Activities Counselor in shelter for young boys

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Coordinator | Laurie
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We are looking for activities counselors, English teachers, sport instructors, creative minds and artists in a lively shelter for young boys This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+

This project is located in a village about 1,5 hours outside of Cochabamba. It’s a shelter for up to 60 boys that have been pulled from different, mostly (sexually) violent, environments. The project provides children aged 5 to 18 years with shelter, psychological support, homework guidance, spiritual support and a variety of activities. The organization wants to support the children and teenagers in processing trauma and provides a safe place for them where they can relax and learn new norms and values and develop perspectives beyond the cycle of violence. It’s a loud and hurly-burly place, with a lot of energy. A lively and lovely atmosphere. These boys, as sad as their histories are, are full of energy and a volunteer or intern working as Activities Counselor will be welcomed here with open arms. Coming up with activities such as soccer, painting, coloring, board games, other sports, dance activities and so on, would be perfect for this place.

Possible tasks:     

  • homework support
  •  teaching English
  •  offer all kinds of activities from sport to dance, games and arts
  •  painting buildings and murals
  • starting a circus or theater project

Typical day

You might take Spanish classes from 8:30 - 12:30. You have to take a trufi - you will learn about that - to get to the school.  After that you need to hurry, because it takes you 1,5 hours to get to the project and that means you miss lunch with the boys, as long as you take classes. Lucky you, it's your last week of Spanish lessons and starting next week, you will get there earlier.

The kitchen lady left some Lunch for you and before you start working with the boys, you have a little chat in the kitchen.

The boys are welcoming you and asking if you play some football with them. Alright. They are fast and loud and it's a lively place. You have to leave the game, because you meet with the director of the shelter, asking if there is some money you can spend on your theater project. With a group of the older boys you developed a play, and they came up with amazing ideas and characters and now you want to keep the project going.

Time passes by and you promised Antonio to help him out with his Math homework. So the two of you sit down in a quiet corner and you try to explain how multiplication works. It's getting dark and you have to head back to the city.

In the evening, you leave with some fellow volunteers from your house to have dinner in the center of the city and visit on of the many concerts that take place in whole Cochabamba.

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.



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
Education Requirements
at High School level
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
energetic motivated personality, experience and/or interest in working with kids, sports-enthusiast, creative potential in music/theater/arts/dance, educational background, stress resistant. 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 from 08:30 - 17:00

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.
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


Details on arrival

Volunteers are welcome all year around but worktasks and hours may depend on school- or holiday season, but we will informe you about that in advance.

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
8 - 50 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
8 weeks (min. stay)
50 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees
$40 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated. 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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