Indigenous women in rural communities in Guatemala often lead tough, hardscrabble lives marked by poverty and hardship. Racial and gender discrimination, as well as a lack of education in many rural communities, have also negatively impacted women. Nonprofit and government organizations within Guatemala are working to provide basic economic, family, and health education to rural women in indigenous communities, and volunteers can make a difference by donating their time and knowledge to these ongoing social initiatives. World Endeavors Women’s Development volunteers partner with local government social workers in providing workshops for indigenous women. The workshops focus on a variety of subjects, including: human rights, women rights, reproductive health, cooking, handicrafts, and economic development. Volunteers with specialized skills are welcome to share their expertise.
Dates: Based on your preference
Spanish Language Instruction: Up to 4 weeks. Additionally, there is an onsite English-Speaking Coordinator
Homestay: Volunteers stay with host families, where they share space, build relationships, practice language, and learn about traditional culture, food, home rituals, and customs. Host families are welcoming and friendly, usually middle class, and are hand-picked by the World Endeavors team to ensure that placements provide a safe and positive environment for the volunteer. Housing accommodations are modest, safe, and clean, but may differ from Western norms in terms of space or amenities. Volunteers usually have their choice of a single or a double room, and are expected to display respect and consideration for the host family. Living with a host family ensures total immersion in the culture, which can be both challenging and rewarding, but ultimately provides the most authentic experience of the host country.
- Explore Xela’s museums and cathedrals
- Attend soccer games
- Go salsa dancing
- Seeing a show at the Teatro Municipal (Municipal Theater)
- See a movie at the Teatro Roma
- Swimming in natural hot springs
- Exploring Los Altos (Guatemala’s Western Highlands)
- Hiking up the Volcán Santa María
COST: $1290 per week; $225 for each additional week
- Volunteer Placement
- Onsite English-Speaking Coordinator
- Spanish Language Instruction: Up to 4 weeks
- Home Stay Accommodations
- Onsite Orientation
- 3 Meals per Day
- Travel Medical Insurance
- Pre-Departure Guidance and Handbook
- 24/7 Emergency Phone Support
- Reentry Support and Alumni Services
- Roundtrip Transportation to Guatemala
- Visa Expenses
- Optional Trips and Excursions
- Daily Transportation
- Personal Expenses
The Women's Empowerment Program aims to assist deprived teens and young women to improve their self–confidence by helping them improve their literacy and computer skills. Living in a male-dominated society, some girls in India are illiterate and lack the opportunities to develop this (and other) fundamental skills.
Dates: Based on your preference. There is a four week minimum requirement for this program.
Accommodation: Depending on the location, you will either live in a homestay or volunteer apartment. Meals are provided.
Monday through Friday
20-25 hours worked per week
Free Time: Weekend transport is provided by the organization to ensure the safety of the volunteers and of knowing their whereabouts in Jaipur.
Some essential sites includes:
- Delhi, India’s capital, where you can visit the Mughal gardens and fort
- Arga for its river views and the Taj Mahal
- Outside of Mumbai lies the traffic-free and densely-wooded hill top town of Matheran
- Goa, located on the west coast, for its beautiful stretch of coastline.
Tasks: Volunteers are required to assist with teaching both English and computer skills, and will also endeavor to show these girls how to apply these new skills to provide a brighter future. Teaching them about the world, cultures, food and recent news events is also helpful.