Call for Applications: School Librarian

Reading for Change: Build a love of reading in Guatemalan children

Position title: School Librarian

Job description:
The Miguel Angel Asturias Academy is an innovative Pre K-12 school in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala. We are seeking a librarian to begin work immediately.

Volunteering at the Asturias Academy is an ideal experience for any person with a passion for education and for building a love of reading in Guatemalan children, eager to support the development of the Guatemalan society. In addition to the educational experience, this opportunity allows volunteers to see firsthand, our transformative model.

Working alongside the school’s permanent librarian, the volunteer librarian will be responsible for planning library activities for students ages 4-18, in addition to maintaining the library. Duties include: keeping records of books borrowed and returned, building a collection “wish list” for further expansion, leading library instruction sessions for students, working with Librarians Without Borders to set up a circulation system, and working with teachers to incorporate the library into classroom activities. The volunteer librarian will also help train the permanent librarian to lead the management and operations of the library.

Outside of the library, the librarian is expected to attend weekly staff meetings, participate in school field trips and other school activities (such as recess). The librarian is also required to submit a monthly blog post that describes the activities of the school and library. The librarian will have a close relationship with and support of Librarians Without Borders on a number of library initiatives.

Requirements: Spanish language fluency (reading, written and oral), library experience.

Desirable skills: This position is very rewarding, as you will work directly with students, but can also be challenging. We are a private nonprofit school serving very low income families. As such, our resources and staffing are limited. Experience working with low-literacy youth is highly desirable. This position requires you to be friendly, outgoing, patient, a quick learner and culturally sensitive.

Location: Job is on site at 13 Calle 24-43 Zona 3, Quetzaltenango, Quetzaltenango, Guatemala, CA

Duration: January 2013 – October 31, 2013. Monday to Friday, mornings and afternoons.

Compensation: This is a volunteer position. A stipend of up to $2400 is available to the successful candidate to help cover living costs in Guatemala, provided by Librarians Without Borders (LWB).
Asturias will help the successful candidate find a home stay family if so desired.

How to apply: Please send cover letter, resume and contacts for 3-5 references to Karla Chojolán at

To learn more about the Asturias Academy, visit:

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