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Guatemala Teaching

Guatemala Teaching

Help teach English to enthusiastic yet underprivileged children in the historic and beautiful town of Antigua.

Prices from $1,195

Guatemala has a rich cultural and historical inheritance, resulting from its unique blend of ancient Mayan civilisation, and its transformation during Spanish colonisation in the 16th Century. The Mayan legacy is still dominant in the Guatemalan landscape, with magnificent towering pyramids, once opulent palaces and astrological observatories used to satisfy the Mayans’ inquisitive nature. As such, Guatemala is a real treasure chest of tradition and heritage ready to be explored and uncovered.   

You'll be working in the historic city of La Antigua, a fusion of colonial influence and historical ruins nestled between three impressive volcanoes. The beauty of this area is internationally recognised, with the city designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. While there, you'll have lots of opportunity to engage in adventure activities and cultural excursions. Visit some of the hundreds of magnificent churches that adorn Antigua, climb to the rim of an active volcano or lie by the lake under a bright Guatemalan sun. Really immerse yourself in this fascinating culture for a rewarding experience, helping support and teach enthusiastic and appreciative underprivileged local children.

PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

  • Help enrich the lives and opportunities of the children in your care
  • Explore beautiful Guatemalan cities 
  • Create unforgettable memories

PROJECT REQUIREMENTS

  • Intermediate Spanish required

FAST FACTS

Location La Antigua, Guatemala
Activities Help pupils with homework
Assist with extra-curricular activities
Design and run sports, music or theatre classes
Transport Airport pick-up
Accommodation Homestay

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go Pre-departure support & documentation
Travel & medical advice & documentation
Advice on visas and equipment
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt
In-country Food
Accommodation
Airport pick-up
Project orientation
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ back-up

QUALIFICATIONS

A variety of qualifications are available on many of our projects. For example, BTEC certificates and diplomas on our Group conservation projects and TEFL certificates and BTECs on most of our teaching projects. You may also be able to gain a CoPE to support your university application. For more information on these qualifications, please see the qualifications section of our website or ask your volunteer advisor.

WHAT DOES THE PROJECT DO?

Education in Guatemala is free and compulsory for six years. The percentage of children completing this period of study however is still critically low and many children drop out before they get the chance to finish their studies. The education system remains sufficiently under-funded and resources are limited. The shortage of teachers and lack of access to adequate facilities only exacerbate this further, leaving many children illiterate with limited opportunities for the future. 

The Frontier-Guatemala teaching project will provide you with the opportunity to help children from impoverished backgrounds improve their future prospects. Your support and encouragement, whether that is in the classroom assisting teachers, arranging your own extra-curricular activity lessons or providing individual tuition, will help these children broaden their opportunities. Whether you have a passion for education and working with children, or just a desire to help those from less fortunate backgrounds, teaching is the perfect way to make a direct and significant difference to the lives of local families and the prospects of their children.

WHAT WILL I BE DOING?

You will be helping out at a local school taking part in a range of teaching-related activities. You may find yourself supporting children within the school by taking on a teaching assistant role. By increasing staff presence within the classroom you will provide support for the teacher and give the children the opportunity to practice their English pronunciation and fluency. Your students will certainly appreciate your help, and they will definitely want to know more about where you are from too! Expect endless questions and games to fill your days. To provide the greatest benefit to the teaching staff, this placement requires that you have an intermediate level of Spanish. For those with limited Spanish ability, Spanish language lessons are available for an additional fee and can be taken alongside your volunteer placement. 

Whilst working at the school, you may also be asked to run your own music, sports or theatre classes to help diversify the curriculum and provide children with a creative outlet to learn but also have fun. You can bring some creativity to this role by designing your own activities and games, and will receive support from the teacher during these classes so do not worry if you’ve never led a class before! You may also work with children on an individual basis helping with homework in order to reinforce reading and maths skills. 

The variety of teaching opportunities available to you in Guatemala is broad, and will ensure that you are always kept busy. The gratitude of the children will be overwhelming and you are bound to find the experience extremely rewarding.

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I ARRIVE?

You will be met by a friendly Frontier representative on arrival at La Aurora International Airport in Guatemala City on the Sunday who will escort you to your new home for the duration of your stay. Please arrive no later than 7pm on the start date of your project.

WHERE WILL I BE STAYING?

Throughout your course, you will stay with a welcoming local host family that has been carefully chosen by the local Frontier staff. This is an excellent way for you to practice your improving Spanish and learn about the Guatemalan culture from people who are keen to share their stories with you and help you explore.

