Community and Education.
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Based in Panajachel, Guatemala, Mayan Families is a medium-sized NGO that works with the indigenous people in the Lake Atitlan region. Operating a wide variety of programs, we hope to provide opportunities and assistance to improve the lives of the indigenous and impoverished people in the western highlands of Guatemala.
These programs range from Education: preschools with nutritional feeding programs, student sponsorship from preschool to university, computer classes; Family Aid: emergency medical care, elderly feeding programs, a milk program for infants and toddlers; Empowerment: a women’s sewing project and a microloans project; Las Fotos Chapter Project: photography classes for adolescent girls; and Hope for the Animals: spay and neuter clinics and animal adoptions.
Mayan Families operates on the principle that all people should have access to the basic necessities of life. We strive to accomplish our goals through working democratically with the communities we serve.
Costs & Benefits
The mission of Mayan Families is supported through the active involvement of volunteers. We have a wide variety of volunteer opportunities that include, but are not limited to: translating student letters, socializing animals, translating during medical clinics, completing database work, assessing family’s needs, volunteering in the preschool, cooking and delivering food with the elderly feeding program, working in the carpentry workshop, organizing donations, installing stoves, and many more.
Volunteers can choose to work with us full-time or part-time, but they must commit at least two weeks.
Mayan Families does not charge volunteers, nor do we provide any financial assistance. We can assist volunteers in finding accommodation and arranging transportation.
We also can arrange homestays when desired for $100/week, which includes a private bedroom with a Guatemalan family and three meals a day for seven days a week. We recommend volunteers budgeting around $400-$500 a month.
We require that all volunteers are at least 18 years of age and spend at least two weeks with us supporting the mission of Mayan Families. While we have no language requirements, we prefer that our volunteers speak at least a basic level of Spanish.
Calle El Rastro
Panajachel, Dept. Solola
Location: Panajachel, Dept. Solola, Guatemala
Average cost per day: $15
Focus: Community and Education
Skills needed: Volunteers must be at least 18 years old and Speak Basic Spanish (Prefered)