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Education volunteering opportunities

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1. Education - Quetzaltenango

This educational community center was founded in 2004 in order to address shortcomings in the Guatemalan national education system, particularly in Quetzaltenango and its surrounding communities. Volunteers teach English or assist in homework reinforcement and recreational activities.
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2. Training centre for disabilities - Quetzaltenango
This project serves people with audio-visual and multiple handicaps. They are nationally and internationally acknowledged as a training centre and rely totally on donations and fundraising. The 3 training centers in Guatemala City, Quetzaltenango and Huehuetenango teach the students how to live with their handicaps, teaching them different activities. They offer physical therapy, pre-primary school, primary school, technical vocation (workshops in making soap, candles, etc)., design (cardboard work), computer lessons, dancing/physics and psychology.
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3. Rehabilitation center - Quetzaltenango
This is a foundation that believes in the physical recovery of individuals, offering rehabilitation to all people from the Guatemalan community. They offer physical therapy, but also special education to children and adults.
Patients are disabled from for example car accidents, but also from birth with Down-syndrome or brain damage.
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4. After school program - Quetzaltenango
This project is active in the deprived area Las Rosas where they support children who work and live in extreme poverty and/or in risk to get on the streets. The project also supports the women and families in the same area, providing them (financial) self-sustainability. Every afternoon, about 40-45 kids come to the project, all aged between 6 and 14 years old.
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5. Special education - Antigua 

This is a school that provides special education needs and services to children who would otherwise have no opportunity for a healthy, happy and productive future. The kids have bright minds and great intelligence; they just learn differently or need specialized attention to grow and thrive. There are no government schools or educational program for children like this in the Guatemalan educational system. Where these children would otherwise be lost, they provide the education and love they need to succeed in life.
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6. Education - Antigua

This NGO works towards building a better future for Guatemalan children where such work is needed most. They believe the keys to achieve such a goal are: education, empowering local communities and reaching self-sufficiency.
The school offers access to education to children from the most underprivileged families, who would not have such an opportunity otherwise.
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7. Village community center - Antigua
This is a social association, offering help to children and families with limited resources. The main center is in San Pedro, but they also serve other surrounding communities. There are several areas, like medical clinics, education, living and microcredit / finance. They cover 16 communities, 5000 benefitted children and 18,000 benefitting community members.
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