Niños de Guatemala is a Dutch-Guatemalan nonprofit working to break the cycle of poverty in Guatemala by providing quality education to those who need it most. Since our founding in 2006, we have opened two primary schools, Nuestro Futuro and El Porvenir, which now serve more than three hundred Guatemalan children from low-income families in the towns of Ciudad Vieja and San Lorenzo de Cubo. In 2015, we will start our first básico, or middle school, program.
Our schools' curricula have been reviewed and approved by the Guatemalan Ministry of Education, and all of our graduates receive an official diploma. We only hire certified Guatemalan teachers with a minimum of five years experience and place no more than twenty-five students in each grade. To ensure each child receives personalized academic support, international volunteers work in our schools as classroom assistants.
NDG is continually striving to ensure not just the academic but also the physical and emotional wellbeing of our students. All of the children in our programs receive two nutritionally balanced meals a day, medical and dental care, instruction on proper health and hygiene, sexual education, and access to our on-site social work and psychology departments.
NDG currently has nonprofit status in Guatemala, Holland, the United States, and France.
NDG's motto has always been that everyone can do something. Dedicated volunteers are key to our mission of breaking the cycle of poverty through education in Guatemala. Through our various volunteer programs, you can get off the beaten track and experience Antigua's wonderful culture, people, and landscapes, all while giving back in our schools.
Our volunteers come from all types of backgrounds and range in age from eighteen to sixty. We have an average of five people volunteering with us at any given time. During high season, however, there may be as many as fifteen volunteers in our programs at once. Please note that volunteers at Niños de Guatemala are UNPAID.
For more information, please visit our website at www.ninosdeguatemala.org.
The One-On-One Children's Tutor (Tutoria) volunteer position is for someone with ADVANCED SPANISH and is a more involved program in which volunteers are matched with anywhere from 1-3 children in order to help them in subjects in which they are falling behind in. Various subjects are covered, depending on the student, and range from mathematics and English to science and grammar.
The volunteer will meet with their matched students twice a week and will work on individualized/personalized lesson plans given by the Academic Coordinator of the school. The weekly schedule will be decided once the Volunteer Program Manager and the Academic Coordinators determine which students would benefit the most from one-on-one attention. This program takes place during the morning school hours, from 7:30-12:30, and can be combined with any of our other volunteer programs, such as the Morning Teacher's Assistant Program or the Remedial Program Teacher's Assistant Program.
- General Education
- Child Development
- Youth Services
- Teaching / Instruction
- Special Needs
Good Match For
People 55+ Group
Requirements & Commitment
- Must be at least 18
- 8 weeks minimum
- Advanced Spanish