Volunteering Work

There are many social projects where students can work

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There are many social projects where students can work, after having Spanish lessons with us. We work with kindergartens, orphanages, scholar support centers, the prison, hospitals: handicapped children and mental hospitals; as well as volunteer work in the jungle with native comunitys or taking care of wild animals.

Kindergartens

Ages: 4-6 years old. These are Centers of Teaching that have as primordial task to educate the children in an atmosphere that he/she responds to their partner-affective necessities. This way, the boy's cognitive development will be carried out integrally, leaving it capable to face the education later on in the school.

The centers have a fundamental aim which is to educate the children in a safe and secure atmosphere and to prepare them for the future. It encourages the cognitive development of the children. Aside from the academic training, the kindergartens work to develop in the children’s principles and attitudes towards responsibility, autonomy, respect, creativity and security within themselves.

There are kindergartens where they have the specialty in teaching children and girls with different physical and mental disability (Down syndrome, paralysis cerebral, different grades late mental, physical paralysis). The children and girls that attend these kindergartens are university parents' children, merchants, workers and salespersons of the market that live in the neighborhood where they are located. The majority of children lives in the outskirts of the city and come from families with very limited income.

The centers really need help to care effectively for the children and the staff is very keen to receive volunteers from abroad.

Things to do

  • In this organization you could do many things like playing soccer with the children, playing musical with them, to paint in paper a fabric, to make all type of manual works, to help with the tasks of the school, etc.
  • You will need to interact with the children as well as teachers.
  • You will assist teachers in their classes by helping the children to draw, cut with scissors, sing, teach numbers and letters, play with the children during recess, take them to the bathroom, wash their hands, etc…

Willing to donate?

  • If you are thinking of donating something to these centers, there are things that they need, such as: Didactic games, books to color, paintings, colored pencils, watercolors, plasticine, paper, ball-point pens, musical instruments, classroom instruments, threads. Educative material, pens, story books, notebooks, etc.

Orphanages

The girls and boys living in orphanages have been abandoned and are waiting to be adopted. The ages of the children are generally from 0 to 6 years.

Things to do

  • Orphanages need people to play with the children including, painting, drawing, dancing, playing with dough and possibly you may need to help feed the children. It would be great if you could bring children’s music, colored pens, candies or anything else that you think will help you in your volunteer experience.

Willing to donate?

  • Diapers, milk, didactic games, colored pens, pencils or paints, coloring books, children story books, children’ music, etc...

Day Care School Center

Day-care centers work Monday through Friday. There are around 30 children per center, children of women who work at night clubs. These children are now in the care of the centers and also receive breakfast and lunch. The children are aged from 1 to 6 years old.

Things to do

  • You will need to interact with the children and with the educators.
  • You will need to collaborate with the educators in all the activities; help the children to paint, draw, cut paper, sing, dance, teach numbers and colors to them and especially to play with them when they finish the aforementioned activities.

Willing to donate?

  • Didactic games, wood games, books to color, paintings, pencils of colors, plasticine, paper and more special educative material. Also welcome powder milk, any type of clothes, shoes, personal cleaning accessories like shampoo, soap, body cream, etc.

After School Center

These Centres offers free educational support to children and adolescents between 4 to 15 years old that live in the poorer outskirts of the city of Sucre. Also they offer services such as careers advice, recreational activities and manual training as well as medical and nutritional aid. The children and adolescents that attend these centres are from native farming families with limited economic resources that have migrated from the country to the city. Many families dedicate themselves to the informal buying and selling of agricultural goods at markets around the city. The centres take care of more than 60-100 children, on average.

Some projects are known as Home for Working Children and Teenagers of the Street and accommodate approximately 100 boys and young men between the ages of 6 and 17, many of who work as mechanics’ assistants, they also sell newspapers, wash cars, shine shoes, and sell bread, etc.

