CHILDCARE VOLUNTEERING EXPERIENCE
Situated within the colonial Spanish capital of city of La Antigua, the streets lined with picturesque Spanish architecture full of rich history, while overlooking Volcan de Fuego ("volcano of fire") - one of the Seven Volcanic Wonders of the World.
While a beautiful culture with stunning surroundings, there are a range of community centres and orphanages that are poorly resourced and in need of attention. Many children at these centres are affected by a poor lifestyle at home with little or no education.
Our partner works alongside the centres in these impoverished communities to ensure the basic needs are met for the children and that they are being given the much needed love and attention through assigning incoming volunteers to projects depending on the need at the time.
Without the help of volunteers like you, these children may not receive the basic needs to empower them for a brighter future. [Read below for more info ↓]
Locations: La Antigua, Guatemala
Experience Length: 2 weeks minimum (with optional extension)
Work Type: Childcare
Arrival Airport: La Aurora International Airport (airport code GUA)
Finish Date: The program will one, two, three or four weeks after the start date (depending on how many weeks you are staying). We can help arrange onward travel but it isn't included in the price.
Recommendations: Please note that all projects require volunteers who are self-starters and can conduct their daily activities with minimal supervision.
With limited spaces, the exact cost of the 2 week experience is US $1350 but if you register in the next 7 days we can squeeze it down to US $1250 which comes in at about US $89 per day. The two week extension is US $750.
This goes towards covering everything from in-country transport and accommodation, to project fees and staff support. Please note that your international flights are not included in the above price.
To secure your spot you pay a deposit of US $250 (you can then pay the rest in weekly instalments or in full a couple of months before you travel). We also provide you with a comprehensive travel guide which covers everything from what to bring to travel insurance and international flight recommendations.
Volunteers on this project work with children from impoverished homes and communities. Many children at the project are affected by a poor lifestyle at home, little or no education, and from alcohol and drug abuse among their family members. Our partner organization works with a range of orphanages, schools, and day-care centres and the project you will be placed at will depend on the availability and need at the time. The team will let you know everything you need to know about the project you've been assigned at your in-country orientation on your Monday start date!
Your role is central to the project as you will be working alongside local staff to improve the educational, emotional and hygiene conditions of the children. These children require a lot of care, attention and most importantly, companionship. Whilst the exact nature of the roles will change, volunteer work will generally consist of providing individual attention, playing with children, organising games and activities, educating children regarding hygiene and assisting with homework. Volunteers are encouraged to use their skills and interests to develop workshops such as music and dance, jewellery making, aerobics and arts and crafts for example.
You will be supported by our partner organisation’s in-country coordinator but they will not be on site at your project. Please come with an open mind, your placement may feel disorganised and underfunded, That's all part of it and it will also show one reason why volunteers like your awesome self is needed and wanted! The children and staff love volunteers and they are very welcoming!
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Every day on this project is unbelievable and unforgettable - guaranteed! We've packed so much into this that you'll be exhausted! Here are a few snippets to whet your appetite.
- If you arrive into La Aurora international airport you will be met and transferred to your family stay in La Antigua to begin your adventure
- Daily support from our experienced team of coordinators
- In-depth orientation on arrival
- Meals provided throughout volunteering
- Fully supported throughout your stay
For accommodation in La Antigua, volunteers will be staying in a Guatemalan family-stay. Your program fees will include breakfast, lunch and dinner Monday through to Sunday, but your last night in the program will be on a Friday night.
The families are experienced in hosting international volunteers, and volunteers are given a key to come and go as they please. We do ask volunteers to respect the routine and rules of the host family however. All of the family stays are within a 10-30 minute walk or a 5-15 minute bus / taxi ride from the main office.
All accommodation is comfortably furnished, with 24 hour hot water and fully secure. Laundry services are also offered at an extra cost in some of the home stays and if not, laundromats are located nearby.
