We live in a finca in the Guatemalan countryside. The region is almost entirely populated by Q'eqchi indigenous. Our little private primary school was founded in order to promote education at the local level, enabling the kids of the surrounding communities to access primary education. We employ one local teacher and we try to have always 2 volunteers helping him. There are 35 kids from 6 to 13 at the moment.
The volunteers have to speak and write Spanish accurately as they're asked to teach the basic disciplines in Spanish.
The school year begins in January and ends in October. Usually the volunteers stay for a semester, from January to late May o from June to October. But it's also possible to stay for a shorter period if we have vacant posts.
The place is really beautiful, it is located in the Polochic's valley at the foot of a mountain. Lake Izabal is at 55 km from the finca, and Livingston and the Caribbean coast at about 120 km. Accommodation for the volunteers is very nice: they have their own equipped wooden house in the garden of the owners. But once a day, for lunch, they eat all together in the main house. The owners are a sympathetic couple with 2 young kids.
You'll love the experience!
The classes are given in the morning from 7:30 to 12:30. Generally, each volunteer takes care of a group of 5 to 10 pupils and provide them general classes of primary level, all in Spanish. The afternoon is free, the volunteers are just asked to prepare the classes of the following day.
At home: Spanish, French, English, German
The volunteers stay in a cabin in the garden of the owners’ house. They have their own little bathroom and private space. They cook themselves breakfast and dinner with the local products we give them while lunch is taken with the owners in their house. The owners are a relatively young couple formed by a Belgian woman and a Guatemalan man. They speak various languages and love to receive people in their house.
Various activities can be done on the weekends: horse-back riding, hiking in the mountain with its breathtaking views over the valley, you can visit beautiful places like Semuc Champey, el Paraíso or el Boquerón, quite close to the finca. We also organize pizza nights and parties with friends living in the area. In short, you won’t get bored!
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
5 hours a day, 5 days a week