WHAT WILL I BE EATING?

Your host will provide you with three meals a day during the week based around the local Guatemalan diet. At the weekend you will only receive breakfast on Saturday, with no meals being provided on Sunday. This is the perfect opportunity for you to try out the local delicacies. If you ask nicely your host family might even teach you how to cook your favourite dishes! At the weekend you may decide to check out local restaurants – with a variety of cuisines you’re sure to find something to satisfy your cravings at a range of prices.

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ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

After your teaching day is over, you are free to either relax or brush up on your new language skills. The language school has mountain bikes which you can borrow to help you look round this thriving, bustling city - a popular destination for both tourists and natives, La Antigua has something to offer everyone! Antigua is an extraordinarily beautiful city with cobble-stone streets, tree-lined avenues lined with open air cafes, ornate, centuries-old churches, and a wealth of international cuisine. Immediately outside Antigua you'll find active volcanoes, dense rainforest, and tranquil mountain lakes to explore, and is a perfect location for you to day trip to Lake Atitlan, the famous Mayan architectural site of Tikal, the jungle or even the Pacific coast.

COSTS

4 weeks $1,195

Extra week $245

DEPARTURE DATES

Weekly, please arrive on the Sunday of your project start date before 7pm. The project is closed during the last week of June, and mid November to mid-January.

DURATION

4 weeks +

WHAT'S INCLUDED?

Before you go

  • Pre-departure support & documentation
  • Travel & medical advice & documentation
  • Advice on visas & equipment
  • Discounted medical kit
  • Free Frontier t-shirt

In-country

  • Accommodation
  • Food
  • Airport pick-up
  • Project orientation
  • In-country emergency support
  • 24-hour international HQ back-up

AIRPORT INFORMATION

Nearest airport(s): Guatemala City (GUA)

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

Flights

Flights are not included in our trip costs. However, we have partnered with an experienced and professional team of travel experts to help our volunteers find the best flight deals for their trips with us. This travel specialist operates in the tailor-made, long haul multi-stop travel market, arranging complex airfares and transfers for independent travellers. They provide expertise, security and a vast product range along with a Travel Butler service which is a single point of contact and support whilst you are overseas.

We recommend that you obtain a quote using the following contact details rather than book online, as our partner will offer you the most competitive fares. To receive your quote or to seek any advice for your flights, please contact our dedicated team of travel experts on 0800 082 9994 (or +44 800 082 9994 outside the UK) or email frontier@flightcentre.co.uk .

Visas

For fast, efficient and up-to-date visa advice please contact our recommended visa consultancy partner:

Depending on your destination country and your country of origin, you might require a visa. Please see the appropriate country consular website for details or contact our affiliate visa consultancy service. Please note that your visa will usually start on the date that you enter the destination country regardless of when it was issued. Please check with the relevant embassy or high commission. If you are purchasing your visa or paying entry/exit fees in-country you will probably need to pay in US Dollars. If you have any questions please consult the relevant embassy or high commission. Please check the visa information regularly, as changes often happen without warning.

Insurance

You'll need to buy appropriate travel insurance covering your participation on the project. You won't be able to go without the right travel insurance so double check to avoid disappointment. Please make sure that you're covered for the whole duration of your trip – from the day you leave the UK to the day you return. It's also best to get your travel insurance at the same time as paying the deposit for your project. Depending on your policy, this will cover you for any unexpected cancellations.

Your insurance should include the following:

  • Medical cover, including medical emergencies and medical evacuations (up to USD$3,000,000 / GBP£2,000,000);
  • Personal liability (up to USD$1,500,000 / GBP£1,000,000);
  • Cancellation and curtailment of your trip (up to the value of your project contribution).

If you are going to be scuba diving you should get coverage for scuba diving up to 30m, including hyperbaric therapy treatment (unlimited). You should consider obtaining insurance to cover you for any additional activities which you plan to do during, before, or after your Frontier project. We recommend that you obtain cover for your baggage and personal effects.


LEGAL STATEMENT
Frontier Partner Projects and Frontier group projects are run in partnership with in-country NGOs, small community based organisations, local research institutes, academic organisations and conservation agencies. Project descriptions and information are supplied directly by our partners or field staff and are accurate at time of publishing.

We aim to keep information up to date and accurate, however, the nature of our projects and in particular the fact that they are constantly evolving and developing in response to changing needs means that project activities, travel schedules, tour itineraries and daily timetables can change overnight and without notice.

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