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Internships in Guatemala

With about half of Guatemala’s population consisting of indigenous culture, your internship in Antigua guarantees an authentic cultural immersion experience.

Though still in the development stages, Guatemala’s economy, healthcare system and educational institutions allow interns the opportunity to actively utilize their knowledge and skills to support and develop a variety of professional sectors. In addition to hands-on experience, interns witness the positive impact on the local people and their communities. If you’re seeking real-world experience in a developing country, an internship program in Guatemala is the perfect option for you!

Education Internship in Guatemala

Since 1996, Guatemala has made considerable improvements to their education system at the primary level. Today, almost 100% of the eligible population is enrolled in school, up from just 39% in the early 1990’s. Still, more than 30% of students still fail the first grade, making education and academic development a top priority.

Maximo Nivel is dedicated to ensuring a quality, professional internship experience. Interns are placed exclusively in private bilingual schools, some of which follow International Baccalaureate (“IB”) curriculum. The classes you assist are taught in English and you directly report to a designated faculty member at your school.

Interns work closely with students to improve learners’ academic abilities. Local students, and teachers alike, are eager for your fresh ideas and native tongues. During your work, you develop appropriate lesson plans, teach classes and assist the lead teacher. Prepare for a practical teaching experience that will change your life, and give you a competitive edge as a new teacher!

Education Internship in Guatemala

Advantages
– Gain international teaching experience in a bilingual environment
– Be unique–develop cultural understanding and share your international experience with prospective employers
– Develop your Spanish language skills to add “Bilingual Spanish” to your resume/CV
– Build your professional network while abroad
– Receive college credit through an internationally recognized program

Responsibilities
– Develop lesson plans and teach designated subjects
– Observe and aid in classroom instruction and management
– Work with students both in small groups and one-on-one
– Attend regular meetings with faculty and school administration

Requirements
– At least 18 years of age
– Currently enrolled in Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Education, Secondary Education, or related discipline
– Able to be creative with limited resources
– Hard working, ready to do anything!
– Final project required

Hospitality & Tourism Internship in Guatemala

Guatemala is experiencing a renaissance in its travel and tourism industry. Guatemala’s rich history, archeological ruins, multicultural population, and awesome sites for adventure and eco-tourism make it a hidden treasure in Central America.

Guatemala’s travel and tourism sector makes up nearly 10% of the country’s total GDP, and is expected to continue growing for the foreseeable future. The travel and tourism industry accounts for 15% of all employment in Guatemala, making it one of the most important industries in the country.

Interns work to boost Guatemala’s travel and tourism industry in Antigua–one of the top destination cities in Guatemala. With internship placements in boutique hotels, travelers’ hostels, tour agencies or restaurants, your work directly contributes to the expansion of small businesses through client outreach, marketing, social media, public relations, sales, and guest services.

An internship abroad lets you apply your education and creativity while gaining practical experience that will advance your career.

Hospitality & Tourism Internship in Guatemala

Advantages
– Gain international travel and tourism experience
– Learn international business practices
– Develop your skills and confidence to interact with international guests
– International tourism experience is easily transferable because it’s a global industry
– Be unique–share your experience and skills with prospective employers
– Develop your Spanish language skills to add “Bilingual Spanish” to your resume/CV
– Build your professional network while abroad

Responsibilities
– Assist with sales, reservations, and pre-arrival service
– Work to coordinate day-to-day in-country logistics and planning
– Support direct promotional efforts through outreach and marketing material
– Support online marketing via website updates, social media, and review sites (e.g. TravelAdvisor)
– Assist with client service and guest relations
– Provide information about local activities, restaurants, and travel
– Assist with basic accounting and stock and supply purchases

Requirements
– At least 18 years of age
– Currently enrolled in Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Hospitality Management, Travel & Tourism, Business, or related discipline; or 1 year experience/vocational training
– Able to be creative with limited resources
– Hard working, ready to do anything!
– Final project required

Human Rights Internships in Guatemala

Guatemala continues to lag most other countries in gender equality, education, and indigenous rights. According to recent human rights reports, Guatemala suffers from widespread corruption and poor utilization of resources.

Though the law generally protects women, violence against women remains a pervasive problem and law enforcement continuously fails to adequately respond to such cases. As well, indigenous groups remain largely outside of the political, economic, social, and cultural mainstream, even though these groups account for 44% of the country’s population. In regards to education, indigenous girls are significantly less likely to be educated after 14 years of age, making them the most disadvantaged population in the country.

Based on your interests, internship placements are with community organizations, NGOs, and government agencies. Interns advocate for human rights in Guatemala and help provide a voice for those facing severe disadvantages. By working with change agents and social workers who are focused on empowerment and social justice, you help with community outreach, education, research, and fund-raising. Every little step adds to the development of a path to independence and equality. Our Human Rights internships provide you with the professional experience and positive community impact you’re seeking.

Human Rights Internships in Guatemala

Advantages
– Take real action to support rights you’re passionate about
– Gain professional experience while providing a voice to a disadvantaged population
– Work in solidarity with like-minded individuals while creating lasting connections
– Develop your Spanish language skills to add “Bilingual Spanish” to your resume/CV
– Build your professional network while abroad

Responsibilities
– Provide marketing support through website development, social media, and the creation of promotional materials
– Create presentations to launch new projects and ideas
– Collaborate and assist with the development of projects and events
– Attend organizational meetings
– Support staff in daily office tasks

Requirements
– At least 18 years of age
– Currently enrolled in Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Social Work, International Development, or related discipline
– Able to be creative with limited resources
– Hard working, ready to do anything!
– Intermediate Spanish language skills are required
– Final project required

Medical Internship in Guatemala

If you’re looking for direct, medical experience, look no further than a medical internship in Guatemala. Guatemala ranks as the most populous country and the largest economy in Central America. However, Guatemala’s public universal healthcare system is still inaccessible to much of the population, even though it’s a guaranteed right in the Constitution of 1985. Guatemala’s current system lacks funding, staff, and modern technology, which means many Guatemalans receive less than adequate healthcare in both urban and rural areas.

