We’re Hiring a Volunteer Coordinator

guatemala kidsIn preparation for the upcoming school year, and what’s looking to be our most exciting and active year in history, both in terms of dollars already raised and volunteering hours committed, we’ve decided to hire a new role here at Guatemala Volunteers in Mission!

We’re looking for a new volunteer coordinator to help recruit volunteers and manage the volunteer programs we support.

Summary of the Position

The successful candidate will be working with our senior staff to oversee projects at more than 20 locations throughout Guatemala, with an emphasis on our projects in:

  • Panajachel, Lake Atitlan
  • Antigua
  • Guatemala City, and
  • Tikal

This promises to be a full time job, and is a perfect entry-level opportunity for someone looking to get into non-profit management and socially responsible tourism.

We lead over 100 groups every year to 24 different project sites throughout Guatemala, and this year have added our first “international” program partnership with a Spanish school in Medellin.

Your job will be to coordinate with all of our volunteers and donors, as well as to help plan and execute the trips. Some travel may be required.

Necessary Skills

The right person will have completed an undergraduate degree in any discipline from an accredited US or international university.

Conversational proficiency in Spanish is strongly preferred, at the Level 2 discipline according to the US Dept of State proficiency chart. While the majority of your work and interactions will occur with Americans coming on our trips through our volunteer ministry, some Spanish may be required as you coordinate details of the trips with our on the ground team in Guatemala, many of whom are Guatemalan citizens with modest English-speaking abilities.

You should be able to discuss basic things related to traveling and bringing a group of people to the area, for example:

  • Schedule times, dates, and activities
  • Plan housing for the group
  • Communicate any special needs, for example, dietary restrictions, of members in the group.

The location will be at our home office just outside Atlants, so the jobs in Dunwoody Georgia. See our listing on Juvo Jobs for more information.

Scholarships for Spanish and English Classes in Medellin Colombia

10374532_10152611698530819_3507406655969262905_nWe’re pleased to announce a new partnership program with Eco Hostel Medellin, a non-profit school and education center located just outside of Medellin, Colombia, in the Antioquian mountains.

Through this program, we’re pleased to be able to offer scholarships to learn Spanish in Medellin, as well as for clases de ingles en Medellin for Colombian locals.

Currently 10 children are able to stay in school thanks to VIM friends who send “scholarship” money for their school supplies (about $250 per year, per child, on average). Sometimes the school is “free” (grade school) but parents must buy uniforms, books, notebooks, pencils and other items specified by the school. The list grows longer and more costly as the child advances through the grades.

The school season is from January to October. Vacation time is: November and December. We are ready to receive contributions for next year.

Click here to learn more about planning a trip to Medellin.

Scholarship recipients for Language Classes in Medellin, Colombia

You many know of a particular child you would like to help by covering school supply costs for a year or more. Or you may prefer to make an undesignated gift to our “public school scholarship fund,” and we will select a recipient and send you his or her name and address if you request it. Of course you many also make a scholarship gift in any lesser amount.

This is truly an incredible opportunity for us to expand our program and become a fully international force for positive change in Latin America. We recognize that by mixing a tourist interest for visiting these wonderful countries with safe, structured courses to help learn about the local language and culture, we’ll be able to provide language classes for latinos in the community as well, with the aim of helping to raise the standard of education, and give our scholarship recipients a leg up that they otherwise wouldn’t have had a chance to have.

For thousands of families in the region who don’t hold high school level education, knowing some English can truly make a huge impact in their lives, as they’ll be able to get more and better paying jobs than they otherwise would, and have more opportunities to advance themselves and their entire families through this program!

We’re pleased to support this Colombian initiaitve, and our looking forward to seeing the results coming out of Medellin!

The Guatemala Educational Volunteer Mission

The Volunteers in Mission (VIM) program is an initiative of the Guatemalan National Methodist Church offering opportunities for volunteers around the world. Since 1995 VIM has been hosting construction, educational and medical teams, providing an exciting experience of Guatemalan culture, hospitality and beauty.

guatemala vimAs VIM serves all areas of the country, its ministry is vital to the lives of thousands. During your visit you can not only provide structural or physical improvements but also assist the church in ministries of compassion and evangelism and gain an understanding of the global church.

VIM teams have worked in Guatemala since the 1980’s, after a relationship was established with the General Board of Global Ministries following the 1976 earthquake that brought relief efforts to Guatemala. Over the years many volunteers have formed lasting friendships with Guatemalan Methodists, and have extended their help into areas beyond construction and medical/health programs.

The staff of the VIM program is dedicated to designing an international experience to fit the varied needs of each team. Direct communication with the Guatemala VIM office has been made possible through email, fax and telephone, to ensure every detail is taken care of efficiently and effectively. Join us as we express Christian love in action!

Note: Anyone wishing to organize and bring an UMVIM mission team to Guatemala must submit an application to Guatemala VIM.