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Volunteer Opportunity with Placement Fees
Project Somos
Monday, June 1
Lake Atitlan + Chimaltenango
January 6, 2015 - 5:40pm
None / Basic
One to Six Months
Health / Medical, Orphanage / Home, Women's Issues
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 requires developing a healthy menu that can be grown in the Somos Village organic gardens. Creating simple, wholesome meal plans that the majority of ingredients are harvested onsite. A 10 Meter diet. Researching local foods and adapting them to what can be grown onsite\ or introducing new dishes which would appeal to local palates with local ingredients. This would require teaching cooking, nutrition and gardening.

Skills Required:
o Training in nutrition
o Knowledge of organic gardening
o Good communication skills
o Ability to research and adapt data to local needs
o Some fluency in Spanish is helpful
o Cultural flexibility

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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