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Community volunteering opportunities

1. Children and community - Antigua
This is a social association, offering help to children with limited resources. The main center is in San Pedro, but they also have centers in San Antonio Aguas Calientes, San Miguel Dueñas and Santo Tomas Milpas Altas. There are several areas:
- health (medical clinic, dental clinic, medical missions, psychology, pharmacy and laboratory)
- living (construction of cement floors in houses)
- children´s education through sponsorships
- education in health and environment
- microcredit and finance
They cover 16 communities, 5000 benefitted children and 18,000 benefitting community members.
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2. Disabled children, adults and elderly - Antigua
This is a humanitarian religious institution, offering social services to disabled, abandoned and elderly people, offering them a home and medical service. They have an average of 250-300 patients, divided in 9 areas, receiving specialized care, physical and psychological therapy. They also receive medication, clothes and meals, but above all, lots of love and care. There is also a special school for disabled children, and there is an external clinic for medical consultations for the population of limited resources.
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3. Carpentry - Antigua
This is a unique project, teaching Guatemalan children and youth with limited resources about carpentry, and through that, improve their standards of living.
The project has a complete workshop in Alotenango, where they receive training according to a curriculum, learning different stages and skills of carpentry. By following the study plan that includes theory and practice, they learn to make their own products, and this stimulates their self-esteem and social skills.
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4. Construction - Antigua
This NGO offers basic housing to families living in extreme poverty. They always work in collaboration with local partner organizations to identify and select families of exceptional need. Beneficiary families participate in the construction of their home and also pay back one fourth of the total cost of their house over four years. The NGO collaborates with its partner organizations also in other construction projects and community service programs.
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5. Elderly - Quetzaltenango
This is an elderly home for men and women. These people are abandoned or of limited resources, and live permanently in the home. The majority is older than 55, and they don´t pay any quote to the home, as this home is partially maintained by the government (Ministry of Health). Currently, there are about 135 patients, who are provided with a home, medical care and recreational activities.
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6. Wildlife centre - Monterrico
There is a wildlife centre, located on the Pacific coast of Guatemala. In contrast with the centre in Flores, this centre is much more about extinction, reaching out to the five communities to help them develop sustainably, all as part of the broader effort of the management of the Hawaii Protected Area.
Activities for the volunteers include for example sea turtle conservation and research, cayman and iguana breeding, environmental education and community projects.
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