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Education Volunteers Needed at a Woman's Cooperative Guatemala



Our mission is to empower women in the neighborhood 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, UPAVIM has 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, fund UPAVIM's community health clinic and UPAVIM's school, which includes a daycare, pre-school, and elementary school (K-6th). In addition, the organization manages the first public library in the neighborhood, 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. We have volunteer opportunities to support the educational programs at UPAVIM including early education, elementary, an after-school tutoring/reinforcement classes, and the community library. These programs broaden the future education and employment opportunities of UPAVIM’s children and keep students away from the gang violence that is present on the streets of La Esperanza.



Guatemala City

Bachelor's degree preferred. Speak, read and write fluently in English. Speak, read and write at a basic level in Spanish (intermediate level preferred). Patient and adaptable to change. Minimum commitment until the end of the school year (end of October), continued commitment during the 2023 school year preferred. Teaching experience preferred, but not required. Must have COVID-19 vaccination

Dates of program:
January until the end of October

Duration of program:
3 months minimum, school year commitment preferred (Jan-Oct)

Age requirement:
Adults of both sexes 18+

Volunteers stay in shared bedrooms on the roof of our building with a beautiful garden overlooking the city and nearby volcanoes. Cost of living as a volunteer averages US$15-50 per week, depending on spending preferences.

Other information:
Volunteers needed from January until the end of October (Guatemalan school year calendar), with the possibility of assisting in other program areas in November.


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