Do Guatemala

Girls and Teen mom's Shelter Supporter

Quetzaltenango (Xela), Guatemala show on map

Agency | Do Guatemala

This shelter offers a temporary home for girls that suffered from sexual abuse and/or domestic violence. They host about 60-80 girls and their 15-25 babies and toddlers. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Singles
Groups

This shelter is a government institution for young mothers and their children. This shelter is home to 60 mothers, girls and young children. The teenage mothers and their young infants can stay here, as well as teenage girls who have suffered from sexual abuse. The girls and mothers are all under 18 years old, and the children are aged approximately 0 to 5 years old. There is a lot of emphasis on psychology, as well as learning how to be a mother.

The shelter provides them with shelter, food, and basic medical supply, but the shelter is always in need of help. VOlunteers provide important assistance and are welcome to start fundraise campaigns or bring donations, which the shelter very much needs.
Work days are usually from 8am - 12pm and 2pm - 4.30pm, from Monday to Friday.
We provide you with all support and assistance to give you a valuable volunteer experience.

Volunteers are needed in the shelter to take care of the babies while the mothers are attending class, attend early stimulation sessions, assist the teachers in classes, or organize your own activities for the girls, to break up their daily routine and do something fun.

Typical day

Volunteers can dedicate their time to different activities;


- volunteers stay with the babies while the mothers are in class. This means feeding, changing and soothing the babies, as well as playing with them and teach the older toddlers some basic lessons. You also participate in early stimulation sessions with the babies.

- Assist a teacher in classes. The girls receive primary school lessons inside the shelter. The teachers could use some assistance in teaching the girls.

- Organize you own activities. As the girls are always inside of the shelter, they really appreciate a change of routine sometimes.  So together with the staff and Do Guatemala´s help, the volunteer has to make a plan for the time he/she will spend there. You can think of activities like crafts, music, art, sports, or something that you like or that you´re good at. You can plan activities for the babies or for the girls, according to your preference. The volunteer foresees in his/her own supplies.

Free-time activities

Guatemala offers many free time activities! You can do a lot of hiking to one of the many volcanoes near the city (Santa Maria, Santiaguito, Tajumulco, Chicabal). You can also choose for a cultural tour to indigenous Mayan villages, and visit the hot springs Fuentes Georginas, which are hot springs with volcanic water, located in a beautiful cloud forest.
We can also help you to organize weekend trips to the beautiful Lake Atitlan, the colonial town of Antigua, or the Mayan ruins of Tikal for example.

Swimming
Climbing
Hiking
Museum/Opera

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) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level) and Spanish (basic level)
Criminal Background Check
required
Required Documents
CV and passport copy
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
- proactive
- independent
- Basic Spanish level
- Experience with babies and children is beneficial but not required
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 08:00 - 16:30

Included Services

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Before your journey

Profound consulting and ongoing support (free)
Do Guatemala (your host organization) provides consulting and is keen to answer all your questions. Once you reserved your spot, you will receive the contact details of your volunteer project.
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On-site services

Services by Do Guatemala

- Weekly fee for accommodation in a local host family, including private room, shared bathroom and 3 meals a day from Monday-Saturday-
A registration fee (one-time payment), including:
- Free pickup service from the airport 24/7, and transportation to Quetzaltenango
- Free volunteer intermediation and a donation to your project
- A detailed welcome package with many travel tips, received before your departure
- Free emergency service and travel consultation
- The guarantee that your whole stay in Guatemala will be organized professionally and according to your wishes by Do Guatemala.

Airport Pickup at La Aurora International Airport

The fee includes airport pickup from the airport in Guatemala City. You will be brought in taxi to the first class bus station, from where you take a direct luxury bus to Quetzaltenango (3,5-4 hours). In Quetzaltenango, we personally pick you up from the bus station to bring you to the host family and introduce you there.

Accommodation

Staying in a local host family is the perfect way to immerse in the Guatemalan local life and culture. The host families are all middle-class families, living on walking distance or in the city center. They are all recommended families, where many people had a great experience.

The host family in Quetzaltenango offers you a private room (couples can share a room), with the necessary furniture to make your home stay comfortable. Bathrooms are mostly shared with the rest of the family, but always clean, and hot showers are provided. Meals are included too.
If you are on a special diet (vegetarian, vegan, or you have allergies), the families are able to take this into account, that’s no problem!

Guest Family
Food & Beverages

The accommodation includes 3 meals a day from Monday-Saturday, and with the meals comes 1 drink. Snacks and additional consumption runs for the volunteers´ account.
Host families are able to accommodate volunteers with special diet requirements (vegetarian, gluten-free, allergies, etc).

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.
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)
$ 733
6 weeks
$ 996
8 weeks
$ 1,259
12 weeks
$ 1,786
20 weeks
$ 2,839
50 weeks (max. stay)
$ 6,788
Average fees
$ 160 /week

You can volunteer at the project site in Quetzaltenango (Xela)/Guatemala between 4 weeks and 50 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Do 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 Do Guatemala during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.
  Americas Central America Guatemala  Quetzaltenango (Xela), 14 Av. A 3-06

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