Volunteer

Short-term, long-term, national or international—select your service and we’ll take care of the rest.

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In the United States

Our network of dedicated volunteers throughout the U.S. advocate for Safe Passage, fundraise, organize mailings, provide administrative assistance, participate in special events, and forge new friendships across the nation and throughout the world. Contact us to learn more about current U.S. volunteer opportunities.

In Guatemala

Join our community of short- or long-term volunteers or travel to Guatemala as part of a Support Team for one week of service learning.

Our short- and long-term volunteer program is for individuals looking to spend at least 5 weeks of service working with our students and interacting with our staff. Various opportunities are available to suit your interests, abilities and availability.

Volunteers live in historic Antigua and travel together each day to our program site in Guatemala City. To learn more about current offerings, talk about how your strengths will help meet program needs, and to explore what will work best with your schedule, contact our Volunteer Program Manager at volunteers@safepassage.org

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Short-term Volunteer
If you have at least 5 weeks of time, you may work as a classroom assistant in our Escuelita, Educational Reinforcement Center (CRE), as a member of our administrative team or with our Adult Literacy Program.

Our short- and long-term volunteer program is for individuals looking to spend at least 5 weeks of service working with our students and interacting with our staff. Various opportunities are available to suit your interests, abilities and availability.

  • Basic Spanish recommended
  • At least 5 weeks of service
  • Regular business hours, Monday-Friday
  • Work in a supportive or administrative role to help us reach program goals
  • Engage with our students and enhance your teaching experience

Long-term, Position-Specific Volunteer
If you are able to commit to 6 months or more at our program, you may work as an English teacher, tutor, health educator or program coordinator.

  • Intermediate or advanced Spanish recommended
  • 6 months or more of service
  • Regular business hours, Monday-Friday
  • Qualifications and experience to meet position-specific needs
  • Work as an English teacher, tutor, health educator or program coordinator
  • Engage with our students and enhance your teaching experience
  • Develop professional skills while living and working abroad

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Requirements

  • Flexibility and willingness to work where the need is the greatest
  • Ability to learn and adapt
  • 18 years of age or older
  • Successful completion of mandatory background screening
  • Basic level of spoken Spanish (intermediate or advanced recommended for long-term volunteers)

Volunteer Costs

  • $50 application fee paid online at time of application (mandatory background screening)
  • $50 administration fee paid upon arrival in Guatemala orientation, Safe Passage shirt and name tag)
  • $13/week bus fee (private transportation to and from Antigua to our program site in Guatemala City)
  • Medical or travel insurance with emergency evacuation coverage (obtained by volunteer)
  • Living and travel expenses dependent on individual dates, arrangements, and preferences

How to Apply

  • Read our volunteer handbook
  • Complete and submit appropriate application for short-term or long-term service, and resume
  • Ask 2 references to complete this recommendation form and send it as a PDF file to volunteers@safepassage.org
  • Pay the one-time, non-refundable $50 application fee online (please select ‘Volunteer Application Fee’ as the designation). Checks can be made payable to Safe Passage and mailed to our U.S. office: 81 Bridge Street, Suite 104, Yarmouth, ME 04096

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Guatemalan Volunteers

Guatemalans who wish to support a nonprofit organization in their own country can participate as part- or full-time volunteers. Guatemalan volunteers choose a schedule that works for them, as long as they’re able to work at least twice a week for two hours each time.

We ask that Guatemalan volunteers wishing to have an administrative role commit to at least 3 months, and at least 6 months for a role involving direct work with the children.

To apply, Guatemalan volunteers should follow these steps:

  • Fill out and send in the Volunteer Application Form (link coming soon), along with your CV/resume to voluntarios@safepassage.org
  • Schedule a visit to Safe Passage with the Volunteer Program Manager to get to know the different programs
  • Complete an interview with the Program Coordinator of the area in which you’d like to work
  • Submit 2 photographs, a copy of your DPI, a background check, and pay Q75.00 to cover the cost of a Safe Passage t-shirt and a name badge

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Service Learning Support Teams

Support Teams are comprised of 8-12 individuals, community leaders, school groups or friends.

  • 1 week of service
  • Create and implement a hands-on activity to share with our students
  • Interact with staff and students and learn firsthand how you can make a difference

What our volunteers are saying

“The students that I worked with taught me valuable  lessons that I will carry with me for the rest of my life. Volunteering changed the way I live.” —Gaby, Guatemalan volunteer

“My favorite thing about Family Nurturing is seeing the friendships that develop between the kids, the parents, and the whole family. They develop a support system, which is so important to have.” —Shannon, Escuelita volunteer

“I could say that I owe everything to Safe Passage. I would love to do something so big that it will inspire people to help others.” —Daniel, former student, current volunteer

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