Volunteer Colombia Cartagena Social Welfare / Child Support: Cartagena

Published

10/25/2018

Time Commitment

Full time (30+ hrs/wk)

Duration

Short-Term (few weeks/months)

Address

Colombia
Cartagena
BOL

Colombia

Description

Social Welfare / Child Support: Cartagena (La Boquilla)

This program is located in the beach community of La Boquilla, located about 25-30 minutes from downtown Cartagena. Most of the people in this area are fisherman and neighborhood homes are quite primitive. This multifunctioning center is supporting over 300 on a daily basis where they come to study, play and eat. There are free lunches, kingarten -primary school lessons, monthly health checks and a safe refuge for poor kids in the community. The focus of this organization is to improve the lives of the children and work on the prevention of child trafficing into the sex trade. In this center there are activities rooms for the kids, and volunteers are needed to encourage education, stimulate conversation, support the child care needs. The kids at the center range from toddlers to 15yrs old.


Activities: Feeding the children, pre-school class room lessons, English teaching to the teens, help with homeworks, playing in the playground, helping in the kitchens. Providing support with the teenagers, focusing on girls health education, health talks, empowerment, The working schedule is Monday to Friday, 7.30am to 2:30pm. This center is closed from June25- July 15th.

Requirements: Spanish speaking volunteers, short or long term placements available

Accommodations: Private bedroom (2 single beds) with ensuite bathroom, secured room with view of the ocean. Three meals a day. Located at the beach on premises of the project.

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.

Fee Required

Benefits

  • Housing Available
  • Language/Cultural Support Available

Benefits

  • Groups
  • Families
  • International Volunteers

How To Apply

volunteers@abroaderview.org
https://www.abroaderview.org

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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.


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