Volunteer: 2017 Guatemala Service Trip

1.31.17 –  2017 Guatemala Service Trip
Librarians Without Borders, USA (Guatemala)

Sarah P’s comments: I received this trip information from a few sources including from Cate Carlyle who commented: I found it to be a very worthwhile and positive experience. Cate is a Canadian librarian who volunteers internationally and is an editor for the International Journal of Librarianship.

 

How to apply: Submit a completed volunteer application to servicetrip2017@lwb-online.org by February 13.

This is the eighth consecutive spring that LWB is traveling to the Miguel Angel Asturias Academy in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala. Since 2010 over 120 librarians and library science students have spent more than 40 working days onsite to help our partner realize and grow their dream of an open stacks, circulating school library. What started as cinder blocks in 2010 is now the vibrant center of the school.

LWB uses this annual service trip to execute our remote work on the ground, to discuss emerging needs with our partner, and to re-connect with students and school staff. We invite you to work alongside us this year from April 21 to May 1, 2017.

This year’s work at the Academy will include ongoing collection management activities (cataloguing, processing, and organizing materials), library programming for students, and training for teachers. LWB works with Asturias to also provide opportunities for trip participants to engage in activities that will help nurture a comprehensive understanding of libraries, education and culture in Guatemala. Typically trip participants are also given the opportunity to help finalize the last weekend activity (for example, visit scenic Lake Atitlán or trek to one of Guatemala’s volcanic peaks).

Primary Projects

  • Cataloging, processing, and adding new items to the library’s collection.
  • Library programming targeting all students and levels through multi-day library events.
  • Professional development workshops for teachers supporting library integration into the curriculum.

Housing and Food
While in Quetzaltenango (Xela), participants will stay and eat most of their meals at the COFA Catholic Retreat Centre. On the weekends meals are eaten with a local family or at local restaurants. Vegetarian options will be available.

Expectations
All trip volunteers are expected to:

  • Attend online meetings (3-4) to discuss projects and receive training on the Asturias Library and the local community context. These meetings are mandatory for all volunteers.
  • Join and contribute to a working team before the trip.
  • Participate in pre-and post-trip assessments (e.g. evaluation surveys).

Program Fees
The program fee is $1525 CAD* (= ~$1160 USD) for 11 days. This total covers lodging, food, transportation and entrance to all activities within Guatemala, as well as a fundraising fee to support LWB programs. Trip participants are responsible for paying their own airfare to and from Guatemala.

There is a $500 CAD non-refundable deposit due by all accepted applicants by February 24. The remainder of the fees ($1025 CAD) can be paid at the same time or by March 10*.

In addition, all trip participants are expected to bring extra spending money for additional purchases such as souvenirs and snacks, as well as occasional meals in Guatemala ($50-100 is adequate).

Note, in previous years some participants have created crowdfunding campaigns to wholly or partially offset the costs of the trip. LWB uses our social media channels to promote those campaigns for participants.

Important Dates

  • Guatemala Information Meeting (online) – February 5
  • Application Deadline – February 13
  • Successful applicants selected and notified – February 18
  • $500 CAD* non-refundable deposit due – February 24
  • $1025 CAD* remainder of program fees – March 10

*Note: The $1525 CAD may be revised to a new final figure if a significant change in exchange rate occurs. Should this happen, the information would be published by February 24.

 

Volunteer: Library Coordinator

8.29.16 – Library Coordinator
Safe Passage / Camino Seguro, Guatemala City, Departamento de Guatemala, Guatemala 

Sarah P’s comments: This is an interesting organization with good reviews.  If you are seeking international experience this is a good way to begin and offers some benefits as well (versus some volunteer experiences where you pay a fee.)

Safe Passage, a 501(C)3 non-profit development-focused organization, is seeking an exceptional individual to join our Volunteer Team as the Library Coordinator. Known in Guatemala as Camino Seguro, Safe Passage’s mission is to empower the poorest at-risk children and families who live in the Guatemala City garbage dump community by creating opportunity and fostering dignity through the power of education. Safe Passage is a secular, non-political organization.

The Position: The Library Coordinator promotes literacy skill development and a love of reading among all members of the Safe Passage Community, including students from preschool-high school, parents, teachers, staff, and volunteers. The Coordinator creates relevant and engaging activities to promote literacy and critical/creative thinking, as well as facilitates conversations around books that stimulate interest in reading and gaining knowledge.

