IMMEDIATE VOLUNTEER NEED!!
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 over 1,700 families in multiple Maya Q’eqchi speaking communities, focusing on the following key projects: Support teachers at the primary school in the community of Nueva Mercedes Organize extracurricular activities such as computer classes, arts, crafts, mind-training games, and sports for children Scholarship Program to provide support for students in secondary and high school Family/Community Projects such as kitchen gardens, teaching planting/harvesting techniques, providing technical agricultural support Due to the lasting effects of Hurricane Eta, providing food relief through a partnership with the World Food Program
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 to help run information technology (IT), programming, and other computer-based courses and programs in our IT Center. This is a fantastic opportunity for anyone who has interest in programming, computer science, or website/app development, and who is interested in contributing to the development of a rural community.
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.
Your profile Ability to engage for 6+ 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 (or other teaching experience), computer science, information technology, engineering, math or equivalent Ability to adapt to new tasks and learn with participants and students along the way (experimental attitude) Proficiency in the fundamentals of programming to include website design, creating phone applications, familiarity with raspberry pi computers, familiarity with Linux operating system (we specifically work with a Linux Debian Operative System (Raspbian) for the Raspberry Pi) Proficiency in using any the following programming languages: Scratch, HTML, Python, Java, & Java Script 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
Your responsibilities Planning & implementing extracurricular activities that develop students’ (varying ages of grade – high school) programming and computer skills Taking initiatives to design educational programs and activities, specifically using material from a variety of sources on – and offline, app or Browser based to teach children math, reading, writing, and programming Developing a trustful relationship with the community Reporting periodically to other Li Ch’utam team members Liaising with external organizations (governmental and other NGOs) to bring local experts or guest speakers to the village to build on the topics being taught
What we offer To cover all living (accommodation and food) and work related transportation expenses; housing is provided in a modern volunteer lodge with maximum 4 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 who want to make a visible difference in the lives of others.
Li Ch'utam follows the Guatemalan government's guidelines regarding COVID measures. It is the responsibility of each applicant to assume risk of COVID exposure and any related health care costs. It is the responsibility of each applicant to ensure travel is approved between their country and Guatemala. We encourage applicants to review the in Alta Verapaz/Panzos municipality and Guatemala's in addition to consulting your own country's information.
* Unfortunately we cannot offer a salary, health insurance, or compensation for flights to and from Guatemala.