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Volunteer Opportunity, No Placement Fees
Project Somos
Monday, June 1
Lake Atitlan + Chimaltenango
January 6, 2015 - 5:26pm
None / Basic
One to Six Months
Orphanage / Home, Women's Issues, Construction / Housing
Job Description:

Background: The Project Somos Village is an eco-sustainable alternative community for at-risk mothers and children. The Village has family homes and an organic farm within the small Kaqchikel community of Chivarabal in the Central Highlands of Guatemala. Project Somos believes that a child’s best chance for success comes from being raised by their own family in a stable supportive environment. As an orphan prevention program, the Village supports widowed and single mothers who are at-risk of losing their children due to poverty and difficult living situations. Project Somos offers a home, education and vocational training to help mothers provide opportunities and a new beginning for their children. Project Somos educates mothers and children in nutrition, hygiene, organic gardening and offers opportunities to learn the skills and self-confidence to prepare them to return to their communities and live independent lives.

Position Description:
This work would include designing an administration building for Project Somos using specific sustainable, locally accessed materials. It would involve developing the specific design with the Project Manager to include particular pre-determined elements and requirements.

Skills Required:
o Architectural training with some experience
o Some fluency in Spanish is helpful
o Cultural flexibility
o Some knowledge of sustainable architecture
o Good communicator
o Ability to think on one’s feet

As well as the above outlined position description, all interns are expected to participate in Village activities and special events where needed. All will be expected to work together to offer extra-curricular programming for the children based on skills and interest level.

Starting Date: June 1, 2015

Duration: 6-12 weeks

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Comments from the Spanish page

Submitted By Carolina Chacin (not verified) on May 1, 2015 - 7:55am

Buenos días, soy venezolana arquitecto graduada y actualmente estoy viviendo en Guatemala en la capital, quiero ayudar en lo que pueda como voluntaria si pueden comunicarse conmigo mi teléfono es 4708-1776.

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