WHAT DOES THE PROJECT DO?
Education in Guatemala is free and compulsory for six years. The percentage of children completing this period of study however is still critically low and many children drop out before they get the chance to finish their studies. The education system remains sufficiently under-funded and resources are limited. The shortage of teachers and lack of access to adequate facilities only exacerbate this further, leaving many children illiterate with limited opportunities for the future.
The Frontier-Guatemala teaching project will provide you with the opportunity to help children from impoverished backgrounds improve their future prospects. Your support and encouragement, whether that is in the classroom assisting teachers, arranging your own extra-curricular activity lessons or providing individual tuition, will help these children broaden their opportunities. Whether you have a passion for education and working with children, or just a desire to help those from less fortunate backgrounds, teaching is the perfect way to make a direct and significant difference to the lives of local families and the prospects of their children.
WHAT WILL I BE DOING?
You will be helping out at a local school taking part in a range of teaching-related activities. You may find yourself supporting children within the school by taking on a teaching assistant role. By increasing staff presence within the classroom you will provide support for the teacher and give the children the opportunity to practice their English pronunciation and fluency. Your students will certainly appreciate your help, and they will definitely want to know more about where you are from too! Expect endless questions and games to fill your days. To provide the greatest benefit to the teaching staff, this placement requires that you have an intermediate level of Spanish. For those with limited Spanish ability, Spanish language lessons are available for an additional fee and can be taken alongside your volunteer placement.
Whilst working at the school, you may also be asked to run your own music, sports or theatre classes to help diversify the curriculum and provide children with a creative outlet to learn but also have fun. You can bring some creativity to this role by designing your own activities and games, and will receive support from the teacher during these classes so do not worry if you’ve never led a class before! You may also work with children on an individual basis helping with homework in order to reinforce reading and maths skills.
The variety of teaching opportunities available to you in Guatemala is broad, and will ensure that you are always kept busy. The gratitude of the children will be overwhelming and you are bound to find the experience extremely rewarding.