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Unidas Para Vivir Mejor (United for a Better Life) is a women’s artisan cooperative located in the community of La Esperanza, a former squatter settlement on the edge of Guatemala City. Volunteers will co-teach at an after-school program and help with the children, and there are some opportunities in the medical program.

The women at UPAVIM support themselves and UPAVIM through the production and sale of traditional, fair-trade handicrafts. UPAVIM faces the social problems of La Esperanza and improves the quality of life there with its school, free education projects, community library, medical clinic, soy milk production, and bakery. International volunteers contribute mainly by teaching classes in UPAVIM’s free education project, Reforzamiento. Reforzamiento is aimed at helping neighborhood children, some of whom are not able to attend another school.

Overview: UPAVIM seeks a highly motivated after school program coordinator to co-facilitate our after school program with our Guatemalan teacher. Currently our program services over 60 Children from kindergarten to 6th. Our program works in conjunction with the UPAVIM School and other schools in the area to provide individualized tutoring services and lessons that enhance the public school curriculum of Guatemala.

Co-teach a class for students five and six years old to introduce pre-reading and pre-math skills.

Independently teach three reinforcement classes a day to 1st-6th graders to re-teach and enforce math and language topics learned in school.

If you are interested, contact UPAVIM directly through their site.

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A minimum commitment of four months is required but one year is preferred. The responsibilities of volunteering in the tutoring center consume 8 hours of work per day during the week and every other Saturday, depending on the number of volunteers.


Free housing and some food to all volunteers.


For more information about volunteering with Unidas Para Vivir Mejor, visit them online:

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