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NGO in Guatemala breaking the Cycle of Poverty through Education

Do you have any specific skills that could help us? Great! You can apply for a Volunteer Role, we'll be happy to have your talent as a contribution to our school. You could use your ESL skills to become a tutor for children or young adults, assist our Communications Coordinator by taking amazing photos or even give a preventative psychology workshops. Where feasible, volunteers are more than welcome to combine programs from the list below.

Level of Spanish needs to be determined by your ability to communicate with others in Spanish under pressure i.e. in a classroom full of Spanish speaking kids, a member of staff giving you directions for a task, etc.

Available Volunteer Roles & Internships:

1. English Teacher's Assistant

2. Spanish Teacher's Assistant

3. English Tutor for 7-15 year olds

4. English Tutor for 15-23 year olds

5. Academic Tutor for 15-23 year olds

6. Social Department Intern

7. Volunteer Grant Writer

8. Measurement & Evaluation Assistant

9. Librarian

10. Administrative Assistant

11. Communications Intern

12. IT Collaborator

13. After School Activity Coordinator



English Teacher's Assistant

Level of Spanish: None necessary as a prerequisite, but a working knowledge is obviously an advantage.
Description: English is a critical skill for our students to possess in order to be able to have access to better quality paid employment as young adults. For this reason the children follow a bilingual Spanish / English  program up until 5th grade (age 9-10). This program welcomes volunteers. Each volunteer will be assigned to a particular teacher and grade throughout their stay. As teaching assistants, volunteers will be responsible for a variety of tasks in the classroom. These include, but are not limited to, helping individual students on a one-to-one basis, designing and creating educational materials and helping keep children on task.
Requirements: A flexible approach to work; the ability to work as part of a team but also on your own initiative; positive outlook; enjoy working with children and have an appreciation of the pressures and demands within the academic work environment.

*If you are interested in working with Reception/Kindergarten children, then experience of Child Development is necessary.

Time Duration: 1 week minimum 
Hours: 7:45 - 1:30pm

 

Spanish Teacher's Assistant

Level of Spanish: None necessary as a prerequisite, but a working knowledge is obviously an advantage.
Description: English is a critical skill for our students to possess in order to be able to have access to better quality paid employment as young adults. For this reason the children follow a bilingual Spanish / English  program up until 5th grade (age 9-10). This program welcomes volunteers. Each volunteer will be assigned to a particular teacher and grade throughout their stay. As teaching assistants, volunteers will be responsible for a variety of tasks in the classroom. These include, but it is not limited to, helping individual students on a one-to-one basis, designing and creating educational materials and helping keep children on task.
Requirements: A flexible approach to work; the ability to work as part of a team but also on your own initiative; positive outlook; enjoy working with children and have an appreciation of the pressures and demands within the academic work environment.
*If you are interested in working with Reception/Kindergarten childnren, then experience with Child Development is necessary.

Time Duration: 1 week minimum

Hours: 7:45 - 1:30pm

 

English Tutor for 7-15 year olds

Level of Spanish: Intermediate
Description: English is a critical skill for our students to possess in order to have access to better quality paid employment as young adults. In order to have a good understanding and knowledge of the English language our students need a strong foundation, but some may be falling behind. You can help us give our younger students the additional attention they need to improve their grammar, pronunciation, vocabulary, and general comfort with the English language. You would be generally working with small groups of students.
Requirements: Have previous experience of working as an ESL tutor. Self-motivated and organised. Good communication skills. Ability to work independently, but also function well as part of a team. Exhibit patience and positive attitudes in establishing an encouraging learning environment.
Time Duration: Minimum commitment of 4 weeks
Hours: 2:30-3:30pm on weekdays

 

English Tutor for 15-23 year olds

Level of Spanish: Intermediate
Description: English is a critical skill for our students to possess in order to have access to better quality paid employment as young adults. Providing  assistance to our scholarship students with learning English can have a real impáct in their life and their ability to break out of the cycle of poverty. As an English tutor you’d be providing our students with the attention they need to improve their grammar, pronunciation, vocabulary, and general comfort with the English language. Yuo would generally be working with small groups of students.
Requirements: Previous experience of working as an ESL tutor. Self-motivated and organised. Good communication skills. Ability to work independently, but also function well as part of a team. Exhibit patience and positive attitudes in establishing an encouraging learning environment.  
Time Duration: Minimum commitment of 4 weeks
Hours: Part time-Full time (Flexible hours)
 
