Duration: minimum of 2 months (in activity guidance)
Useful skills: experience in working with kids, sensitive to the project’s issue, enthusiastic about sports- and other activities, creative background in music/theater/arts, counseling and creative therapy, teaching and guidance. Not sure if you have the right skills? Don’t worry – talk to us!
Location: the office is right in the center of Cochabamba, a safe and lively “barrio” with good public transportation and many opportunities to shop and eat.
Possible tasks: recreational activities with the kids such as sports, arts and teaching English, support the local staff in counseling and with therapeutic topics, creative therapy, helping out with campaigns, short term projects like dance-workshops, theater or music-classes.
About the project:
The project helps victims of abuse in their recovery and has its headquarters in the city center. Here they work on different issues with children and adolescents up to 18 years old. On the one hand, they offer free legal support in the process to get perpetrators sentenced and imprisoned. On the other hand, they focus on the victims in need of support both during and after the trial. This support is given in the form of creative dance therapy, drawing workshops, information processing and psychological support. They also organize campaigns and political events to give a voice to those unheard.
This great project can use your help with therapy (take into account that Spanish can be a bit of an obstacle if you want to transfer your knowledge and experience) and with activity guidance and English lessons. There is a lot going on in this vital organization, with many possibilities to help. If you have a professional background in creative therapy or counseling consider a minimum stay of three months. If you want to help out with daily activities for the kids in and around the center, then a minimum stay of two months is also possible.
On site: Airport pick-up, host family or volunteer house, borrowed cellphone and SIM-card, 24/7 emergency support, purified water, hospitals and western doctors, supermarkets, wifi and good mobile signal, vast cultural life.