Duration: minimum of 1-2 months
Useful skills: experience/interest in working with kids, creative and cheerful mind, experience with recycling arts, background in teaching, theater/music/circus skills. Not sure if you have the right skills? Don’t worry – talk to us!
Location: the project is in La Tola, a traditional neighborhood in the south-center of Quito. It’s touristy and lively and therefore the workplace of many working children.
Possible tasks: homework support, activities counselor, organizing games and sports, give workshops in recycling arts or start a theater project, give computer lessons, teach English or other useful skills, help out with the administration.
About the project:
This project is dedicated to the education and safety of children working the streets of Quito. The majority of children belong to indigenous families who have migrated to big cities such as Quito and it’s normal for these families that their kids have to earn part of the families living. The children work on the streets as sellers, mainly in the south of Quito on plazas, and markets. If they are lucky, they work part time and the rest of the time they can go to school. This project offers a daycare-center for kids between 6-16 and runs a shelter for adolescents living on the street. It’s a welcoming and safe place for these working kids. They get free meals, homework support and most importantly room for activities and games, so they actually can have moments of childhood away from the dangers of the street. They also try to work with the families and help teenagers start an eventual career in a more stable environment, organizing workshops in carpentry, sewing and baking. A volunteer could be involved in various tasks: these kids need inspiration and cheerful people to organize activities, workshops and small projects. People to help with their homework and give English- and computer-lessons, start recycling art or teach them valuable skills.
On site: Airport pick-up, host family or volunteer apartment (must be asked for in advance), 24/7 contact on site, emergency support, purified water, hospitals and western doctors, supermarkets, good mobile signal, vast cultural life in Quito.