Janessa Landeck

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Guatemala City, Guatemala
Minimum Stay:
3 months


Upavim (Unidas Para Vivir Mejor)

"Community Building, Women's cooperatives"

This is the Deal

UPAVIM's mission is to empower women in the neighborhood of La Esperanza, located on the outskirts of Guatemala City, by giving them opportunities to economically support their families, while also providing services to improve the quality of life for the entire community.

Over the past 25 years, UPAVIM has grown from a small baby-weighing program to a women's cooperative employing over 100 local women and making handmade fair-trade crafts sold around the world. The proceeds from these crafts pay the women's salaries, fund UPAVIM's community health clinic, and fund UPAVIM's school, which includes a daycare, pre-school, and elementary school (K-6th). In addition, the organization manages the first public library in the neighborhood, offers free English classes and tutoring for all ages, and runs a bakery and soy factory to provide fresh and affordable goods to the community. Please find out more by visiting my website.


UPAVIM is located in the heart of La Esperanza, a former squatter settlement in Zona 12. Volunteers stay in shared bedrooms on "the roof" with a beautiful garden overlooking the city and nearby volcanoes.

What Else

Volunteers are given free housing and lunch during the week. There are volunteer opportunites available in the tutoring center, health programs, alternative school, and craft program. Please see website my website for more details.

- Smokers allowed

+ Internet Access

- Have animals/pets