The rungs on the ladder out of grinding poverty are land ownership, a safe and healthy home, education, and a stable business.
About the Program
Bolivia has one of the lowest per capita incomes in the Americas, which has resulted in high levels of extreme poverty. Land, resources and wealth remain concentrated in the hands of a small number of families, giving the country one of the highest levels of inequality in Latin America. We strive to give a chance to local communities, and especially young people so that they can secure a bright future economically and in terms of self-development.
During this volunteering experience you will have the opportunity to transfer your knowledge and skills to the local people and thereby leave a lasting impact. We expect that once you leave the project, the local communities and families have developed skills in personal finances and the local people are able to continue your work once you are gone. You will also get to know much more of the local culture and share experience with the youth and families.
Field work includes family home visits and assessments of their current financial and business knowledge. Initial development of financial literacy course that is culturally-relevant and engages people with what they know, building on the present to create a more sustainable and stable future.
Concurrently, the Microloan Program structure includes financial literacy classes, application requirements, documentation, loan management, technical assistance, and other components to ensure success with dignity. Understand Bolivia’s informal economy and be able to explain its advantages and disadvantages, both for families and the society. Help people arrive at thoughtful decisions about what is best for the long-term, rather than what is easiest in the short-term.
During a typical day at the NGO, you would discuss and plan with the families of participating youth how to manage their finances in the most efficient way. You would then brainstorm about the microloan program and design its implementation. Use your expertise and imagination to help these people in their quest for economic well-being.
In a typical day you would work 3-4 hours in the morning and 3-4 hours in the afternoon.
Specific activities include:
Teach culturally-relevant financial literacy to youth and families; develop microloan procedures, including applications, decision-making, repayment plans, etc.; work with youth and families to create realistic, appropriate, and self-determined business plans which they use to apply for microloans; provide technical assistance to microloan recipients to implement business plans, evaluate short- and long-terms outcomes, and reach their self-determined goals; apply financial principles to improve socio-economic well-being.
Entertainment and Socializing
Cochabamba is a very interesting, lively place. There are plenty of sports and outdoor activities for those who like to be physically active. There are nice restaurants, interesting public markets, and well-stocked supermarkets for those who enjoy cooking. There are clubs for those who like dancing and nightlife. And there are lots of other activities such as lectures, films, games nights, poker tournaments, dance classes, and concerts presented by local groups of all kinds. Several countries maintain centers in Cochabamba, offering regular programs and opportunities to meet new people. There are numerous museums and cultural exhibits that are a good introduction to the region. The surrounding villages and countryside offer beautiful places to visit.
Volunteers frequently organize weekend trips to towns, national parks, and other attractions nearby. For example, Toro Toro features caves, waterfalls and dinosaur footprints; Chapare offers rainforests with monkeys, birds, and other wild animals; while La Angostura has a beautiful lake with cabins for rent.
Teach youth and families about health issues; lead health related workshops; help families and youth improve personal and household hygiene.
Teach the youth music skills and help improve their personal development.
This program is developed and run by volunteers. Documentation of activities and transfer of knowledge to the next group is critical for maintaining momentum.
Teach children circus skills and to contribute to their positive personal development.
You will be helping with Fundraising, Grant Writing, Promotion, Social Media Management, Audio-Visual promotion Projects, Website Development etc.