Teach English to Children, Teens and Adults

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founded in 2013
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Coordinator | Carmela
Coordinator | Carmela
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High­lights

Volunteering in Guatemala is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that will not only give you practical teaching skills, but also a more holistic outlook on education.
You’ll have a chance to improve your Spanish, learn about Guatemalan culture, make new friends and learn more than you give in the end.
On the weekends, you will be able to enjoy all the beauty the country has to offer - from lake Atitlán at your doorstep all the way to the wonders of Tikal in the North.
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 offer recommendation letters, volunteer certificates, and LinkedIn recommendations for all who work with us. We will be happy to convert this volunteering opportunity into an internship
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. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Singles
Couples
50+

What will you be doing?

This role will entail teaching English to primary-school children, teenagers and adults in Santiago Atitlán, Guatemala. You need to commit to 16 teaching hours per week, with additional time set aside for preparation.

You will receive our full support while at the post. We will provide basic training and teaching materials upon your arrival, weekly progress reviews, and regular assistance from our Volunteer Coordinator and the team of volunteers, that is our culture, we support each other as we work together towards our goals.

We are very open to feedback; in fact, we encourage personal initiative, and would love to work with you on maximizing the impact you can make in this role. That’s why we’re looking for self-starters who are passionate about education and eager to make a difference.

How do we work?

We live and breathe our values in everything we do

Collaboration

As volunteers, we work as a team as we know we go further together. Locally, we look to collaborate with other organisations to make the most of available resources, creating synergies and using each organisation’s expertise to best serve the local community.

Adaptability

We adapt and are flexible to changing situations with the aim to best support the community in every given moment. We use our imagination, skills, and proactiveness to make things work in a sustainable way. We are grateful for feedback so we can continuously improve.

Initiative

We create on the ground and use active listening as our most precious tool. The program is developed with and within the communities, truly understanding the context, needs, and priorities. We seize on opportunities as they come and ensure personal growth and passions are tapped into as the program evolves. We look for passionate volunteers, keen to lead and be responsible for positive change. You will be part of a proactive and supportive team where your ideas and thoughts will count in the day-to-day of the project.

Respect

We live and teach with utter respect. We learn from the local culture and support each other with kindness, curiosity, humility, and empathy.

Responsibilities

  • Teaching English to beginners and intermediate level students in the public schools
  • Teach English to beginners, intermediate and advance level students at our learning centre
  • Make lesson plans, worksheets, grading, etc.
  • Work along with the teachers and our team of volunteers to ensure the maximum potential result for the students and keep the class engaged
  • Any other admin work related to the schools or learning centre if assigned by the coordinator
  • Implementation of new ideas and teaching methods

Requirements

Before applying, please consider if you meet the following criteria:

  • The ideal length of stay is between 3 to 6 months, as it provides much-needed continuity for the students. We will also consider applicants who can only stay for a month to 3 months; however, please note that 4 weeks is an absolute minimum, and we will give priority to volunteers who plan to stay longer.
  • Communicative level of English. Most classes are given to beginners, so fluency is not necessarily required. It is important to note however that you need to be comfortable speaking English as you’ll be conducting English classes every day, and making friends with volunteers from different countries.
  • Beginners to intermediate Spanish. Our goal is to conduct as much of the class as possible in English, but some Spanish will still be useful to navigate everyday life and in school. Alternatively, you can also opt to take Spanish classes while in Guatemala - we can help you arrange that.
  • Some previous teaching or volunteering experience is a plus.
  • Passion for education, openness to new cultures, and a drive to learn new skills.
  • Proactive, creative, flexible, and self-motivated minds
  • Full of energy and enthusiasm to make a difference
  • When choosing the period to come, please take into account that holidays in Central America go from mid-December to early February.
  • A police record issued by your local authorities certifying that you haven't committed any child-related crime
  • Volunteers must get their own travel insurance
Practical Arrangements and Costs

One, Two... Tree! is unique in that we are all volunteers, which lets us not charge any fees. You will however be asked to cover your travel and accommodation costs. (They’re quite affordable to start with, but if you’re planning to stay for a year or longer, we can discuss how those can be reduced.)

Accommodation - volunteers stay with local host families in Santiago Atitlán. This is very affordable and will help you get to know the local people and culture first-hand. All the families we work with have been pre-vetted and have previous experience in hosting international volunteers. The usual accommodation costs range from $100 to $300 per month.

Typical day

On arrival: Welcome & orientation by the coordinator

Mon – Thu: 4h teaching in public schools & at the Learning Center

Afternoons: 1-2h Preparation of lesson plans and grading, admin work, or weekly team meetings

Fri – weekend: Free to travel and Other team activities (optional)

Team activities examples: Hiking, swimming at the lake, cooking, visiting other villages around, cultural and environmental activities, etc. We actively collaborate with local organisations and have an ongoing activity calendar.


*Please note that any changes may occur to the schedule so as to serve better the public schools and we all have to be flexible!


Free-time activities

On the weekends, you will be able enjoy all the beauty the country has to offer - from lake Atitlán at your doorstep all the way to the wonders of Tikal in the North.

Some team activities examples: Hiking volcanoes, swimming at the lake, cooking Guatemalan food, weaving or visiting other villages around. 

We actively collaborate with local organisations and have an ongoing activity calendar.

Water Sports
Swimming
Sightseeing
Hiking
Sports
Yoga/
Meditation

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 English (fluently) or Spanish (basic level)
Criminal Background Check
required
Education Requirements
at High School level
Required Documents
CV
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
English, Education, Proactivity, Open-minded
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday

What's Included

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. Food, snacks or beverages are at extra costs.
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.

Dates & Fees

Details on arrival

We receive volunteers all year round. When choosing the period to come, please take into account that holidays in Central America go from mid-December to early February.
Availability
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Duration
4 - 50 weeks

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Teach English to Children, Teens and Adults

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.

Free of charge

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