Apr
14
2010

VOLUNTEER

You, too, can support health, education and/or opportunity in the rainforests of Guatemala.  

We value your help and would love to share our world with you!

If you are interested in volunteeringplease contact Globe Aware for specific information

or e-mail Globe Aware at

office@globeaware.com

 

VOLUNTEER IN HEALTH:

The Ix-canaan Clinic, laboratory and pharmacy is available for  Health Professionals to practice their speciality.  This could be doctors, nurses, midwives, acupuncturists, massage therapists, pharmacists, dentists, optometrists or professionals practicing any other healing modality.  

Level of Spanish required: Intermediate to Advanced (a translator is available to hire by the day for those whose Spanish skills are not sufficient)

STUDENT GROUPS (Spring-Break, Pre-Med, Nursing, General Studies):

Project Ix-canaan tailors specific programs, based on understanding the challenges of rural jungle living (health, education, home life),  for groups of students who want to expand their horizons.  These programs are a balance of Ecological, Archeological and Social experiences that will include:
- working on various health programs through the Ix-canaan Clinic/Lab, like the Diabetes Program, a Well-Baby Clinic, or the Distillation of Essential Oils Program.
- an herb walk and demonstration of healing arts with the local Mayan Healer / Midwife
- a visit to the area Puesto de Salud (Health Centre) to find out about government health programs

Time is allotted during the week for a day trip to Flores, combined with the Actun Kan Caves and the Zoo, and an afternoon experiencing the Ruta del Mono Canopy Tour, as well as a full day in Tikal.

DENTAL HEALTH

Project Ix-canaan has been working with Dentistry for All for the last several years and together, we are planning a long-term solution to the dental problems facing this area.  Interested Dental volunteers can contact Dentistry for All at http://www.dentistryforall.org/ to learn more about this valuable volunteer program and to apply to volunteer in Guatemala.  Level of Spanish required:  Beginner

VOLUNTEER IN EDUCATION:

At the Ix-canaan Library, you can work with a group of 5 to 12 year olds for 2 to 3 hour afternoon sessions that can include English, art work, music, games, reading, playground time, neighbourhood cleanup, or any other activity that you would like to do with them. You would be working with Alex, who oversees library activities and Margo, a volunteer who lives here. Level of Spanish required: Beginner.

At the N.U.F.E.D. Academy, a technical institute for grades 7, 8 and 9, you can work with adolescents who are interested in learning a variety of life skills. You could teach English (the most important and most valued of all subjects), cooking, gardening, motorcycle repair, nail art, sports or whatever you love yourself. You would be working with the 4-person teaching staff of the school. Level of Spanish required: Intermediate (translator available to hire by the day if needed).

OR, you can develop a program to teach a favorite subject or craft to a group of whatever age you choose through the Ix-canaan Library.


VOLUNTEER WITH WOMEN

Work with one or all of the three Women’s Groups in the village to help them achieve their goals. Their main project is horticultural … Square Foot Gardening and their Forest Garden. Attend their meetings to understand more about the challenges they face and their proposals to meet these challenges. Level of Spanish required: Intermediate to Advanced

VOLUNTEER IN INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT

1.  Cement Floor Program:   Many of our neighbors have houses with dirt floors and small children who are repeatedly infected with parasites and diseases because they have no clean place to crawl and play.  You will work with the owner of the house to help him put in a 12 meter square cement floor in the area that he chooses.   The cost of each floor is $150 (which includes the hiring of a local cement worker to oversee the job).  The volunteer is welcome to fund and build as many floors as he is able.

2.  N.U.F.E.D. Academy, is under off-and-on construction … ask through Project Ix-canaan when they are working on projects.

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13 Comments »

  • Luis Hernandez says:

    Hola, como hago para comunicarme con ustedes? Quisiera averiguar mas sobre la posibilidad de hacer un voluntariado. Gracias.

