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 Summer School Program at NDG is a special time of the year for both our students and volunteers. During the month of November, the students return to school to participate in specialized programs, or workshops, that are designed and directed by volunteers.
This is quite different from all the other programs as the volunteers have the opportunity to choose an existing workshop or come up with a new workshop they would like to teach. The workshops can be on most academic or artistic subjects that the volunteer may be passionate about, whether it be art, dance, sports, history, language, photography, and so on. It is a much more personalized experience working with the kids and an overall enjoyable experience! We are very flexible as far as what kind of work you can help us with, and we will welcome any ideas or projects you might like to develop.
- Child Development
- Literacy / Reading
- Teaching / Instruction
- Reading / Writing
- English as a Secondary Language (ESL)
Good Match For
People 55+ Group
Requirements & Commitment
- Must be at least 18
- 2week minimum