Assistant in a shelter for rescued girls

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

High­lights

Experience the latino way of life and the vast cultural life of Cochabamba
Take Spanish classes and improve your Spanish
Make a diference in the life of children with difficult backgrounds
Gain experience in finding creative solution on activities, art and recycling projects
Be surrounded by national parks and protected arreas.
Volunteering in a shelter for girls rescued from human trafficking and sexual abuse This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Singles
Groups
50+
In this shelter live around 20 girls, children and adolescents, who have been rescued from human trafficking or from violent and abusive situations by the police or child protection services. It’s surrounded by a beautiful green garden but well hidden in a forest two hours away from Cochabamba. The shelter is not easy to find because the abusers or criminal networks from which the children were rescued may still be looking for them. The shelter is a safe but also secured home, some of the girls sometimes try to escape during their first few weeks after arrival because it takes a while to gain their trust and undo the process of brainwashing they’ve experienced. Here they receive housing, food, legal support, psychological help, therapy and can take part in various activities. In this organization you can help organize these activities. Especially art, dance and music is popular with children and adolescents. Working in this project is emotionally challenging and requires a minimum of 3 months and a good base of Spanish because of the particular environment.

Possible tasks:      

  • help with recreational activities
  •  workshops in theatre, dance and arts
  •  cooking with the girls
  •  teaching assistant (depending on Spanish skills).

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. It takes a while to get to the project but you are used to it by now.

The project organized summer school for the girls and you offered to give English and Sports classes in the morning. You prepared a simple conversation game with a lot of interaction and later you teach them the "body parts" in a playful way. In your Sports classes you continue with Volleyball and the girls already caught up on the rules and techniques, and they start to play a full match and are motivated. It's loud and you play the referee without avoiding many discussions about fairness.

After Lunch, you meet with a group of girls, that volunteered to start a gardening project with you. You are a little disappointed because only two girls showed up for the third meeting, but they are enthusiastic and you finish the timber frame with wood you gathered in the nearby forest and still feeling the warming up from the Sport classes, you finish your day of work with dirty hands but a 2m x 4m frame where you plan to plant some vegetables with the girls.

In the afternoon you head back to the city and you find that you don’t have much energy left, but you need to prepare classes for the next day. A bummer, especially because there is a concert at the Jazz Café you don’t want to miss out. After taking a shower at home, you decide to grab Dinner in the street instead of eating with your host family and have a Choripan from your favorite street vendor.

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
strong and emphatic character, sensitive to the project’s work, experience in working with kids/youth, interested in dance and music, open minded, background in therapy or counseling. 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 - 16:30

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
Limited 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

They need volunteers all year arround but your activities and task in the project, will depend on school- or holiday season. We will inform you in advance.

Availability
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Duration
12 - 50 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
12 weeks (min. stay)
$ 550
50 weeks (max. stay)
$ 550
Average fees
$ 28 /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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Assistant in a shelter for rescued girls

Volunteering in a shelter for girls rescued from human trafficking and sexual abuse

$28/week

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