Long Way Home
Focus: Community and Education.
Escuela Técnico Maya (TM) is an elementary school in Comalapa that teaches the Kaqchikel Mayan language and culture in addition to the government-approved curriculum. Since the curriculum is not entirely in the approved language, Spanish, the school receives little public funding.
After meeting LWH through their first project, Parque Chimiya, the Directora of the school, Herminia Son Bal, asked LWH to build (or assist in building) a new facility for Técnico Maya. In 2009, LWH began construction of a new facility. It is being built using environmentally friendly techniques (rammed earth construction, water-harvesting systems and trash-filled plastic bottles) and will include a vocational school for older students.
There are currently 10 full time local workers at the site; they work Monday-Friday 7am to 4pm alongside volunteers.
Costs & Benefits
Long Way Home needs help from people just like you! We accept volunteers throughout the year for periods of one to three months.
Volunteer activities cover a wide spectrum: pounding dirt, plastering walls, teaching English, creating art, engineering services and more. We accept volunteers with a variety of skill sets and proficiencies…but everyone needs to bring a positive attitude. You should come prepared to work hard (7am – 4pm, Mon-Fri), contribute to a project that will change a community, meet people with common interests and passions, and learn to understand a new culture.
$300 USD per month include accommodations and some supplies (ex. purified water, propane for cooking, cooking oil, toilet paper, etc.)
Expect to spend approx. $13 USD on food per week; airport transfer is approx. $45 USD each way; travel and souvenir expenses depend on the person.
Applicants must be over the age of 18. No Spanish required, but some Spanish will help navigate your way around the construction site and town.
Location: Chimaltenango, Guatemala
Average cost per day: $12
Focus: Various Children and Community rojects
Skills needed: Over 18 years of age, basic Spainish would be helpful.