The Coordinator will:

  • Supervise a library schedule that provides visits from classes for read alouds, reading/writing activities, and silent self-selected reading; manage current programming and develop new initiatives
  • Create and maintain a welcoming and attractive environment that promotes reading as fun for everyone, encouraging reading clubs and reading buddy-system between older and younger students
  • Manage library book-lending system with plan to expand program to include weekend access to the library; maintain books and inventory
  • Devise systems for on-going sustainability of library; write monthly reports to administration on library progress and proposals
  • Lead library committee; train and supervise assistant librarians
  • Keep it fun and creative. Be innovative and creative in engaging and motivating students to read!

Qualifications:

  • Passion for Safe Passage’s mission, commitment to service and ability to engage children, families, staff and volunteers;
  • Be a reader (reads regularly and for pleasure) and understands the importance of choice and access to books in becoming a reader
  • One or more years experience working directly in youth education, particularly with students at high-risk
  • Experience with creating programs that motivate children to recognize and realize their learning potential in the area of language and/or social sciences
  • Knowledge of children’s literature by genre, age, and interest (particularly high interest/low reading level books)
  • Familiarity with library programs and how to set up a dynamic library centered on getting children and youth “hooked on books”
  • Ability to design relevant and engaging activities around books that promote critical and creative thinking faculties among all ages
  • University degree (preferable), if not, demonstrated experience developing critical learning activities for youth
  • Advanced Spanish and high level English to promote reading in English, to work with the English Department on book selections, and to communicate with international donors
  • Strong communication skills to work with teachers, students, and project coordinators in promoting a culture of literacy and love of reading across the curriculum and the community
  • Cultural sensitivity, ability to connect across cultural and linguistic divides
  • Strong organizational skills and self-direction
  • Experience living or working in Guatemala or other developing nations (preferred)
  • Ability to commit to this position for a minimum one year

Benefits:

  • Opportunity to work and learn with an incredible population while gaining professional experience
  • Monthly housing allownace for a commitment of one year or more
  • Curriculum provided
  • Paid prep time
  • Free lunch and transportation to the project
  • Diverse organizational culture of friendly, supportive relationships
  • Paid sick leave
  • 5 paid vacation days per 6-month period
  • One month paid vacation during school break (Dec-Jan), if returning for the following school year

Volunteer: Join LWB in Guatemala

2.8.16 – Volunteer with Librarians Without Borders in Guatemala

Sarah P’s comments:  LWB is an American-based organization which has existed since 2005.  Their goal is ‘to build sustainable libraries and support their custodians and advocates — librarians’ and every year they organize a volunteer trip.

 

Service Trip Description 

Every Spring since 2010 LWB travels to the Miguel Angel Asturias Academy in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala to execute our remote work on the ground, to discuss emerging needs with our partners, and to re-connect with the students and school staff. We invite you to join us and work alongside us this year from April 22 to May 2, 2016.

This year’s work at the Academy will include ongoing collection management activities (cataloguing, processing, and organizing materials) and information literacy/outreach programming for students and teachers. LWB works with Asturias to also provide opportunities for trip participants to engage in activities that will help nurture a comprehensive understanding of libraries, education and culture in Guatemala. Typically trip participants are also given the opportunity to help finalize the last weekend activity (for example, visit scenic Lake Atitlán or trek to one of Guatemala’s volcanic peaks).

Primary Projects

  • Continued support of ILS implementation and lending system at the Asturias Academy through collection management support.
  • Information literacy and outreach programming targeting all students and levels through multi-day library events.
  • Professional development workshops for teachers supporting library integration into the curriculum.

Housing and Food
While in Quetzaltenango (Xela), participants will stay and eat most of their meals at the COFA Catholic Retreat Centre. On the weekends meals are eaten with a local family or at local restaurants. Vegetarian options will be available.

Expectations
All trip volunteers are expected to:

  • Attend online meetings (3-4) to discuss projects and receive training on the Asturias Library and the local community context. These meetings are mandatory for all volunteers.
  • Join and contribute to a working team before the trip.
  • Participate in pre-and post-trip assessments (e.g. evaluation surveys).

Program Fees
The program fee is $1500 CAD* (= ~$1080 USD) for 11 days. This total covers lodging, food, transportation and entrance to all activities within Guatemala, as well as a fundraising fee to support LWB’s Guatemalan programs. Trip participants are responsible for paying their own airfare to and from Guatemala.

There is a $500 CAD non-refundable deposit due by all accepted applicants by March 3. The remainder of the fees ($1000 CAD) can be paid at the same time or by March 10*.

In addition, all trip participants are expected to bring extra spending money for additional purchases such as souvenirs and snacks, as well as occasional meals in Guatemala ($50-100 is adequate).

