Help at our community library in Guatemala

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  • Description

    Description

    Our project is a community library for children, located in the town of Livingston, Izabal, Guatemala. From Monday to Friday we offer activities for the children of the village, mainly coming from the Garífuna and Q'eqchi groups. We support you with your homework, we organize games, sports activities, read, draw, craft, sing, have fun and enjoy it :)!
    Children learn to communicate, solve problems and conflicts, coexist with others, acquire study habits, reinforce patience and tolerance.

    It is important that we make clear that we need volunteers who are able to speak an intermediate or high level of Spanish. This is due to the fundamental need for communication with the children that come to the library.

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    Nuestro proyecto es una biblio-ludoteca infantil comunitaria, ubicada en el pueblo de Livingston, Izabal, Guatemala. De lunes a viernes ofrecemos actividades para los niños del pueblo, provenientes principalmente de los grupos Garífuna y
    Q´eqchi. Les apoyamos con sus deberes escolares, organizamos juegos, actividades deportivas, leemos, dibujamos, hacemos manualidades y un poco de computación.
    Los niños aprenden a comunicarse, solucionar problemas y conflictos, convivir con los demás, adquirir hábitos de estudio, reforzando la paciencia y tolerancia.
    Es importante aclarar que necesitamos voluntarios con un manejo medio o elevado de español, ya que la comunicación con los niños es la labor fundamental de este proyecto.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Help with Computers/ Internet

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Livingston is a town that is located in the jungle and overlooks the Caribbean Sea. Here life is very simple, there are no greater comforts, but there is a natural environment that enchants. Generally people who visit this town, learn a lot about nature and what it means to live in it.
    In addition, as there are two very strong cultures: the Q'eqchi and the Garífuna there is a very interesting cultural exchange. Volunteers will know the way of life of these communities and learn a little more about the stories behind them.
    This is why this volunteering is focused for people who like natural life, animals and the simple things in life. Many times there is no light in the village, here people wash their clothes by hand (although there is a laundry), there is also pollution on the beach. But nevertheless, this is a place that without a doubt changes people, challenges them and connects them with nature, teaches them to think about their privileges and to value what they have.

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    Livingston es un pueblo que se localiza en la jungla y da al mar caribe. Aquí la vida es muy simple, no hay mayores comodidades, pero sí hay un entorno natural que encanta. Generalmente las personas que visitan este pueblo, aprenden mucho sobre la naturaleza y lo que significa vivir en ella.
    Además, como habitan dos culturas muy fuertes: la Q´eqchi y la Garífuna hay un intercambio cultural muy interesante. Los voluntarios podrán conocer la forma de vida de estas comunidades y conocer un poco más de las historias que hay detrás.
    Es por esto, que este voluntariado está enfocado para las personas que les gusta la vida natural, los animales y las cosas simples de la vida. Muchas veces no hay luz en el pueblo, acá la gente lava su ropa a mano (aunque hay una lavandería), también hay contaminación en la playa. Pero sin embargo, este es un lugar que sin duda cambia a las personas, las desafía y las conecta con la naturaleza, les enseña a pensar en sus privilegios y a valorar lo que tienen.

  • Help

    Help

    Currently, we are working on the design of a crowfunding campaign, as we need to gather economic resources to build a library of our own. Since despite having been operating in Livingston for 10 years, we still have to pay rent. Therefore, all donations are going to cover that payment, leaving us with very little to buy the materials we need to work on daily activities.

    This is why we need two volunteers who have a photoshop program management and who know how to edit videos, so they can help us prepare visual material for the donation campaign. And that later, help us when the campaign is online.

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    Actualmente, nos encontramos trabajando en el diseño de una campaña de crowfunding, ya que necesitamos reunir recursos económicos para poder construir una biblioteca propia. Ya que a pesar de llevar 10 años de funcionamiento en Livingston, todavía tenemos que estar pagando alquiler. Por lo tanto, todas las donaciones se nos van en cubrir ese pago, quedándonos con muy poco para comprar los materiales que necesitamos para trabajar las actividades diarias.

    Es por esto, que necesitamos a dos voluntarios que tengan un manejo del programa photoshop y que sepan de edición de videos, para que nos ayuden a preparar material visual para la campaña de donación. Y que posteriormente, nos ayuden cuando la campaña esté en línea.

  • Languages spoken

    Spanish: Fluent

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    IMPORTANT: The program has a capacity to accommodate two volunteers, we have a shared cabin with beds, bathroom and shower, located in front of the sea, inside the FLOWAS hostel, in the Campoamor neighborhood, about 20 minutes walking from the library.
    Upon arrival, they will be given sheets, which will be the responsibility of the volunteer to deliver them washed at the end of their stay, and they must bring their own towel for the shower.


    IMPORTANTE: El programa tiene una capacidad para alojar a dos voluntarios, contamos con una cabaña compartida con camas, baño y ducha, ubicada frente al mar, al interior del hostal FLOWAS, en barrio Campoamor, a unos 20 minutos caminando a la biblioteca.
    A su llegada, se les hará entrega de sábanas, las que serán responsabilidad del voluntario entregarlas lavadas al final de su estancia, y deberán traer su propia toalla para la ducha.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Participating in the project offers the possibility of living in a community, meeting the inhabitants of Livingston, other volunteers from different countries, getting to know the Guatemalan Caribbean and its culture.

    The town is quite small so there is no problem walking it. And despite environmental pollution on the beach, there are also very beautiful corners of nature: jungle, beach, the famous Rio Dulce and Canyon de Vaca. The sports activities are swimming, running, taking a cayac, walking in the jungle, etc.

    Participando en el proyecto se brinda posibilidad de vivir en una comunidad, conocer a los habitantes de Livingston, a otros voluntari@s de diferentes países, conocer el Caribe Guatemalteco y su cultura.

    El pueblo es bastante pequeño así que no hay problema en recorrerlo caminando. Y a pesar de contaminación ambiental en la playa, también hay rincones de naturaleza muy bonitos: selva, playa,el famoso Rio Dulce y el Canyon de Vaca. Las actividades deportivas son nadar, correr, tomar un cayac, caminar en la selva, etc.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    Two

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    Hours expected

    15 hours/week-no food, 25 hours/week-food










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