Teach English to Children, Teens and Adults Teach English to Children, Teens and Adults Santiago Atitlán, Guatemala One, Two... Tree!
We are looking for enthusiastic individuals with a passion for teaching to join us a volunteer to teach English to primary-school children, teenagers and adults.

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Project Details

One, Two... Tree! is a non-profit organisation aiming to make English accessible to support empowered, entrepreneurial and organised communities in Central America.

Who we are?

One, Two... Tree! was founded in 2013 with a mission to offer further educational opportunities, and therefore also a more promising future, to children all over Central America. We opened our first project in Nicaragua, where the NGO’s impact rapidly grew over the following 6 years, up until 2019, when, with heavy hearts, we made the difficult decision to close it due to political unrest.

Luckily, we were able to apply our learnings from Nicaragua to our projects in Guatemala and Mexico, established in 2017 and 2019 respectively. Both of these were thriving, and due to the pandemic, had to stop our work for two years.

We were able to reactivate our project in Guatemala in 2021 and are now excited and grateful to see it grow, but we need a lot of hands to keep it growing ♥

The team

One, Two...Tree! is unique in that we are all volunteers. Pedro, the founder, decided to create this small project back in 2012 after an inspiring trip to Nicaragua. He supports the coordinator and volunteers from Vigo, Spain. Carmela, our coordinator in Guatemala for 2022, decided to come and volunteer led by her passion in connecting with other people and cultures while giving back. She lives in Santiago Atitlán and will make you feel at home and inspired to go on teaching!

What do we do?

We collaborate with local organisations to use their premises and introduce English classes through volunteer work. This allows us to get involved in local educational systems and local initiatives, reaching a large number of kids and adults through a sustainable and flexible cost model that can be scaled up or down in response to the community’s needs at any given moment.

Where we work?

We are currently working in Santiago Atitlán (Guatemala) one of the many villages around Lake Atitlán (4h drive from Guatemala City and ot far from Antigua).

Surrounded by volcanoes and coffee plantations, Santiago is a Maya Indigenous village with around 60,000 inhabitants. It is one of the mosth authentic villages in the area where tourism hasn't transformed the village much. Santiago is a very artistic village with a rich tradition on weaving and embroidery. Santiago and the villages around Lake Atitlán are very safe, although the usual precautions apply. 

Our mission/vision
Our mission is to make English accesible in Central America as a tool for social empowerment and intercultural exchange. We share a vision of strong united communities and individuals in charge of their economies, ready to grasp and create the opportunities that work best for their 

future. 

Our goals
Our ultimate goal is that there is a pool of fluent local English teachers that can offer English teaching within the educational system and to all those keen to learn. In the meantime we support primary schools to provide a basic level of English so the children are ready for the national curriculum expectations in secondary school, as well as teens and adults keen to learn within the village. 

Who are we looking for?
We are looking for enthusiatic individuals with a passion for teaching, willing to lead and keen to make a positive impact.

Volunteers should be open-minded, enthusiastic, flexible, and prepared to face challenges. It’s important to remember that in most cases you’ll be engaged with children from the age of 4 to 17 years old (approx.), so you’ll have to be patient while dealing with them, handle them with utmost love & care, and try to make a difference in their lives in the most beautiful manner. We are also teaching adults up to 68 being our current eldest student! This requires flexibility to adapt to different ways of learning and styles, skills that are more than ever on the rise for any job in this fast-changing world.

Why choose us?

Volunteering in Central America is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that will not only give you practical teaching skills, but also a more holistic outlook on education. This will be an opportunity for you to immerse yourself into the local culture, meet passionate volunteers from across the globe, make new friends, and learn more than you give in the end.

You will have a support network while being here, feeling part of a family, with access to a wide range of activities to explore the area, experience the local culture, and meet new people and community projects. This will be a great experience too to master your Spanish and English as you will be working bilingually all day long!

You will improve your teamwork, collaboration, and creative problem-solving skills as well as any other professional skill you would like to hone while staying here. We love proactivity and self-development and will make sure to offer you opportunities to help you in your self and professional development journey.

We offer recommendation letters, certificates of your volunteer stay, and Linkedin recommendations for all those who work with us. If you are staying for a long period (eg three months or more), we will be happy to contact your university and arrange for this work to be considered as an internship for your studies. Don’t hesitate to contact us for any further information.

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NPO Status
Yes, registered non-profit organization
Foundation Year
2013
Contact Person
Carmela Laguna
Carmela Laguna
Spoken Languages
English

Social Impact

Our efforts are meant as a tool for social empowerment and intercultural exchange. We teach in public schools, collaborate with local organisations and offer English classes to those keen to learn.

In Guatemala, we currently teach English to 300 children and 90 teenagers across three public schools, one community school, one high school, and our learning centre in Santiago Atitlán and to many adult groups. We have an agreement with the Ministry of Education to provide children in primary school with a basic level of English.
Pursued Sustainable Development Goals

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