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Project Genesis

Education and Daycare Supporter

San Andrés Itzapa, Chimaltenango, Guatemala

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

Why Volunteer?
Genesis was founded by Ricardo Armas, a Guatemalan-born writer who fell in love with this forgotten community, and has dedicated his life to helping raise these kids out of the cycle of poverty. Project Genesis serves over 100 kids aged 3-15, providing them with educational support and health services, yet there are over 400 children in the surrounding community that need the project's services. In Guatemala, the chronic malnutrition rate for children is almost 50% – the fourth highest in the world. Project Genesis provides the kids 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 go to school 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, and the volunteers are a huge help with this goal.At the project, classes are taught by Ricardo and a rotating team of international volunteers who create basic lessons and help the older kids with their homework. Lesson topics include English, Math, Science, Geography, Art, Theater, and reading. When funds are available, Project Genesis also sets up a scholarship fund to buy the kids' school supplies so that they can all attend school in the mornings, before coming to the project.

Typical day

What Do Genesis Volunteers Do?


A typical day starts with Ricardo picking you up in downtown Antigua, which is where you will be living. Hop in the 4-door pickup and spend about 35 minutes driving up over the mountains of Guatemala to the South of Antigua, with breathtaking views of volcanoes Acatenango, Agua, and Fuego. As you approach San Andrés Itzapa along a dirt road off the main highway in Chimaltenango, you will start to see tiny smiling faces jumping onboard with you as Ricardo picks up the kids that live farther from the project. Finally, with a loaded truck, you will arrive at Project Genesis to begin the day's programs!

The day starts with classes, broken into a few different age groups (dependent on number of volunteers). You will work with a group of 5-20 children and administer a lesson of your choice, usually continuing in the theme of the week or the lessons from previous days. Ricardo is available to help you if you should need ideas of what to do, but it is best to come prepared with some age-specific activities. Ricardo will tell you which age group you will be working with when you begin your first day. Lessons include math, English, reading, science, and writing. It is also highly encouraged to run artistic activities such as drawing, theater, or music.

Once classes the kids will be very excited to go outside and play. Typically the older ones will play fútbol (soccer) in the dirt field, and many of the younger ones will play games, draw, or read. You are welcome to help facilitate this play-time in whatever way you will enjoy most! The kids love to play with the volunteers, and you will often find yourself being dragged by a tiny hand to play jumprope or foosball! 

Volunteering with Project Genesis is a ton of fun, and it is also very demanding. As a former volunteer, I can tell you that you will fall in love with these beautiful little ones, who are so full of joy and energy even in the midst of much hardship. In the end, they are the ones that will be teaching you, although you may not realize it until after you return home.

Free-time activities

Climb this beautiful 3000 meter strata-volcano just a short drive from Antigua, where you will be staying! A two-day hike, it is not for the faint of heart but it is surely worth the effort.

Swimming
Concert/Music
Climbing
Hiking
Museum/Opera
Sports
Riding
Yoga/Meditation

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)
Criminal Background Check
required
Education Requirements
at High School / Secondary School Diploma level
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Spanish is very helpful, though not absolutely required. I have seen people come through as volunteers who spoke no Spanish, and were able to teach math and english just fine. It is useful to be able to communicate with Ricardo, however. If you have questions about your Spanish language ability, don't hesitate to reach out.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 09:00 - 13:00

Suitable for

Singles
Couples
Families
Groups
Wheel Chairs

Any questions? Just ask. We at Project Genesis are happy to help you.

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Services by Project Genesis

Your program fee helps us to keep the project running and makes sure Ricardo isn't running a deficit in his personal life- for years he has financed the project using all of his savings, and is now in debt. The program fee also covers daily transportation to and from the project, and an orientation and tour of Antigua, Guatemala. Ricardo will also serve as your guide and will help coordinate your stay in Antigua.

Internet Access
Sorry, no 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)
$300.00
5 weeks
$375.00
6 weeks
$450.00
7 weeks
$525.00
11 weeks
$825.00
19 weeks
$1,425.00
40 weeks (max. stay)
$3,000.00
Average fees
$75.00/week

You can volunteer at the project site in San Andrés Itzapa, Chimaltenango/Guatemala between 4 weeks and 40 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Project Genesis will let you know about the final price during your application process.
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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 Project Genesis during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.
Americas Central America Guatemala San Andrés Itzapa, Chimaltenango, 14°38'31.4"N 90°49'31.8"W
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