In Guatemala’s highlands, about an hour from Guatemala City, in Parramos, Casa San Andres is home to over 300 children. Situated 1500 meters above sea level with Volcano Fuego as the backdrop, the red brick buildings and roofs of the NPH home lie in contrast to the rich cultural landscape of the country. Since its inception in 1996, this family has been growing yearly.
The volunteer program at NPH Guatemala offers a variety of experiences, personal growth and benefit for volunteers, local staff and the organization. Volunteers can learn about a new area of work and deepen their knowledge in an environment with structures different from those of their home country. They can participate in many activities at the home and become a member of the NPH family.
We can have up to 24 volunteers serve in Guatemala. We regularly accept volunteers in January and July, and ask them to work at the home for a period of 13 months. Volunteers should be at least 21-years-old and have at least a medium level of Spanish. We can recommend in-country language schools to help you improve your Spanish before beginning your service.
Currently we do accept married couples that would like to volunteer together, but unfortunately we do not have housing for volunteer families.
NPH Guatemala is one of the medium sized NPH families, and is a place where our dedicated staff of 145 professionals cares for roughly 300 children. Surrounded by some of Guatemala’s most beautiful scenes, including the view of two volcanoes, the home is located on the outskirts of the village of Parramos in a temperate climate, near the two cities of Chimaltenango and Antigua and about an hour from the capital.
The volunteers live in a series of three houses that are on-site. Each house has four bedrooms, which are shared by two volunteers of the same sex, a common living room, two bathrooms and kitchen area. Each home is very cozy and comfortable and often the volunteers spend time in each other’s houses during the evenings.
We expect our volunteers to participate in the home’s activities, events and holidays and become a member of our family. Outside of the specific job position, all volunteers also dedicate time to working directly with a section of the children in the home.
Volunteers support local partners in their areas of work, initiating new programs, exchanging professional ideas and cultural aspects. Generally they give more individual attention to children, either at their workplace or with activities organized occasionally by volunteers in the late afternoons and on weekends.