Work with children at risk

Project: Puerta de Esperanza

Where: Guatemala City

Starting: February 2020

Duration: 6 months

Application deadline: 30 April 2019


Project outline

You will be working in a project called Puerta de Esperanza (Door of Hope) in Guatemala City. The project is situated in an open market area known as 'the Terminal'. This is an area of high social need and extreme poverty, where many have a dysfunctional home life and it is not uncommon for children to be working from a young age. As a result, many children never go to school and are at risk of becoming involved in gangs, theft and prostitution.

The Puerta de Esperanza project partners with local schools and churches to run classes and activities for the children, to encourage them to stay in education. You will be helping with these activities and you'll have the chance to bring any skills you have to the table (music, art, sport etc.) to help the children have fun and learn. There may also be some practical tasks around the schools or churches that you can help with.


You'll be placed with a Latin American host family, which is a great way to immerse yourself in the culture. Latin Americans are very hospitable so you'll most likely become a real part of the family!

You will have everything you need, but expect fairly basic and cosy accommodation as placements are often in areas/communities of need


We think it is of utmost importance to prepare our volunteers well and so hold a compulsory Orientation for all those wishing to serve in Latin America. 
It is a residential Orientation weekend (Friday-Sunday) so food and accommodation will be provided and the cost covered by your launch costs - all you need to do is get there!

Orientation for 2018 will be held just outside Reading from 21st - 23rd June.

How much does it cost?

All placements are self-funded. The total cost of your placement will depend on a number of factors (where you're going/ how long for) but below is an overview of how costs are calculated:

Paid to
Launch cost Latin Link Application process, DBS, health checks and advice, residential Orientation, debriefing, fundraising support  £1400
Monthly contribution Latin Link Insurance, mentoring, supervision, placement set-up, team days and conference

£175/ month 

(£1050 for 6 months)

Flights Travel agent Flexible return flight ~£800
Living costs In country Food, accommodation, transport, communication etc.


(~£3000 for 6 months)

How to apply

Click here to download our application form. 
Complete it, save it to your computer and email it as an attachment to [email protected]

  Stride Application Form

Any questions?

If you have any more questions then why not visit our Student Placement FAQs or contact us on [email protected]?