Sustainable Bolivia

Speech Therapist for children

Riberalta, Bolivia show on map

Non-profit | Sustainable Bolivia

Sustainable Bolivia is supporting the Centro Nuevos Horizontes (New Horizons) which is working with children with special needs. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Singles
Couples
Groups
50+

Sustainable Bolivia is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in the Bolivian Amazon that partners with local initiatives to provides resources that support ecotourism, nature conservation, health and  education. Volunteers and interns are placed with partner NGOs throughout the country, namely in and around Riberalta, Bolivia.

The health system in Bolivia lacks funding and staff. The facilities are often basic, the clinics mostly attend to minor emercigencies and routine visits. As a volunteer or intern in the healthcare sector you will be able to observe many types of health issues while working in facilities that are very different to what you are used to back home.

Sustainable Bolivia is supporting the Centro Nuevos Horizontes (New Horizons) which is working with children with special needs. Using a multidisciplinary  approach, this Centre is able caters to the unique physical and psychological needs of  each individual. Services include assessment and evaluation, physical therapy and rehabilitation, individualized educational programs, speech and communication support, play therapy and vocational training. The program also serves as a day care for young children of varying levels of independence.


Typical day

Responsibilities may include:

  • Provide speech therapy and rehabilitation to physically and developmentally disabled individuals both at the center and at their homes
  • Evolve and adapt new methods of teaching to enable differently abled individuals to live independently
  • Work one-on-one with families and caretakers ensuring a sustainable treatment plan is carried out in all areas of their life
  • Empower individuals to become as independent as possible through adaptive education, speech rehabilitation, and teaching self-advocacy
  • Provide direct care to disenfranchised individuals who cannot afford treatment

The volunteers will work with the local staff.

Details on Arrival

  • Airport Pick up
  • Orientation upon arrival

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
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
Education Requirements
Healthcare at University level
Required Documents
CV and passport
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Intermediate Spanish
Experience or background in medicine, public health
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

Included Services

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Before your journey

Profound consulting and ongoing support (free)
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

Airport pick up in the city of Riberalta

Accommodation
  • 250$ per month for a shared room in the volunteer house (depending on availability)
  • 350$ for a private room in the volunteer house (depending on availability)
  • 450$ for a private room in a host family (incl. 3 meals per day)
Guest Family Bedroom (Single) Bedroom (Double)
Food & Beverages
  • Bottled and drinkable water available at all times
  • If you are in a host family, 3 meals/day are included (vegetarian option possible)
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)
$250.00
5 weeks
$313.00
6 weeks
$375.00
7 weeks
$438.00
11 weeks
$688.00
19 weeks
$1,188.00
50 weeks (max. stay)
$3,125.00
Average fees
$63.00/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, Riberalta

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