Call for Volunteers: 2015 Guatemala Service Trip


Service Trip Description 

2015 is a special year not only because it is LWB’s tenth anniversary, but it is also the fifth anniversary of our annual service trip to Guatemala. Every Spring we travel to the Miguel Angel Asturias Academy in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala to execute our remote work on the ground, to discuss emerging needs with our partners, and to re-connect with the students and school staff. We invite you to join us and work alongside us this year from April 24 to May 4, 2015.

This year’s work at the Academy will include collection management activities (cataloguing, processing, and organizing materials) and information literacy/outreach programming for students and teachers. LWB works with Asturias to also provide opportunities for trip participants to engage in cultural activities that will help cultivate a comprehensive understanding of libraries, education and culture in Guatemala. Typically trip participants are also given the opportunity to help finalize the last weekend activity (for example, visit scenic Lake Atitlán or trek to one of Guatemala’s volcanic peaks).

Primary Projects

  • Continued support of ILS implementation and lending system at the Asturias Academy through collection management support.
  • Information literacy and outreach programming in collaboration with Asturias staff to promote library use and curriculum integration.

Housing and Food
While in Quetzaltenango (Xela), participants will stay and eat most of their meals at the COFA Catholic Retreat Centre. On the weekends meals are eaten with a local family or at local restaurants. Vegetarian options will be available.

All trip volunteers are expected to:

  • Attend online meetings (3-4) to discuss projects and receive training on the Asturias Library and the local community context. These meetings are mandatory for all volunteers.
  • Join and contribute to a working team before the trip.
  • Participate in pre-and post-trip assessments (e.g. evaluation surveys).

Program Fees
The program fee is $1300 CAD* for 11 days. This total covers lodging, food, transportation and entrance to all activities within Guatemala, as well as a fundraising fee to support LWB’s Guatemalan programs. Trip participants are responsible for paying their own airfare to and from Guatemala.

There is a $300 CAD non-refundable deposit due by all accepted applicants by February 24. The remainder of the fees ($1000 CAD) can be paid at the same time or by March 5*.

In addition, all trip participants are expected to bring extra spending money for additional purchases such as souvenirs and snacks, as well as occasional meals in Guatemala ($50-100 is adequate).

Important Dates

  • Guatemala Information Meeting (online) – February 8
  • Application Deadline – February 18
  • Successful applicants selected and notified – February 24
  • $300 CAD* non-refundable deposit due – February 27
  • $1000 CAD* (remainder of program fees) – March 5

*Note: The $1300 CAD may be revised to a new final figure if a significant change in exchange rate occurs. This information would be published by February 27.

How to apply: Submit a completed Volunteer Application to by February 18. Thank you!

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