Project Development Volunteer

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Volunteer Opportunity, No Placement Fees
, Solola
Wednesday, March 18
Lake Atitlan + Chimaltenango
March 18, 2015 - 12:33pm
One to Six Months
Business / Fair Trade, Education / Schools, Cultural / Indegenous
Job Description:

We are an ever-evolving and multidimensional organization that for many years has engaged in diverse projects committed to collaborative efforts, economic sustainability, and fair trade. Successful volunteers typically are flexible in accepting varied duties. We appreciate your interest, and we welcome your participation!

The Project Development Volunteer will work in Panajachel and Santiago Atitlan alongside our coordinators of Sharing the Dream in Guatemala, the Artisan Development Program and Elder Center.

The following list includes the available volunteer opportunities:
English Teaching
Volunteers instruct the Guatemala staff, our scholarships students, and members of our artisan groups in English-language skills tailored to their needs.
Required: written and oral ability in Spanish

Teaching Assistants
In our rural schools, volunteers assist teachers in classrooms with large numbers of students, and they tutor individual students.
Required: an understanding of elementary education and basic Spanish skills

The Elder Center
Volunteers assist with meal preparation for the elders and also with delivery of “meals on sandals,” visiting the elders in their homes.
Required: experience and interest in working with older people
Preferred: basic communication skills in Spanish

The Artisan Development Project
Volunteers assist our artisan director in providing workshops to our artisans at our offices or in the villages. They also collaborate with the artisans in creating new designs and look for new fair trade markets.
Required: interest in back-strap weaving, design, and creativity, photography skills,
Preferred: basic communication skills in Spanish

The Jewelry Group
Volunteers assist our director with new and creative product design ideas for beaders, inventory control and finding new fair trade markets.
Required: creativity and interest in beadwork, computer and photography skills,
Preferred: basic communication skills in Spanish

Grant Writing and Development
Volunteers assist all of our projects in Guatemala by researching appropriate funding sources, applying for grants, and spearheading efforts at capacity building.
Required: knowledge of grant writing, dedication to a one-year commitment, and written and oral ability
in Spanish

Public Relations
Volunteers collaborate with the Guatemala staff to enhance awareness of our programs, cross-cultural trips, and projects in the country through our website, social media, and other means of publicity.
Required: computer skills, knowledge of promotional strategies and advertising, and fluency in English
and Spanish.

Fees and Accommodation:
Registration fee: $50 (non-refundable) payable with the completed application.
Monthly fee: $250 per month payable to Sharing The Dream in Guatemala in the U.S. at least fifteen days prior to departure to cover administrative costs and on-site coordination of the volunteer activity. This fee includes living quarters at Casa de Sueños Panajachel or at Casa de Sueños Atitlán, which both have a shared bathroon, communal kitchen, living room, WiFi, garden, US Phone line and laundry facilities. Volunteers pay for their own transportation and food costs.

Time Commitment
Volunteers commit to work forty hours per week for a minimum of one month. During their period of service,volunteers keep a log detailing their volunteer experience in order to facilitate a smooth transition for the program.

How to Apply: 

Applications can be found at and submitted to the Sharing the Dream store at 10 West Main Street Vermillion, SD 57069. Any questions can be sent to

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