Guatemala is a small but diverse country that has overcome many challenges including poverty, civil war and corruption. The area that Association Alas serves is rural with a mixed population group of Latino and Indigenous people groups who speak Spanish and Mayan K'iche. The climate is hot and dry in the months of January to May and humid and cooler in the rainy season (June - December).
Association Alas has served in the Quiche province of Guatemala for the last 23 years mainly in the areas of Education, Community Development, Special Needs, Physical Therapy and Nutritional assistance focusing on transformation and discipleship serving the poorest including widows, single mothers, children, physically disabled and the elderly.
Goers would potentially work alongside Guatemalan nationals in selected areas depending on their background and experience. The current ministries include:
- Adult Nursing Home: nurses, pre-med students, Physician Assistants
- Primary Education Montessori Christian School: Teachers, teaching assistants, Physical Education teacher,
- Physical Therapy Program - occupational and physical therapists
- Administration - Website development, social media management
The applicants would work in a team environment with mostly Guatemalan staff, the focus is Kingdom development with an emphasis on service and love to the neglected groups in the immediate rural surrounding areas.
Primary school teaching certification or experience teaching children from ages 4-12. Ideally the candidate would be familiar with the Montessori method, although this is not essential.
Spanish would be very helpful but is not required.