Important Dates

  • Guatemala Information Meeting (online) – February 9
  • Application Deadline – February 23
  • Successful applicants selected and notified – February 29
  • $500 CAD* non-refundable deposit due – March 3
  • $1000 CAD* (remainder of program fees) – March 10

*Note: The $1500 CAD may be revised to a new final figure if a significant change in exchange rate occurs. This information would be published by March 3.

How to apply: Submit a completed Volunteer Application to servicetrip2016@lwb-online.org by February 23. Thank you!

Job: K-12 Librarian

1/29/16 –  K-12 Librarian
Colegio Interamericano, Guatemala City, Guatemala

Sarah P’s comments:  This position is listed on TIE (The International Educator).  I am sharing some details however if you are interested in applying you should, in all fairness, join TIE for $39 per year.  You will then have access to all 22 of the current international school librarian positions available as well as lots of other relevant information and articles about international school jobs.  Reviews for this school are fairly good, more info can be found on International School Reviews, another must-join organization if you are serious about finding a job in a reputable school. (FYI: I receive no kickbacks from these organizations, I share this information only as an assist to librarians.)  No job description posted for librarian on the school’s website or on TIE.  If interested I recommend writing and asking for one.

 

Name: Colegio Interamericano
Location: Guatemala
Address: Boulevard La Montana
Guatemala City,
Guatemala
Telephone: 502-2200-2990
Fax: 502-2200-2990 ext. 100
Email: evan.hunt@interamericano.edu.gt
Website: http://www.interamericano.edu.gt
Updated: 01/27/2016

Colegio Interamericano is a private co-educational day school in Guatemala City for children in grades Pk-12, currently enrolling 1170 students. The school is located on the outskirts of Guatemala City in a hilly part of the countryside, adjacent to Rafael Landívar University. The school is accredited by SACS (Southern Association of Colleges and Schools). It also is accredited by the Ministry of Education of Guatemala. The school is an active member of AASCA (Association of American Schools in Central America), and students and staff regularly participate in the numerous activities offered by this regional organization.

Students from Guatemala comprise approximately 85% of the student population, while the other 15% are from 23 other countries. The school operates with a USA calendar system, with classes starting in August and ending in June. The school calendar includes a four-week vacation in December, and seven weeks in July and August.

Graduating students from Colegio Interamericano receive a High School diploma from the USA, as well as a Bachillerato en Ciencias y Letras which enables them attend universities in Guatemala, as well as those in the United States or other countries of their choosing.

The teaching staff of the school includes approximately 50% personnel from the USA, Canada, and other foreign countries. The remainder of the staff is from Guatemala.

The school is located on 13 acres of beautiful terraced land. There are 79 classrooms and four science laboratories, a music building, and an art center. The library media center includes both elementary and secondary sections, a computer lab, and a state of the art multi-media lab. Green areas surround all of the buildings. The school has an open air gym, a soccer field, basketball and volleyball courts, a theatre, and a recreation area for the pre-school, and the elementary grades 1-5. The cafeteria serves all students and staff. The school infirmary is fully equipped and staffed with a doctor and a nurse.

A fleet of 23 buses picks up and delivers students and staff members throughout the city. All the buses have private radio systems and bus monitors. Colegio Interamericano is a non-profit organization founded in 1976 by Fundación Educativa Guatemala. The mission of Colegio Interamericano is to prepare its students for life and for studies anywhere in the world, by orienting them towards being responsible members of society. The school seeks to provide opportunities for students to grow intellectually, to achieve academic excellence, to be responsible, to think critically, to be creative, and to develop moral integrity.

Age Restrictions: No

Other:

Visit our website: http://www.interamericano.edu.gt
Watch our promotional video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XX-5pr8q27s

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

Desirable

  • 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

Volunteer: Education Assistant Internship (Spanish-speaking)

4/23/15 –  Education Assistant Internship (Spanish-speaking)
La Choza Chula, El Paredon, Guatemala

Sarah P’s comments:  La Choza Chula has a library and is seeking help as well as donations.  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 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

Candidate Profile

Essential

Strong work ethics, which include self motivation and ability to take initiative
Competency in Spanish (minimum intermediate level)
Ability to work with a range of people from different backgrounds
Passion for community/international development
Ability to be self-sufficient in a rural environment
Adaptable, good humored, patient

Desirable

Knowledge of Microsoft Excel and Word
Previous experience in teaching, education or youth development work
Experience living in a remote location or in a developing country

Interns need to cover own living costs ($750 for 3 months), health insurance and all travel

How to apply

To apply, please send a cover letter (no longer than 1 page) and a current CV to Adriana Guerrero, Education Manager: education@lachozachula.org

Job: Director of Literacy Staff Training and Curriculum Development

12/12/14 – Director of Literacy Staff Training and Curriculum Development
Child Aid, Panajachel, Departamento de Sololá, Guatemala

Sarah P’s comments:  This is a paid position with an interesting organization dedicated to developing libraries as well as schools.  They also have a volunteer program although it looks like it is US only. I could not find a review for Child Aid regarding either working or volunteering.

