Tutor with Safe Passage in the Escuelita!

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Paid Job Position
, Guatemala
Tuesday, July 30
Antigua, Guatemala City
July 30, 2013 - 9:15am
One to Six Months
Education / Schools
Job Description:

Position: Escuelita Tutor

Location: Guatemala City, Department: Education, Reports to: Tutor 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 Escuelita Tutor to join our Tutor Program 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 consists of individually tutoring children who are struggling to reach grade-level benchmarks in mathematics and literature. Each tutoring student faces unique difficulties, ranging from learning to read basic sentences to counting to three. The objective of tutoring in the Escuelita is to help close the gap between a child's academic abilities and their age's educational targets before entering the first grade, as almost 90% of children who are already struggling in school during kindergarten will still be having problems in the third grade.

While a lot of hard work is required by the position like independently creating and implementing creative lesson plans and evaluating each student's progress the reward of seeing the children gain confidence in themselves as their scholastic skills improve is undeniably inspiring.

The Escuelita Tutor will work one-on-one with students between the ages of 4 and 6 years old who are struggling with basic math and reading skills. As part of the Safe Passage Tutor Program the Escuelita Tutor will attend weekly Tutor Program meetings, communicate directly and effectively with the Tutor Program Coordinator and the International Volunteer Coordinator as well as contribute to monthly training and progress evaluations. A successful Escuelita Tutor possesses organizational abilities in order to tutor, track and manage all fourteen or more tutoring students' progress. Additionally, the tutor must create long-term and short term goals for their students along with daily lesson plans.

Patience is key, as students often do not advance as quickly as one would hope. Creativity is also essential to keep the children engaged in their lessons, as well as a strong work-ethic and the drive necessary to complete work independently. Flexibility makes the job more enjoyable for both tutor and pupil, as frequent student absences and schedule deviations make each and every day unique. Lastly, a positive attitude will help the children advance more quickly, as many suffer from low self-confidence and need consistent reminders that they are able to succeed in school and are important individuals.


- Observe and evaluate current and potential tutoring students.

- Oversee the tutoring schedule and adjust as needed.

- Formulate individual goals for each student.

- Design two creative lesson plans per week for approximately fourteen students, and execute those plans.

- Record and evaluate each student's progress.

- Discuss each student's progress with their teacher frequently.

- Develop relationships with students, teachers, social workers.

General Requirements:

- Commitment to the mission, goals and values of Safe Passage.

- The ability to teach basic math and reading concepts in a one-on-on setting.

- Experience working with preschool age students.

- Experience working with at-risk youth. Including students with behavioral and/or emotional difficulties.

- Advanced Spanish.

- Strong organizational abilities for keeping track of fourteen different students.

- Flexibility, with a strong work-ethic.

- A basic understanding of international development and poverty and its effects on education.

- A positive attitude, as it will only encourage students to reach higher levels of achievement.

- Creativity, as many students learn more effectively through artistic mediums or game-playing.


- A six month (or longer) commitment to the position.

How to Apply: 

To apply for this position please send a cover letter, resume, and completed application (found online here: http://www.safepassage.org/get-involved/volunteer) to volunteers@safepassage.org. Please visit www.safepassage.org/volunteers to read more about what it means to be a volunteer with Safe Passage, general requirements, FAQ, etc.

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

Just writing to inquire about possible job opportunities. I have a bachelor's degree in psychology and Spanish and a master's degree in education with a concentration in school counseling
Thank you
Courtney meder

Good afternoon, I was wondering if this was a job as a volunteer? Is the location specifically in Guatemala City or are there opportunities in Antigua as well? One more question, is there any type of English training or tutoring needed? Thank you very much.

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