Volunteer projects, faculty led trips and internships
INLEXCA was founded on the principle that volunteers can change the world.
We identify areas of need and projects that would benefit from the input of great individuals willing to give a little of their time to help others. Thanks to your help whole communities can benefit from your time here. Central America is a place where your time as a volunteer is much needed and appreciated.
We offer four main programs:
Individual volunteer Programs,
Our volunteer programs are designed to help communities throughout Central America help themselves, and to give our volunteers a great and fulfilling experience. By volunteering with us you can learn a new language, meet great people and make a long lasting impact where it is desperately needed. We match volunteers with the perfect project where they will use their skills and contribute the most to the community. Our volunteer programs are most suited to those on a budget who like to travel and help while doing so.
¨Volunteers don't get paid, not because they're worthless, but because they're priceless.¨ ~Sherry Anderson
Designed for groups of six or more people, this program is perfect for people who have a short amount of time (usually 1-3 weeks) and would like to volunteer together in the same project. We design the program based around the most effective use of time and maximum positive impact.
Group volunteering is tailor-made for each group, taking into consideration the group's requests and needs of the community. You can choose from the following focus areas:
- Medical faculty led trips (general, physiotherapy, nutrition, dental - please contact us to see if we can arrange a placement in your area of expertise)
Faculty led trips:
Faculty led trips are designed to meet the academic needs of teachers and the expectations of students alike. Taking the class outside of the classroom while keeping students happy, motivated and constantly learning throughout the whole process This type of program can include Spanish lessons, community service and leisure trips . All of this as requested by the faculty. Past programs have been in the areas of:
-Spanish Immersion and culture
-Medical faculty led trips (general, physiotherapy, nutrition, etc)
- Micro finance
- Engineering d
- Sustainable agriculture
Where would we be without internships? Internships offer the opportunity for young people to gain more experience in their area of interest. Internships are designed to help interns make the most of their time by placing them in organizations, working with real life scenarios but, under supervision. After completion, each intern receives an official certificate from INLEX and their host organization recognizing the time and energy time spent at the internship placement. We strive to place interns in places where they will gain a true experience and make great connections for their future. On top of this, taking on an internship abroad is a great way of making your resume stand out from the crowd and having an opportunity to work internationally, in a professional capacity and, in a second language.
Design, Management, and Evaluation of Development Projects
INLEXCA´s mission is to strengthen human resources in Central America through volunteer programs, educational tours and internships.
In addition to this, INLEXCA provides opportunities to students, professionals, and interested persons from countries outside the Central American region, to better understand the reality and challenges faced by the countries in the region.
We work towards :
-Sustainability in the projects and communities that we work in.
-Programs that promote cultural exchange.
-Safe and affordable programs.
-Strengthening and empowering communities.
-Authentic experiences for our volunteers.
Our office was set up by former Peace Corps staff in Guatemala in 2005, who wanted to provide flexible programs that would allow prospective volunteers to choose how long they wanted to volunteer for and in what area they wanted to focus on. This flexibility allows our participants the option to commit for as long as they want, unlike other programs that required one or two year commitments. We do this because we believe in the principle that every volunteer can make a difference, no matter how long they volunteer for, together, we can help communities grow and become stronger.
Many years and happy volunteers later, as well as our office in Guatemala, we also have one in Costa Rica and Nicaragua working with key partner projects to develop communities in each of the three countries.