Colorful Chances

Sewing Instructor & Small Business Advisor

Paramaribo, Suriname show on map

Non-profit | Colorful Chances

Giving sewing courses to future sewing instructors and mostly women on different locations in Suriname, near the rainforest as well as the city This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Singles
Couples
Groups

Currently there are sewing courses in Wanica, New Aurora and New Nickerie spread over Suriname. Depending on the number of applications it is determined whether to start one or two courses, everything evolves around the ability to effectively teach the individuals involved. Both for students as well as future sewing instructors because our goal is to extend the sewing classes and also allow them to be given in other places to make it sustainable and that is only if we have enough teachers in different places.

We have organized the sewing courses in a way that students were not only taught, but also could buy a sewing machine and pay it off in a year. With the new courses, we no longer work with new sewing machines, in order to reduce costs.

It is intended that the students also will learn a thing or two from PR and setting up a small business. The completion of the course includes a few former students that will be given additional classes. If successful nine or ten people will be able to continue giving classes.

This position would entail giving sewing classes to (mostly) women on different locations, but especially teaching how to set up their own small businesses applying their skills. Teaching some PR, how to keep track of finances and sustain their business. Basic knowledge on business is necessary, but we also will educate on how to teach setting up businesses. We are looking for volunteers 2016 for at least three months, committed to volunteering.

We would like to have an active individual who is in a position to start in projects on existing locations throughout Suriname. Nonetheless, also considering different courses and starting on new locations. As well as people who are able to interact with people from all kinds of religions and peoples. Given the environment, creativity is essential as well as commitment to development assistance.

Currently there are sewing courses in Wanica, New Aurora and New Nickerie spread over Suriname. Depending on the number of applications it is determined whether to start one or two courses, everything evolves around the ability to effectively teach the individuals involved. Both for students as well as future sewing instructors because our goal is to extend the sewing classes and also allow them to be given in other places to make it sustainable and that is only if we have enough teachers in different places.

We have organized the sewing courses in a way that students were not only taught, but also could buy a sewing machine and pay it off in a year. With the new courses, we no longer work with new sewing machines, in order to reduce costs.

It is intended that the students also will learn a thing or two from PR and setting up a small business. The completion of the course includes a few former students that will be given additional classes. If successful nine or ten people will be able to continue giving classes.



Free-time activities

Many different possible free time activities in the country from tourism to activities combined with other projects such as visiting rural communities or checking up on people that took the courses.

Suriname also has part of the Amazone and therefore and immense biodiversity combined with communities of Indians, 'Maroons' and others living there. Visits can be arranged.

Concert/Music
Climbing
Safari/Zoo
Hiking

Program 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 (fluently)
Criminal Background Check
required
Required Documents
CV
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Experience in sewing : make clothes & quilts, Knowledge PR and business appreciate, Able to work with new and old machines, Dutch & French desirable, Give classes and homework
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 12:00 - 18:00

Included Services

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Before your journey

Profound consulting and ongoing support (free)
Colorful Chances (your host organization) provides consulting and is keen to answer all your questions. Once you reserved your spot, you will receive the contact details of your volunteer project.
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On-site services

Services by Colorful Chances

These are basic costs entailing ensuring their is fitting transportation from and to the airport, other locations as well as an expedition into the inner country where indians etc. live.

Nonetheless, given the different areas and needed acoomodation the costs can vary.

Airport Pickup at Zanderij International Airport

Airport Zanderij with a sign, but further instructions will be given.

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 Zanderij International Airport (PBM) in Paramaribo. We assist you to find cheap flights to Suriname.
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 Suriname provides security and is a plus to have.
Vaccines
If you are intending to volunteer in Suriname you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Suriname.
Costs: Prices in USD
11 weeks (min. stay)
$ 110
12 weeks
$ 120
13 weeks
$ 130
14 weeks
$ 140
16 weeks
$ 160
18 weeks
$ 180
25 weeks (max. stay)
$ 250
Average fees
$ 10 /week

You can volunteer at the project site in Paramaribo/Suriname between 11 weeks and 25 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Colorful Chances will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Crowdfunding Service
Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in Suriname.
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 Colorful Chances during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.
  Americas South America Suriname  Paramaribo, Paramaribo
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