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Volunteer Colombia Cartagena Women's Empowerment Programs

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A Broader View Volunteers Corp | Cartagena, BOL, Colombia
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Full time (30+ hrs/wk)

Duration

Short-Term (few weeks/months)


Volunteer Colombia Cartagena Child Care Center

Volunteer Colombia Cartagena, There is a large number of cases of teen pregnancy recorded in lower socio-cultural levels. Nevertheless, this is a problem that affects all the social levels in Cartagena and the rest of Colombia. For families with a good economic situation, an unexpected pregnancy doesn’t change transcendentally their life; the child will continue to study, the babysitter will have some work to do and the parents will continue to work and support a family with baby on board. Unfortunately, this is not the fate of most pregnant teenagers in our country. Many of them have no other choice but to accept a possible family abuse, get married if they can or start to be exploited for cheap labour. Additionally, the psychological and social impact that the mom and the baby can suffer in such a difficult situation can be more than they can stand.

It is important to note that physically teenage mothers face more health risks than women who have their children after their twenties.

Bleeding, anaemia, hypertension, abortion and premature birth are some of the risks that haunt adolescent mothers. For the baby the picture is not better. The children of very young mothers are at greater risk of being premature. For them, the risk of dying within five years old increases in a 28% compared to children of women between 20 and 29 years.

Therefore, in Cartagena, an institution has been created with the idea of attacking child mortality in the Colombian Caribbean coast, which had the highest rates across the country. This foundation has done a successful job in the city of Cartagena, providing maternity rooms and building a social complex that daily receives hundreds of children and teen moms. The foundation serves over 28,000 patients a year, and also offers a Child Development Centre. This institution was ranked as the first social work in Colombia with an ecological building with the LEED certification.

We need volunteers that can work in the medical centre they have, nurses or volunteers with experience taking care of pregnant women and teen mother’s monitoring (including helping them with the care of their babies).

Vacation time: June 12th – July 25th; Holy Week: March 29th – April 

https://www.abroaderview.org/programs/womens-empowerment-program/colombia-women-support-social-welfare-cartagena

Cartagena Program Includes:

Airport reception in Cartagena City orientation and project briefing with the ABV staff coordinator. Host family stay, or on-site living accommodations with ensuite bathroom. 3 meals per day, 7 days a week. Program support throughout by ABV local staff. Departure transfer at the end of the program.

Cartagena, Colombia

Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Cartagena is a charming walled city with massive fortifications, sea views, colonial architecture, cultural festivals and superb beach areas near by. Due to its strategic location, Cartagena is a regular port of call for cruise liner, receiving up to 100 cruises during high season.

We offer the following programs in / around Cartagena:

Program Length: 2 Week to 8 Weeks Program Date: year round * some exceptions Work Schedule: Monday-Friday, 8am-4pm Accommodations: Homestay or on-site accommodations Meals: Yes, 3 meals a day Requirements: 18yrs +, proficient Spanish speaker

Despite the tourist trade and influx of travelers, there is real poverty in this city. Outside the Old Town are neighborhoods with extreme poverty. Children living in shambles, not attending school, vying for food by working on the streets trying to sell goods to the tourists. Most of the locals, and surrounding neighborhoods lack such basic services as electricity and running water. Many of the urban poor are migrants from rural areas who come to the city in search of a better life. Unfortunately, there are few opportunities for employment. Poverty can lead not only to malnutrition, illness, delinquency, alcoholism and domestic violence, it also worsens environmental contamination. We offer social welfare programs in and around Cartagena in children's centers which provide education, food and care to the most vulnerable children.

Cartagena Program Includes:

Airport reception in Cartagena City orientation and project briefing with the ABV staff coordinator. Host family stay, or on-site living accommodations with ensuite bathroom. 3 meals per day, 7 days a week. Program support throughout by ABV local staff. Departure transfer at the end of the program.

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Volunteer Colombia Cartagena Child Care Center

Volunteer Colombia Cartagena, There is a large number of cases of teen pregnancy recorded in lower socio-cultural levels. Nevertheless, this is a problem that affects all the social levels…

Details at a glance

  • Fee Required
  • On-site Location
  • Housing Available
  • Language / Cultural Support Available
  • Groups Welcome
  • Families Welcome
  • International Volunteers Welcome

How To Apply

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Inclusions

  • Prompt customer service answering your call and emails.
  • Pre-departure Orientation Guide. Includes detailed travel, safety & cultural information and many tips that will make your trip planning easier.
  • Detailed Fundraising Guide that will help you raise the funds needed to travel, as well as provide donations to the project.
  • Accommodations: Home stay, shared volunteer residence, guesthouses. Safe, clean, comfortable local housing, inspected by our local coordinators.
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Special meals at request.
  • Airport meet and greet by our ABV project coordinator (At any time, any day!)
  • First night hotel accommodation *some programs
  • Guidance and support of a local project coordinator, 24/7 in case of emergency
  • Orientation/city briefing on arrival by our Ω∫ABV project coordinator.
  • Placement in a quality project, allowing you to maximize your time and efforts in a good cause.
  • Transportation to project site only the first day with our ABV project coordinator. Includes introduction to local staff and community members with whom you will be working with.
  • Volunteer Program: Half day (4 hours only) Spanish refresher Lesson. Part of volunteer orientation on arrival. (*Some countries)
  • Departure transfer by our ABV project coordinator.
  • A Feedback page on our ABV website with pictures of your trip.
  • The Presidents Volunteer Service Award lapel pin (Bronze, Silver or Gold)
  • Personalized Presidents Volunteer Service Award certificate of achievement.
  • Letter of completion from A Broader View Volunteers Corp·· ··By request, A Letter of Recommendation provided by the local organization detailing the activities developed by the volunteer during his or her stay.

Fro more Questions and answers visit: https://www.abroaderview.org/faq

During the Program

You should be:

  • PROACTIVE - Jump in and maintain a positive attitude.
  • PATIENT - Life in your host country moves slower than one might be used to. Relax and enjoy the slow pace. Remember, not everything is as organized and predictable as life in the US or UK.
  • FLEXIBLE - Plans change, roads get flooded, and electricity goes out. Realize that not everything goes as planned, but good intention is always there.
  • CONSIDERATE – Respect those around you and be a reliable worker at the program site. Tell your host familyif you will be late. Advise the Project Coordinator if you are sick and can not work.
  • RESPECTFUL - Remember that the local people you are working with, side by side, do so with little or no salary. They do this work because they believe in it. There are times when you may not agree with or understand the organizations decisions or direction. Although your suggestions are always welcome, your faith, respect and consideration for their long term work and commitment is appreciated.
  • FRIENDLY - In order to truly help someone you must get to know them. Do not be afraid to make friends with the local people. Smile, wave and see how fast you are welcomed into the community.
  • TOLERANT - The food, the culture, the smells and the sounds will be unfamiliar to you at first. We recommend that you dive in and experience life head-on. You will be surprised at how quickly you will adapt.

Please email your inquiries to us at: volunteers[at]abroaderview.org or form

A Broader View Volunteers Corp

236 Glen Place Elkins Park, PA 19027

Toll Free: (866) 423 3258

International Phone:

215 780 1845 215 253 4512 (020) 812 397 81 (02) 800 368 07

A Broader View office is open 10am-4pm (ET) Monday to Friday.

Click here --> Please watch our Reservation video

Inclusions

  • Prompt customer service answering your call and emails.
  • Pre-departure Orientation Guide. Includes detailed…

Location

Colombia, Cartagena, BOL, CO
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