Activities counselor in a vital social-community

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founded in 2013
Beyond South America
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Coordinator | Laurie
Coordinator | Laurie

High­lights

Have unique personal experience of growth and give something back to others
Visit hot springs and natural saunas near the city
Learn and improve your Spanish while taking classes.
Live in the city of "internal spring" Seriously, the climate here is awesome.
Learn more about the lifelihood of the children and their families in this community
Help out with teaching, construction, workshops, education or childcare in a vital social-community. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Singles
Couples
Families
Groups
50+

This organization started in 2007 as a community center and grew into an entire little community with almost 100 families and 250 children living there. It helps poor families in the city by offering them a place to live and (further) support. Many of the families have one or multiple disabled children and have to deal with various problems as a result of alcohol and drug abuse. It’s a busy and hurly-burly place, with dedicated people and a lot of work to do.

There are many opportunities here to help, such as assisting at the local primary school with for example homework, theater lessons or giving English classes. Also a lot of maintenance is needed, on the houses as well as the playing equipment in the area. Moreover, initiative to undertake activities with the children is greatly appreciated; think of playing football, games, cooking together or singing karaoke (a huge hobby of many here!). If you stay for a longer period of time, there is also room to do something in the field of social emotional development. There is a minimum stay of 2-4 weeks as activity support or on construction and a minimum of 3 months working in other fields.


Possible tasks:

  • teaching English
  •  helping with construction
  • free time activities
  •  homework support
  • gardening, cooking
  • sports and arts
  •  workshops for parents and their children – depending on your Spanish skills
  • social support and many more.


Typical day

In the morning, after you had breakfast with your host family, you get in the trufi (the common public transport) to your project. As always, there is rush hour and traffic but you get to chitchat with the locals. You stop at hard ware shop to buy materials, because you had a project planned and already gathered a group of volunteering kids around you. You want to paint one of the community rooms. So you prepare it to paint and a father of one of the kids, helps you to clean and get everything out so you can start.

After school the kids drop in and a small group needs desperate help to catch up in English. You play simple conversation games and memory. As you promised you bought some paint you start to paint with the kids, and there is one wall, they can paint as they like. It's getting chaotic because now every one wants to help and paint.

The afternoon passes quickly and at 5PM you take a Bus to the language school, because you decided to continue with Spanish classes in the evenings. There is not much time to grab a bite on the way, but you get there in time, even though its rush hour again. You had the plan to meet up with friends for cinema later that night, but you decide to call it a day, because it is just the beginning of the week and you are tired as hell.

Free-time activities

In Cochabamba you can find hospitals and western doctors, supermarkets,  good mobile signal and a vast cultural life. There are National Parks nearby, sportstudios, museums, music-schools and yoga studios. Hiking-trails in the nearby mountains and trips to Villa Tunari and other Bolivian Hotspots.

Swimming
Concert/
Music
Sightseeing
Shopping/
Souvenirs
Climbing
Hiking
Museum/
Opera
Sports
Yoga/
Meditation

Require­ments

In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level) or Spanish (basic level)
Criminal Background Check
required
Education Requirements
at High School level
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
all-rounders, experience and/or interest in working with kids, experience with handicapped persons, craftsmen/women, teaching experience, sport enthusiasts, background as therapist, physiotherapist or any medical background. Not sure if you have the right skills? Don’t worry – talk to us!
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

What's Included

Services by Beyond South America

We charge a one-time mediation fee

 

This includes:

  • search and mediation for a suitable project
  • preparation via Skype calls
  • search and mediation for accommodation (host family and/or volunteer house)
  • airport pick up and city tour
  • borrowed cellphone and SIM-card
  • donation to the project
  • support with visa
  • 24/7 contact to coordinator on site
  • emergency support and hospital transport
  • evaluation of the project

 

Additional costs for volunteers

 

  • flights
  • insurance
  • accommodation
  • food/meals and daily needs
  • Spanish classes (possible)

 

We will send you detailed information about the costs of living you can expect in Bolivia.

 

Please note, that all the profit of Beyond South America goes to the foundation "Casa de la Alegría" providing therapeutic workshops for children and adolescence in social projects in and around Cochabamba/Bolivia

 

Airport Pickup at J Wilsterman Airport

We will pick you up at Cochabamba Airport anytime and bring you to your accommodation on the day of your arrival.

Internet Access
Good access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees. Please arrange your own accommodation. Food, snacks or beverages are at extra costs.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is J Wilsterman Airport (CBB) in Cochabamba. We assist you to find cheap flights to Bolivia.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Bolivia provides security and is a plus to have.
Vaccines
If you are intending to volunteer in Bolivia you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Bolivia.

Dates & Fees

NO CREDIT CARD FEES

Details on arrival

Volunteers are needed all year arround.

Availability
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Duration
4 - 38 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
4 weeks (min. stay)
$ 31
5 weeks
$ 46
6 weeks
$ 62
7 weeks
$ 77
11 weeks
$ 138
19 weeks
$ 260
38 weeks (max. stay)
$ 550
Average fees
$ 11 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Beyond South America will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Beyond South America during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Activities counselor in a vital social-community

Help out with teaching, construction, workshops, education or childcare in a vital social-community.

$11/week

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