 
Academic Tutor for 15-23 year olds

Level of Spanish: Advanced
Description: Some of our older students have found some of their subjects or university courses challenging so you would provide academic expertise for them to be able to thrive in their classes. You would offer assistance with developing study strategies; work with the tutee to develop a tutoring plan that fits the student’s individual needs; prepare tutoring sessions to ensure the tutee’s academic development  Assess the tutee’s progress throughout tutoring sessions. This assistance is needed in subjects such as Fundamental Physics, Mathematics, Accounting and Chemistry -  though we welcome applications from volunteers who have expertise in other academic disciplines. 
Requirements: Demonstrate knowledge and competence in the subject matter; enjoy tutoring the subject; be able to explain concepts to effectively communicate study strategies; work comfortably with people from diverse backgrounds; possess good organizational skills. Exhibit patience and positive attitudes in establishing an encouraging environment for learning.  
Time Duration: 1.5 hours per student with a minimum commitment of 4 weeks
Hours: Flexible
 
 
Social Department Intern

Level of Spanish: Advanced
Description: Our students come from backgrounds of extreme poverty and many of them have suffered traumatic experiences in their early years The Social Department Intern will work closely with the Head of the Social Department and our school’s psychologist. Duties will include supporting our preventative psychology workshops for students at the Primary and Pre-primary level; supporting in our sex education workshops for our Middle School students; assisting our psychologist with group therapy sessions and group empowerment workshops; help with transcription of documents to Word or Excel; obtaining the weight and height of our students once a month and creating and maintaining storeroom inventories.
Requirements: Background in psychology/social work or previous experience. Proactive, creative, spontaneous, communicative. Working knowledge of Word and Excel.
Time Duration: 8 weeks minimum
Hours: Part-Time
 
Volunteer Grant Writer

Level of Spanish: Intermediate (preferred)
Description: As a non-profit school, we are only able to do our work through the donations and grants we receive. Therefore, as a grant writer you can help us to keep going! Your role will be to carry out research into potential funding for Education for the Children, both nationally and internationally. You will  prepare grant proposals that are targeted towards the specific requirements of the potential funding body. You will also liaise closely with the Foundation Coordinator and Management team in Guatemala to develop a clear understanding of the Foundation’s goals and financial needs. you'll also work with the UK and US team to provide support with any current proposals and / or presentations and  collect data and track statistics on the utilisation of funds from grants received. Additionally you will maintain and update the database with details of all grant sources and proposals submitted.
Requirements: Excellent grammar and written communication skills. Self motivated and organised. Good communication skills. Ability to work independently, but also function well as part of a team. 
Time: 4 weeks minimum.
Hours: Flexible
 
Measurement & Evaluation Assistant

Level of Spanish: Intermediate to Advanced
Description: In order to get the grants we need to keep doing our work, we need to show the impact we are having on each child’s life. Help us do just that by carrying out research into necessary historic data to produce reports that enable us to demonstrate programme impact. You will liaise closely with our UK and US team to identify key areas for collecting data that has the potential to measure and evaluate programme impact. You will also provide support in updating department databases with relevant information (School Attendance Records, Grades, Evaluations, and Interviews etc).You will create and administer questionnaires and interviews in order to collect key statistics in all departments and enhance spreadsheets and formats for each department to collect data in a quantitative and qualitative manner. Another resonsibility will be to provide support and training for Departmental heads on measurement and evaluation methods that will ensure effective record management.
Requirements: Prior experience required in a data related field. Self motivated and organised. Good communication skills. Ability to work independently, but also function well as part of a team. 
Time: 6 weeks minimum.
Hours: Flexible
 
