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There are various volunteering opportunities around the country.  
 
There are various volunteering opportunities around the country.  
  
* '''Proyecto de Reforestación Chico Mendes''' (http://www.chicomendesguatemala.org/) is a community-run nonprofit located in the highland village of Pachaj, Cantel (10km from Quetzaltenango). With each tree planted, the project strives to sow the seeds of environmental justice in Guatemalan indigenous communities. Chico Mendes is always looking for volunteers to join local students in planting trees at reforestation sites, maintaining the tree nursery, collecting seeds, etc. Each volunteer lives with a local family, providing full language immersion and a unique cultural exchange experience. Volunteers are asked to commit to a minimum of five days, although many stay for a few weeks or months. The project also offers an array of immersion experiences, such as Spanish/K'iche' lessons with local teachers, treks in the surrounding mountains, and group trips. All proceeds go directly back into supporting reforestation efforts.  
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*'''Chico Mendes Reforestation Project''' (http://www.chicomendesguatemala.org/) is a community-run nonprofit located in the highland village of Pachaj, Cantel (10km from Quetzaltenango). With each tree planted, the project strives to sow the seeds of environmental justice in Guatemalan indigenous communities. Chico Mendes is always looking for volunteers to join local students in planting trees at reforestation sites, maintaining the tree nursery, collecting seeds, etc. Each volunteer lives with a local family, providing full language immersion and a unique cultural exchange experience. Volunteers are asked to commit to a minimum of five days, although many stay for a few weeks or months. The project also offers an array of immersion experiences, such as Spanish/K'iche' lessons with local teachers, treks in the surrounding mountains, and group trips. All proceeds go directly back into supporting reforestation efforts.  
  
 
* '''Unidas Para Vivir Mejor (UPAVIM)''' (http://www.upavim.org) is a women's cooprative in Guatemala City.  UPAVIM provides employment to women in their fair-trade crafts program.  With the profits from this program UPAVIM supports an alternative elementary school, an early childhood learning center, free tutoring program, a medical clinic, a soy milk factory and a bakery.  Volunteers are needed in the tutoring program and English program in the school.
 
* '''Unidas Para Vivir Mejor (UPAVIM)''' (http://www.upavim.org) is a women's cooprative in Guatemala City.  UPAVIM provides employment to women in their fair-trade crafts program.  With the profits from this program UPAVIM supports an alternative elementary school, an early childhood learning center, free tutoring program, a medical clinic, a soy milk factory and a bakery.  Volunteers are needed in the tutoring program and English program in the school.

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