- Minimum age 18
- Enthusiasm and flexibility - schedules can change without notice due to uncontrollable factors
- Willingness to get your hands dirty and work as a team
- An open respect for other cultures and customs
- Travel and medical insurance
- All accommodation
- All in-country transport
- 24/7 support from our guides
- 3 meals a day
- Project donation and supplies
- International flights
- Spending money
- Meals and drinks other than those stated in the above descriptions
- Travel and medical insurance
Childcare Volunteer Experience (14 days)
US $1250: US $89 per day
Childcare Volunteer Experience 2 week extension
Please note that your international flights are not included in the above price.
To secure your spot, you pay a deposit of US $250 - you can then choose to pay the remainder in weekly instalments or as one lump sum a couple of months before the experience starts. Once you have made the deposit payment, you will receive a comprehensive experience guide which covers everything from what to bring, to travel insurance and international flight recommendations.
Guatemala is one of the most bio-diverse and historically significant countries in Central America, and the country’s abundance of biologically unique ecosystems makes the entire region a biodiversity hotspot. The Classic period of Meso-American civilization corresponds to the height of Guatemala's Maya Civilization and is represented by countless sites throughout the country, and today "Guatemaltecos" are very proud of their indigenous cultures.
If you wish to travel further within Guatemala this would be an opportune time to do so. However, we recommend that you look into purchasing your own guidebook for travel as our guide will not provide you with enough detail to assist you outside of the volunteer program.
We would recommend the lonely planet guidebook, available online at Lonely Planet. Situated within the colonial Spanish capital of city of La Antigua, the streets lined with picturesque Spanish architecture full of rich history, while overlooking Volcan de Fuego ("volcano of fire") - one of the Seven Volcanic Wonders of the World.
While a beautiful culture with stunning surroundings, there are a range of community centres and orphanages that are poorly resourced and in need of attention. Many children at these centres are affected by a poor lifestyle at home with little or no education. Our partner works alongside the centres in these impoverished communities to ensure the basic needs are met for the children and that they are being given the much needed love and attention through assigning incoming volunteers to projects depending on the need at the time.
Without the help of volunteers like you, these children may not receive the basic needs to empower them for a brighter future.
There are great online resources for finding cheap flights, such as www.skyscanner.com or www.google.com/flights. If you would like to speak to an agent you can use our preferred agent by clicking on this link STA Flights.
Please book a flight that arrives into La Aurora International Airport (airport code GUA) on the chosen arrival date. On arrival one of our team will be waiting for you at the airport with a sign saying your name, they will transfer you onto the volunteer guesthouse. When you have your flight booked you must send to us the flight number (usually a code consisting of two letters and three numbers, for example; BA009) and the arrival time. Without this information we cannot collect you from the airport and that would just suck!
It's also a great idea if you can send us a number for a mobile or cell phone that you plan to bring with you so that we can try to contact you if for some reason we're unable to locate you at the airport.
Once you arrive in country please let one of our team know your departure information, they will be able to help arrange transport for you back to the airport when necessary.
SPENDING MONEY AND CURRENCY
The currency in Guatemala is called the Guatemalan quetzal. At the time of writing the exchange rate is $1 = 7.35Q. You can easily change money on arrival at La Aurora International Airport
General day to day living in Guatemala can be very cheap with meals costing as little as 40Q, a beer for 15Q, bottled water for 4.99Q and upwards.
As we're not medical professionals we're not permitted to give medical advice.
However, most travel clinics suggest having the following vaccinations; typhoid, yellow fever, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, meningitis, measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) and influenza.
Note you will need a yellow fever vaccination to enter Guatemala and Rabies does exist here.
Please do seek medical advice from your GP or local medical travel advice clinic for absolutely up to date information.
To confirm your place on the program we just require a deposit of US $250. Once we have received your deposit your placement will be confirmed by email. If you haven't received that email in 48 hours, please check your spam or junk folder.
We require your placement to be fully paid a couple of months before your confirmed arrival date. We can set you up with a weekly payment plan if you prefer. Just contact our team to make that happen.
Throughout your project you will be accompanied by experienced team of coordinators and guides. They are there to help you understand the culture and customs, help you with arrangements, answer any questions that you may have and to ensure that you enjoy your time to its fullest. If at any time you feel unsafe, either in general or on your placement, we expressly urge you to speak to your coordinators immediately. In almost all cases whatever the issue is can be resolved quickly and with minimum effect to your placement.
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