These projects have the mission to protect and house little girls and teenagers (women) from 5 to 18 years old, who due to different reasons and social circumstances are abandoned. Many of the girls are taken care only by their mothers, close relatives, older brothers, or in extreme cases they live by their own. The little girls visit their families on weekends, for no other reason but to maintain their relationship with them.

We need volunteers who like to teach with energy, patience, and love towards the children. Volunteers will have to do everything, from teaching mathematics, language, history, sciences, chemistry, geography, (according to language level), and also help to cook, sweep, paint, wash dishes, etc.

In other centers volunteers are especially needed to help the boys with homework and with their personal hygiene. Volunteers can also teach them how to play a musical instrument or to simply play sports (soccer, basketball, etc.), help with cleaning chores, or help in the bakery and selling the bread.

Things to do

  • Children go to a public school in which they get homework, this is where volunteers have to support, by helping them solve the doubts, teaching them new games, songs, and personal hygiene, etc. It is important to give much love, comprehension and dedication.

Willing to donate?

  • Books of all kinds especially for secondary school students, English dictionaries, and all kinds of school supplies, learning games, puzzles, etc.; personal hygiene products such as toothpaste, shampoo, cleaning supplies such as soap, detergent, etc.; and sports and recreation equipment and games.

Health Care Institutions

We offer volunteering with handicapped children at health institutions. At the boarding school live 170 children from 1 to 17 years old. They all are poor children who do not have parents and are from the country. Due of their incapacity, these children are not accepted in orphanages.

Activities/Tasks: Currently 3 programs in operation:

  • 1. Rehabilitation Clinic for Children - The Institute has doctors, nurses, physiotherapists and teachers who take care of children living in the center.
  • 2. Horse Therapy - A new program for the rehabilitation of the children - at the moment they have two horses.
  • 3. Boarding school - The boarding school accepts any volunteer. You will not be in charge of patients at the hospital, but will work with the children’s homework, as most of them go to public schools. The Director is looking for volunteers who can work in cultivating the self-esteem of the children.

People, who can play, take the children for short walks in the park or in the garden, play with dough, sing, and dance, feed them, do sports, etc. Other Requirements: Compassion, understanding, a desire to help in that area, friendly, and always to have a big smile. Physiotherapists are desperately needed. Volunteering at another institution, the Psychiatric is an excellent opportunity for all those interested in the area of medicine. There are 400 patients, as well as a team of doctors, nurses, assistants, psychologists, therapists, physiotherapists, Bolivian medical students, etc. The volunteers work mainly with patients; talking to them, helping with their exercises, helping them practice sports, etc. There is also a section for elderly patients who need help with their wheelchairs, reading newspapers and eating.


Things to do

  • To work especially in the rehabilitation area by helping the children do their exercises; play with them, take children to the park, play football (they are excellent players!), etc. In case of working at the Psychiatric, volunteers can work with patients that are in their 5 senses most of the time. They even go out to the city half a day and come back to the center. The elderly room needs the volunteers to help in feeding, talking them to walk or move them in wheelchairs, cleaning, etc. Volunteers can also help in the laundry room, cleaning the hospital, making beds, helping in the bakery.

Willing to donate?

  • Medical equipment, medicine, wheelchairs, diapers, material for rehabilitation, clothes, money in cash, powder milk, vitamins for children, etc.

Volunteering in a Community

There is a project in a little village with the community on the banks of the Beni River, located in Madidi National Park, famous as one of the places on earth with the widest biodiversity. The project is only reached by boat 60 minutes upstream from the main town. The community has 235 inhabitants. The town has a small community of 32 families. They are Tacana Indians who have historically lived along the shores of the Beni and Tuichi rivers. They live in harmony with their environment and from various small commercial ventures such as handicrafts, fishing and agriculture. Now they also live from visits to their eco-tourism lodge that they have built and run themselves with the financial and technical help of local authorities and several NGOs and the United Nations Development Fund.

