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Casa Guatemala

Volunteers Coordinator

Volunteer as the Volunteer Coordinator and perform one of the most pivotal duties necessary for running the day to day function at Casa Guatemala.

About the Program

This is an essential position, as the volunteer coordinator energizes, organizes and coordinates all the work of the volunteers present at Casa Guatemala to ensure proper operation.  Usually there is a team of about 10 volunteers.

General Objectives 

  • Coordinate, streamline and organize the group of volunteers who are at Casa Guatemala.  
  • Be the route between the volunteers and the school principal and project manager regarding everything that happens on site.  
  • Respond to the needs of volunteers, placing them in their roles, guiding and helping their adaptation in the early weeks.  
  • Ensure that the volunteer work is functioning properly and the rules are being complied with.  
  • Administrative work in the office, advertising for volunteers, communicating with potential and future volunteers as well as seeking feedback from past volunteers.  

Functions With the group of volunteers:  

  • Welcome new volunteers. 
  • Give them a tour of Casa Guatemala which should involve showing them the volunteer house, placing them in a free room, and showing them around the children´s village. 
  • Tell them what their role will be and explain the functions to be performed, and the rules. Discuss with them any doubts they may have.  
  • Organize and coordinate the volunteer group. 
  • The volunteer coordinator is responsible for designating the functions to be performed by each of the volunteers, monitoring their position in Casa Guatemala and making changes wherever necessary.  
  • Check the efficiency of the work of volunteers and the compliance to the rules. 
  • Ideally, the volunteer coordinator controls the work done by others, being present in some of the orientations of each group, weekend activities and common times.
  • You should discuss with the volunteers when something is not done correctly or when the rules are violated. 

This should always be done in coordination and communication with the director of Casa Guatemala. 

Organizational:  

Arrange weekly meetings to discuss work with the volunteers, pass on information and arrange weekend activities.  The weekend activities are a time for volunteers to do activities they´d like to share with the kids, and the meeting is a chance for them to propose the activities they would like to do and come up with a plan.   

If there is an activity coordinator, their role is to take the suggestions and make a schedule, allocating sufficient volunteers to each activity.  If there is no activity coordinator, the volunteer coordinator does this.  Two copies of the schedule are put up, one in the volunteer house and one in the comedor. 

Administrative:  

  • Advertise for volunteers on various websites, and update adverts when necessary. 
  • Respond to applications. 
  • Be the contact point for future volunteers and respond to questions and doubts. 
  • Send volunteer certificates of appreciation and feedback forms to volunteers who have left. 
  • Update the online spreadsheet with potential volunteers, volunteers currently at Casa Guatemala and future volunteers who have confirmed their arrival and ex volunteers. 
  • Maintain communication with the school director and the director of Casa Guatemala. The communication of important facts, changes or other issues is essential work of the coordinator. Communication is done personally in meetings or via e-mail or phone. 
  • Review and update the volunteer guide annually. 

Other Functions:  

  • Check that the rules of communal areas are followed. 
  • Conduct tours for visitors who come to Casa Guatemala, show them the site and give them details and explanations about the village.  When you are not available to conduct these tours, you can ask an experienced volunteer to conduct the tour. 
  • Photograph special events, and perform other tasks as requested by the director.  
  • Participate in weekend activities, events and special parties and participate in orientation and other jobs when there are not enough volunteers to cover all positions.  

Requirements 

  • Ideally have a degree linked to education, pedagogy or psychology.  
  • Minimum stay of 6 months at Casa Guatemala.  
  • Ideally speak English and Spanish fluently.  
  • Ideally have work experience related to education or work with children.  
  • Must be a dynamic person with good communication and organization skills. 

Suitable for

Singles
Couples
50+

Typical day

You work during different hours a day with several breaks, in which you can walk in the jungle, kayak in the river, visit the neighboring village to buy basic food; Enjoy children, volunteers and Casa Guatemala team in the common areas, read a book on our docks, yoga, meditation, etc.

Program Requirements

In order to join the program you need to be at least 24 years old on the program start date.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (intermediate level) and Spanish (intermediate level)
Criminal Background Check
required
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Organisation, communication, management. Basic conversational english and spanish.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 05:00 - 20:00

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

Free-time activities

In your free time you can spend time at the volunteer house cooking, talking to the rest of the team, reading a book; swimming in the river, do sports, yoga; You can go one day a week to the nearest town to buy food and get a better wifi; one night a week there is departure to the village with all the volunteers.

Every 22 days worked you have 8 days of vacation to do backpacking.



Swimming
Sports
Yoga/Meditation

Included Services

What's included?

For 300 dollars has accommodation, basic diet, work space and transportation in school-town boat.

Accommodation

We have two volunteers houses with several spacious rooms with bunk beds to share and enough bathrooms and showers. Each house has a kitchen, a small library and common space for eating. There is also room to wash and lay clothes.

Youth Hostel
Food & Beverages

Breakfast, lunch and dinner is included. This generally consists of rice, beans and tortillas; occasionally pasta, vegetables and some potatoes.in the school dining room. The volunteer house has a gas stove so volunteers have the opportunity to supplement the meals provided with their own food. Please note there is no fridge on site. 

Internet Access
Limited 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.

No worries, Volunteer World supports you in raising funds, checking your visa regulations and travel insurance. We also assist you in finding the cheapest flights for your journey.
Costs (Prices in USD)
12 weeks (min. stay)
$300.00
50 weeks (max. stay)
$300.00
Average fees
$16.00/week

You can volunteer at the project site in Rio Dulce/Guatemala between 12 weeks and 50 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Casa Guatemala will let you know about the final price during your application process.
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 Casa Guatemala during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

Get ready to volunteer in Guatemala

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Visa Regulations
Depending on your nationality, you have to arrange your visa for Guatemala. Please check the visa regulations for Guatemala.
Travel Seasons
Find out the best time to volunteer in Guatemala and receive information on weather and climatic conditions.
Living Costs
Living costs vary with each destination. We give an overview of what you should plan as an estimated budget to volunteer in Guatemala.
Budgeting
Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in Guatemala.

What's next?

Airport
The nearest airport is La Aurora (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.
Vaccine Checker
If you are intending to volunteer in Guatemala you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Guatemala.
Free-time
What can you do in leisure-time in Guatemala while you are not working at your volunteer opportunity?
Casa Guatemala, Rio Dulce, Livingston, Izabal, 18021 Rio Dulce, Guatemala

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