Internships in Guatemala

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Connecting Worlds can organise internships for anyone interested in gaining some kind of experience or training in Guatemala. The number of placements for our internships is not limited and almost every field of study is available.

The idea is for interns to gain valuable working experience for their CVs or perhaps even for university credit. Unlike a volunteer, the idea is that interns learn valuable skills or techniques which will serve for future employment opportunities within a particular industry or trade.

An internship organised by Connecting Worlds provides interns with valuable working opportunities in real work environments, as well as the chance to significantly improve Spanish language skills.

The internships offered by Connecting Worlds are non-paid due to strict regulations of the Guatemalan Government regarding the work of foreigners in local companies. The other reason is that the main objective of the Internship is the international education and the learning experience.

Payment is separated into two stages. The first is the registration fee which you send through with your application. The second fee — known as the program fee — is due once your internship has been completely arranged. Internships can last for anything between two to six months and multiple internships in multiple destinations is also possible. 

 

You can do an Internship in Guatemala into these areas:

 

Education Internships 
ESL Teaching English 
Medicine 
Social Work 
Sustainable Development 
Tourism / Hospitality 

Requirements

All our interns must be at least eighteen years old on their starting date of any program, unless they are accompanied by a parent or guardian. They must have full travel insurance and an intermediate level of Spanish language skills. Volunteers with just a basic level of this language can participate in certain projects but taking Spanish lessons

Those volunteers participating in the Medical internships must have an intermediate to advanced level of Spanish language skills and some previous medical experience.

Interns with some expertise or previous experience on the field of their chosen project is highly valued, but what we value most in our volunteers is a sincere willingness to help those who are in need and to be responsible, proactive, positive and compassionate.

Our Guatemala programs minimum duration is two weeks and there is no maximum duration limit.

Since our orientation sessions begin on Friday mornings, we prefer that volunteers arrive to the country on a Thursday.

Location and duration

Our Guatemala programs minimum duration is two weeks and there is no maximum duration limit.

Since our orientation sessions begin on Friday mornings, we prefer that volunteers arrive to the country on a Thursday.

Most programs are located in Antigua and the surrounding areas, but there are placements in many other places around the country.

Orientation

On their first day in Guatemala our volunteers will be taken on a tour in and around the city, receive all the basic information about the local customs and traditions, their host families and the programs rules and regulations. This will allow them to have an insight of the cultural and historical highlights of the country. They will be taken to their projects placements and introduced to the local staff they will be working with.


The local coordinator in charge of this orientation will also fill them in with basic safety tips and provide them with some travel advice.

 

Working Schedule

Volunteers tasks and schedules will vary from project to project, but a working week will usually start on Monday and end or Friday; leaving the weekends free for relaxing, socializing, sightseeing and travelling.

We try to be as flexible as possible and allow volunteers to take a long weekend now and then, on special request and with notice given well in advanced. Yet volunteers must be aware that most of our projects depend greatly on their assistance and that they have a responsibility towards the people involved in their program.

A typical weekday may look something like this:

Between 7:00 and 8:30 AM you’ll have breakfast at your homestay.

Depending on the project you’re volunteering at, work can take place either in the morning or the afternoon, or for those Teaching English or involved in extracurricular activities some working hours in the evenings can also be required. So you may work four to five hours either in the morning or afternoon, or up to six hour throughout the day.

Evenings are free and you can take Spanish lessons, go out with friends, have dinner at home with your host family or go to a restaurant.

Weekends are free and they are the ideal time to go sightseeing and exploring the many tourists’ attractions with your new friends.

Weekends are the occasion to explore the capital city and its cafes and restaurants, or to just stay home and relax. Of course we recommend you to go to La antigua or to climb a volcano. An occasional long weekend can sometimes be arranged and it is worth going on a short trip to the Mayan ruins of Tikal or to visit the Chichicastenango.

 

Basic Facts

• Spanish is the official language of Guatemala. For 60% of the population, it’s their first language. 40% of the population also communicate using Amerindian languages (21 Mayan dialects to be exact), including Quiche, Cakchiquel, Kekchi, Mam, Garifuna, and Xinca.
• Approximately 15,531,208 people live in Guatemala
• The official currency used in Guatemala is the Quetzal
• Guatemala is a relatively small country, covering a total surface of 108,890 kilometres squared. This is divided between 108,430 kilometres squared of land and 460 kilometres squared of water.
• Guatemala’s main industries are sugar, textiles and clothing, petroleum, rubber and tourism.
• Its capital city is Guatemala City and has a metropolitan population of 2.5 million people.
• It has coastlines along the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, but it also shares land borders with El Salvador, Mexico, Honduras and Belize.
• Guatemala’s first inhabitants are thought to have been around since 18,000 B.C.
• It was the centre of the Mayan civilization.
• Even though it is a relatively small country, it is home to 33 volcanoes.
• Guatemala’s civil war lasted for 36 years, from 1960 to 1996.
• Half of Guatemala’s population are direct descendants of the Maya.

 

For more information, visit the following link:http://www.cwabroad.org/guatemala-p-11.html

Program Fees:

 

Internship duration Program Fee USD
4 weeks 950
6 weeks 1215
7 weeks 1348
8 weeks 1480
12 weeks 1923

 

*Please note: All Internship programs in Guatemala attract a refundable* Registration Fee of USD 249 on top of the program Fee. A 5% international banking fee is added at point of payment. You can calculate the value of your currency in US dollar using this currency convertor.

 

*Please read our refund policy.

What do my fees pay for?

 

Registration Fee:  Support and guidance from CW staff, program marketing costs, pre-departure assistance, CW Solidarity Fund, administration costs, staff salary, travel costs to inspect programs and communication costs with participants.

 

Program Fee Internship: An Internship placement according to your requirements,Airport Pick up,orientation, program supervision, in-country 24/7 participant support and in-country administration costs.

 

Program Fee Internship and accommodation: An Internship placement according to your requirements,Airport Pick up,acccommodation in a private bedroom (homestay) with or without meals (student residence) , orientation, program supervision, in-country 24/7 participant support and in-country administration costs.

 

What’s no included: Air tickets, Vaccinations, Certificate of Good conduct, Visa, transfer back to the airport at conclusion of program, Spanish lessons (optional), Local travels, Personal expenses and International Insurance against sickness, accident and 3er party liability. In addition to providing health insurance, the plan must cover medical evacuation and repatriation.  Our participants in Ecuador generally find USD 30 to be sufficient for basic weekly expenses.