| Job Description(s):
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY #1: Manos de Colores Volunteer|
Spanish Level Required: Basic (Intermediate Preferred)
Minimum Time Commitment: 2 Weeks
Currently, El Nahual runs educational programs at several local schools in addition to our programs at our onsite community center. The majority of our volunteer placements involve teaching English, Art, Music, Math, and Science. Our three main programs are detailed below:
“Manos de Colores” (Colored Hands) - 3-5 pm weekday afternoons - This provides children from the surrounding communities with the opportunity to learn Art, Spanish, Math and English, which are all subjects that they do not receive in public schools. With the help of volunteers, we teach students aged five to sixteen that are either struggling in school or who do not attend formal public schools. For some students, Manos de Colores is the only education that they receive. We also have a “homework club” that is run by a Guatemalan teacher.
Accelerated Primary Education Program at El Nahual – Saturday mornings and afternoons - Every Saturday El Nahual converts itself into a school providing primary education to students who have delayed their graduation or otherwise not completed primary school. Students fourteen years and older take part in this program that helps them finish their primary (elementary) education within two years. Volunteers teach English as part of the curriculum.
All of our programs are entirely staffed by volunteers and we are pleased to receive help from enthusiastic individuals who are highly motivated to give back to the low-income communities we serve. A lot of the projects are fairly open ended and we are open to ideas for classes or projects. As a long-term volunteer especially, we may be able to start or change a program for you to fit your interests and skill set. Most volunteers work between 15-20 hours per week, although more hours are possible. Volunteering with El Nahual is an ideal opportunity to gain invaluable interna