Teach English in Latin America!
Volunteers work with either adults or children who come from low income families and cannot afford to study English at a private institute. Placements depend upon need and availability, but volunteers can expect to placed in schools, community centers, orphanages, or homes for the elderly.
Work varies from project to project, but volunteers can expect to partake in the following activities:
- Creating lesson plans
- Teaching classes
- Tutoring students one-on-one
- Setting up workshops
- Organizing educational games and activities
Volunteers should also expect to provide general support for other activities at the site as well; these activities may no be directly related to teaching English.
LA ANTIGUA, GUATEMALA
The main building is a small paradise within the city of La Antigua. It’s a beautiful restored colonial building with a central garden for students to enjoy. Our second building, just a half-block away, provides an incredible view of the city from its rooftop terrace along with plenty of study space to enjoy the fresh air and sunshine.
La Antigua is situated at 1,500 m (5,000 ft) above sea level in the central highlands of Guatemala, just 45 minutes south of the capital, Guatemala City. The Central Park is the heart of La Antigua and is bustling with locals and international visitors all year round. The town is most famous for its well preserved architecture, cobblestone streets, and colonial ruins—so much so that the entire city has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. La Antigua also offers a wide variety of great restaurants and an active night life.
The average temperature in La Antigua ranges from 24-27 ° C (75 -80°F) with rather cool nights due to the higher altitude. Rainy season lasts from May to September, with a month of dry weather in July, called a ‘canicula’. Dry season is from October to April.
La Antigua is easy to explore on foot with everything within a 10-15 minute walk. Motorcycle taxis (‘tuk-tuks’) and regular taxis are also available and can be found at the city center or out in front of most churches. Traveling out of La Antigua and into the capital city is also easy with taxis, shuttles, and buses available at most hours of the day. Private transportation and buses can be booked to explore the rest of Guatemala, as well as Belize, El Salvador, and Mexico. Rental cars can also be reserved.
The Máximo Nivel institute is just a 3-block walk from the Plaza de Armas. Located on the main commercial street of Avenida El Sol, the office sits right in the historical center and is just across the street from Q’oricancha — the Inca Temple of the Sun. Máximo Nivel Peru is always teeming with a local-meets-international vibe and lots of opportunity to practice Spanish. With large common areas, the institute is a wonderful gathering place for students.
Cusco, the historic capital of the Inca Empire, is nestled in the Andes Mountains at an altitude of 3,326 m (11, 200 ft). Cusco is the mecca of South America and is one of the most sought-out travel destinations in the world! The Cusco area offers some of the richest collections of architecture, ceramics, and textiles known to man. Students can experience the history and culture still alive in the city today, The highlight of any trip to Cusco is to hike the Inca Trail and/or visit the mysterious Machu Picchu.
Due to Cusco’s elvevation, temperatures range from a low of 1°C (34°F) at night to a high of 21°C (70°F) during the day.
Rainy season is from November to April, and dry season is from May to October with June being the coldest month of the year.
Cusco’s city center is easy to navigate on foot with everything within a 15-20 minute walk. Mini buses and taxis are also available at very low prices to get to the outer parts of the city. Taxis and ‘collectivos’ are commonly used when traveling outside of Cusco to the Sacred Valley. Private transportation and larger buses are available for travel to Arequipa and Lima, the Amazon, the Pacific Coast, or to Brazil, Bolivia and Chile. Rental cars are available on a limited basis.
Program starts are available every Monday of the year. The program includes 3-4 hours of daily volunteer work (Monday - Friday) either in the morning or afternoon depending on project needs and placement availability. Also, for the first 4 weeks, volunteers also take daily 2-hour group Spanish classes (Monday - Friday) opposit of their volunteer hours. Full-time volunteer placements are available for an additional charge.
Saturdays and Sundays are free days for volunteers to plan trips and tours, or hang out around town and enjoy living in Latin America.
Accommodations included in the program are with host families. Host family accommodations are all with pre-approved, middle-class families and include breakfast and dinner Monday through Sunday. Rooms and bathrooms are shared with 2-3 other volunteers; however, private rooms are available for additional cost. Guests are free to come and go as they please, but they must respect the routine and rules of the family.
All accommodations that we work with are within a 10-20 minute walking distance or 5-10 minute bus ride from our institute. The distance to projects does vary and can be anywhere between 20 and 60 minutes by bus.
Other accommodation upgrades available include apartments, hostels, and hotels.
This program may have a Reservation Fee, which is included in the total cost. Your Reservation Fee is due once you commit to the program, with the remaining Program Fee balance due 30 days before your arrival date.
|4 weeks: $1,889||Longer: +$167 per week|
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Note: All listed prices are in US Dollars.
How To Sign Up
Signing up is a three-step process:
- Fill out an Inquiry Form. Please note: submissions must be made at least 4 weeks prior to your prospective start date.
- A member of the Volunteer Global team will get in touch with you to confirm program availability for your chosen dates, and schedule an interview if needed.
- Once your interview is complete, you will be notified to submit your Reservation Fee to reserve your program and schedule. Your final Program Fee is due at least 4 weeks prior to in-country arrival in order to reserve your placement.
This is a pilot program. As part of our program development process, we ask our first groups of participating volunteers to provide additional feedback to assist us in ensuring the most rewarding experience possible in cooperation with Maximo Nivel for their associated programs.
Registration must be completed at least one month prior to your program start date, so...let's get started!