Internships & Youth Opportunities
Tree 4 Hope might have never existed if two young girls, ages 4 and 6, hadn’t asked their parents to go back to Guatemala and do something for the kids at Hogar Miguel Magone. We firmly believe that no one is too young to make an impact! In the past, we have had children, pre-teens, teens, and young adults travel to Guatemala to work (and play) with the children of Hogar Miguel Magone and the elders at the Elder Center. Of course, you don't have to go to Guatemala. There are plenty of ways to support Tree 4 Hope from the States too.
Here are some of the ways in which children, youth, and young adults have worked with Tree 4 Hope in the past.
"Through my internship at Tree 4 Hope this summer, I was able to learn much more about the problems that these children face, both at a personal level and a national level. Working as an intern for Tree 4 Hope made me appreciate the true scope of the support Tree 4 Hope provides. Getting to know the kids on a more personal level through working on the sponsorship program and teaching English and ballet at the Hogar made my experience so much richer.
What I found most rewarding was being able to deepen the relationships between the children at the Hogar and their sponsors back in the US. I felt like I could bridge the distance between sponsor and child, helping the children realize that even though they are far away, they have someone special who cares about them and thinks about them often. I translated many letters from sponsors, reading them to the kids in Spanish, enjoying watching their faces light up with excitement as they heard the loving words from their padrinos. In turn, it was great to receive so many warm thanks from sponsors after sending them photos and messages of their children at the Hogar. I am truly thankful that I could be a part of the sponsorship program, strengthening these bonds between niños and padrinos across countries."
"Choosing to serve Tree 4 Hope as an intern was one of the easiest decisions I have made--period. With a servant’s heart, it is one of the most rewarding experiences you will ever have. The leaders of Tree 4 Hope are always looking for new ways to provide for the Hogares, the Elder Center, and La Limonada. When you become a partner in that process, you become a member of the Tree 4 Hope family. It was so fun to network and brainstorm together (always over a delicious cup of Guatemalan coffee, obviously)! My favorite part about the internship was the amount of time I got to spend at the Hogares with the boys and girls, matching faces with the names that I pored over for organizing sponsorship information. The kids brought happiness and joy into my life on a daily basis, and for me, every trip ultimately comes down to them. As Jenn and I were leaving on my last day, I blew a kiss to Franklin, my sponsor child, whom I’ve known since my first trip in 2010. He “caught” it and placed it over his heart, then he blew a kiss back to me. The people of Guatemala have captured part of my heart forever, and when you seize the opportunity, they’ll capture part of yours too."
We have worked with many high school seniors to develop their senior projects by identifying needs in Guatemala that matched their interests and talents. Past projects have included sewing and distribution of rain ponchos, mosaic muraling, soccer uniform collection and distribution, and fundraising for music programs.
Community Service Hours
Many students have volunteered with us to receive credit for community service hours, both in Guatemala and in the US.
In lieu of birthday gifts, some of our local children and teens have asked their friends and families for money or donations of supplies for the children in the orphanages. What a great way for a young child to get involved!
Youth Groups & Other Youth Organizations
In the past, youth groups have collected items, helped make quilts and fleece blankets, and organized fundraisers to support efforts in Guatemala. No one is too young to contribute. Tree 4 Hope owes its existence to a 4-year-old and a 6-year-old. Engaging youth to make a difference is part of who we are.