We are a home & education center for women & children survivors of domestic violence located near the beautiful world heritage site of Antigua, Guatemala. Our home is in a small urban center just ten minutes by bus from picturesque Antigua — a top tourist destination for architecture, history, art, restaurants, etc. Our region is well known for three large, dramatically positioned volcanoes and sweeping hillside landscapes.
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, and education aimed at establishing financial independence and self determination for Guatemalan women in challenging circumstances.
We are still accepting volunteers, but please see our COVID-19 update below!
Trabajo de caridad
Cuidado de niños y juegos creativos
Ayuda con ordenadores/Internet
En este proyecto podría haber niños. Para obtener más información, consulta nuestras directrices y consejos aquí.
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 assist with childcare during the mornings, help manage our social media presences, and support our digital communication efforts. We foresee the total work commitment being about three to four hours each weekday, five days per week, on a mostly morning based schedule. This position is available now.
This volunteer 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 city. In addition to taking photos, the volunteer will schedule and publish social media posts (photos & stories) and, optionally, contribute to our blog by writing about our work & residents, contribute to our regular newsletter, assist with data collection that supports our other digital projects, and support our general digital media needs by maintaining fresh, current photos and content on our web presences.
Some familiarity with photography, computers, online social networks, and image editing are required. A patient disposition and a willingness to assist with childcare / child education is required. Fluency in English & Spanish is a huge plus, but fluency in English and basic / working Spanish will do fine. Spanish that is sufficiently advanced to support telephone use is a huge plus, as is comfort & familiarity taking notes from Spanish conversations.
Please get in touch to learn more, and thanks for your interest!
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, whenever possible. That said, the home (and kids) can be noisy during the day, and life schedules are somewhat regulated / structured. The home has limited communal spaces — planning and spending free time in the surrounding city or nearby Antigua is recommended. While there are quiet times / days, it is not generally a quiet home environment. There are many nearby restaurants, businesses, hikes and other areas with sweeping views of nearby volcanoes, valley, and rolling hillsides.
Our home has a curfew: volunteers need to be back in the home by 10:00 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 three and four 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.
=== COVID-19 UPDATE ===
Guatemala is enforcing a variety of measures intended to control the spread of COVID-19. These include required use of a mask, reduced capacity at restaurants and other businesses, and reduced public transit capacity among others.
We are still very much interested in volunteers!
Visitors arriving to Guatemala via the international airport may be required to present a negative COVID-19 test. Travel in and around is still doable -- the Guatemala & Sacatepéquez departments (nearest to Guatemala City and Antigua) have the most restrictions. Restrictions elsewhere in the country are generally more relaxed.
Acceso a Internet
Acceso a Internet limitado
Puede alojar familias
Maximum 4 hours a day, 5 days a week
Son opciones de calificación adicionales para cuando los miembros dejan sus comentarios. Se muestra la calificación media dejada en cada opción.
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