Volunteer with El Proyecto 123

El Proyecto 123

Volunteer in a small Pacific Guatemalan community

La Candelaria , Santa Rosa , Guatemala, Central America

We work with children aged 6 to 12 years offering basic English classes and environmental education.

Volunteering Activities

What We Need

We need volunteers who:
- Like to work with children,
- Want to provide insight into environmental topics, or
- Are nurses

We work with children aged 6 to 12 years offering basic English classes and environmental education. Usually, we work in the mornings and the normal class schedule is 7:30 AM - 12:30 PM. It is also possible to work in the afternoon in a different local school. Volunteers have the option of working two, three, or more hours a day. Spanish skills are not required for teaching English; support from our staff members can be given. Volunteers will have access to materials and art supplies (e.g. coloring books, reading materials in English, markers, crayons, and paper) to facilitate classes as well as a computer, printer, internet, and teaching board.

Volunteers are also welcome to support our health center (puesto de salud).

When & Who

All year round.
Yes, we require a minimum of 1 Week
Although the minimum duration is one week, there isn't a strict minimum. Please message us if you would like to stay for a shorter period of time.

What we Provide

Homestay, Other

Volunteers can stay in host families ($65/week) or hostels ($5-$20/day).

Host families will provide a private room for volunteers.

Another accommodation option includes a hostel in the Monterrico Nature Reserve (8 km).

Meals will be provided (3/day) by host families if volunteers choose the homestay option.

Our Fees


Volunteers have to pay for their stay in hotels, bungalows, or homestays. Hostels cost about $5 (dorms) to $20 per night. A family stay will cost about $65 per week.

Contact Person

Jorge Perez
Aldea La Candelaria, Taxisco, La Candelaria , Santa Rosa, Guatemala.
97% response rate , 39 hour(s) response time.

Other Ways to Help

Learning books (English - Spanish), storybooks for children, writing material (pencils, crayon), USB sticks, jigsaws, reusable bags (there are so many plastic bags used)

Additional Info about Us

Up to 5 people

Aldea La Candelaria is located 8 kilometers from Monterrico Nature Reserve on the Pacific Coast. The Channel of Chiquimulilla is situated close to the north side of Candelaria.

In Candelaria, volunteers will have access to a supermarket, health center, pharmacy, gas station, library, and schools (primary, basic, and diversified).

“El Proyecto 123” was founded in 2009 by Jorge Pérez with the assistance of 2 volunteers.

The first objective of the project is to give children in the community the opportunity to learn English and relevant language skills. We believe that English language skills are important for every child’s future. We also recognize that a greater environmental awareness is desperately needed in our community. We wish to implement an environmental education that informs our community about the best practices concerning waste disposal and recycling. Problems such as plastic waste disposal have become large concerns for the community of Candelaria. In order to fulfill our objectives, we require volunteers like you to help us in our small community on the Pacific coast of Guatemala.

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