Sustainable Bolivia

Work with small children (preschool)

Riberalta, Bolivia show on map

Non-profit | Sustainable Bolivia

SB is working with two nurseries in Riberalta, which are part of a public programme & take care of children from 6 months to 6 years coming from disadvantaged background. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Singles
Couples
Groups
50+

Sustainable Bolivia is a non-profit organization in the Bolivian Amazon that partners with local initiatives to provides resources that support ecotourism, regenerative agriculture, health and education. Volunteers and interns are placed with partner NGOs throughout the country, namely in and around Riberalta, Bolivia.

SB is working with two nurseries in Riberalta, which are part of a public programme. The nuseries PAN (Programa de Atención a Niños menores de seis años) take care of children from six months to six years coming from disadvantaged background. The centers are open from 8am to 3pm.

The Nurseries PAN (Guarderías PAN – Programa de Atención a Niños y Niñas Menores de 6 Años) is a program created in 2006 that offers daycare services to children 6 months to 6 years old. They have two nurseries in Riberalta: Centro 25 de Marzo and Centro San Francisco. Each center is open March to November and has a maximum capacity of 30 children for one center and 60 for the other. Their services are targeted toward families with few resources who have to work and therefore cannot look after their children during the day – mainly families working in the Brazil nut industry.

The centers split children up into three age groups: 6 months to 2 years old, 2 years to 4 years old, and 4 years to 6 years old. The children in the oldest age group are part of a preschool-like program in which they are taught things like colors, numbers and shapes. Children of all ages are provided with breakfast and lunch.

Objectives:

  • Prevent young children from being left at home alone
  • Be a safe place for children while their parents are at work
  • Be attentive to any potential issues at home (violence, alcoholism, etc.); inform the public authorities and file a complaint if something comes up
  • Prepare children for primary school by giving them the right tools to be successful

Who does Guardarías PAN serve?

Guardarías PAN serves low-resource families who work during the day and cannot afford to send their kids to daycare or preschool. Most of these families work in the Brazil nut industry. In between their two centers, they receive 90 children in total.


Typical day

Responsibilities may include:

  • Working together and supporting the educators
  • Helping plan and supervise children during all activities
  • Helping the children eating (breakfast/lunch)
  • Assisting children in their tasks
The volunteers are expected to work from 7am to 3pm from Monday to Friday. The volunteer will work in one or the other center. They are both located in the city center and are easily by walk from the volunteer house (15-20min) or with a 5min ride with a mototaxi.

The volunteers will work together with the local staff and educators. Opportunities to serve may vary depending on the interest and skill set of the volunteer. Creativity is welcome in what you are equipped to teach, lead or implement.  

Details on Arrival

  • Airport pick-up
  • Orientation upon arrival
  • House visit and City Tour

Free-time activities

In their free time, volunteers can enjoy a lot of activities around Riberalta such as enjoying the nature of the Amazon (tours, trekking) and the animals, enjoying the rivers (boat tours) or the swimming pools close-by. It is also very easy to go to Brazil where you there is a lot of amenities for shopping.


If volunteers want to travel, there is a lot to see in Bolivia itself (easily accessible by plane) such as the salt flats, the Titicaca Lake, the cities of La Paz, Sucre and Tarija (this last one for the wines), the mines of Potosi and of course its incredible nature and the parks around Santa Cruz (Amboro) or Samaipata, and around Villa Tunari.

Water Sports
Swimming
Sightseeing
Shopping/Souvenirs
Safari/Zoo
Hiking
Sports
Yoga/Meditation

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 (basic level) and Spanish (basic level)
Criminal Background Check
required
Required Documents
CV and passport
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Basic Spanish
Flexible, open minded
experience with children an advantage
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 08:00 - 15:00

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Before your journey

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Sustainable Bolivia (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 Sustainable Bolivia

All Prices Include:

    • Pre-arrival support
    • Accommodation
    • Volunteer or internship placement
    • Internet access
    • Orientation
    • Pick-up from Riberalta airport
    • Grant funding through mini-grant program
    • Cleaning services
    • Drinkable water
    • Access to Plant Medicine Retreat Pisatahua
    • Sponsored cultural events (workshops, shared dinners, yoga classes, documentary screenings, etc.)
    • 24-hour staff support
    • A contribution to our scholarship program
    • 3 meals a day (only for Family Home Stay option)

Airport Pickup at Gen Buech Airport

Pick up point at Riberalta airport. Our team is available 24h/7d but you need to inform us beforehand if you have issues with your flight.

Accommodation
  • 250$ / month for a shared room in the volunteer house (depending on availability) - 2 or 3 people max. in the same room, girls and boys separate
  • 350$ / month for a private room in the volunteer house (depending on availability) - around 15m2
  • 450 $ / month for a private room in a host family (incl. 3 meals / day)
  • All options have a shared bathroom.
Guest Family Bedroom (Single) Bedroom (Double)
Food & Beverages
  • Bottled water available at all times
  • For host families 3 meals per day are included. An adapted diet for allergies and vegetarians is possible, even though difficult as Riberalta is a small city where veggies are quite expensive. In case of vegetarians, the best is to help your family in cooking cheap vegetarian options for you and be flexible. You can ask advice to the team.
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.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Gen Buech Airport (RIB) in Riberalta. 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.
Costs: Prices in USD
4 weeks (min. stay)
$ 250
5 weeks
$ 313
6 weeks
$ 375
7 weeks
$ 438
11 weeks
$ 688
19 weeks
$ 1,188
50 weeks (max. stay)
$ 3,125
Average fees
$ 63 /week

You can volunteer at the project site in Riberalta/Bolivia between 4 weeks and 50 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Sustainable Bolivia 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 Bolivia.
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 Sustainable Bolivia during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.
  Americas South America Bolivia  Riberalta, Av. Chuquisaca 1624

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