 
Librarian

Level of Spanish: Intermediate/Advanced
Description: There isn’t a strong culture of reading in Guatemala so we need someone to help us organize and maintain our library so we can cultivate that love and habit in our students. You would establish and maintain effective working relationships with academic staff and students; contribute to academic course development by liaising with teachers; prepare book baskets according to language for the children to read during recess; update the list of books in the digital library inventory: create and lead an after-school reading group with our students. Create and facilitate a programme whereby children who require extra help with their reading will receive support. You would be the point of contact with the children if they had any enquiries, whether it’s about what material to read or which books they need for class assignments. Imagine the impact you’d have on our students' lives as you instill in them a love of books and the ability to use written literature in the world of work and study.
Requirements: Customer service and interpersonal skills; a flexible approach to work;
the ability to work as part of a team but also on your own initiative; capability to prioritise your work and meet deadlines; versatility; organisational and self-management skills.
Time Duration: 4 weeks minimum
Hours: Part-time
 
 
Administrative Assistant

Level of Spanish: Intermediate
Description: As a non-profit/ charity there is always a lot of work and not enough hands, time or resources to fulfill the demands. Therefore, as an Administrative Assistant you could get a taste of the work that various supervisors do as you provide them with the support they need. Duties may include answering phone calls, filing, distribution of materials for teachers; photocopying; collecting, compiling, and organizing a variety of data related to attendance, enrollment, personnel, equipment inventory, and materials. This position will give you an array of experiences as you’d have contact with the foundation’s team, both the academic and administrative teams; the parents and children.
This is the perfect position for those studying or aspiring to work in NGO management.
Requirements: Customer service and interpersonal skills; a flexible approach to work; good organizational and self-management skills, the ability to work as part of a team but also on your own initiative; ability to prioritise your work and meet deadlines.
Time Duration: 2 weeks minimum
Hours: Part-time
 
 
Communications Intern
 
Level of Spanish: Intermediate 
Description: For people to support EFTC's work, they need to hear or read about us in the media and through direct marketing or other publicity. Therefore in this role you would provide assistance to our Communications Coordinator by writing pieces for our blog about the Foundation's work in one or many of these areas: education, health, nutrition, social programs or any other suitable topic the volunteer would like to write about. You could also be asked to create promotional material and photography.
Requirements: Writing and research skills, along with an interest in social issues and NGO work; interpersonal skills; a flexible approach to work; good organizational and self-management skills, the ability to work as part of a team but also on your own initiative; ability to prioritise your work and meet deadlines.
Time Duration: Part-time.
Hours: Flexible
 
 
IT Collaborator 

Level of Spanish: Intermediate
Description: With the growing Technology Hub in Guatemala we want to make sure that our students have the opportunity to get the best paid jobs possible, so they can pull themselves and their families out of poverty. Therefore, it is crucial for our students and teachers to increase their knowledge and use of technology in the classroom. The IT Collaborator would be there to answer any questions throughout the day, whether from a teacher, student or admin. Help us keep track of our students as they work online to ensure a safe environment on the web for everyone. Your knowledge would mean that our students and team are able to do much more with the resources we now have at the school. Come and be part of the change!
Requirements: Knowledge of PC Hardware,ideally some experience with Chromebooks; Able to utilize Windows  7 and higher - Windows Server. You would also need to feel comfortable utilizing Google apps for education.
Time Duration: Minimum 3 months
Hours: 7:50 - 12:00
 
 
After School Activity Coordinator

Level of Spanish: Advanced
Description: The activities that students participate in outside school hours are critical to their development. We want to keep them off the streets and away from negative influences. After-school programs serve children and young people of all ages by providing them with a new way to express themselves through art, music, sport, etc.  The demand for afterschool programs is strong; high quality afterschool programs generate positive outcomes  including improved academic performance, classroom behaviour, and better health. The larger community also benefits when young people have safe and productive ways to spend their time while their parents are at work. You can help us do just that! You’d be running the whole show so get excited! 
Requirements: Previous experience working with children; a flexible approach to work; good organizational and self-management skills, the ability to work as part of a team, but also on your own initiative; Exhibit patience and positive attitudes in establishing an encouraging learning environment.  
Time Duration: 1 month minimum
Hours: 2:30-3:30
 
 
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