All of our grades receive English classes. Given the strength of the tourism industry in Guatemala, even a basic grasp of English can dramatically improve a student’s chances of finding a job once he or she graduates from our program.
Students receive Kaqchikel (a local Mayan language) classes as part of their curriculum to reinforce a sense of Guatemalan culture and to maintain a connection with the Mayan community.
Aflatoun: Child Social and Financial Program
Aflatoun is a UNICEF program designed to socially and financially empower children. Through these workshops, our students learn about themselves and their rights as well as basic financial concepts like how to save and invest wisely.
Our students receive computer classes from kindergarten. Like our English program, this helps to ensure that they are valuable candidates for jobs in the future.
After normal hours, our teachers provide extra help to students who have fallen behind in math, reading, or writing. Known as refuerzo, or reinforcement, this takes place from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM several days a week and makes an enormous difference in the students’ confidence and therefore their academic performance.
We welcome volunteers with advanced Spanish to participate in this part of the program and provide crucial one-on-one support to our students.
Each class participates in Expresión Artística once a week between 2:00 PM and 4:00 PM. This program is designed to let children express themselves through art, music, and sport. A further goal is to keep them off the streets and away from negative influences.