Volunteer: Education Assistant Internship

12/1/15 –  Education Assistant Internship
La Choza Chula, El Paredon, Guatemala

Sarah P’s comments:  La Choza Chula also has a library and is seeking help as well as donations.  They periodically put out calls (last one was 4/23/15)  for volunteer interns and if you are trying to break into international school librarianship here is a short-term opportunity which will give you both education and international experience. Click here for more information about the library. No reviews yet but more information can be found via their website as well as Facebook page.  If you are a basic Spanish-speaking, surfing librarian this could be an interesting place to support and volunteer…

Friendly person with a passion for working with children and fun through learning. Unique opportunity to gain incredible experience in remote, welcoming surf community in Guatemala.

● 3-month opportunity, with potential to extend
● Working hours 9.30am-4.30pm five days a week, flexible timings

La Choza Chula creates positive change and opportunities for young people in the surf community of El Paredón, Guatemala. The Education Assistant is a key role in our small team – responsible for supporting our Education Manager to deliver a range of literacy activities through the local library, teaching English and creative educational programmes.

Main tasks

Key support for Education Manager to achieve La Choza Chula’s Educational goals
Help in La Buena Vista Biblioteca – the community library – includes working with local librarians to develop resources and displays and working with Elementary school and Secondary students
Teaching English to children in the primary school
Sourcing materials and developing new programmes


Job Description

● 3 month opportunity, with potential to extend

● All living costs need to be covered by the intern ($280/month)

● Working hours 9.30am-4.30pm five days a week, flexible timings

La Choza Chula creates positive change and opportunities for children and young people in the coastal community of El Paredón, Guatemala. The Education Intern is a key role in our small team – responsible supporting the Education Manager and local Librarian to develop and deliver innovative and engaging educational programs.

These programs will focus on teaching English as a foreign language and improving literacy in Spanish and Maths. The intern will be required to help develop educational and teaching materials, assist in classes, research best practice, teach creative activities, create lesson plans and plan classes. There is a lot of scope for developing new ideas, sharing previous experience and getting lots of hands on experience. You will be supervised by the Education Manager, receiving regular support and feedback.

Main tasks

  • Support in the delivery of our School and Holiday Programmes in the library, which include English, maths, Spanish literacy, creative activities and sport.
  • Develop fun and creative learning activities and resources for the children and young people in the community.
  • Research potential education partners and funders and initiate fundraising activities
  • Help support the local Librarian and grow the library membership among children, young people and adults.
  • Work closely with the Education Manager to achieve organisational goals and objectives, leading on small projects such as the Peer-Mentoring Programme when needed

Candidate Profile

  • Intermediate Spanish – this role will involve delivering classes to children and young people in Spanish and working with the local librarian who does not speak English, so at least intermediate Spanish is necessary
  • Motivated and able to use own initiative with limited guidance
  • Previous experience working with children and young people either in teaching, education, youth work or other setting.
  • Ability to work with a range of people from different backgrounds
  • Passion for community/international development and education
  • Ability to be self-sufficient in a rural environment with lots of heat, bugs and curious neighbours


  • Advanced Spanish
  • Fundraising experience
  • Experience devising education and/or participation programmes
  • Experience living in a remote location or in a developing country
  • TEFL qualification
  • Experience with data collection and monitoring and evaluation

Provided by La Choza Chula:

  • Full induction to the role and the community
  • Room and board with a local family (includes breakfast and dinner)
  • Use of office with access to internet (internet USB modem shared between the team)
  • General workshop and classroom materials and textbooks.
  • Weekly support check ins with staff

Expectations for the Intern

  • Interns are asked to fundraise $150 to support La Choza Chula’s education and enterprise programmes.
  • Interns must cover their own living costs. La Choza Chula can provide accommodation with a local family including 2 meals a day for $280 p/month. (Other options are available)
  • A commitment to supporting grassroots, community-based development
  • If there is a specific workshop or programme that the intern would like to run additional materials will need to be fundraised for by the volunteer.
  • Motivation to integrate formally into the local community through a home-stay opportunity.
  • Needs to provide own health insurance, visas and travel

Dates available

Jan 15 – April 15 2016

April 16 – July 16 2016

July 17 – Oct 17 2106

Oct 18 – Jan 18 2017

How to apply

To apply, please download, complete and send the application form on our website with a current CV to Business Development Manager, Alex Bevan atalex@lachozachula.org


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