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English Program 

Learning English is imperative for success.

English language is imperative for success in the Guatemalan education system and workforce. The English program was started in 2008 by one of our dedicated volunteers, Madeleine Anderson.  Public schools in Guatemala are generally only open for only a half day. In 2013, UPAVIM’s school was able to extend its day to full-day thanks to the fundraising efforts of UPAVIM and the US-based 501c3 Upavim Community Development Foundation (UCDF).


School director, Pahola, speaks about what makes UPAVIM CAA different from the surrounding elementary schools: “The boys and girls study from 7:30am to 3:30pm. They have this schedule because one of the priorities is that they learn English as a second language. This unique schedule also benefits parents that work and it keeps the kids of the community off of the street for more hours a day.” Pahola began as a teacher in the school and is currently the director. Her own child, nieces and nephews are enrolled in the school.

Support UPAVIM's English Program

​The Bilingual Program creates options and opportunities for UPAVIM’s students that would otherwise be unobtainable. To continue to run the school in general, and provide this excellent and unique opportunity for the children in the marginalized community of La Esperanza, we have the challenge of raising $50,000 a year, outside what the UPAVIM Crafts and school fees bring in.

Would you be able to help support UPAVIM’s English program? Donate below!

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