Activities Coordinator - from Jan 20, 2020 - 1 job for 13 months in NPH Guatemala.
- 21 years or older
- Proficient in spoken Spanish/ or Creole (for Haiti)
- Highly self-motivated and comfortable working independently
- Good interpersonal skills; able to work with large groups and individuals
- Flexible and easy-going, willing to change plans on short notice in order to accommodate the needs of the house, willing to work when other volunteers are off (including weekends and nights).
- Organized, energetic and creative
- Comfortable working with children of all ages
- Comfortable disciplining children when necessary
The Activities Coordinator is responsible for planning, organizing and implementing activities to stimulate and engage the children of all ages outside of the school hours. Volunteer Activity Coordinators are often busy after school and on the weekends.
As this position varies depending on the NPH home, the volunteer in this role might find themselves working in existing programs including sports teams, theatre groups, art groups, music groups, excursions, and other recreational activities.
In addition, the volunteer in this role will have the freedom to create new programs depending on their skillset and experience. This will require collaboration with all staff in the home.
Often the Activities Coordinator is also responsible for organizing the Family Project. Family Project is managed differently in every home, but the objective is to provide an opportunity for siblings living in NPH to have an afternoon or meal together to spend time as a family.
The volunteer in this role is flexible, creative and very open-minded.
Each volunteer chooses an hogar (group of children of the same age living together) at the beginning of their year. Each home’s Volunteer Coordinator will communicate the expectations for hogar time. Usually, it is six days a week, 6 to 8 p.m., but this might vary per home. This has been described as the most fulfilling part of volunteering, the bond and relationships formed with their hogar of children.
Volunteers have every other weekend off, as well as up to 22 days of vacation time after four months of service. Vacation must be arranged according to the specific home’s policies.
All NPH volunteers receive room and board, access to medical care and a monthly stipend. Volunteers pay for their transportation to and from the home and medical insurance. Volunteers must serve for at least one year.
For more information, please write to our International Volunteer Coordinator at [email protected].