We are a home for women & children survivors of domestic violence located near the beautiful world heritage site of Antigua, Guatemala. Our home is nestled between three stunning volcanoes and is situated just ten minutes by bus from picturesque Antigua — a top tourist destination for architecture, history, art, restaurants, etc.
Our communal house is a home to between five and eight Guatemalan women at any given time, many accompanied by their young children. We focus on recovery, health, traditional & vocational education, and job training — all aimed at establishing financial independence and self determination for Guatemalan women in challenging circumstances.
Help with Computers / internet
We are a home for woman survivors of domestic violence. Volunteers will learn about life as a Guatemalan woman and the specific challenges Guatemalan women face in their day-to-day life: marginalization, sexism, machismo, rampant & normalized domestic violence, lack of education, diminished professional opportunities, etc.
Volunteers will learn about recovery, perseverance, living with & through trauma, hope and personal development; also the challenges of group living and the specific obstacles social institutions face in meeting the needs of unique women with uniquely difficult situations to overcome. Volunteers will also sharpen their digital communication & photography skills, and learn about the lives of Guatemalan women and children through the intimate art of story. Volunteers will also have the opportunity to improve their language skills working and living in a majority Spanish speaking home & organization.
We are seeking a bilingual (Spanish / English) woman volunteer (We are a home for women) to manage our social media presences and support our digital communication efforts. We foresee the total work commitment being about one to three hours each day, five days per week, on a flexible self-determined schedule.
This volunteer communication coordinator will be tasked with taking photos of our residents and their children engaged in their daily lives as well as communal life in the surrounding village. In addition to taking photos, this communication coordinator will schedule and publish social media posts (photos & stories), contribute to our blog by writing about our work & residents, contribute to our regular newsletter, and support our general digital media needs by maintaining fresh, current photos and content on our web presences.
Familiarity with photography, computers, online social networks, image editing, and professional writing (blogs, newsletters, etc, in English) are required. Fluency in English & Spanish is a huge plus, but fluency in English and basic / working Spanish will do fine.
English / Spanish
We are able to offer a volunteer a shared living space, a "twin" size bed, and three meals per day (often but not always with vegetarian options). A room and bathroom will be shared with one of the women residents at the home. A small locker will be provided for valuables (passport, etc) and simple furniture for organizing your personal items, clothes, etc. Meals are communal, generally at 7AM, 1PM and 7:30PM. There is a shared kitchen, refrigerator, etc that can be used as long as basic shared-space courtesy is observed.
Our house is a group home, often with as many as 6-8 young children living with their mothers. The volunteer will be roomed with a single woman, without children. That said, the home (and kids) can be noisy during the day. Street dogs barking, church bells from the village square, music from a local evangelical church -- all of these noises contribute to the day-to-day. The home has a very small front garden and a large rooftop terrace -- shared spaces with unlimited access. While there are quiet times / days, it is not generally a quiet home environment. Our terrace offers sweeping views of nearby volcanoes & landscapes, as well as a generally quieter atmosphere.
Our home has a curfew: volunteers need to be back in the home by 9:00 PM strictly if they are planning to be there for the night. There are a variety of hostels / hotels in nearby Antigua that volunteers may choose to stay at if / when they please, beginning at about $12 USD per night.
Volunteers will have a lot of free time. We imagine the work itself will amount to between one and three hours per day, five days per week. Nearby Antigua is well known for hiking volcano tours, coffee plantation tours, historical architecture, beautiful gardens, and a wide variety of shops, restaurants, cafes & bars. It is also quite famous for affordable Spanish schools. There is plenty of live music in and around Antigua, and a variety of ongoing cultural events. Volunteers could easily spend the majority of their time in beautiful Antigua — in public parks, cafes, Spanish school, etc.
Lake Atitlán is about two hours away from us by bus ($10 private bus fare) — it is a stunningly beautiful lake encircled with volcanoes that has received high praise from several explorers / writers / naturalists. Aldous Huxley, an English writer and philosopher, wrote "Lake Como, it seems to me, touches on the limit of permissibly picturesque, but Atitlán is Como with additional embellishments of several immense volcanoes. It really is too much of a good thing."
Local transportation via bus is very well developed. Attractions all over the country can be reached very economically by private charter buses, and hostels offer cheap accommodation near to all major tourist attractions. Volunteer time can be very flexible, and will allow for plenty of exploring & enjoying Guatemala.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Maximum 1-3 hours a day, 5 days a week