Guatemala: Global Volunteer Program

Organization: Li Ch'utam
Country: Guatemala
Closing date: 31 Dec 2016

LICHUTAM is an international development association based in El Valle del Polochic – Guatemala, with the vision to promote sustainable development while improving the possibilities and conditions for its inhabitants through innovative initiatives. To this end we have been working in Guatemala since January 2009. During this time we have advanced in different aspects focusing on education activities with primary and secondary school, IT literacy courses, and vocational training – just to mention a few. On the other hand for the facilitation of financial resources and volunteering we established LICHUTAM International with branches in Germany, France, Holland, the UK and Spain. As this moment we are reaching the point where we are financially self-sufficient. LICHUTAM is a project facilitator and does not impose political- nor political beliefs.

We are a small and young organization, a group of eager and practical people that want to make a difference through development. Currently we are expanding our team – we are looking for volunteers who are able to take responsibilities within the association. This is a fantastic opportunity for a person that has interest in international development, enjoys working in rural environment and has very good intercultural communicative skills.

Job Profile

We are looking for:

  • At least 3 months involvement in the field.
  • Fluent in Spanish and English- both written and spoken.
  • A minimum of an undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline (e.g. development, international relations, economics) – a Master's degree is an advantage.
  • Project Management skills.
  • Experience in developing countries is desirable.
  • Adaptation facility to a rural environment.
  • Good intercultural communication skills.
  • A collaborative approach to working with colleagues.
  • Able to take responsibility but as well to communicate with the board when necessary.
  • "Doer" attitude – eager to fulfill goals – result based management.

Principal Responsibilities:

  • In place execution and coordination of LICHUTAM projects.
  • A good overview of the overall programme administration.
  • Assisting teachers at the local school.
  • To continuously implement a Results-Based Monitoring system.
  • Reporting periodically to other LICHUTAM Members.
  • Liaise with external organizations (governmental and other NGOs) that serve the same purpose.
  • Develop a trustful relationship with the community.

We offer:

  • To cover all living and operational expenses.
  • Unique opportunity to work with Q'eqchi Mayan families in the heart of Guatemala.
  • Secured living – volunteer lodge 'El Igloo' to be shared with max 3 others.
  • Internet connection.
  • Reimbursement of work related transportation.
  • An excellent experience if pursuing a career in the international development field.
  • A recommendation letter upon successful completion of the assignment.

We can't offer a salary or a health insurance but to cover all living expenses, own house, and transport. Moreover, this is a unique opportunity to gain working experience in a cross-cultural environment while working in the field. You will be living in one of the most beautiful regions in Central America; having the possibility to improve your language skills and learn about forward thinking development projects. It is a challenging role that suits highly motivated people who want to make a visible difference.

How to apply:

  1. Positions available throughout the year, to start also throughout the year.
  2. Send application including CV and Motivation Letter to, and
  3. If you are a successful applicant, we will contact you to arrange an Interview.
  4. Interviews will take place by skype , asap.
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