Teaching English with At-Risk Youth in Guatemala City

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Paid Job Position
, Guatemala
Wednesday, July 31
Antigua, Guatemala City
July 31, 2013 - 2:11pm
More than Six Months
Education / Schools
Job Description:

Position: English Teacher

Location: Guatemala City Department: Education Reports to: English Program Coordinator Conditions: Full time, Volunteer Minimum Time Commitment: 6 months (with a housing allowance offered for eligible applicants)

Safe Passage,a 501(C)3 non-profit development-focused organization, is seeking an exceptional new English Teacher to join our English Department team. Known in Guatemala as Camino Seguro, Safe Passage's mission is to empower the at-risk children and families who live in the Guatemala City garbage dump community by creating opportunity and fostering dignity through the power of education. Safe Passage is a secular, non-political organization.

The Organization Safe Passage provides school fees, educational reinforcement, and nutrition to children contending with extreme poverty. Today Safe Passage serves approximately 550 children and their families with an integrated program that incorporates healthy living, strong academics, life skills, creativity and fun. At Safe Passage, we believe every child should have the opportunity to receive an education. Our programs are designed so that each child gains the skills needed to obtain a stable job, to be self-sufficient and self-reliant, and to lead their families out of poverty in a dignified and permanent way. Safe Passage has more than 100 dedicated staff in Guatemala and a small office in Yarmouth, Maine. At any one time there are more than 40 volunteers from a dozen countries working in the program. Each year, as many as 20 service teams spend a week with Safe Passage, and over a thousand Guatemalan and international visitors come to observe the program. Most importantly, Safe Passage is well-known and well-respected within the community for our methodology of working with, not for, the community.

The Position: The mission of the English Department is to equip students with the English language skills necessary to attend university and secure jobs in fields requiring English, which can pay as much as ten times more than working in the dump, and offer benefits such as healthcare and tuition reimbursement. The English Teacher has overall responsibility for teaching English content while nurturing a safe and empowering classroom environment for all of their classes. This position is located in the Educational Reinforcement Center, and will work with school age students, as well as support adult learning.

The English Teacher will:

• Lead and manage English classes. Teach five to six 30-minute English classes per day for students. Create lesson plans based on online curriculum and activities books. Coordinate involvement of classroom teacher and classroom volunteer in English class activities.

• Commit to the mission and contribute to the quality and effectiveness of the English program. Collaborate with the Program Coordinator in strategic planning, and in assuring program efficacy. Implement student assessments and program evaluation and provide relevant information to the Program Coordinator. Propose ideas for program improvement, and work with the Coordinator to enhance the quality of integrated programs in the spirit of empowering Safe Passage youth.

• Support adult tutoring. Tutor teachers, staff and parents one-on-one or in small groups as needed. • Keep it fun and creative. Be innovative and creative in engaging and motivating students.


• Passion for Safe Passage's mission, commitment to service and ability to engage children, families, staff and volunteers;

• Understanding of teaching methodologies with at-risk, low-income student populations and experience teaching these populations; • Experience teaching ESL, especially to school-aged students;

• English fluency and at least a beginner level of Spanish (Spanish proficiency preferred);

• Cultural sensitivity, ability to connect across cultural and linguistic divides;

• Strong interpersonal skills and high emotional intelligence;

• Patience and perseverance;

• Strong organizational skills and self-direction;

• Experience living or working in Guatemala or other developing nation (preferred).


• Opportunity to work with and learn about an incredible population while gaining professional experience

• $150 USD/mo housing allownace for a commitment of 6 months or more

• Curriculum provided

• Paid prep time

• Free day-long departmental professional development trainings once per month

• Free transportation to the project

• Breakfast, lunch, and snack at the project

• Volunteer appreciation events

• Organizational and departmental culture of friendly, supportive relationships

• Paid sick leave

• 5 paid vacation days per 6-month period

• One month paid vacation during school break (Dec-Jan)

• Paid Guatemalan national holidays

• English teachers are required to make a minimum three 6 commitment. A housing allowance of $150 USD per month is available for English teachers who commit to six months.

How to Apply: 

Interested candidates should follow the application instructions listed on www.safepassage.org/volunteers and send their completed applications to volunteers@safepassage.org with "English Teacher" in the subject line. Please use include a cover letter with your Resume and Application form.

Question or Comment? Use this space (not email) to publicly ask questions and exchange information on the job

Hello! I am very intereated in this job posting. I have a question, are there any certification requirements or degrees needed for this position?

I think this job sounds very interesting, but I have some questions.
- Do you still need teachers? I would like to work from september to april.
- How much does a teacher get paid every month? I need to know how much money I have to save in advance.

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