  • drbob says:

    Great new website, Anne! The volunteering section is much more comprehensive and user friendly too. Glad that we can help with the Nufed upgrades and construction as well.
    Dr. Bob Dickson, FRIENDS OF IXCANAAN, Calgary, Alberta

  • DAhi says:

    Saludos Fraternales :.

    Requiero informacion para lo del voluntariado ya que me encuentro muy interesada, muchas gracias y buen camino.

    !AH YUM HUNAB KU, EVAN MAYA E MA HO!

    tukipa@hotmail.com

  • Anupama says:

    Hi,

    I am a Site Leader in the Colorado State University Alternative Break program. We are looking to add a trip focused on health issues, and I was hoping for some more information on your group volunteer opportunities.

    Thanks!

    Anupama

  • ixcanaan says:

    Hi Anupama,

    You can e-mail me at anne@ixcanaan.com and we can discuss possibilities for the Alternative Break Program. We have been working with other universities with a great deal of success.

    Atentamente,
    Anne

  • Sebastian Gutierrez says:

    Hi, Im from Bogotá Colombia. Now Im living in guatemala City Im Psichologyst and also Archeologyst I would like to help you . I really interested in the proyect . I apreciate any information that you can give to me of the voluntier program. I planning to go to el Peten during this week end.
    Tank you , I will waiting for the information.

    Sebastian.

  • Shea says:

    Hello! I am a recent college graduate looking for volunteer work with women’s health issues, integrative naturopathic medicine and or agricultural sustainability. If I can get more information on how to apply/ get in contact with a volunteer coordinator that would be wonderful. Your program seems to be exactly what I have been looking for.

    Hope to hear from you soon,

    Shea

  • ixcanaan says:

    Hi Shea,

    Please send me an e-mail at anne@ixcanaan.com, with the following information:

    When do you intend to arrive?
    How long would you be available for volunteering?
    How is your Spanish?
    What are you interested in doing?

    Thanks and i look forward to hearing from you!
    Anne

  • xochilt says:

    HOla, quiero saver si es posible hacer voluntario, construir casa algo asi. Me voy en flores muy temprano, en algunas dias ??cuanto cuestas? yo quiero hacerlo por mas o menos 2 semanas. Si se puede enviar me informacion, muchas gracias

    xochilt

  • Akanksha says:

    Hello,

    I would like to volunteer with you this summer and I am interested in volunteering with the health projects. I am a student that will be entering medical school next year. I have had experience working with creating and implementing health camps, presentations, and networks with doctors for under-privileged children in India. I also have studied Spanish in grade school and college, can speak Spanish at an intermediate level, and am very willing to learn and improve my Spanish. Please let me know if you have any opportunities and how I can get involved. My email is baka.hoon.main@gmail.com

    Thank you
    Akanksha

  • Veronica Lezaeta says:

    Hello: Really interesting information. I have been volunteering in Xela for Nuevos Horisontes since late Aug. 2012 and I am ready to discover other parts of this beautiful country. Please send me info. about volunteering with you. I can start in Jan. until March.
    Thank you
    Veronica

  • K7t123 says:

    I am interested in your VOLUNTEER IN INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT and Project Ix-canaan as a volunteer. I am just starting my rn classes and am looking for an organization were I can learn more about the medical feild and see were Id like to specialize in. please let me know more information about these programs and other programs you feel I might be interested in
    sincerly
    K

  • Annabelle says:

    I volunteered one week with project ix-canaan.
    Right from the start I was warmly welcomed by Anne, the project founder.
    Most of the week I assisted the lovely volunteer Margo doing craft activities with the children in the library and also helping the women’s group work in their forest garden.
    Highly recommend checking-out project ix-canaan, whether it is for one day, a week or more they will receive you with open arms!
    Lovely community and awesome project.
    If you would like to hear any more about my experience you are welcome to e-mail me at annabelle_bb@hotmail.com

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