On July 21st 2012, We will spend two weeks volunteering on the International Volunteer Headquarters (IVHQ) Childcare program in Guatemala. IVHQ is a non-governmental organization that provides safe and affordable volunteer opportunities abroad. The childcare program in Guatemala provides individual attention and assistance to children from poor homes and communities.
Many children that we will be working with are affected by poor home life, little to no schooling, and alcohol/drug abuse among their families. We will work in street children centers, orphanages, and/or schools. Our duties will consist of providing individual attention, organizing games and activities, educating children regarding hygiene, and assisting with home work. We will play an important role in working alongside local staff to improve the educational, emotional, and hygiene conditions of the children.
By travelling to Guatemala, We are not only helping to provide quality care to disadvantaged children, We are creating bridges between different peoples and different cultures. We hope to develop personal connections with the people of Guatemala and work to inspire and empower them to move forward while promoting an understanding of relationships among different groups of people.
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