Case Work Internship

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Program Description

Intern abroad with the Family Aid program that was created to provide crisis assistance during emergencies. This company has managed to help increase the quality of life for more than 1500 families who live in Guatemala in the highlands. Our Education Program pairs students with local families, but we decided to expand on our aid since there are no community safety nets in Guatemala. Parents and children are often plunged into vulnerable states through natural disasters, unemployment, and family deaths. The Family Aid Department works with families to insure that the aid provided helps the needs of the individuals through medical aid, food and nutrition, and emergency assistance, sometimes through donations.

Interns will help the General Family Aid Coordinator oversee:

- Requirements for the home
- Gift baskets for special occasions
- Emergency help such as money to help with rent and bills
- Celebration help for birthdays and holidays
- Any other tasks necessary to ensure the happiness of local families


- Learn about a community development organization
- Shape your internship based on experience, knowledge, and interests
- Engage with the local culture
- Increase language abilities
- Gain managerial experiences through working with the Program Director


• Completed Bachelor’s or in final year of degree in Social Work, Sociology, Development Studies, or related Social Science specialization
• Understanding of basic development concepts and how to apply them
• Experience working in community development or social work
• Well-established research skills
• Highly organized and proven ability to develop administrative systems
• Flexibility, adaptability, and willingness to learn in a new cultural environment
• Ability to relocate to Panajachel, Guatemala for a minimum of 3 months
• Excellent written English and preferably Spanish skills
• Strong Microsoft Office skills

Highly regarded attributes

• Intermediate Spanish
• Knowledge

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What`s Included

We do not charge you to volunteer with Mayan Families like many organizations do. However, we do not provide any financial assistance, housing, or meals. You are responsible for all of your own expenses, including travel to and from Guatemala. We are, however, happy to assist with arrangements for transportation, housing, etc.

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Program Locations

Panajachel, Guatemala

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Program Details

Mayan Families
  • Guatemala: Panajachel
English, Spanish
Throughout the year
3-6 months
American, Asian, Australian, Canadian, European, Kiwi, South African, Worldwide

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