Volunteering in Xela Guatemala
There are numerous volunteer opportunities in Guatemala, especially in and around Xela. Volunteer to tutor in English or math. Help with reforestation in the mountains surrounding Xela. What ever your passion, SISAI will connect you to the volunteer program you desire!
SISAI Spanish School is a well established business in the Xela community. The school has a lot of volunteer connections throughout the Xela area. Or perhaps you would like to do an internship at a local women’s textile cooperative or get some hands-on business skills working at a local business. Please let the school know what you are interested in.
A portion of your tuition money goes to support these SISAI projects…
Educación Para Los Niños
SISAI is a non-profit cooperative school. That means that all the teachers share in the income and expenses. Any money remaining is used to support 75 local families by helping their children attend elementary and high school. Often times a family cannot afford to pay for the uniform, shoes, backpacks, or school supplies. That means the child cannot attend school. SISAI has organized a program called Educación Para Los Niños to provide these supplies to the children in this program. Doing good in the community!
The school always needs volunteers to help these students with English and math. Also, if you have any gently used children’s clothes and shoes you would like to donate please let the school know.
The SISAI Reforestation Project
This is an environmental project to help sustain the local forests.In 1993 SISAI Spanish School developed a project of social responsibility called “The SISAI Reforestation Project” which aims to train a team of students and teachers from the school to help with reforesting Xela’s city forests for current and future generations.
The project organizes, coordinates and conducts reforestation each year, with the support of the administration, teachers and students of SISAI . Throughout the years this program has reforested several mountains around Quetzaltenango: El Baúl, La Muela, La Granja Penal, Los Vahos… just to name a few.
Our aim is to work with the environment and to keep breathing fresh air. Each year the school plants either pine trees, fir trees or eucalyptus trees depending on which mountain is going to be reforested. The school also give talks and lectures at the elementary schools to instill in children a love of nature and environmental conservation. If you are interested in the reforestation project and would like to participate, please contact the school for the dates of the next reforestation planting.
We encourage students to participate and volunteer in these programs. All of this is part of the total immersion experience and will help to expand your Spanish speaking experience!