Asociación Atz’anem K’oj – Theatre of the Oppressed, fighting for rights

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Quetzaltenango, Guatemala via kindly anonymous
voluntariado [dot] payasosamq [at] gmail [dot] com

About us: Our association consists of activists who are fighting for justice in different parts of Guatemela and Latino-America. Our methodology is on one hand based on “The Theatre of the Oppressed“, created by Augusto Boal during the dictatorship in Brazil, and on the other hand based on popular education and arts.


Our fundamental principle: From people, by people and for people.


People we are working with: women fighting against gender violence, rural and indigenous population, people suffering from HIV, migrants and disabled people.


What we do: long-term processes of empowerment, international processes of multiplication, participatory audits, training of instructors,  “teatro social“ in public places in order to create debates, organization of regional encounters, festivals and cultural spaces,…


Our partners: We are part of 2 Latino-Amercian networks, the Ma(g)dalenas Teatro de las Oprimidas and RelaTO Red latino americana de Teatro del Oprimido. Additionaly we have worked with ONUSIDA, Unicef, Hivos and various international and local institutions and groups.



We offer: Whenever it’s possible you are more than welcomed to be part of our different processes (e.g. participation in workshops of Theatre of the Oppressed, political and personal training, feminist activities...). It’s a unique opportunity to understand the reality of the different groups we are working with. 

We can recieve volunteers at any time during the year. Good Spanish knowledge is necessary. If you are motivated and interested your age isn’t important but please understand that you have to be fully age (18) for reasons of independence. The number of volunteers depends on the ongoing projects.
Duur Verblijf: 
: Long term stays are more appropriated and provide a rewarding expercience for your personality and your profession. A minimum of 3 months would be ideal but we’ll be glad to check all serious propositions. If you are interested to be part of our team but cannot commit to three months, don’t hesitate to contact us and we will work together to come up with a plan.
See the types of work below and decide if your skills fit.
: We need support in: - Communication (writing articles for social networks etc.) - Documentary (photos, videos, etc.) - Design and Web design - Administration - Fundraising - Developing our volunteering programs (managing, diffusion of offers, translation...) - Different tasks in ongoing projects of the NGO
Unfortunately we cannot pay any salary. However, basic living costs in Quetzaltenango are only around 300$ per month, including accomodation and food. Also we are located very central in Quetzaltenango where it is very easy to walk everywhere. Costs for trips concerning activities of the NGO are normally covered and organized by us.

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10a calle 13-63 zona 1, Quetzaltenango, Guatemala

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