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Children's House Supervisor

Work daily with the children to achieve their goals such as waking up, completing chores, going to meals, studying, and general play/down time.

What is an Orientador?

Orientador is the most essential position covered by volunteers at Casa Guatemala.  Orientadors are responsible for performing all daily tasks with children when they are out of school (January to November) and summer school (November to January). This is a task that requires great deal of responsibility and care for children, as orientadors provide their main support network and are the adults they turn to for reference. 

Using the Orientador Guides as a reference, it is essential to follow the obligations and standards of the children´s village so it can function properly. It is important to avoid changing the way we work with the children when there is a change of orientador, since it is very important that they have a marked routine, continuity in rules and regulations and stability in the way that volunteers work with them.  

About the Program

Due to the constant changing of volunteers at the children´s village, it takes time to earn the trust and respect of the children. Volunteers must have patience whilst the children to get used to the different people who come to take care of them, as there is a mixture of different cultures and different ways of thinking and acting. To aid this, volunteers must respect the established rules and routines and work in harmony with the educational principles of Casa Guatemala. 

The children are divided into four groups at Casa Guatemala.  All orientadors are placed in one of these groups and have responsibility for their group. The groups are: 

  • Niñas grandes/niñas grandes 
  • Niñas pequeñas/niñas pequeñas 
  • Varones grandes/varones grandes 
  • Varones pequeñas/varones pequeños 

Whenever there are enough volunteers, it is ideal to have three or more orientadors for each group, therefore when one volunteer is on their descanso (8 day break) at least two people are left in charge of the group. For this reason, two people of the same group can not go on descanso at the same time. 

The orientadores in each group take it in turns to cover nights with the kids. When sleeping over in their house volunteers must remain in homes and be there for them in the night if and when they need it, for example if they have to go to the bathroom, if they are unwell or if they are scared. 

Objetives of the Program

General Purpose  

Providing a safe and caring environment for the children, whilst educating them on important themes such as friendship, love, respect for others, morality, values, education and affection.  

Specific objectives:  

  • Encourage children to care for and respect their belongings as well as their home, Casa Guatemala.   
  • Create trust and affective links with the children, but without giving excessive paternalistic treatment: children must be independent and responsible in performing their tasks as volunteers come and go but the kids stay here.  
  • Talking to children about their problems, and guiding them in their concerns and curiosities.  
  • Helping children in performing tasks such as homework and cleaning their houses.  
  • Promoting hygiene and health in children, and always setting an example to them in this.  
  • Encourage relationships of love, understanding and companionship.  
  • Teach values such as respect, solidarity, cooperation, justice and equality.  
  • Educating through play and work, on issues of sexuality, independence, youth development and responsibility.  

Orientadors are required to be present with their group of children at all times during working hours. We also ask orientadors not to use their mobile phones or other devices excessively during the working hours.  This is the time to be with the children, orientadors should attend to personal items during their free time. 

Suitable for

Singles
Couples
50+

Typical day

You work during different hours a day with several breaks, in which you can walk in the jungle, kayak in the river, visit the neighboring village to buy basic food; Enjoy children, volunteers and Casa Guatemala team in the common areas, read a book on our docks, yoga, meditation, etc.

The working hours during the school year (January to November) are detailed below:

From Monday to Friday  

5:00 Rise 5:00 to 6:30 Showers and chores 6:30 Breakfast 7:00 Brush teeth 7:30 Line up for school 7:30 - 11 School (orientadors free time)  11:00 to 12:30 Lunch (Watch patio) 12:30 Brush teeth 12:50 Line up for school 13:00 to 16:00 School (orientadors free time) 16:00 to 5:00 p.m.   Activities in orientation groups. 17:00 Shower 18:00   Dinner  18:30   Brush teeth then activities in houses 19:30 to 20:00 Sleep 

Saturday and Sunday 

6:00 Rise 6:00 to 7:30 Showers and chores 7:30 Breakfast 7:45   Brush teeth  8:00 to 10:00 Activity 10:00 to 12:00 Activity 12:00 -12: 30   Lunch 12:30   Brush teeth 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.   Activity  15:00 to 17:00   Activity 17:00   Showers  18:00 Dinner 18:30 Activity in homes or movie in the comedor 19:30 to 20:00   Sleep 

Summer School (November to January)  

The schedule for summer school may vary slightly from year to year. The school director with provide the coordinator with the schedule before summer school begins.  

Program Requirements

In order to join the program you need to be at least 24 years old on the program start date.
Language Skills
You need to speak Spanish (basic level)
Criminal Background Check
required
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Love for the children, responsibility and basic conversational Spanish as a minimum.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 05:00 - 20:00

Any questions? Just ask. We at Casa Guatemala are happy to help you.

Free-time activities

In your free time you can spend time at the volunteer house cooking, talking to the rest of the team, reading a book; swimming in the river, do sports, yoga; You can go one day a week to the nearest town to buy food and get a better wifi; one night a week there is departure to the village with all the volunteers.

Every 22 days worked you have 8 days of vacation to do backpacking.

Swimming
Sports
Yoga/Meditation

Included Services

What's included?

Orientador is a long term volunteer position (3 months or longer). 

Long term volunteers pay a one time donation of $300 which covers accommodation in the volunteer house on site and basic meals. Accommodation is basic as there is no electricity or hot water in the volunteer house. Meals generally consist of rice, beans and tortillas. Volunteers have the option of buying some of their own food and cooking it in the volunteer house.

Accommodation

Accommodation for long term volunteers is in the volunteer house on site. Rooms have two bunk beds, and it is likely you will have to share a room with one other person during your stay. In busy times it may be more. Accommodation is basic, with no electricity and cold showers.

Youth Hostel
Food & Beverages

Breakfast, lunch and dinner is included. This generally consists of rice, beans and tortillas. The volunteer house has a gas stove so volunteers have the opportunity to supplement the meals provided with their own food. Please note there is no fridge on site.

Internet Access
Limited 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.

No worries, Volunteer World supports you in raising funds, checking your visa regulations and travel insurance. We also assist you in finding the cheapest flights for your journey.
Costs (Prices in USD)
12 weeks (min. stay)
$300.00
50 weeks (max. stay)
$300.00
Average fees
$16.00/week

You can volunteer at the project site in Rio Dulce/Guatemala between 12 weeks and 50 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Casa Guatemala 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 Casa Guatemala during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Travel Seasons
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Living Costs
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Budgeting
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What's next?

Airport
The nearest airport is La Aurora (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.
Vaccine Checker
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Casa Guatemala, Rio Dulce, Livingston, Izabal, 18021 Rio Dulce, Guatemala

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