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 our garden. However we have lunch all together in the main house at midday. We are a sympathetic couple with 2 young kids.
You'll love the experience!
Babysitting / child care
What we offer them is a real and strong intercultural exchange as we live in an almost 100% indigenous area, where the people's habits and way of living are very different from ours. Nevertheless the volunteers also have access to our lifestyle, which is simple but more Occidental (European). Living in the countryside in the middle of nowhere, eating local, producing its own food... is also part of the life we're offering. At school, the exchange between kids and volunteers is generally very enriching and doesn't focus only on the kids' education. The volunteers also learn a lot from them, some have learned a bit of Q'eqchi (the local language), sometimes they are were invited in their houses to share meals and stories, others take part in soccer championships with the fathers of their pupils, etc. It's a really nice sharing.
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 nice cabin in our garden. They have their own bathroom and private space. They cook themselves breakfast and dinner with the local products we give them while we have lunch all together in our house. We are a relatively young couple formed by a Belgian woman and a German-Guatemalan man. We speak various languages and we love to receive people in our house. We have 2 young children aged 3,5 and 1,5.
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