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After School and Community Library Volunteers Needed

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Description of the Organization:

UPAVIM's mission is to empower women in the neighborhood of La Esperanza, located on the outskirts of Guatemala City, by giving them opportunities to economically support their families, while also providing services to improve the quality of life for the entire community.

Over the past 33 years, UPAVIM has grown from a small baby-weighing program to a women's cooperative employing over 100 local women and making handmade fair-trade crafts sold around the world. The proceeds from these crafts pay the women's salaries and fund UPAVIM's educational programs, which includes a daycare, pre-school, and elementary school (K-6th). In addition, the organization manages the first public library in the neighborhood, offers free English classes and tutoring for all ages, and houses a bakery to provide fresh and affordable goods to the community. Please find out more by visiting the website .

Overview: UPAVIM seeks a highly motivated volunteer to work in the after school program and also the community library starting. The after school program provides individualized tutoring services and lessons for pre-school aged children guided by a local teacher. The community library provides students a safe space to read, receive help with school work, and participate in literacy activities. These services are helping students to make up for the school lessons they missed while school was closed because of COVID-19. Many students were completing worksheets for the past two school years, often not understanding the topics because they did not receive any direct instruction. The after school program and community library support students as they make up for time lost during their prime educational years.

Responsibilities :

  • Facilitate group and one-on-one tutoring sessions with students who are in need of additional help or are not attending school.
  • Assist the librarian in activities in the community library.
  • Collaborate with the Guatemalan teacher regarding classes, schedule, and students' needs.
  • Visit and follow up with schools to encourage students who need additional help to attend the after school program.

Qualifications :

  • Experience working with children of multiple ages, especially elementary school aged.
  • Intermediate Spanish is a must. All classes are given in Spanish.
  • Experience working in an after school program a plus.
  • Ability to work in a multicultural setting.
  • Well organized and able to adapt quickly.
  • Fully vaccinated against Covid-19.
  • Able to commit for 2 months to a year. There may be the possibility of a summer volunteer experience for students.

Compensation : Volunteers stay in shared bedrooms on "the roof" with a beautiful garden overlooking the city and nearby volcanoes. Additionally the volunteer may use their time with UPAVIM for academic credit, fieldwork and research.

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Calle Principal, Sector D-1, La Esperanza, Mezquital, Guatemala 01012, GT

Mission Statement

The mission of our organization, UPAVIM, is to empower the women of our community, giving them an opportunity to improve the quality of life, for themselves and for their families. We pursue this mission by giving them access to education, employment opportunities, daycare services for their children, health care services, and programs for personal and professional development.


We are a group of 75 women who live in the marginalized communities of BĂșcaro, La Esperanza, El Mezquital and Villa Lobos I and II, in Zone 12 of Villa Nueva. We are all mothers and homemakers. Some of us are widows, some of us have been abandoned by our husbands or we confront alcoholism and/or domestic violence in our families. Many of us are the sole providers of economic support for our families.

We initiated this group in 1988, partnering with a Sister Parish group from Bemidji, Minnesota. Our partnership began with the development of a dental clinic program. (A growth monitoring program unveiled the problems and needs of our community through our contact with the people of this area when evaluating their children’s growth and progress -- we knew we needed to do more.) It spurred us soon after to create products to sell for income to generate funds for our programs and our salaries. We developed our handicrafts business, making it our goal to sell to the national and international markets. These early efforts have permitted us to become a self-sustaining Association and to advance toward our dreams.


Children & Youth
Education & Literacy
Children & Youth, Community, Education & Literacy


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Calle Principal, Sector D-1Villa Nueva, Zona 12Villa Nueva, Guatemala City, Guatemala Guatemala


  • Literacy / Reading
  • Math / Science Instruction
  • Teaching / Instruction
  • English as a Secondary Language (ESL)
  • Reading / Writing
  • Spanish


  • Group


  • Able to commit for 2 months to a year. There may be the possibility of a summer volunteer experience for students.

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