Niños de Guatemala

Small Group Tutor

Antigua Guatemala, Guatemala show on map

Non-profit | Niños de Guatemala

After regular school hours, volunteers have the opportunity to offer extra help to those students who have fallen behind in math, reading, or writing. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Singles
Couples
Families
Groups
50+

Please see below for answers to FAQs about our program


How far in advance of my start date do I need to contact NDG?

Ideally, volunteers should contact us at least six weeks before they hope to begin working with us. However, we understand that this is not always possible and try to be as flexible as we can.


How long do I have to commit to volunteering?

NDG generally requires a minimum commitment of four weeks from our volunteers. If you choose to design your own program (e.g. for Expresión Artistica), however, we ask that you stay for at least two months. Volunteer can work up to 1 year with NDG, the longer the better!


What level of Spanish is required to volunteer?

The level of Spanish required differs from program to program. However, all of our volunteers must have at least a basic level of Spanish. If you have never learned Spanish before, you may opt to do classes through our social business, Cambio Spanish School, which reinvests 100% of its profits in NDG. (If you would prefer to begin studying before you come to Guatemala, Cambio also offers Skype lessons!) As a volunteer, you will receive up to a 30% discount on the normal hourly price.


How much supervision will I have?

In general, our volunteers need to be independent and flexible, at work they will always be around NDG staff.
Our Volunteer Coordinator will bring you out to the school on your first day to introduce you to the teachers and class(es) that you will be working with. After that, he or she will be with you at the project two days a week. Of course, you are more than welcome to reach out to our Volunteer Coordinator with questions or concerns at any point!

In the classroom, our volunteers are supervised and guided by experienced Guatemalan teachers.


How does NDG decide where to place volunteers?

Volunteers are assigned to either Nuestro Futuro or El Porvenir schools for the duration of their trip. The decision of where to place volunteers is based on the level of need in our schools at any given time.


Does NDG provide a living stipend?

At the moment, NDG is unable to provide any compensation to our volunteers. They are responsible for the cost of their own flights, accommodation, and living expenses throughout their stay in Guatemala. However, we will help in any way that we can when it comes to arranging your trip and making your stay in Antigua as comfortable as possible. This includes booking Spanish classes, planning airport transfers and locating home stays where necessary. Now we offer volunteer packages, feel free to ask our volunteer coordinator about them.

Typical day

“Refuerzos” is an after school program that works more hands on with smaller groups of kids and focused on reinforcing certain lesson plans in the afternoon. There is a bit more flexibility with this program as the volunteer can choose which days in the afternoon they would like to come in however it is recommended to do this program simultaneously with the Morning Teacher’s Assistant Program.

As part of our Afternoon Program, NDG offers tutoring and extra help to those students who have fallen behind in math, reading, or writing. This is known as refuerzo, or reinforcement, and takes place from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM several days a week. Usually, between five and ten students will participate in refuerzo.

While teachers do supervise volunteers during refuerzo, volunteers have a greater degree of independence than those working during the Morning Program. 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.

Details on Arrival

Volunteer can join our program at any time of the year.

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.

Swimming
Concert/Music
Sightseeing
Shopping/Souvenirs
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) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (intermediate level) and Spanish (intermediate level)
Criminal Background Check
required
Required Documents
Proof of vaccines
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
English, Spanish
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 14:00 - 16:00

Included Services

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Before your journey

Profound consulting and ongoing support (free)
Niños de 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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Niños de Guatemala Volunteer Packages


The Volunteer Cost

  • Volunteer Support fee and other services (spanish classes, living arrangements, airport pickup and drop off and others)  which will depend on the package you will choose, the options are above.
  • $250 donation for our 3 schools and 500 students, the volunteer team are very much willing to support you through the fundraising process, to help you get started, we’ve put together this short guide NDG Fundraising Guide, and feel free to email us if you would like to know specific projects or needs that the school has. Many volunteers are able to raise 100% of their fees and donation—and there are many ways to do it!

  • Your Volunteer Package has to be paid completely 15 days before arrival.

Cancellation Policy

We recognize that changes happen during the planning trips. Once you have paid your “Application fee”, refunds can be made only if:

  • Cancellation notice is made 1 months prior to your scheduled arrival date.

  • If for any reason NDG needs to cancel your trip, all costs including deposit will be refunded or applied to a rescheduled trip.


You cannot be refunded if:

  • If, a cancellation is made less than 1 month before the scheduled arrival date.

  • If the Volunteer leaves Guatemala earlier for any reason, no refund will be issued.

If not refunded, it will become a donation to Niños de Guatemala, and we will be very grateful.


Long-term volunteer packs (6 months or 1 year)


Packs

6 months

1 year

Includes

Spanish -Volunteer Long-term Pack:

$3 604 US Dollars

$6 684 US Dollars

  • Airport pick up

  • Homestay (All meals included, except Sundays)

  • 30 hours of Spanish classes, we can give you linguistic credits.

  • 1 FREE Experience Guatemala tour

  • Volunteer Support (Includes $50 US Dollars “Application fee”)

  • Donation (The minimum of $250 US Dollars)

Experience Guatemala Long-term Pack

$3 450 US Dollars

$6 550 US Dollars

  • Airport pick up

  • Homestay (All meals included, except Sundays)

  • 2 Experience Guatemala tours

  • Volunteer Support (Includes $50 US Dollars “Application fee”)

  • Donation (The minimum of $250 US Dollars)



Short-term volunteer packs (1 month, 2 months or 3 months)


Pack

1 month

2 months

3 months

Includes

Spanish -Volunteer short-term Pack:

$1019 US Dollars

$1569 US Dollars

$2119 US Dollars

  • Airport pick up and drop off

  • Homestay (All meals included, except Sundays)

  • 30 hours of Spanish classes, we can give you linguistic credits.

  • 1 Experience Guatemala tour

  • Volunteer Support (Includes $50 UD Dollars “Application fee”)

  • Donation (The minimum of $250 US Dollars)


Experience Guatemala short-term Pack

$900 US Dollars

$1450 US Dollars

$2000 US Dollars

  • Airport pick up

  • Homestay (All meals included, except Sundays)

  • 2 Experience Guatemala tours

  • Volunteer Support (Includes $50 UD Dollars “Application fee”)

  • Donation (The minimum of $250 US Dollars)

Airport Pickup at La Aurora International Airport

Private airport transfer is included in your volunteer package. 

We included arrival and departure transfers for our short-term pacakages and only arrival for our long-term packages.

Accommodation

You will be placed at a homestay, here you will have the opportunity to share with a Guatemalan family.

Guest Family
Food & Beverages

The Homestay is responsible for providing all food and drinks, except Sundays.

There is filtered water at the homestay, the school and at the NDG office.

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)
$ 900
8 weeks
$ 1,450
12 weeks
$ 2,000
24 weeks
$ 3,450
50 weeks (max. stay)
$ 6,550
Average fees
$ 178 /week

You can volunteer at the project site in Antigua Guatemala/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 cash at arrival at the project site.
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