Learn about community and sustainable development helping at a social enterprise on the beach in Guatemala

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Guatemala

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  • Description

    Description

    We are a social enterprise based in a rural Guatemalan community on the Pacific coast. We sell products (bracelets, t-shirts, beach bags, yoga bags etc) as well as tours in the national park (mangrove, turtle and salt farm tour, cooking class, bracelet making class and homestay). All of our products and tours are locally made and led which enables us to create employment opportunities in the community. With the profit we are able to invest in education and environmental projects and employ local staff. Since 2012, we have built a library, a secondary school, a computer lab and an organic garden. Through the library, we are able to reinforce children's reading and writing skills as well as give workshops about environmental sustainability, recycling etc. We also provide free English lessons to all of the local staff and all of the children enrolled in school.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Gardening
    Building
    General Maintenance
    Other
    Help with Eco project
    Helping with Tourists
    Charity work
    Language practice
    Art project
    Help with Computers / internet
    Teaching

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    benefits:
    - living in El Paredon, a beautiful coastal community situated in a national park.
    - working with a cross-cultural team
    - practice or improve Spanish/English language skills
    - learning about community and sustainable development or tourism
    - learning about local customs and traditions.

  • Help

    Help

    We look for volunteers with the following experiences or backgrounds:
    - EDUCATION (help our education manager with managing of library, organic garden or other projects; give environmental workshops and prepare activities with the children; write English curriculum or library curriculum)
    - teaching (has to be in spanish)
    - teaching English as a second language
    - construction (ex: build a recycling centre; depends on what projects need doing at the time)
    - gardening (organic garden maintenance)
    - FUNDRAISING (help us with grant writing, set up regular donations, crowdfunding)
    - communications (photography, videography, social media)
    - SALES AND MARKETING (help with keeping track of stock, inventory, orders. Develop and strengthen marketing strategy)
    - business administration (depending on the time of the year, help manage volunteer groups and whatever else needs doing)
    - management consultancy
    - accounting
    -TOURISM (manage and receive tourists in our shop, be a tour guide on our tours) -
    - GRAPHIC DESIGNER/ COMMUNICATION EXPERT

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English, Spanish, French

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    Basic shared accommodation and lunches.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    What to do on your days off:
    - surfing
    - swimming in the river or ocean
    - fishing in the mangroves
    - paddle boarding in the mangroves
    - tanning
    - chilling
    - learn to make local food
    - kayaking
    - visit turtle feeding ground and salt farm
    - the turtle season is from August until December (for laying and hatching of the eggs)

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    One

  • ...

    Hours expected

    5 days/ week, 5hrs per day




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