Bamboo - Guatemala Volunteer Tour

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About Program

Bamboo currently has opportunities to work on a childcare project in Guatemala.

While a beautiful culture with stunning surroundings, there are a range of community centres and orphanages that are poorly resourced and in need of attention. Many children at these centres are affected by a poor lifestyle at home with little or no education.
Our partner works alongside the centres in these impoverished communities to ensure the basic needs are met for the children and that they are being given the much needed love and attention through assigning incoming volunteers to projects depending on the need at the time.
Without the help of volunteers like you, these children may not receive the basic needs to empower them for a brighter future.
Your role is central to the project as you will be working alongside local staff to improve the educational, emotional and hygiene conditions of the children. These children require a lot of care, attention and most importantly, companionship.

Program Highlights
  • Emerge yourself into the local life of Guatemala
  • Sample traditional and authentic foods
  • Spend time with children who your love will stay with forever

Program Reviews

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Yes, I recommend this program

Solid volunteer opportunity

Had a great time volunteering with Freddy and the construction crew at Casa Maria. The residents seemed to be extremely appreciative that we were there and it was a fun and rewarding experience.

What would you improve about this program?
Provide information beforehand as to what is being constructed and what type of work to expect. I enjoyed doing block work but it would have still been nice to know prior to the trip.
2 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Interacting with the children

I was fortunate to have worked in Antigua, Guatemala, an old, well-preserved colonial city west of the capital. Part of my morning was spent in an advanced Spanish class with a wonderful teacher. We had ample time to to converse only in Spanish (the teacher had limited English ability, which worked in our favour). The teacher gently corrected my errors, some of which I was not even aware that I was making.
Shortly after 12 noon, I would go to the bus station to take the bus to a mostly indigenous village several kilometers away where I reported to work at an afternoon child care center. I worked mostly with 3rd grade students, helping them with their homework, and then teaching an English class to a group of 6th grade students. It's amazing how quickly the students became attached to me, and how I became attached to the students. At the end of my month's stay (which seemed to pass all to quickly), it was tears all around as the center held a going away party for me. I certainly learned a lot about Guatemalan youth, probably more than any knowledge that I imparted to the students. The center's directors were very supportive, and thanks to email, we can communicate with each other.
My living conditions were very adequate; I lodged with a family with two children (elementary and high school ages). The meals were super, with Guatemalan and Salvadorean specialities. The hosts would converse with me and the other guests, which further increased our Spanish-language abilities.

What would you improve about this program?
The hosting organisation provided me with many ESL teaching materials which I used with the children. Practical supplies were hard to come by at the center, but improvisations could always make up for that.
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Questions & Answers

Hi Michelle, According to the GVN website- "You must be 18 years or older to volunteer. There is no upper limit for volunteers; we only require that volunteers are in good health. Under 18's wishing to volunteer with an adult will be considered on a case-by-case basis."