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Volunteer Opportunities in Antigua Guatemala
Many students who come to Antigua Guatemala to study Spanish decide to volunteer their time and skills to help make life a little bit better for local people who live every day of their lives with some level of disadvantage. We have many people in our midst, here in Antigua and in nearby towns and villages, who struggle with everyday challenges that come their way. Many of our students have been inspired to help others in need. The generosity of spirit shown by these individuals can and does make a real difference in the lives of the people who benefit from their kindness and assistance.
We have our own project called (Asociación Somos Luz.) Association to help impoverished children from the local village of San Felipe. The children come to us each afternoon after school to eat lunch and receive homework help and instruction in English and French. You are welcome to join our own project as a volunteer if you wish.
Here is a link to the project page: http://www.asocsomosluz.org
What can volunteering in Antigua Guatemala do for you?
Volunteering your time and skills is a great way to contribute to social development in Guatemala. Being a volunteer, you can contribute to local charitable organizations and at the same time develop a unique understanding of yourself. You can learn about the structure and daily needs of charitable organizations in this developing country. You will have the opportunity to share and learn new skills while practicing a whole new language. You will participate in a very real way in the rich culture of Guatemala and its people. You may also include this experience as a valuable part of your resume, thus increasing employer interest should you apply for employment in future.
How can you continue to help in the future?
Charitable organizations, and we at Don Pedro Spanish School, also share the hope that you will remember the social realities of the people of Guatemala and to continue to act on behalf of local charities even after you have returned to your own country. By keeping in touch, trying to influence political and economical decisions affecting the poorer countries or just generally promoting a positive attitude towards Guatemala you will be of tremendous help in the future.
How can Don Pedro de Alvarado Spanish School assist?
The administration at Don Pedro de Alvarado Spanish School are in contact with many organizations around Antigua where volunteers are placed and their efforts very much appreciated. These organizations are doing good work in various areas of need. Desired skill sets include teaching, nursing, child daycare, animal husbandry, construction, agriculture, and caring for the disabled and the elderly. Depending on your interests, expertise, and current needs of the organizations, we at Don Pedro de Alvarado Spanish School are happy to help connect our students to appropriate organizations who may be looking to fill volunteer placements.
We are happy to help with volunteer placements even if you choose not to study at our school.
People who wish to volunteer in Antigua are very welcome to do so, but caution must be exercised when choosing an organization with which to serve. Whilst most Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO’s) are honest and responsible, there unfortunately also exist in Antigua those organizations in which this is not always the case. Students must beware of any organization whose aim it is to charge for a volunteer placement.. There are local travel agencies and even some local Spanish schools who try to "sell" volunteer placements on their websites. Our strong advice is to avoid these organizations. Information about the placements, or the placements themselves, must be given free of charge. We at Don Pedro Spanish School have more than 30 years of experience working in here in Antigua, and we are happy to assist you in finding an honest, completely free placement. We are happy to help with volunteer placements even if you choose not to study at our school.
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