Volunteer at a shelther for girls and teenage mothers

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Program Description

This shelter is a government institution for young mothers and their children. This shelter is home to 60 mothers, girls, and young children. The teenage mothers and their young infants can stay here, as well as teenage girls who have suffered from sexual abuse. The girls and mothers are all under 18 years old, and the children are aged approximately 0 to 5 years old. There is a lot of emphasis on psychology, as well as learning how to be a mother.

Volunteers are much needed at this shelter. The volunteers are asked to organize their own activities. So together with the staff and Do Guatemala´s help, the volunteer has to make a plan for the time he/she will spend there. You can think of activities like crafts, music, art, sports, or something that you like or that you´re good at. You can plan activities for the babies or for the girls, according to your preference. The volunteer foresees in his/her own supplies.
Also, the shelter understaffed and always short on (economical and material) resources, you will often be on your own with the girls and children. You will have a lot of independence including your work hours.


Working in this shelter is not always easy as you get to hear difficult personal stories, but the girls and the babies will steal your heart!


An intermediate Spanish level is helpful (enough to understand the instructions of the staff and to get along with the girls). To improve your Spanish, we suggest you to take online language lessons with a private Guatemalan teacher.

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What`s Included

Do Guatemala offers a complete and well-organized volunteer experience. You pay a one-time fee which includes:

- Free airport pickup and transportation
- A detailed document on how to prepare for the trip
- All volunteer arrangements and supervision
- 24/7 assistance on the ground
- Free registration for Spanish school if you want lessons (normally $30)

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Program Locations

quetzaltenango, Guatemala

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Program Details

Do Guatemala
  • Guatemala: quetzaltenango
Throughout the year
Program Duration:
1-2 weeks, 1-3 months, 2-4 weeks
One-time payment of $175
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