South America Inside

Health Care Supporter

Sucre, Bolivia show on map
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founded in 2003
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Coordinator | Sergio
Coordinator | Sergio
Assist therapists, work with the nurses, help the doctors, give support and advice, care for children and patients This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Singles
Couples
50+

Highlights

  • Learn more about Bolivia's indigenous communities
  • Boost your CV with international volunteer experience
  • Grow as a person by improving your intercultural skills
  • Improve your Spanish skills by practicing on a daily basis
  • Visit amazing places throughout a country that is famous for its breathtaking landscapes and indigenous culture

During your volunteer program in Bolivia, you either work in a center for disabled children and adolescents or in a psychiatric ward. Regarding your preferences, you are welcome to express your expectations.

The Center for Disabled Children and Adolescents is a non-profit organization and helps both the children and their often very poor families. A special concern of the organization is to support single mothers of disabled children. Most of the children who benefit from the center come from the rural areas around Sucre. The goal of the doctors, nurses and physiotherapists is taking care of the children and to help the little patients wherever they can. They are understanding, friendly and always have a smile on their faces. In these institutions volunteers of all kinds are needed, but especially physiotherapists!

Volunteers from abroad have the opportunity to work in the following areas: in the boarding school, with therapy sessions, in the day care center or in the own school project.

If you prefer to work in the medical sector, psychiatric work is a potential alternative to working in the center. At the moment doctors, nurses, psychologists, physiotherapists and medical students are taking care of about 400 patients (number may change). There is also a ward dedicated to elderly patients. There you would help the patient with the food intake, walk them with their wheelchairs or walkers, read from the newspaper, help with washing, etc.

Each of these institutions is located in the city of Sucre or in the surrounding area. Sucre is located in the south of Bolivia, about 2800 meters above sea level and is both the capital and the judicial headquarters of the country. Sucre is known for its unique cultural wealth, which is particularly reflected in its colonial architecture.

Typical day

During your voluntary service in Bolivia, you work with disabled children and adolescents in Sucre. These children come from poor rural backgrounds, they no longer have parents or they are unable to look after their children properly. Due to their disability, they can not be accommodated in traditional orphanages like other orphans.

During your volunteer work, you will take care of these children in one of the various health centers and assist the doctors, therapists and nurses in their work. You also organize games and activities, such as singing, dancing, painting and crafting and helping the children with schoolwork. You give them the necessary attention and recognition they need to build self-estime. In general, you should be open-minded and tolerant as a volunteer. A great deal of flexibility is also expected of you, namely that you will help where your help is needed.

Be aware that most of the project sites in Bolivia are rather poor and overcrowded with children and therefore the environment in which you will work is not always easy and well organized. You should be humble, friendly, understanding and warm-hearted.

Details on Arrival

The volunteer work can be joined throughout the year. The start and end date can be set flexible, according to your availability and travel plans. Ask our experienced staff to coordinate your participation in this meaningfull volunteer project.

Free-time activities

Sucre is the constitutional and historical capital of Bolivia. Known as the White City because of the color of its colonial buildings. Sucre keeps much of the history of Bolivian independence. Sucre is a city of colonial towers, buildings and churches. It really conserves many colonial buildings and an interesting history. Visitors enjoy walking through its streets, visiting squares, local markets and museums.

In Sucre you will find plenty of restaurants and bars to socialize and to meet up with friends.

In the surroundings of Sucre you can find hiking trails for visitors and also rocks for climbers. You can visit mountains and waterfalls as well as indigenous communities and local markets. Also, the old mining town of Potosi is a must see!

Concert/
Music
Sightseeing
Shopping/
Souvenirs
Climbing
Hiking
Museum/
Opera
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 Spanish (intermediate level)
Education Requirements
at High School level
Required Documents
CV
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

Included Services

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All program fees are charged directly by South America Inside.

Before your journey

Profound consulting and ongoing support (free)
South America Inside (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.
Online preparation course (optional, from $49)
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On-site services

Services by South America Inside

  1. Single room, Homestay
  2. Half-board (breakfast, dinner)

  3. Consultation from our experienced staff
  4. Translation of application profile
  5. Volunteer work placement
  6. Advice regarding travel insurance
  7. Advice on local travels
  8. Orientation session upon arrival
  9. Orientation kit
  10. Country handbook
  11. Local support
  12. 24/7 Emergency Number
  13. Certificate of Participation

Airport pick-up can be added at an extra cost.

Accommodation

Every effort is made to ensure that your stay abroad in Sucre is as pleasant as possible. Therefore accommodations are carefully chosen and regularly assessed. During your volunteer program in Bolivia, you will live with a Bolivian host family who gives you the opportunity to practice and improve your Spanish language skills and to immerse yourself in the country's culture. Accommodation includes half-board (breakfast and lunch), as well as laundry service once a week.

Guest Family Bedroom (Single)
Food & Beverages

Half-board is provided (breakfast, dinner)

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. An airport pickup isn't included within the program fees either.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Viru Viru International Airport (VVI) in Santa Cruz. 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)
$ 1,215
5 weeks
$ 1,400
6 weeks
$ 1,585
7 weeks
$ 1,770
8 weeks
$ 1,955
24 weeks (max. stay)
$ 4,915
Average fees
$ 254 /week

You can volunteer at the project site in Sucre/Bolivia between 4 weeks and 24 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. South America Inside 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 South America Inside during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.
  Americas South America Bolivia  Sucre, Sucre, Chuquisaca Province, Bolivia

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