 

Child Aid is a U.S. based non-profit organization working primarily in Guatemala. The mission of Child Aid is development through literacy; we believe education is the most effective long-term solution to poverty. We focus on rural villages where illiteracy disproportionately affects indigenous people and in early grades where education has been shown to have the biggest impact on literacy and overall life chances. We achieve our mission through an integrated program of teacher training, book provision and library development.

Child Aid is currently in a period of rapid growth. We are looking for an individual who is excited by the chance to join a small team where his/her efforts will have a large organizational imprint and where there is opportunity to grow as the organization grows.

Program Description: Our program has three integrated aspects: Teacher training; library enhancement; and book provision.

Teacher Training: We currently serve approximately 400 teachers in 50 rural schools. Our 4-year teacher training curriculum consists of two yearly school-wide trainings and 4 yearly individual classroom follow-ups. This translates to approximately 80 group trainings and 1,600 individual follow-ups per year.

Libraries: We work directly in classroom, school, and community libraries, and provide group trainings for community librarians. During the long school break, our staff helps librarians and teachers conduct 6-week book club programs called Adventures in Reading.

Book provision:We support the above activities through the provision of over 100,000 Spanish language books per year to teachers, schools and libraries, and we work with teachers and librarians in the use of these books to provide literacy enhancement.

Position Summary: The Director of Literacy Staff Training and Curriculum Development has responsibility for training and professional development of the staff who deliver all of our program interventions. In addition, this position also has a key responsibility for ongoing, as-needed curriculum development. Finally, the Director of Literacy Staff Training and Curriculum Development will work with the Country Director in Guatemala and the CEO and COO in Portland to help develop new program activities and strategize and plan for organizational growth. This is our second most important position in Guatemala and reports directly to the Country Director.

Specific Responsibilities:

A. Training and Professional Development of Staff: The quality of our programs depends completely on the training and development of our staff. The Director of Literacy Staff Training and Curriculum Development will have responsibility for:

¨ Direct supervision of a literacy coaching staff currently numbering 14 Guatemalan nationals and expected to grow

¨ Recruitment and training of new staff

¨ Professional development of staff

  • Our staff of literacy trainers comprises various levels of responsibility, with opportunities for advancement between levels. The Director of Literacy Staff Training and Curriculum Development will have responsibility for managing, mentoring and developing this staff to take on increasing levels of responsibility as the staff and programs grow

¨ Conducting and/or supervising on-going training meetings for all staff

¨ Working with the assessors (the highest training staff level)to develop their own coaching abilities

¨ Creating agendas, materials and activities for weekly staff trainings and quarterly staff retreats

¨ Developing and tailoring training materials for staff, introducing new elements as staff needs and growth require

¨ Some interfacing with school principals and district superintendents

¨ Maintaining some direct classroom and training involvement

B. Curriculum Development: The Child Aid teacher and librarian training curricula are well developed and have been evaluated. Nevertheless, we consider the curriculum to be a living entity, and thus the person in this position will need to:

¨ Develop new aspects of the curriculum as program pieces are added

¨ Keep abreast of changes in pedagogical theory and evaluate when they suggest new curriculum or training approaches

¨ Regularly assess aspects of the curriculum that may be working less well and require revision

Reporting: This position reports directly to the Guatemala Country Director.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience Required for Position: The ideal candidate would have three areas of expertise:

Literacy content:

¨ Content knowledge and experience with literacy learning in primary school

  • Classroom teaching experience in primary school
  • Advanced pedagogy in teaching/ learning of literacy

¨ A Master’s degree in education or another, relevant field a definite plus

Development / cultural experience:

¨ Experience working and living in a developing world setting, ideally in Central or Latin America

¨ Fluency in both written and spoken Spanish and English

  • Knowledge of a Mayan language a plus

¨ Comfort working as part of a multi-cultural team

¨ Willingness to live and travel within rural Guatemala

Training and management experience:

¨ Content knowledge and experience with training of teachers or other literacy staff

¨ Responsibility for direct reports or otherwise overseeing the work and performance of others

Details:

Salary Range: Commensurate with experience. Benefits include: Employer contribution to SEP-IRA; paid vacation; health insurance

How to Apply:

Send cover letter, resume and names of references to: press@child-aid.org