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.

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.