Student Sponsorship Program Internship

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Program Description

The objective of the Student Retention Program is to ensure that students active in the Mayan Families Student Sponsorship Program advance to the highest grade possible. We are currently in the needs assessment phase of this program and hence are researching what circumstances put our students at highest risk of having to abandon their studies. Based on the information obtained through this needs assessment we will solicit funding to create a program to support students in their scholastic advancement.

We are in currently in need of a needs assessment and program plan for a Student Retention Program, which would aim to decrease the number of students in our program that drop out of school.

The Student Sponsorship Program provides over 2,500 impoverished, indigenous children from elementary to high school with the opportunity to receive an education. The students in our program also receive regular monitoring of school work and progress by social workers in our Education Department. The support of individual sponsors covers various expenses for students that they would not be able to pay for themselves, including school supplies, enrollment fees, school uniforms, school shoes, and more.

Expected Outputs
- Create a program proposal based on findings
- Oversee the implementation of this assessment
- Work with staff members to create evaluation instruments to carry out a needs assessment among our sponsored students and their families


● Freedom to develop a program based off of personal ambition and university study
● Opportunity to work with the support of a Program Director, gaining valuable managerial experience
● Opportunity to live within another culture
● Opportunity to develop foreign language skills


Qualifications and Requirements
- Experience in education and program planning
- Intermediate to advanced Spanish
- Basic knowledge of qualitative and quantitative research methods
- Ability to work independently

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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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