Teach English in Guatemala!

1. Who are we?

One, Two…Tree! is a non-profit organization focused on education in Central America.

In Guatemala, we are based in Santiago Atitlán, a small town with approximately 45,000 people. For 90% of the population, Tz’utujil is their mother tongue, one of the 24 indigenous languages spoken in Guatemala. It is a beautiful town with a lot of history and with an important indigenous culture that makes it especially unique and interesting.

In Santiago Atitlán, we are focused on teaching English in primary schools. English class is part of the national primary school curriculum, but very few primary education teachers have the skills to teach the language to their students. At this moment, we are collaborating with four primary schools, where our volunteers teach English to 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th graders. With these lessons, we are preparing them for their English classes in secondary schools. They can also use this knowledge for their future professional life, as the tourism sector is growing very quickly in Central America.

2. What will you do?

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.

3. Your skills

We need our volunteers to:
Be fluent in English and Spanish.
Be able to work in a multicultural setting.
Be culturally sensitive and capable of connecting across diverse cultural and linguistic environments.
Be able to commit to this volunteer position for a minimum of one month.

4. Fees

We do not charge any administration fees.

5. Where will you live?

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.

6. Applying

To apply, please go to http://www.onetwo-tree.com/component/com_chronoforms/Itemid,197/chronoform,voluntarios/ and fill out the form, including the number of weeks you are willing to volunteer with us and a short description of yourself and your reasons for volunteering with us. You can also send us an email at guatemala@onetwo-tree.com.

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