The Community needs people who:

  • Who would like to learn another culture, learn a simple way of living, respect traditions, respect all people, and love nature.
  • Who are capable of working in any daily activity.
  • People, who can be very flexible with nature, some months lots of rain, humid region, and mosquitoes, not complain for simple food and living conditions.
  • People who would like to learn traditional way of fishing, hunting, cooking, traditional medicine with native plants, learn how to play native instruments, etc...

People, who can play, take the children for short walks in the park or in the garden, play with dough, sing, and dance, feed them, do sports, etc. Other Requirements: Compassion, understanding, a desire to help in that area, friendly, and always to have a big smile. Physiotherapists are desperately needed. Volunteering at another institution, the Psychiatric is an excellent opportunity for all those interested in the area of medicine. There are 400 patients, as well as a team of doctors, nurses, assistants, psychologists, therapists, physiotherapists, Bolivian medical students, etc. The volunteers work mainly with patients; talking to them, helping with their exercises, helping them practice sports, etc. There is also a section for elderly patients who need help with their wheelchairs, reading newspapers and eating.


Things to do

  • You will learn/work in agriculture like planting rice, collecting fruit, vegetables, etc. fishing and hunting techniques, cooking underground, play with children, teaching English to adults or children in school, maybe teach any musical instrument if you know, work in construction of new cottages, paths from tourist, helping with tourist who are visiting the Eco lodge, maybe helping the native guides as an interpreter, cleaning and coking in the lodge, etc...

Accommodation for Volunteers:

  • At the Eco-Lodge, if they have groups of tourist coming to stay with them, otherwise the community has a cottage for volunteers and private bathroom but you will be under the supervision of a host family who will feed you 3 times a day. You might also be invited to stay in their typical houses where all members of a family sleep and cook… it is a totally a different idea of an occidental home!

What kind of food will the community provide?

  • When student lives in host family at the indigenous community, meals are basic of tropical fruits like: bananas, papaya, pineapple, etc… fresh fish, fried bananas, mandioca or yucca, corn, rice, etc… very little meat. It mostly will be what they can grow, hunt or fish. When the Eco Lodge has tourist, and volunteers can help there, they will eat their meals at the eco lodge and it is more international. It will include includes, chicken, beef, etc...

Average Temperature

  • The highest: 40 grades centigrade during the day. The lowest: 10 grades centigrade during the night. (Specially in the rainy time November, December, January, and February.

Willing to donate?

  • They will appreciate only cash with the purpose of buying construction materials. Please give directly to the community.

Voluteering in the Jungle

Another project in the jungle, a different National Park receive volunteers who work with the animals before returning them to their natural environment unfortunately most of the animals, will not be able to return to their natural habitat but at least they will have a better place to live, rather than in a cage or in the city. This National Park was developed on 36 hectares donated by the Bolivian government and is now a protected area where volunteers from all parts of the world feed, care for and protect the animals. This protected forest is located 4 hours from Cochabamba on the road to Santa Cruz.

The Park needs people who:

  • Who like simple living and working with animals.
  • Who are capable of working with volunteers from many different countries and enjoy sharing daily life and work.
  • People, who enjoy nature, lots of rain, humid areas, and mosquitoes, not complain for simple food and living conditions.
  • Time - Indefinite, and no experience is necessary.


Accommodation for Volunteers:

  • There are two houses and shared bathrooms with cold showers. Hot water is not needed as climate is warm and humid, about 38 grades centigrade, however most volunteers prefer to bath in the cascade or river. Lodging for volunteers is very... VERY simple, do not expect any luxury PLEASE!

Things to do

  • Take care of, and feed the animals.
  • Help Build houses (houses for more volunteers, offices, etc.)
  • Help build cages for the animals.
  • Help make paths.
  • Help make signs and put them on the paths.
  • Help build cottages, etc…
  • Give information to visitors

Meals

  • Not included, volunteers usually eat at the small restaurants from the village. Try fresh fish… it’s wonderful!! The Village is a small town with some shops where you can buy vegetables; fruit, water, candies, etc...

Willing to donate?

  • We kindly appreciate only cash with the purpose of buying food for the animals.