Make a Difference Teaching English in Guatemala

POSITION TITLE: English Teacher

Summary Description:

Teaching English in the UPAVIM school in Guatemala. A 14-month minimum commitment is required for applicants without teaching experience. A 10-month minimum commitment is required for those with teaching experience or a TESOL/TEFL certification. Many volunteers choose to stay for a second school year once they have settled in and immersed themselves in the UPAVIM experience.


A highly motivated English teacher is needed. The teacher will teach conversational ESL classes and creative classes such as Music, Art, PE, and Life Skills: two hours in the morning and two hours in the afternoon. Other responsibilities include eating lunch with one of the grades, supervising during recess, lesson planning, material preparation, and grading and assessment. The English teacher will work full-time Monday-Friday from 7:00-3:30 based upon the Guatemalan school schedule. The goal for the position is to teach students how to express and understand concepts in English while also encouraging a passion for learning. This is an excellent opportunity to teach English abroad and take part in the transformation of this community.

In 2002 UPAVIM’s school was established to offer the children of La Esperanza and neighboring communities a nurturing, stimulating and inspiring atmosphere to learn and grow. An English Program was launched in 2008 which incorporated a half hour of English into the 5-hour school day. In 2013, the program expanded and now consists of 30 minutes of English immersion classes for the Montessori pre-school, 1 hour of English immersion classes for K-2, and 2 hours of English immersion classes for grades 3-6. The teachers also spend on-on-one time teaching children in English during Montessori classes.  This program not only broadens the future education and employment opportunities of UPAVIM’s children, but it also increased the school day to 8 hours, keeping students away from the gang violence that is present on the streets of La Esperanza. The original English program at UPAVIM was started by one of our dedicated volunteers, Madeleine Anderson. We are all grateful to her for this important initiative that will improve so many children’s opportunities throughout their lives.

Ideal Candidate:

Experience in teaching with Montessori methods; community service working with children; experience working with Latino communities.


  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Speak, read and write fluently in English
  • Desire to live and work in an impoverished urban area
  • Patient and adaptable to change
  • Minimal commitment of 10 months, Preferred commitment of 14 months
  • Speak and listen at an intermediate level in Spanish preferred
  • Teaching experience preferred
  • TESOL/TEFL training preferred
  • Experience working with children preferred


  • Free housing
  • Breakfast and Lunch are provided by the school kitchen Monday through Friday
  • Monthly living stipend may be available

Responsibilities will include:

  • Work individually or in small groups of children during morning classes in our Montessori Styled Early Childhood Program ages 3-7.
  •  Teach morning classes to grades kindergarten – 2nd
  • Teach afternoon classes to grades 3rd – 6th at UPAVIM CAA elementary school that focuses on speaking and conversation
  • Maintain tracking system of each child’s progress
  • Assist English Program Coordinator in the maintaining and improvement of established curriculum.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.  Please complete the application found below and send it to us at the address to the right.

Information Guide
Application Form
Application Form – Spanish


( Please add the Subject Line: “English Teacher Application” )