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Guatemala Teaching

Help teach English to enthusiastic yet underprivileged children in the historic and beautiful town of Antigua.

Prices from US$1,195

Guatemala has a rich cultural and historical inheritance, resulting from its unique blend of ancient Mayan civilisation, and its transformation during Spanish colonisation in the 16th Century. The Mayan legacy is still dominant in the Guatemalan landscape, with magnificent towering pyramids, once opulent palaces and astrological observatories used to satisfy the Mayans’ inquisitive nature. As such, Guatemala is a real treasure chest of tradition and heritage ready to be explored and uncovered.   

You'll be working in the historic city of La Antigua, a fusion of colonial influence and historical ruins nestled between three impressive volcanoes. The beauty of this area is internationally recognised, with the city designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. While there, you'll have lots of opportunity to engage in adventure activities and cultural excursions. Visit some of the hundreds of magnificent churches that adorn Antigua, climb to the rim of an active volcano or lie by the lake under a bright Guatemalan sun. Really immerse yourself in this fascinating culture for a rewarding experience, helping support and teach enthusiastic and appreciative underprivileged local children.

PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

  • Help enrich the lives and opportunities of the children in your care
  • Explore beautiful Guatemalan cities 
  • Create unforgettable memories

PROJECT REQUIREMENTS

  • Intermediate Spanish required

FAST FACTS

Location La Antigua, Guatemala
Activities Help pupils with homework
Assist with extra-curricular activities
Design and run sports, music or theatre classes
Transport Airport pick-up
Accommodation Homestay

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go Pre-departure support & documentation
Travel & medical advice & documentation
Advice on visas and equipment
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt
In-country Food
Accommodation
Airport pick-up
Project orientation
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ back-up

QUALIFICATIONS

A variety of qualifications are available on many of our projects. For example, BTEC certificates and diplomas on our Group conservation projects and TEFL certificates and BTECs on most of our teaching projects. You may also be able to gain a CoPE to support your university application. For more information on these qualifications, please see the qualifications section of our website or ask your volunteer advisor.

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.

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I ARRIVE?

You will be met by a friendly Frontier representative on arrival at La Aurora International Airport in Guatemala City on the Sunday who will escort you to your new home for the duration of your stay. Please arrive no later than 7pm on the start date of your project.

WHERE WILL I BE STAYING?

Throughout your course, you will stay with a welcoming local host family that has been carefully chosen by the local Frontier staff. This is an excellent way for you to practice your improving Spanish and learn about the Guatemalan culture from people who are keen to share their stories with you and help you explore.

WHAT WILL I BE EATING?

Your host will provide you with three meals a day during the week based around the local Guatemalan diet. At the weekend you will only receive breakfast on Saturday, with no meals being provided on Sunday. This is the perfect opportunity for you to try out the local delicacies. If you ask nicely your host family might even teach you how to cook your favourite dishes! At the weekend you may decide to check out local restaurants – with a variety of cuisines you’re sure to find something to satisfy your cravings at a range of prices.

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ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

After your teaching day is over, you are free to either relax or brush up on your new language skills. The language school has mountain bikes which you can borrow to help you look round this thriving, bustling city - a popular destination for both tourists and natives, La Antigua has something to offer everyone! Antigua is an extraordinarily beautiful city with cobble-stone streets, tree-lined avenues lined with open air cafes, ornate, centuries-old churches, and a wealth of international cuisine. Immediately outside Antigua you'll find active volcanoes, dense rainforest, and tranquil mountain lakes to explore, and is a perfect location for you to day trip to Lake Atitlan, the famous Mayan architectural site of Tikal, the jungle or even the Pacific coast.

COSTS

4 weeks US$1,195

Extra week US$245

DEPARTURE DATES

Weekly, please arrive on the Sunday of your project start date before 7pm. The project is closed during the last week of June, and mid November to mid-January.

DURATION

4 weeks +

WHAT'S INCLUDED?

Before you go

  • Pre-departure support & documentation
  • Travel & medical advice & documentation
  • Advice on visas & equipment
  • Discounted medical kit
  • Free Frontier t-shirt

In-country

  • Accommodation
  • Food
  • Airport pick-up
  • Project orientation
  • In-country emergency support
  • 24-hour international HQ back-up

AIRPORT INFORMATION

Nearest airport(s): Guatemala City (GUA)

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

  • Flights
  • Visas
  • Insurance

For detailed information on flights, visas and insurance, click here.


LEGAL STATEMENT

Please read our legal statement regarding the running of NGO projects.

To apply for this placement, click on "Apply Now" below. Fill in the short application form and one of our advisers will then call you back to answer any questions and make sure this is the perfect placement for you. Applying doesn't cost a penny and you won't pay anything until you're completely happy and you're ready to reserve your place.

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