La Puerta Abierta is a vibrant learning center for students of all ages with a focus on early childhood education and literacy outreach.
La Puerta Abierta offers a variety of opportunities for you to volunteer with our programs. Whether as a volunteer, student, or traveler – there are a number of rewarding ways you can collaborate with us in our center. La Puerta Abierta looks for motivated individuals that are hard-working, proactive, creative, and responsible.
Volunteer projects include supporting teachers in our school, reading books in local communities by participating in the Traveling Library, co-teaching classes, working with teachers to design new curriculum, tutoring, teaching English, categorizing books, participating in the teen reading group and developing age appropriate activities, hosting writing music and art workshops with students, and sharing any of your talents or abilities that will help us accomplish our mission as a library and a school in Santiago Atitlan.
Volunteers gain the opportunity to interact closely with children, assist our local staff, gain experience in the field of education and literacy, contribute to our vision to empower children to become innovative problem solvers and to learn Spanish.
Santiago is rich in Maya culture. While visiting, one will have the opportunity to explore the indigenous culture. Textiles are also an important part of our community. You can learn to weave and embroider while staying in our town.
A simple room in a house, with access to a bathroom. Safe and clean. Generally a volunteer stays with a family with multiple generations including elders and small children. Most houses have running water, electricity, and tile floors. Other options are available for an additional price including private apartments and homes.
3 meals a day. Vegetarian options available.