Central America & Caribbean
Caribbean Dominican Republic Costa Rica Mexico More countries
Asia
India Indonesia Bali Nepal Sri Lanka Thailand Chiang Mai More countries
Europe & Oceania
Australia, Fiji, New Zealand Greece Portugal More countries
Western Africa
Gambia Ghana Sierra Leone Togo
Middle Africa
Cameroon
Northern Africa
Egypt Morocco
Southern Africa
Botswana Namibia South Africa Cape Town Swaziland
Eastern Africa
Kenya Madagascar Malawi Mozambique Seychelles South Sudan Tanzania Uganda Zambia Zimbabwe
Middle East
Israel
Southern Asia
India Maldives Nepal Sri Lanka
Eastern Asia
China Mongolia
North America
United States of America
Caribbean
Bahamas Cuba Dominican Republic Grenada Haiti Jamaica Saint Lucia Trinidad and Tobago
Central America
Belize Costa Rica El Salvador Guatemala Honduras Mexico Nicaragua Panama
Latin America
Argentina Bolivia Brazil Amazon Rainforest Chile Colombia Ecuador Galapagos Paraguay Peru Suriname Venezuela
Europe
Croatia Finland Germany Greece Hungary Italy Portugal Romania Russian Federation Spain
Oceania
Australia Fiji New Zealand
Humanitarian Aid
Childcare & Daycare Support Medical & Health Orphanages Sports Teaching & Education
Community Services
Building & Construction Community Development Culture & Arts Human & Women's Rights NGO Management & Support
Environment & Conservation
Animals & Wildlife Environmental Protection Farming & Agriculture Marine Conservation Round Trips & Camps
Made for Meaningful Travel
Volunteer World's mission has always been to ensure fairness, transparency and high quality within the meaningful travel industry. Due to its great usability & unique design, media claims Volunteer World to be the "AirBnB" for volunteer abroad opportunities - and we do not disagree on that!
The World's Largest Volunteer Abroad Comparison Platform
Volunteer World is the world's leading comparison platform for international volunteer opportunities. We guide you through a safe and easy application process. Planning your next meaningful trip with Volunteer World gives you free access to:
Your Extra Layer of Security
Our services are free of charge!
All program fees are charged directly by your volunteer organisation.

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.

© Volunteer World