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Street Outreach Program

Street Outreach and Pre-school Coordinator

Quito , Ecuador

As the Rescate Street Outreach Coordinator, you will partner with Ecuadorian social workers in coordinating the activities of the pre-school program.

The Integrated Childhood and Adolescence Center, CENIT, is a non-profit organization with 25 years of experience developing strategies and integrated programs to serve at-risk and vulnerable girls, boys and adolescents, with the aim of eradicating child labour, promoting their rights, and improving their living conditions.

CENIT provides integrated educational, vocational, health, social and psychological services tailored to the needs of the community, with a particular focus on supporting and empowering girls and young women. CENIT offers a primary and high school, a drop-in tutoring center, a street outreach program, an adult education program and health services.

Rescate de Calle (Rescate) aims to restore and promote the fulfilment of rights for vulnerable and working children and adolescents in Quito's poorest market sectors. The program identifies and analyzes specific sectors of the city where there are at-risk and vulnerable girls, boys and adolescent workers, with the goal to place them in the various educational programs offered by the organization or other educational institutions. The program currently operates in Quito's Chiriyacu-Camal and San Roque markets.

Although child labour is an everyday occurrence in Quito, we believe that not all "everyday" occurrences in society are justified. RESCATE´s social workers coordinate with other institutions to build awareness of the harmfulness of child labour. They also educate parents on themes of fair treatment to initiate changes in familial relations that ensure the wellbeing of all family members.

Many children spend the whole day accompanying their parents or working in the markets. Often they do not receive the attention or intellectual stimulation necessary to develop socially and mentally as fast as their non-working peers. RESCATE provides informal pre-school education that prepares 3 -5 year olds for their entrance into formal schooling and prevents them from becoming child workers. Our service focuses on motor skills, instruction on education basics such as learning colors and numbers, and development of good hygiene habits. A team of 10 – 15 volunteers along with paid Ecuadorian staff provide this service.

Overview:

As the Rescate Street Outreach Coordinator, you will partner with Ecuadorian social workers in coordinating the activities of the pre-school program and fostering interaction with the families of at-risk and working children. This is a great opportunity for those interested in working with children and learning about the social and economic challenges of disadvantaged indigenous and mestizo communities.

Responsibilities:

  • Supervise and motivate a team of 4-5 volunteers in the pre-school education program and participate in daily activities as needed.
  • Maintain communication among the staff and volunteers, and refer any concerns about a child's safety and well-being to CENIT's Health Services and Social Work Departments.
  • Accompany, visit and support families in the orientation of services that are offered by CENIT and other institutions.
  • Assist social worker with relevant tasks, including research of resources for the beneficiary population, analysis of case notes and program archives, paperwork completion and the application of technical instruments.
  • Systemize the process for the tracking and analysis of cases and develop methods to retain institutional knowledge.
  • Plan and execute games and cultural activities for children, adolescents and their families in the markets.
  • Ensure all aspects of the program are planned, cohesive and implemented effectively.

Qualifications:

  • Undergraduate degree in social work, psychology, education, international relations or related social science field.
  • Minimum commitment of 6 months; 1 year preferred.
  • Intermediate Spanish required; advanced Spanish preferred.
  • Ability to work collaboratively within a team to motivate volunteers
  • Strong organizational and cross-cultural communication skills.
  • Good empathy and listening skills
  • Strong level of commitment to working with disadvantaged and low-income populations.
  • Experience working with children.

Costs:

We ask each volunteer for a one-time contribution of $100. In exchange, you will receive daily lunch, a CENIT T-shirt and the support of a full-time volunteer coordinator. Your contribution also supports the administrative costs of the volunteer office and the sustainability of our programs.

Free-time activities

Concert/Music
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).
Language Skills
You need to speak Spanish (intermediate level)
Education Requirements
at High School level
Required Documents
Letter of Recommendation (2) and Interest Form
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Basic Spanish Required
Experience working with children
Ability to work within a team and motivate volunteers and the children
Flexibility
Creative skills in music (dancing or singing) or the arts
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 08:00 - 13:00

Suitable for

Singles
Couples
Groups

Any questions? Just ask. We at Street Outreach Program are happy to help you.

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Services by Street Outreach Program

We ask each volunteer for a one-time contribution of $100. In exchange, you will receive daily lunch, a CENIT T-shirt and the support of a full-time volunteer coordinator. Your contribution also supports the administrative costs of the volunteer office and the sustainability of our programs.

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. Please arrange your own accommodation. Food, snacks or beverages are at extra costs.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Mariscal Sucre International Airport (UIO) in Quito. We assist you to find cheap flights to Ecuador.
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 Ecuador provides security and is a plus to have.
Vaccines
If you are intending to volunteer in Ecuador you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Ecuador.
Costs (Prices in USD)
24 weeks (min. stay)
$100.00
50 weeks (max. stay)
$100.00
Average fees
$3.00/week

You can volunteer at the project site in Quito /Ecuador between 24 weeks and 50 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Street Outreach Program will let you know about the final price during your application process.
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Deposit (15%)
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Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Street Outreach Program during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.
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