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The Social Work Program at Pop Wuj works to

promote physical, mental, and social health in all of the communities it serves. The program could be described as the nexus between all of Pop Wuj’s community social development projects.  Its goal, through casework and data collection, is to establish communication with various communities in and around Xela, evaluate the needs of each location through an open dialogue with community members, and then provide a link between the community and the volunteers, professionals, social worker, and resources available through Pop Wuj.

The Social Work Program welcomes individuals of all levels of professional experience, from high school students to professional social workers who would like to gain experience for their social work careers outside their home country. Keeping in mind that your involvement in the various activities will rely on both your knowledge of social work and your Spanish abilities. However, an individual’s time in the Social Work Program will provide an opportunity to learn Spanish and expand on these skill sets. The longer a student remains in the program, the more involvement he/she will have!
Cultural Awareness
Cultural awareness and sensitivity are a major aspect of the social work profession, and as such they are integral to the program here at Pop Wuj. Many of the communities Pop Wuj serves are rural, indigenous, and fairly culturally isolated. In order to familiarize the student with the Mayan worldview, participants in both the Social Work and Medical Spanish Programs will spend several mornings at the beginning of their stay           
attending a number of conferences relating to Guatemalan – and, in particular, Mayan – history, culture, and present situation. These conferences are also an open forum in which students can pose questions, express doubts, and, of course, practice speaking and understanding Spanish!

Activities
Typical activities for participants in the Social Work Program include:


Interviewing families before and after they receive a safe stove

Interviewing medical patients or families in need of assistance

Maintaining connections between foreign sponsors and scholarship recipients within Guatemala

Organizing volunteers outside of the Social Work Program who wish to participate in the community development projects

Learning how to build safe stoves and lead a group of students during stove construction

Gathering and organizing data and photos of the families and communities served by the program

Organization and promotion of fundraising activities

Updating the Pop Wuj Projects Blog so that friends of Pop Wuj can stay informed with the progress of the projects
The Social Work Program is a 3-5 morning-a-week commitment, leaving time for students to continue studying outside of their class time. This ensures that students can continue to refine their Spanish language skills in an intensive, one-on-one setting.

The Social Work Program is also in need of long-term volunteers!
What is the difference of the Social Work Program to the normal Spanish Immersion Course and why does it cost more ?
As a Pop Wuj Social Worker, you are given much freedom and encouraged to serve in whatever ways you believe will be most helpful to the organization given your specific skills and experience.  In this way, social workers are able to work up to and beyond their potential. The Pop Wuj Social Work students are an essential part to keep the Social Work Program alive, while the students of the regular Spanish Immersion Course are able to participate in the community development projects, the Social Work students take on responsibility for parts of the community development projects. With this, Social Work students are more deeply involved with the local communities to influence the community development projects, which goes beyond the regular Spanish Immersion Course.

Yes, the price of the Social Work Program and its registration fee is higher than that of the normal Spanish Immersion Course. Part of the extra money serves to offset the additional costs of cultural competency lectures, materials, and scheduling. The remainder is put into a fund to support the Pop Wuj Social Work Program.
The Social Work Program is the nexus between all of Pop Wuj’s community social development projects and it depends on the Social Work students to keep it alive and well. While your engagement as a Social Work student is an essential part, it also requires funds to run the Social Work Program. Donations, which we receive for specific community development projects, are 100% invested into these projects and are not used to offset administrative costs. Our administrative costs are relatively low as a local grassroots non-profit organization, still there are bills which need to be paid. This is the reason why we charge more for the Social Work Program as we otherwise would not be able to offer such a program and support the local communities as we do today.

Note: The Medical, Social, and Spanish for Teachers Programs include all that the Spanish Immersion Course offers in addition to the unique focus that each of these specialized programs offer their participants.
Pop Wuj Spanish School Guatemala - Social Work
Social Work - Indigenous Child
Social Work - Cultural Awareness
Social Work - Reforestration with Kids of the La Guarderia
Social Work - Social Work Student

Interested ??  Click here to read the registration info and enroll !!


4h Daily / 20h per Week – One-on-One Spanish classes

2-5h a Day - Participation in the Social Work Program

Lecture on cultural competencies during the first week in addition to the One-on-One Spanish classes

Spanish School Activities (except transportation / entrance fees)

Homestay with a Guatemalan family in a private room with three meals a day, safe drinking water, and a warm shower

    Price:

$215 USD per Week plus one time registration fee $150 USD Currency?

A minimum time commitment of four weeks is required

The cost of the Social Work Program and its registration fee is higher than that of the regular Spanish Immersion Course. Part of the extra money serves to offset the additional costs of cultural competency lectures, materials, and scheduling. The remainder is put into a fund to support the Pop Wuj Social Work Program. (read more)