Embracing Volunteerism: Wayne's Journey with Niños de Guatemala

At Niños de Guatemala, our doors are always open to volunteers from all walks of life, each bringing their unique experiences and passion for change. Among the diverse volunteers who have graced our classrooms with their presence, one individual stands out for his unwavering dedication and heartfelt commitment – Wayne, an elderly US citizen whose journey with Niños de Guatemala is nothing short of inspiring. 

Wayne’s connection with Niños de Guatemala began in 2023 as he was planning his vacations in Central America. An email from Niños de Guatemala appeared in his inbox, and he was immediately drawn to its mission and impact. After coordinating with us, he spent over two months teaching our little students, leaving a lasting impression on staff and students alike.

In 2024, we were thrilled to welcome Wayne back as a volunteer for another three months. On the first day of school, as the students arrived and caught sight of him, everyone ran out to hug Wayne, their faces alight with excitement at seeing their beloved teacher again.

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As Wayne departed last Friday to continue his travels through Central America, he couldn’t help but reminisce about his time at Niños de Guatemala—the joy of being back, the connections he had forged, and his fervent desire for more people to join our mission, regardless of age or considering that age is not a handicap.

 

“Leap and join Niños de Guatemala,” Wayne urges prospective volunteers. He emphasizes the profound rewards that come from volunteering, both personally and professionally, and encourages others to embrace the opportunity to make a tangible difference in the lives of our students and their families. For Wayne, the experience at Niños de Guatemala is not just about giving but also about receiving – the gift of connection, growth, and purpose.

To elder people? For prospective volunteers in general seeking fulfilling experiences in Guatemala, Wayne extends a warm invitation to join Niños de Guatemala. He highlights the welcoming homestay accommodations, delicious local cuisine, and the students’ genuine enthusiasm. Wayne believes age is no barrier to service and encourages them to embrace the adventure and camaraderie that await them at Niños de Guatemala.

Wayne’s journey with Niños de Guatemala is a testament to the transformative power of volunteerism and community engagement. His unwavering dedication inspires us all, reminding us that regardless of age or background, we each have the power to effect positive change in the world. As we continue our mission to provide quality education to those in need, we invite you to join us in this journey of hope, compassion, and empowerment. Together, we can make a difference – one volunteer, one child, and one community at a time.

For more information, write to volunteer@ninosdeguatemala.org