Volunteers in Guatemala teach the basics of English to children between 6 and 12 years old. Lessons are taught in public schools of Santiago Atitlán. The average workload is 16 hours per week (you should add some preparation time for each lesson). You will be teaching about 4 to 5 hours a day, four days a week. You will have Fridays off so you can go on little trips visit the beautiful towns around Lake Atitlán, hike some of the 34 volcanoes spread around the country, and visit other unique places such as La Antigua Guatemala, Chichicastenango and Semuc Champey.
Volunteers will be trained in the use of our academic materials upon their arrival. These materials are standard throughout our organization and they follow the ESL international levels. All this work is organized and managed on-the-ground by our Volunteer Coordinator. She organizes the arrival, accommodation and teaching schedule of our volunteers in Guatemala.
We will help you find accommodation. Prices range between $150 and $330 per month depending on whether you want food included, internet and laundry. Your host family will give you a warm welcome and you will have a wonderful stay during your time with them. Staying with a family allows you to get a truly local experience on the culture and traditions of the country.
One, Two…Tree! is a non-profit organization focused on education in Central America.
In Guatemala, we are based in Santiago Atitlán, a beautiful small town with a lot of history and an important indigenous culture that make volunteering here both a unique and authentically Guatemalan experience. Santiago is home to approximately 45,000 people, majority of which speak Tz’utujil (one of 24 indigenous languages spoken in Guatemala) as their mother tongue.
Our focus in Santiago lies in providing English classes to primary school children. Although the Guatemalan national school curriculum requires English to be taught in public schools, very few primary education teachers have the skills to instruct it to their students. That’s where we step in. Currently we are collaborating with four schools, where our volunteers teach 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th graders. In this way, we are preparing the students for their secondary education and future professional lives, as the tourism sector is growing quickly in Central America.
We do not charge any administration fees, but you will be responsible for covering the costs of your living expenses.