Volunteering with us in Bolivia will inspire you, make you laugh & will bring you a new perspective on life. It is in this project that all of life happens - from the youngest to the eldest, the whole community is represented here. There is amazing support & great friendships have been forged here, often in the most difficult of life circumstances. This fantastic project reaches out to those in greatest need, families on the edge, young people living rough, addicts & street children. It brings them all into a place of hope, understanding and acceptance. The staff provide education, medical care, micro-finance opportunities, sports & most of all a sense of belonging. Spanish lessons are included to help you learn or improve your Spanish skills while you help those in need, and have the adventure of your life! This is an amazing way to experience the true Bolivian way of life and to get right to the heart of some of the issues that face the poorest communities in Latin America. The staff team here have established a great work that is reaching out to the street children, the homeless & those at risk of offending. It is a project with immense heart and compassion, and a place that will inspire you for years to come. The needs of the communities in Bolivia are immense, it is the least developed country in Latin America and unlike its\' wealthier neighbour Brazil it does not have a share in the wealth that comes from intense tourism to boost the economy. As a result those who are lacking within the communities are often left to fend for themselves, the projects that do exist to support them struggle to find the resources to keep their good work going and so this is where your time with our project can really make a difference. Our project, based in the city of Cochabamba, works to provide a range of resources for the poorest families. Whilst here you can assist with a variety of aspects of the projects\' work and gain first hand experience of community development in its\' truest form. You can help teach in the education programme - a wonderful mobile school that is taken onto the streets for the children to learn and to improve their future chances of development. The mobile school is a lifeline for these children, it provides interactive lessons where they can learn Maths, Literacy skills, Language development and more. You can work with the homeless men and women helping to provide nutritious meals and help to restore their self esteem. Many feel they are at the bottom of the ladder in society and through the project they begin to once again see their lives as having value and purpose. The project provides activities, places to meet and talk with those who want to listen to them, friendship and structure. Meals are provided each day, and clothes are distributed when donations come in. Where the clothes are not suitable for use in the community they are transformed by the young people into environmentally friendly bags which are sold as part of the micro-finance scheme which exists to bring funds back into the day to day running of the programme.
4 Norton Hill, Austrey, Atherstone, Warwickshire CV9 3ED, UK
We have some fabulous adrenaline pumping opportunities here in the UK for you! Opportunities to join a team of like-minded people sharing their knowledge, enthusiasm and contagious sense of humour for a year of sports, adventure and learning. Based around the UK in a variety of project bases you can choose to join these teams and not only use your passion for activity to help others, but also gain a recognised Bristish Standard qualification in your chosen field of instruction. These are very well respected qualifications that can be a huge help in your future careers. This time in project will also help to grow your confidence, people skills and leadership skills. The activities include: Wheelchair abseil tower High & low ropes courses Climbing & abseiling Bird of prey workshop The ‘BIG’ bounce Tropical Inc. wildlife experience Indoor Archery Ranges Challenge courses Bridge building Raft building ponds Initiative exercises & games Fencing Search & rescue Circus skills Night walk On-site orienteering Ice breakers Wide games Camp fires Heated outdoor swimming pool Disco & karaoke Zip wire Team games If you prefer your sports to be a little dryer you could join the sports arena project where you can coach tennis in the purpose built tennis arena and provide a variety of levels of intruction in: Climbing Basketball Unihoc Football Table tennis Volleyball Mini-volleyball Mini-tennis Squash Courts Archery Fencing Badminton Netball Bowls Roller Skating Trampoline Initiative games The projects are all Christian in their focus and many of the groups you will work with are from UK based churches, youth groups & schools. The opportunities are open to people from all denominations and Christian church backgrounds. The faith aspect is not "in your face" during the year, but it is an important part of the team's focus and the ethos of the projects themselves. Please note that due to the nature of this role we require you to have fluent spoken English, preferably mother tongue. Applicants must also be aged 18-24
Shiloh House, Ireland
This project captures all that is good about modern therapy and makes it even better! Focussing on the needs of a wide variety of clients, the staff work to bring joy, movement, achievement and a vital boost to self esteem in those they are working with. As an organization, they offer a range of services that focus on the individual’s needs and potential. The staff are all highly trained and experienced, sharing knowledge across the various teams to ensure that the approach is truly multi-disciplinary. The state-of-the-art facilities compliment the programmes and services to ensure that people with disabilities have access to professional care, advice, training and therapy. Joining this team will provide you with a wealth of experience, opening your eyes to the amazing impact each therapy can have on any individual of all levels of ability. You will have opportunity to assist in every area of the projects' work, learning new skills along the way. If you are staying longer term you will be given the opportunity to specify which therapy area you are most interested in, and give time to focus on developing your skills further in this field. This truly is an amazing opportunity in an amazing Island that could revolutionise your future!