Pequeños Pero Listos

Pequeños Pero Listos is our initiative focusing on Kindergarten and Preschool educational development. Currently we host 29 different classes in 23 communities across Guatemala. These are primarily areas where there is either no preprimary education available or available classes are overcrowded and underfunded.

Interest in Education

We look to expand to communities with an interest in preprimary education, that have access to teachers who are from the communities and have a passion for the age group.

All of our teachers are certified and we work closely with the public school administration, community, and parents to develop our program. We work with the local community to provide space for the classes, which are typically either a classroom in the public school, a community space, or part of someone’s home.

Pequeños Pero Listos Team

Our teachers are primarily youth and recent graduates with an affinity for education and working with children. Teachers participate in large group training twice a year to become accustomed with our learning models. We work primarily with the national curriculum of Guatemala, the Creative Curriculum (often used in Headstart programs in the states).

Fred Zambroski, is the founder and primary fundraiser. Sara Tun Bacajol is our Guatemalan director. Jessica, another director, coordinates volunteers and works closely with the teachers in the Antigua area, specializing in speech therapy with the kids in our schools. We have 24 local teachers total in our classrooms.

How To Help?

The program is run completely on donations. Each school has a sponsor, often an individual or community group. Costs for one session are $1500 for the year and two sessions are $3000 to cover a monthly donation to the teacher. Teachers receive a raise in donation for each year of experience. Any additional funding is used to purchase supplies in Guatemala. Fred covers all of the administrative costs at this time. We work with an organization called World Link Partners, who has 501-3c status in the States. Their link is found on our website.

We also receive donations of materials. The items that are most difficult for us to find in good condition at reasonable prices here in Guatemala are: books in Spanish, puzzles, blocks of any shape or size, dramatic play items (for constructions, doctors, kitchen, etc.), and scientific investigation tools (magnifying glass, magnets).

We are also interested in having preschool/elementary teachers who have some Spanish who are interested in spending time working on curriculum with our teachers.


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