Tutor (Individualized Attention Tutor) currently vacant - 1 job for 13 months in NPH Guatemala.
- 21 years or older
- Proficient in spoken Spanish/ or Creole (for Haiti)
- Experience in teaching desired
- Experience in working with children with learning delays/disabilities desired
- Flexibility and creativity
- Well organized and ability to discipline the students
- Patient and enjoys working with children
The tutoring program varies home to home, but the basis of the program and position is that a volunteer can take a child out of their regular classroom to work one-on-one or in a small group to concentrate specifically on that child’s needs. The idea is to tutor a child who has learning disabilities or motivational problems. Academic tutors offer reinforcement in the subject areas of math, reading, and writing, and also work to improve students’ concentration, memory, attention, perception, and coordination. The volunteer in this role is a patient teacher who can slow the pace of introducing ideas and teach with different perspectives, while giving personal attention. This helps promote the educational and self-esteem levels of the child.
Tutors often find their students to be difficult in both temperament and capability. The basic role of the tutor is to help students catch up to their classmates scholastically, but more importantly it is to give the child a sense of self-worth and belief that they can achieve their goals. Working with students individually or in small groups gives the volunteer a chance to get to know the children plus assist them in their own learning disabilities.
The schedule for tutors is similar to that of the other teachers in the school. However, this varies home to home.
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].