Social Worker at a Homeless Shelter

Work with homeless people and can help to design sessions and workshops to express their emotions, talk about their past and get on the path to a better life.

About Antofagasta

The region of Antofagasta is the most expensive area in Chile because of the mining industry. The prices of accommodation, food and basic services are at the highest levels in the country. Out of the 620'000 habitants of Antofagasta, 20.7% live below the line of poverty, which is above the national average. Even worse than being poor, there are approximately 1’000 homeless people and almost 4’100 families living in camps in Antofagasta. In Chile, the social gap is so wide that people won´t even look in the eyes of someone who doesn’t come from the same neighbourhood.

About Fundación Trascender

Fundación Trascender is a Chilean organisation that strives to fight against poverty and social inequalities. In Antofagasta, Fundación Trascender is engaging professionals to volunteer in social organisations, hence creating social interactions for those who often have been missing it for too long.

By working with many social organisations and by organising appropriate trainings and workshops, Fundación Trascender gives those people the dignity they deserve. The idea is to provide them with the tools to improve their own lives and to start caring about themselves and their families. They also encourage them to abandon drugs and the streets to find a job and, hopefully, a new meaning for their lives. In the Hogar de Cristo center, the homeless can find a bed, a shower and two meals a day. Furthermore, they can enjoy the company of other people and participate in the many educational workshops. Fundación Trascender helps Hogar de Cristo to work in a better way through their volunteers network. 

Why does Fundación Trascender needs you?

Do you have experience in working with homeless people and can help Fundación Trascender design sessions and workshops to express their emotions, talk about their past and get on the path to a better life? We need experienced people that are willing to come to Antofagasta for a few weeks/months to help us increase our impact towards the homeless people of Antofagasta. You can help us both to design new activities for them and to execute them at a homeless shelter we are collaborating with. Around 50 homeless people stay there every day and night.


Share a dream

This Project is covered be Share a Dream. For any additional information on Fundación Trascender and to discover how you can contribute to this project by helping from home as an expert or by donating, please visit their website (www.share-a-dream.org). To apply for a volunteer position at Fundación Trascender please start your application on Volunteer World.

Suitable for

Couples
Singles

Typical day

The offices of Fundación Trascender are in the center of Antofagasta. There are about 3-4 full-time employees that work there. You would get a workspace in our offices and participate in the daily activities of our NGO. You would assist meetings and have interesting discussions about all the other projects happening through Fundación Trascender. If working on the homeless project, you would prepare the workshops and activities during the day with our team and in the evening go to the homeless shelter to execute the sessions. 

Program Requirements

Minimum Age
18 years
Language Skills
You need to speak Spanish (basic level)
Education Requirements
Social Work at experienced level
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

Do you have any questions concerning this volunteer opportunity in Chile? Volunteer World directly connects you with Fundación Trascender

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Free-time activities

Antofagasta is a beautiful city, situated right next to the ocean and very close to the mountain range and the desert. This exceptional location makes it a great place to do different outdoor activities such as: Surfing, Climbing, Rafting, Treks and many more.

Water Sports
Swimming
Concert/Music
Diving/Snorkling
Climbing
Hiking
Museum/Opera
Sports

Services

What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.

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Airport Pickup

A person from the NGO can pick you up from the Airport and bring you to your place.

Internet Access
Good access at the project site

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14 de Febrero 2929, 1240000 Antofagasta, Chile