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.
Volunteers may also create workshops of different themes, depending on their educational or professional background. Global education workshops may also deal with teaching global issues such as sustainability, human rights or social responsibility.
Volunteers interested in teaching will create their own lesson plans and collaborate with Kamalbe to ensure the success of the lessons and make sure they are culturally appropriate. See Internships for more information.
Requirements: 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!
Current volunteer opportunities include:
1. In Xela
· Office Volunteer: Help us do research, create display materials, complete mailings, enter data, and carry out a variety of other office tasks. (Commitment to a regular schedule and experience with Microsoft Word, Excel, and the Internet are required.
Video Editing Volunteer: Help us create and edit promotional and educational videos about Kamalbe’s work in Guatemala. Computer skills required, especially familiarity with video editing programs such as Final Cut or iMovie.
· YP Liaison: Research and connect Kamalbe with the multitude of Young Professional groups in the area that fundraise and volunteer for charities.
Dental Volunteer Program and Spanish Lessons for Dentists, Surgical Nurses, Dental Assistants, and Hygienists This is a great opportunity not only for individuals in the dental field, it is also one of the only options for children in rural communities in Guatemala to get receive care. For: individuals who want to learn Spanish to better serve Spanish speaking patients. Increase student’s opportunities to work with patients of diverse backgrounds by being able to communicate with Spanish speaking clients about dental hygiene and dental procedures. Understand the culture of oral hygiene that recent Latin American and Mexican clients might come to the US with and/or raise their children in the US with. Upon completion, students receive a Spanish certificate from Kamalbe indicating their final Spanish level. Students may opt to take the internationally recognized Spanish placement exam as well. 1 month, intensive course. Available throughout the year.
2. From Your Home
· Board Committee Member: Lend us your legal, financial, or fundraising expertise by joining a Board Committee.
· Technical Assistance Volunteer: Help us manage our website, design electronic documents, or troubleshoot computer problems. If you have experience with Dreamweaver, or you love working with iMovie or Final Cut, we need your expertise!
·PR Assistant: Create and distribute news articles and press releases to get the word out about Kamalbe’s work.
· Translators: Provide occasional translation services to the organization. If you are fluent in Spanish and English and you have a computer, you can even volunteer from home! (Preference will be given to volunteers familiar with the intricacies of Guatemalan Spanish.)
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Social Media and Communications Intern
The Social Media & Communications Intern will work in collaboration with Kamalbe Spanish School & Volunteer Center Director.
The intern needs to have experience in at least one of the following: website design and development, video editing, graphic design, social media development and management, journalism, and/or photojournalism. The intern’s background (i.e. web design vs. video editing) will determine the exact parameters of their responsibilities and tasks.
Responsibilities will be tailored to the specific intern, and will include, but are not limited to: • Website design and management • Design of promotional material • Graphic design of logos, banners, etc. • Updating social media sites (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) • Compiling information/statistics/photos that can be used on our social media sites • Traveling on foot to see the clinic’s programs first-hand • Photographing/filming various activities • Networking with local and international NGOs to procure contacts and resources for the organization • Participating in in-country fundraising efforts • A two month minimum time commitment. • Availability to work 4-5 hours a day, Monday through Friday. • Basic, functional Spanish and an interest to improve upon that Spanish level. • Willingness to work in a rural area with individuals from a low socio-economic background. • Respect for other cultures and value systems. • Flexibility and willingness to travel on public transport and by foot as needed. • Previous experience in social media/communications fields. • Strong English-language writing skills. • Access to a personal computer. Preferred Experience and Skills: • Previous experience working with NGOs. • Computer proficiency, especially on Microsoft office including Microsoft Word and Excel.
This internship is 2 months minimum, and can be completed at any time during the year. This internship position requires a donation of USD$200 in total for the 2 months, which will be shared between the host organization and school supplies expenses for the volunteers.
This includes the internship placement, pre-departure contact support, a pre-departure information package about Guatemala, contact support while in Guatemala, monthly and final work evaluations by the internship supervisor, a certificate of completion, Additionally, we will strive to fulfill any bureaucratic functions we can, like filling in additional forms for universities, taking into account our capacities as a small, non-profit NGO. This donation does not include your flights, health/travel insurance and medical expenses, or living costs while here in Guatemala. Basic living expenses in Quetzaltenango cost about USD$300 per month, including housing and food.
To apply, contact David Mazariegos at email@example.com