Homework Center Aide

Position: Homework Center Aide
Location: Familias de Esperanza / Antigua Guatemala
Department: Partner School Program
Reports to: Partner School Director
Supported by: Guatemalan staff members and the Volunteer Coordinator
Conditions: Short-term volunteer (minimum two weeks, Monday-Friday). Full time (8 a.m. to 4 p.m.) or half-time (afternoons only) are available.

Description: Common Hope Homework Centers are an integral part of our educational support services and Partner Schools Program. Designed to reach out to affiliated children struggling to achieve passing grades in grades 1 through to 6, the homework centers provide a safe and quiet environment with adequate space and the necessary tools to complete homework assignments, and thus help children to achieve the grades they need to continue in school. A snack is provided, and games and play time are incorporated into the daily schedule, as well as activities to develop social skills, team building and incentives for good behavior.  Homework Centers are a new initiative, successfully trialed in 2012, making this an exciting time to join the program. This would be an excellent opportunity for a teacher, teaching graduate or retiree with a minimum intermediate level of Spanish, looking for a new challenge and a unique insight into Guatemalan life.

General Requirements:

  • Commitment to the mission, vision, values, principles and goals of Common Hope
  • Demonstrated attitude of service, commitment to work in a service environment and to learn about Guatemalan culture
  • Willingness to work onsite and in the villages
  • Integrity, openness, and honesty
  • Direct communication skills
  • Ability to work on a multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary team

Specific Requirements:

  • Teaching experience and classroom management skills (preferred)
  • Intermediate level of Spanish
  • High energy
  • Adaptable and quick problem-solving ability
  • Ability to work independently
  • Patience and flexibility
  • Minimum two week commitment (preferred one month or more)


  • Staff the homework center in one of our partner schools
  • Provide one-on-one support, or work in small groups with affiliated children to complete their homework assignments
  • Carry out other activities as directed by the Education Promoter including group activities, indoor table games, jigsaws, card games, arts and crafts and outdoor sports
  • Administrative tasks and class preparation (planning activities, gathering and printing materials)
  • Other responsibilities may be added according to the needs of the organization

Training will be provided once the volunteer arrives in Guatemala.

How to apply: