Impact Area: Early Childhood Education
Rural Guatemalan schools in Tecpán face significant challenges providing students with a quality education to help break the cycles of poverty. Our partner schools lack critical resources, even textbooks, while struggling to keep students attending past the sixth grade. With poverty rates at nearly 60%, students are being pulled from schools to support family farming or to work for wealthier families in cities as housekeepers. With your involvement, we can provide engaging lessons and activities to young children in primary schools, giving them the individual attention and resources to be successful. Your work reflects the importance of education for all children in the community, which encourages increased attendance and improves the chances of students continuing to secondary school.
At Panimacoc, students often start working on their family farm at 4am and are often pulled out of school for days or weeks at a time to assist with income generation. English language skills are an important asset for these students to end the cycle of poverty, but instructors often struggle with pronunciation and knowledge of the language. Through engaging activities and age-appropriate English lessons, volunteers help students improve their language abilities, promote creativity through arts projects, and support with the individual attention of struggling students.
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With a blend of Spanish and Maya people, Guatemala is a multicultural, multilingual, and multi-ethnic nation, with 25 ethnic groups and the same number of languages. In Tecpán, you'll be immersed in a community made up of 90% Kaqchikel Mayas, who speak their native dialect in addition to Spanish. The rich history and cultural traditions of the Maya people translates to the colorful fabrics you'll see in the clothing of women and the delicious food flavored with local spices. As you explore the Maya Highlands, you'll find lush farms dotted with volcanoes located between the colonial town of Antigua and magical Lake Atitlan.
Volunteers are needed year-round from 1-12 week increments. Groups of 4 or more can select their own custom dates and individuals are encouraged to select from the dates below to join a cohort of others.