Medical interns use their skills to support the healthcare of Guatemalan citizens while learning to maximize care in a very limited resource environment. Clinic and hospital staff value your experience and skills to help assist in the daily services provided. Medical internship placements are in assisted living facilities, small local clinics, or hospitals. Interns work one-on-one with a staff member, assisting or shadowing, while on site. Activities vary based on the needs of the medical facility. Note, depending on your professional experience and medical credentials, only shadowing, rather than direct patient care, may be the emphasis of your project.

Medical Internship in Guatemala

Advantages
– Provide hands-on assistance at all levels
– Gain insight to an international healthcare system
– Incorporate cultural practices with modern medical care
– Prepare to be utilized based on your previous experience and credentials
– Advance your professional network in the medical field
– Develop your Spanish language skills to add “Bilingual Spanish” to your resume/CV

Responsibilities
– Observe and aid in patient consultations and prescribing medications
– Observe and aid in physical examinations
– Assist with processing, reporting, and interpreting laboratory tests
– Observe and perform injections, sutures, and suture removal
– Aid in obstetric check-ups and consultations, as well as family planning services
– Evaluate the physical and neurological development of patients
– Prepare and sterilize equipment and materials
– Organize patient medical files

Placement is Determined by:
– Level of training and demonstrated expertise
– Spanish level
– Personality and ability to take initiative
– Duration of program

IMPORTANT: Please bring your own scrubs and basic medical supplies including a stethoscope, and a blood pressure cuff.

Requirements:
– At least 18 years of age
– Pre-med, medical, and nursing program students
– Proof of medical education, training, certifications, and licenses
– Able to be creative with limited resources
– Hard working, ready to do anything!
– Final project required

* Licensed medical professionals interested in taking part in an internship should contact us

Language Requirement
– Intermediate Spanish or above

If your Spanish language skills are not at this level, we offer online Spanish classes and our Spanish immersion programs to bring your skills up to the appropriate level.

Micro-Business Internships in Guatemala

Guatemala is home to the largest economy in Central America, and has shown significant development in recent years with an annual growth rate of more than 3%. However, the economy continues to struggle significantly, and studies show that if Guatemala can increase its growth rate to 5% each year, a substantial amount of the population would improve their living standards and financial status.

Guatemalan small business owners report a lack of clients as the primary disadvantage directly impacting their growth. This points to the need for marketing knowledge and outreach to international customers. These entrepreneurs need more opportunities and training to expand their services and develop their products, which in turn means they are able to hire more employees and positively impact the lives of people in their local communities.

Our interns work closely with entrepreneurs to help make small businesses successful in Guatemala. Your creative approach to business and your understanding of foreign customer needs can help these small companies put growth strategies in place. As an intern, you gain exposure to business practices in a developing economy and practical experience in daily operations, client service, sales, administration, marketing, public relations, accounting, and distribution channels.

Micro-Business Internships in Guatemala

Advantages
– Gain hands-on experience and apply your knowledge to developing small, international businesses
– Explore international business practices in a rapidly growing economy
– Develop your Spanish language skills
– Be unique–market your professional and international experience to prospective employers
– Develop your Spanish language skills to add “Bilingual Spanish” to your resume/CV
– Build your professional network while abroad

Responsibilities
– Contribute to day-to-day operations, office administration, client service, and sales
– Support marketing efforts via website updates, social media, promotional material development, and client outreach
– Research competitors, potential partners, and promotional opportunities
– Assist with basic accounting, expense reports, and project budgets

Requirements
– At least 18 years of age
– Currently enrolled in Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Business, Economics, Communications, or related discipline; or 1 year experience/vocational training
– Able to be creative with limited resources
– Hard working, ready to do anything!
– Intermediate Spanish language skills are required
– Final project required

Special Education Internships in Guatemala

Guatemala took its first step to provide resources to special needs populations with the establishment of the first school for the blind in 1940. Since then, a number of disability laws have been passed which enable people with special needs to participate in education services. While these services continue to expand, Guatemala has also received aid and training for effective special education instructional methods. Despite these positive developments, a large part of the special needs population continues to be underserved.

Your special education internship in Antigua, Guatemala provides hands-on experience assisting professional teachers in the daily management of a special needs classroom. As you give attention to students, you can ensure learners understand the material being presented and that their individual needs are accounted for. Interns are afforded the flexibility to share ideas, prepare unique lesson plans, and teach lessons based on a standardized curriculum–all while receiving the ongoing support of a designated staff member.

Special Education Internships in Guatemala

Advantages
– Gain international special education experience in a bilingual environment
– Hands-on experience providing academic and emotional support to students with special needs
– Be unique–share international experience with prospective employers
– Develop your Spanish language skills to add “Bilingual Spanish” to your resume /CV
– Build your professional network while abroad
– Receive college credit through an internationally recognized program

Responsibilities
– Develop lesson plans and teach designated subjects
– Observe and aid in classroom instruction and management
– Work with students both in small groups and one-on-one
– Attend regular meetings with faculty and school administration

Requirements
– At least 18 years of age
– Currently enrolled in Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Special Education, Education, Speech Pathology, Occupational Therapy or related discipline
– Able to be creative with limited resources
– Hard working, ready to do anything!
– Intermediate Spanish language skills are required
– Final project required

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