s rights discussion forums, domestic economy development projects, etc.

Local women find contention and support and acquire a variety of skills that empower them and instill them with self confidence to undertake small business activities such as cooking, clothes design, handicrafts and souvenir production, among many others.

To participate in this program you need to have intermediate Spanish language level and plan for a minimum stay of four weeks.

 

Microfinance

Microfinance internship: CW cooperates with a number of MFIs (Microfinance Institutions)that provide local small business and entrepreneurs with the necessary credits, trainings and business advice to either improve or start-up their economic endeavours.

Volunteers for this project that have any experience or skills in the area of accounting, finance, business administration, trade or marketing are very appreciated.

As a volunteer for this program you’ll be working with saving and credit cooperatives in Sololá and Quezaltenango, helping local entrepreneurs participating in educational programs and workshops designed to teach them techniques and strategies to identify, prioritize, program ,execute and evaluate business opportunities and expand, their activities to new potential markets.

Minimum duration for this internship is four weeks and a high-intermediate to advanced command of Spanish is required.

 

Agriculture program

Sustainable agriculture: Addressing the challenge of finding a reasonable balance between the needs of rural communities depending on farming activities and preserving the natural environment is at the core of CW’s sustainable agriculture programs. For this we collaborate with local groups that teach responsible practices and sustainability.

Depending on their background and skills, volunteers for this project can either help in large educational centers or work with small eco-communities.

We are aware that the well-being of rural communities lies on their agricultural activities and that they are as important as the preservation of the ecosystem. So while the educational programs focus on teaching local farmers the most appropriate techniques to produce and sell their agricultural goods in a profitable and sustainable way, they also have an emphasis on improving the personal lives of farmers and their communities.

Volunteers can help with educational programs providing basic hygiene, healthy habits and literacy skills.

For this program volunteers must have an intermediate level of Spanish language skills.

Teaching programs

Education program: This program takes place at primary and secondary schools located at the highlands of Guatemala.

Volunteers may either assist local teachers in the classroom or lead classes themselves, depending on their skills, self-confidence and fluency in Spanish.

The main subjects taught in this program are English and Computer skills, and sometimes volunteers are requested to train local teachers so that they can improve their own knowledge on these subjects, essential in today’s education.

This program also gives local children and teenagers a chance to interact with foreign people and have an approach to other cultures. And for volunteers they represent a unique opportunity to enhance these local kids future prospects by becoming their role models and mentors.

Program Fees:

 

Volunteer duration Program Fee USD*/Homestay with 2 meals
2 weeks 562
3 weeks 692
4 weeks 888
5 weeks 1012
6 weeks 1136
7 weeks 1260
8 weeks 1384
Wildlife/Construction/Extra p/week 55

 

Please note: All Volunteer programs in Guatemala attract a refundable*Registration Fee of USD 249 on top of the program Fee.  If you want another type of volunteer program without the accommodation and the meals included for example, please contact us directly. We will be happy to personalize your program.  You can calculate the value of your currency in US dollar using this currency convertor.

 

*Please read our refund policy.

What do my fees pay for?

 

Registration Fee:  Support and guidance from CW staff, program marketing costs, pre-departure assistance, CW Solidarity Fund, administration costs, staff salary, travel costs to inspect programs and communication costs with volunteers.

 

Program Fee:  Accommodation and 2 meals per day during volunteer program period, airport pick-up, orientation, transportation to language school and volunteer project site, program supervision, in-country 24/7 volunteer support and in-country administration costs.

 

What’s no included:  Air tickets,International Insurance against sickness, accident and 3er party liability. In addition to providing health insurance, the plan must cover medical evacuation and repatriation, Vaccinations, transfer back to the airport at conclusion of program, Certificate of Good conduct, Visa, Local travels and Personal expenses. Our participants in Guatemala generally find USD 70 to be sufficient for basic weekly expenses.