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Niños de Guatemala

Classroom Assistant

Antigua, Guatemala

Volunteers are assigned to a particular class where they assist the teacher in various educational activities during normal school hours.

Teacher’s Aid: Morning Program

Level of Spanish Required: Basic

The Teacher's Assistant Program is the most active program available at NDG and the one that needs the most support from volunteers. The highest priorities go to our youngest students, so depending on the amount of volunteers at the given time, one should expect to be working with children that are very young. Volunteers will be paired with a grade from the school to aid one of our amazing teachers in any way possible; whether it is helping children cut and glue paper into notebooks, handing out soap or toothpaste, helping children with in-class worksheets or homework, volunteers can expect to be very busy!

The Morning Program at our schools is based on the national curriculum (Curiculo Nacionál Base) designed and approved by the Guatemalan Ministry of Education. This includes classes in mathematics, language, history, science, art, and physical education. Following this curriculum ensures that our students will ultimately receive a diploma accepted throughout Guatemala.

Each volunteer is assigned to a particular teacher and grade throughout their stay. As teachers’ aids, volunteers are responsible for:

  • Helping individual students
  • Creating educational materials
  • Keeping the children on task

NDG’s motto has always been that everyone can do something. Dedicated volunteers are key to our mission of breaking the cycle of poverty through education in Guatemala. Through our program, you can get off the beaten track and experience Antigua’s wonderful, culture, people, and landscapes, all while giving back in our schools.

Our volunteers come from all types of backgrounds and range in age from eighteen to sixty. We have an average of five people volunteering with us at any given time. During high season, however, there may be as many as fifteen volunteers in our programs at once.

Free-time activities

The majority of NDG’s volunteers live in the beautiful colonial town of La Antigua. With a population of roughly 40,000 people, Antigua is set in a spectacular valley, surrounded by 3 volcanos and beautiful foothills. Antigua is a destination for tourists from around the world, as it is home to a unique Guatemalan culture, a plethora of Spanish language schools, and a base for continued travel throughout the country. Incredible ruins and churches dating back to colonial times give the town a unique and interesting feeling, as it was (and still is) a place of large historical significance. 

Antigua is the perfect place for volunteers to live during their time in Guatemala, as it is a much more developed and comfortable town than the most of the country, yet it is significantly less expensive than the average costs of living in the United States or Europe. During their free time, volunteers can travel to nearby destinations such as Lake Atitlan, the pacific coast, large Guatemalan markets, and beautiful hot springs. Within the city itself, volunteers can expect to enjoy the vast array of cuisine, the diverse traveler scene, the entertaining nightlife, and rich cultural diversity.

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). Of course, there is an exception for children that are accompanied by their parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level) and Spanish (basic level)
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Spanish, English
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 07:30 - 12:30

Suitable for

Singles
Couples
Families
Groups
50+

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

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We ask that our volunteers to fundraise a minimum of $250 prior to arrival. The money raised will go towards covering the costs of administration, related to volunteering, and to go towards our school programs. 

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.
Costs (Prices in USD)
4 weeks (min. stay)
$250.00
50 weeks (max. stay)
$250.00
Average fees
$34.00/week

You can volunteer at the project site in Antigua/Guatemala between 4 weeks and 50 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Niños de Guatemala 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 Niños de Guatemala during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.
Americas Central America Guatemala Antigua,  4a Calle Oriente #28C
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