Afterschool Childcare Assistant

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founded in 2004
Caras Alegres
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Coordinator | Noel
Coordinator | Noel
Playing with and supervising the children, organizing games or crafts, helping with set-up and clean-up. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+

We are always looking for enthusiastic people that take initiative to help with the after school program - playing with and supervising the children, organizing games or crafts, helping with set-up and clean-up.

You are welcome to come with your own ideas, and be prepared to get right into the games and crafts with them! Usually there are about 50 to 70 kids. This program is totally free and therefore the kids to not have to show up every day. If they cannot come for the day, that´s totally fine and they can come back the day of the week after. This because we want to keep the program open and accessible for everybody. 

There are the regular activities but also once a month we do a week-long workshop that we are always looking for inspiration for; we also take them on outings into Las Rosas; give them a snack; and celebrate birthdays at the end of every month with cake and presents. 

Typical day

2pm - 2.30pm
The kids arrive and we give them freetime games from the storage, such as skates, soccerballs, hoolahoops etc.

2.30pm - 3.45pm
Official start of the afternoon and the activity for the day, such as handicrafts, painting, sport games etc

3.45pm - 4pm
Snack time!! The kids all get something to drink and to eat. 

4pm - 4.30pm
If we have to finish the activity we´ll do so, if they finished already they will get freetime games. 

The kids go home.

Free-time activities

There are tons of activities in and just outside of the mountain city of Xela. The city itself is really nice to just walk around, with a big variety of restaurants, bars and markets. Just outside of the city there are some nice hotsprings (Fuentes Georginas) and about an hour from the city there is a waterpark called Xocomil.
If you want to explore more of Guatemala:
Lake Atitlan is a 2-hour drive and a really nice get-away on the weekends. It´s called one of the most beautifull lakes in the world.
In Chichicastenango you will find the biggest market where you can find tons of nice souvenirs to bring home. Chichi (as called by the locals) is about 3 hours from Xela.
Antigua is a nice colonial town, nice to relax for the weekend and just walk around. It´s a 3-hour drive from Xela.
And if you like the beach, also this is really well reachable from the city. Different options, the closest (Champerrico) is about 2 hours from the city, where it will take you about 6 hours to get to the beach of Monterrico.



In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak Spanish (basic level) or English (basic level)
Criminal Background Check
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Not a requirement but it is an advantage to have some experience with children and children with challenging behavior. Also, it is useful to have some experience in leading big groups of children. This position requires a lot of patience and understanding, flexibility and ability to work under pressure and in a hectic environment. We need team-oriented people with creative mind and willingness to work with limited recourses.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 14:00 - 17:00

What's Included

Services by Caras Alegres

We will come pick you up in the city center on your first day to show you the way to the project.
We use the donation to buy materials such as handicraft materials and to repair toys (skates, bikes, skateboard etc).

Food & Beverages

Internet Access
Good access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees. An airport pickup isn't included within the program fees either. Please arrange your own accommodation.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is La Aurora International Airport (GUA) in Guatemala City. We assist you to find cheap flights to Guatemala.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Guatemala provides security and is a plus to have.
If you are intending to volunteer in Guatemala you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Guatemala.

Dates & Fees

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
4 - 48 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
4 weeks (min. stay)
$ 20
48 weeks (max. stay)
$ 20
Average fees
$ 3 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Caras Alegres will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Caras Alegres during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Afterschool Childcare Assistant

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