Asociación Pop Wuj
Focus: Education, Community, Medical, Conservation.
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Asociación Pop Wuj runs various health, social, environmental and educational projects in and around Quetzaltenango, Guatemala (Xela). In order to fund these projects, Pop Wuj also offers a Spanish Language school.
Pop Wuj’s projects include:
1) The Safe Stove Project;
2) The Medical Clinic;
3) Family Support Center;
4) The Scholarship Program;
5) The Reforestation/Vegetable Garden Project, and
6) Nutrition and public health work.
Pop Wuj receives volunteers who are students at the Spanish School and long-term volunteers via the internship program of Entremundos, a local NGO that facilitates the internship program.
More information about Entremundos’ program can be found at: (http://www.entremundos.org/en/internships.html).
The internships currently available include:
1) Environmental Projects Coordinator;
2) Coordinator of the Family Support Center, and
3) General Projects Coordinator.
Environmental Projects Coordinator: This position includes safe stoves, reforestation in the rainy season, the vegetable garden, and the recycling project. This work is completed in the rural communities surrounding Xela.
The Family Support Center Coordinator: The FSC is a before and after school program for 35-40 children, ages 2-18 years, located in Llanos del Pinal, Guatemala. The coordinator will work with the Center employees to lead activities, recruit volunteers, and maintain contact with the administering social worker.
The General Projects Coordinator willwork with Pop Wuj’s social worker in all of Pop Wuj’s projects, including the environmental projects, the Family Support Center, the scholarship program, nutrition programs, and the public health programs. The coordinator will also organize volunteers/students as needed.
Costs & Benefits
Before beginning an internship, all volunteers must participate in cultural competency lectures provided for all Pop Wuj medical and social work students and volunteers.
We highly recommend that interns/coordinators also study Spanish at Pop Wuj.
The internships are considered full time, but the schedule is flexible. Much of the community work occurs in the mornings, with meetings and preparation in the afternoons, some evenings are also required.
The coordinator will work with the Guatemalan staff, including the social worker, and also serve as a liaison between the projects and the Spanish language students at Pop Wuj.
The cost of living in Quetzaltenango (Xela) is approximately $350-400 USD/month, including housing and food. The Entremundos internship program requires that interns also donate $100/month, $50 of which goes to Entremundos and $50 to Pop Wuj.
Coordinators are also expected to pay for their own transportation to the project sites. The sites are nearby and public transportation is very affordable. For example, round trip bus fare for the Family Support Center and the Stove project is just $0.50 USD.
Previous interns have received college and graduate school credit for their work in the Pop Wuj projects via the Entremundos internship program.
Basic requirements for all positions include: intermediate Spanish, strong organizational skills, ability to work as part of a team, strong written and verbal communication skills, general computer skills and experience with common internet/social media sites, and a willingness to learn about and respect the Guatemalan culture.
All applications must come through the Entremundos internship program, http://www.entremundos.org/en/internships.html
Asociación Pop Wuj
1a Calle 17-72 , Zona 1
Location: Quetzaltenango, Guatemala
Average cost per day: $15 - $20
Focus: Education, Community, Medical, Conservation
Skills needed: Volunteers must be at least 18 years old with intermediate Spanish, see requirements