Join our team of volunteers in Xela, Guatemala
A service opportunity, a life-changing experience in Guatemala.
Since 2008, Kamalbe has worked in the rural, indigenous community of Xecanchavox in the province of Totonicapán. Comprised of roughly 500 families, the community relies on agriculture and money sent from relatives working in the United States to provide enough income to survive. The community has been underserved when it comes to education. Most adults have only completed primary school education and kids do not have the materials needed to keep pace with their counterparts in more developed areas.
Our primary project in the community is to build a community center that will provide space for educational and recreational programming in the community. Some of the programs the community center will be home to include dental hygiene education, health and nutrition workshops, personal and business finance advising, tutoring for K-12 students, English lessons, computers and technology seminars, and recreational sports, games and arts. We are currently raising funds in order to start building the community center.
We don’t have a centralised home for these programs yet but we still try to bring the services and information to the people in Xecanchavox. While we are raising funds, we utilize our connections in the community and rely on our dedicated volunteers and interns to teach workshops, host clinics, and facilitate recreational activities in Xecanchavox.
Projecto El Tigre
Kamalbe Project is an Guatemalan non-profit organization that works with local organizations to help provide an education to the Mayan youth in the communities of El Tigre and Xecanchavox, Guatemala.
Today, we are a small independent Spanish school, certified by the Guatemalan Ministry of Education. Because of our size, we are able to offer personalized lessons and activities to fit our student’s needs and interests. We organize volunteer projects with our partner community Xecanchavox, a rural community near Xela.
For both communities at El Tigre and Xecanchavox are two indigenous Mayans communities based in Quetzaltenango and Totonicapan in Guatemalan. Most are single parents trying to sustain their families on the meager income they earn through manual labor. Most live in extreme poverty and hope for a better life for their children in most of the cases the parents moved to America to get better opportunities, however in many cases children where abandoned.
Additionally, the government has not provided any support to the families or the school to improve access to opportunity and resources.
In order to attend this situation Kamalbe School has creater 4 programs to try to improve the life of the children:
1. The Nicolas Schoolarship Program:
In Guatemala, most of the children may attend school, but families must be able to pay for school supplies, uniforms, books and any other educational materials in order to keep attending the school. For the children of El Tigre and Xecanchavox, this often prevents them from attending school. The families in Xecanchavox and specially in El Tigre often don’t have enough to eat, let alone have the money it takes to send their children to school. The goal of the program is to provide the economical resources to the families in the communities trought out the scholarships
2. The Clotilde Mobile Dental Clinic:
Guatemala has one of the worst dental services Guatemala has one of the worst dental services in the world, ranking only behind Haiti.
Most of the children here have never received any dental treatment or dental education in their lives besides the treatment that they have received by our program. According to information given by the principals of the local schools, the percentage of students with cavities has reached 77%. This is a tremendous problem because many of the families already do not have enough money to afford basic necessities, like food. That, compounded with the lack of access to quality dental treatment which is very detrimental to the health of the children in many cases. The goals of the program is provide dental treatment for free in the communities to avoide bigger health problems.
Our primary goal is to help build a future for these families by providing educational programs, dental mobile programs, scholarship programs, and any support to donors to ensure their continued assistance with our communities.
We currently Kamalbe School is working with two organizations in Guatemala to help carry out our mission, the Universidad del Valle de Guatemala and Oficina de Estudios Juridicos Kamalbe. In USA with George Mason University that provides every year volunteers to keep helping in our programs and providing dental supplies for our programs. Recently Ensoluna a coffe company which has bussines in Guatemala and based in USA has joint to the Kamalbe Project, the company and its main parnter Alex Yoon is sponsoring 3 children in our community and providing supplies for the dental mobile clinic.
Facts of the Program: The Program was foundred in 2005 by three college students David Mazariegos, Andres Mazariegos and Andres Maldonado
Administration: Kamalbe School Xela administers the program. All administrative costs for operating the programs are paid by the Kamalbe School covering a 75% of the expenses. The 25% is covered by the donors from George Mason University, Ensoluna (Alex Yoon), Janna Lawner
Sponsorships: 4 children are currently sponsored (and 6 in high school). Participation in the program costs $40 per child per month (2016 school year). The fee covers:
Results: Since 2005 Kamalbe School started the program and we have covered over 3000 children with our programs, especially the dental Mobile Clinics and the Scholarship Program
Please learn more about our programs:
- Scholarship Program
- Dental Mobile Program
A service opportunity, a life-changing experience in Guatemala.
Kamalbe Spanish School and Volunteer Center is an excellent way to get involved volunteering from Day One in Xela. We have no 'Minimum Commitment Time', and we are genuinely thankful for all volunteers who choose to work with us.
Kamalbe is always accepting volunteers, and you don’t have to be enrolled in the school to participate. Depending on the needs at the time, we will work with you to make a volunteer plan.
Volunteers will work with the community, participate and create volunteer projects. The most popular activity involved teaching classes to women and children. Some of the topics that have been taught include literacy, health, art, and English.
Volunteer activities can include:
Volunteers may also create workshops of different themes, depending on their educational or professional background. All in all global education workshops may also deal with teaching global issues such as sustainability, human rights or social responsibility.
There are no specific qualifications required to join our volunteer programs since the staff of Kamalbe will provide any necessary orientation and training to perform volunteer activities adequately.
Beginner to intermediate knowledge of Spanish is preferred. If you cannot speak Spanish, we recommend enrolling in our Spanish Language Studies program, which can run simultaneous to your volunteer project.
Individuals who are enthusiastic, friendly and open-minded are always welcome to join our team of volunteers
Please learn about our sponsors of Kamalbe School