South America Inside

Assistant in Childcare

Antigua, Guatemala show on map
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founded in 2003
Sergio
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Coordinator | Sergio
Coordinator | Sergio
Engage yourselves against the child poverty in Guatemala and give your love to impoverished children! This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Singles
Couples
50+

Highlights

  • Learn more about Guatemala's rich culture
  • Improve your Spanish skills while giving back to society
  • Boost your CV adding international volunteer experience
  • Grow as a person by broadening your intercultural skills
  • Visit amazing places throughout a country that is famous for its breathtaking landscapes and historic sites

Guatemala is a developing country where more than 50 percent of the population lives in poverty. Particularly alarming are the numbers of infants and children in need. More than a third of them suffer hunger and poverty. Of 1000 born children, 40 do not even survive their first birthday. Until the health care system of Guatemala is sufficiently developed to deal with this problem, it will certainly take many many years. There are hardly any public subsidies and initiatives, but rather associations of private donors and initiators who want to help those who can not take care of themselves, primarily children and babies.

The same applies to this Volunteer Center in Guatemala, where you support a health center for malnourished infants and children under the age of eleven. The charity, which was founded in October 2008, includes a fully-equipped medical infirmary, a kitchen, a dining room, areas for the most critical cases of malnutrition, common areas and a small garden. The aim of the center is to stabilize the health situation of malnourished children, to get them used to normal food intake and to educate them about nutrition. The goal is always to give them a carefree childhood. For this purpose, staff and helpers do their best every day, creating a safe, clean and fun atmosphere in which the little ones can feel comfortable and happy.

Without the help of volunteers, it would not be possible to keep the work in the facility at the high level that children need for their path to a "normal" life.


Typical day

Be aware that you have a great responsibility in this volunteer position. You take care of infants and children of extreme poverty and accompany them on their way to a "better" life. Also, you come in contact with particularly severe cases of malnutrition and neglect or abuse.

In collaboration with local staff and other volunteers, you will ensure every day the well-being and health of the little patients. You change diapers and bath the children, you feed them and play with them, you develop educational activities and carry out small projects.

You also take care that the facilities of the charity are always clean and in good condition and teach the children in virtues such as order and cleanliness. Collecting donations and organizing fundraisers may also be part of your job.

One thing is especially important for the successful recovery and development of children: attention! Often, your warm-hearted care is enough to keep the children safe and forget their worries for a moment. Bring all your love to Guatemala and give new hope to the Guatemalan children!

Details on Arrival

The volunteer work can be joined throughout the year. The start and end date can be set flexible, according to your availability and travel plans. Ask our experienced staff to coordinate your participation in this meaningfull volunteer project.

Free-time activities

In your spare time, there are many different activities to choose from, such as visiting historic sights and museums around the city of Antigua. This wonderful colonial city is a real gem and offers plenty of touristic activities. Many volunteers also go to local bars and restaurants to socialize with friends. On the weekends you can take day excursions to get to know the amazing surroundings.

Among the most interesting things to do:

  1. City tour Antigua
  2. Handicraft markets from indigenous people
  3. Lake Atitlan
  4. Archeological sites (e.g. Park of Copan)
  5. Nature and Volcano
  6. Thermal baths of Kawilal
  7. Tradicional market of Chichicastenango
  8. Visit to museums of indigenous cultures like the Maya
  9. Bird watching tours
  10. Outdoor sports like climbing, hiking, Canopy, biking, 4x4 tours, etc.
  11. Visits to Chocolate and Coffe productions sites
  12. Tikal, the biggest Maya ruins (weekend trip, at least 3 days)

Concert/
Music
Sightseeing
Shopping/
Souvenirs
Climbing
Hiking
Museum/
Opera
Sports
Riding
Yoga/
Meditation

Program Requirements

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)
Education Requirements
at High School level
Required Documents
CV
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

Included Services

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All program fees are charged directly by South America Inside.

Before your journey

Profound consulting and ongoing support (free)
South America Inside (your host organization) provides consulting and is keen to answer all your questions. Once you reserved your spot, you will receive the contact details of your volunteer project.
Online preparation course (optional, from $49)
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On-site services

Services by South America Inside

  1. Single room, Host Family
  2. Full-board (breakfast, lunch, dinner) from Monday to Saturday

  3. Consultation from our experienced staff
  4. Translation of application profile
  5. Volunteer work placement
  6. Advice regarding travel insurance
  7. Advice on local travels
  8. Orientation session upon arrival
  9. Orientation kit
  10. Country handbook
  11. Local support
  12. 24/7 Emergency Number
  13. Certificate of Participation

Airport pick-up is not included in the program costs but can be added at an cost.

Accommodation

In this project you will be staying with a host family this gives you the chance to taste typical meals and experience the life of a family in Guatemala. It also helps volunteers improve their Spanish skills. You will stay in a single bedroom and share bathroom and living areas with the family.

Guest Family Bedroom (Single)
Food & Beverages

Full-board is provided (breakfast, lunch, dinner).

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.
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.
Vaccines
If you are intending to volunteer in Guatemala you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Guatemala.
Costs: Prices in USD
4 weeks (min. stay)
$ 910
5 weeks
$ 1,025
6 weeks
$ 1,140
7 weeks
$ 1,255
8 weeks
$ 1,370
24 weeks (max. stay)
$ 3,210
Average fees
$ 181 /week

You can volunteer at the project site in Antigua/Guatemala between 4 weeks and 24 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. South America Inside will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Crowdfunding Service
Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in Guatemala.
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 South America Inside during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.
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