Western Africa Ghana Sierra Leone Togo
Middle Africa Cameroon
Northern Africa Egypt Morocco
Southern Africa Botswana Namibia Cape Town / South Africa
Eastern Africa Kenya Madagascar Malawi Mozambique Seychelles South Sudan Tanzania Uganda Zambia Zimbabwe
Middle East Israel Lebanon
Southern Asia India Maldives Nepal Sri Lanka
Eastern Asia China Mongolia
North America United States of America
Caribbean Bahamas Cuba Dominican Republic Haiti Jamaica Saint Lucia Trinidad and Tobago
Central America Belize Costa Rica El Salvador Guatemala Honduras Mexico Nicaragua Panama
South America Argentina Bolivia Brazil Chile Colombia Ecuador Paraguay Peru Suriname Uruguay Venezuela
Europe Finland Greece Italy Portugal Spain Germany Hungary Romania

Made for Meaningful Travel

Your Extra Layer of Security

Education and Daycare Supporter Project Genesis

Project Genesis

San Andrés Itzapa, Chimaltenango, Guatemala by Project Genesis
$75/week
4 - 40 weeks

Education Children and Youth

As a volunteer you will assist in the day-to-day programs at Project Genesis including classroom activities, outdoor activities, and serving/preparing meals.

Show Details

Project Details

Genesis serves over 150 children aged 3-15, providing them with educational support and health services in a forgotten rural community outside Chimaltenango, Guatemala.

In July of 2012 Ricardo visited the town of San Andres Itzapa, a rural community about an hour outside of Antigua, with his wife who had inherited a small property there. Arriving with the intention of a short visit, Ricardo left with a strong desire to help this community. He saw groups of children playing in the street instead of receiving an education, and he recognized the long term effect this had on their families stuck in the cycle of poverty. He began visiting the community on weekends, taking his baby daughter with him so that he could teach her the importance of helping others.

Ricardo gathered the children of the community together in an open field to teach them basic math and writing, play games, and build community. When Ricardo's employer heard about what he was doing on the weekends, they told him he had to stop because the poor would bring bad luck to the company. Rather than quit what he was doing with the children, Ricardo quit his job and began coming to work with the kids every day. He has been running Project Genesis daily for almost 5 years, with no salary or stipend, while working tirelessly to feed his family at the same time.

The main focus of the project is on
NPO Status
Yes, registered non-profit organisation
Foundation Year
2012
Contact Person
Hakim Noah
Spoken Languages
English

Social Impact

Project Genesis provides 50-150 children with at least one nutritious meal every day. It also provides vitamin supplements and regularly organizes the distribution of vegetables to the local community.
Many of the kids can't get an education either because their family cannot afford the supplies, or because of the danger of rape or assault along the 5-mile walk to the nearest school. This means that Project Genesis is their sole source of education.

Pursued Sustainable Development Goals