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Education for the Children

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Education for the Children Foundation is a registered 501c3, whose mission is to break the cycle of poverty through education and empowerment. We work in partnership with disadvantaged families, children and young adults in Jocotenango, Guatemala to ensure they develop the tools they need to break free from the cycle of poverty. Our project, La Escuela Esperanza, or the School of Hope, serves over 650 students from kindergarten through university.

We also support our students and their families through our social services program, which covers access to clean water, nutrition, health care, hygiene and psychological support. Many of our students are the first in their families to receive and education and their achievements provide new hope for generations to come. For this reason our students love coming to the school and absolutely love to learn!

If you are interested about volunteering with us, please email Kellen at visitors@eftcfoundation.org!

Website
www.eftc.org.uk
Founded
2003
Headquarters

52a Rectory Road
West Bridgford
Nottingham
NG2 6BU
United Kingdom

Reviews

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Lucy
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

EFTC is a wonderful organization completely dedicated to serving the children and their families in a holistic way. As a volunteer, I loved all the support I got from the staff, and how welcoming they were. They were flexible and did a great job helping me meet my own goals, while also ensuring that I had a place at the school and a meaningful impact. I had a really positive experience here and plan to stay involved in this worthy cause, and hopefully I can return soon. Outside of the school, I loved Antigua and getting the opportunity to do some traveling in Guatemala while I was there. It was great getting to know the kids, their teachers, and the other volunteers. I would highly encourage somebody considering volunteering at the school to do so.

What would you improve about this program?
I was impressed with the staff's awareness of what direction they want to take the school in and their plans for improvement. They were constantly striving to be better.
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Aideen
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I have volunteered at The School of Hope four times now and am already planning my return. I could go on and on all day about how wonderful Education for the Children and The School of Hope are. The foundation provides so much more than just an education to the students and the local community and volunteering with them it is such an eye opening and life changing experience. The bilingual program allows for individuals like myself with minimal Spanish to still form genuine connections with the students and staff. I absolutely love this school and the students and would highly recommend it to anybody!

My favorite experience has been taking the students that me and my family sponsor out to lunch and to the market to buy necessities like shoes and coats. It is so great to know that your donations truly go to benefit the students and you can make life-long memories and relationships with them. Additionally, the school is located right outside of Antigua which is a beautiful city with so much to offer.

What would you improve about this program?
It can't, it's wonderful!
Lily
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

An amazing experience ! I'm amazed how the EFTC foundation doesn't just provide an education, it provides delicious food, health care, counselling and so much love for the children. I came to Guatemala hoping to give or change something for the kids ( a little naive) but I feel like the children have given me so much more! I'm going to miss all the amazing teachers and all the children. Guatemala is a beautiful country, the food is delicious and lots of things to visit and see ! Thank you for this wonderful experience !

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Herman
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I'm sitting in class, next to Miss Paola, and it's 09:45 which means snack time is just in 15 minutes. That's about right as my stomach's starting to make more noise, which is surprisingly audible through all of the hectic stuff thats going on. When I look up I see that the queue of adorable sparks of sunshine is pretty long, all of the prepa 5 y/olds want their drawings to be checked off so they can continue on the next one. As soon as I put down my stamp of approval on the table, one of them grabs it and starts to put stamps anywhere thats physically possible. *THUD* *THUD* *THUD*, I look at the class and see that Bryan's completely distracted from his tasks again, bumping his chair into the other kids and the table. Time to get him back engaged into drawing! Snack time was delicious, and now its time to get them letters and numbers cracking. Naomi still has trouble writing the 5, so we'll add some focus to that today. At around 15:00, after all of the kids have left, it's time to wrap up and head back home. Exhausted and fulfilled I let myself fall down to bed. Time to plan that trip for next weekend!

So, EFTC's a pretty wonderful school. They provide food, healthcare, housing and education for hundreds of kids. I've enjoyed the experience immensely and learned a lot about Guatemala's local life, teaching kids and the relativity of just about anything. My housing at a homestay greatly improved my Spanish and I was delighted with nutritious meals every day. That reminds me, EFTC does an amazing job at that, providing tasty and nutritious snacks and meals to roughly 500 kids every day. For some that's their only food of the day! Can you imagine?

What would you improve about this program?
Can't think of any improvements
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Helen
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

This summer I spent 10 weeks in Guatemala volunteering at Education For the Children Foundation and had a fantastic time! It was my first time in the country and at the foundation, everyone is so friendly that I felt settled very quickly. I started helping out in English classes for 6th-9th grade but have also had the opportunity to help out in the office, helping in the younger classes, making display board and help create new activities which can be used in lessons. There are lots of opportunities to help out in a variety of ways at the project which I have loved, you are then able to apply your skills in lots of different ways. All the staff and volunteers at the foundation are extremely passionate about what they do and what they want to achieve. If you have the opportunity I really recommend visiting other places in Guatemala whilst you are here as it is such an interesting and beautiful country! I am looking forward to returning one day! :)

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