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After School Program and Community Library Guatemala



Our mission is to empower women in the neighbourhood of La Esperanza, located on the outskirts of Guatemala City, by giving them opportunities to economically support their families, while also providing services to improve the quality of life for the entire community.

Over the past 33 years, we have grown from a small baby-weighing program to a women's cooperative employing over 100 local women and making handmade fair-trade crafts sold around the world. The proceeds from these crafts pay the women's salaries and fund UPAVIM's educational programs, which includes a day-care, pre-school, and elementary school (K-6th). In addition, the organization manages the first public library in the neighbourhood, offers free English classes and tutoring for all ages, and runs a bakery to provide fresh and affordable goods to the community. Please find out more by visiting our website.

UPAVIM seeks a highly motivated volunteer to work in the after school program and also the community library. The after school program provides individualized tutoring services and lessons guided by a local coordinator. The community library provides students a safe space to read, receive help with school work, and participate in literacy activities.




La Esperanza, Guatemala City

Experience working with children of multiple ages, especially elementary school aged. Intermediate Spanish is a must. All classes are given in Spanish. Experience working in an after school program a plus. Ability to work in a multicultural setting. Well organized and able to adapt quickly. Fully vaccinated against Covid-19. Able to commit for 2 months to a year. There may be the possibility of a summer volunteer experience for students.

Dates of program:
Year round

Duration of program:
2-12 months

Age requirement:
Adults of both sexes 18+

Free housing on-site but volunteers pay for their own food and other living expenses. Volunteers stay in shared bedrooms on "the roof" with a beautiful garden overlooking the city and nearby volcanoes.

Other information:
The volunteer may use their time with UPAVIM for academic credit, fieldwork and research.


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