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N_N.03 Work with children and adults in a small community center (Nicaragua)

Location: Ometepe Island, Nicaragua

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Description of the project:

This is a project which emphasizes different areas of local development and social empowerment in a small community. They facilitate both, social and environmental responsibility through the promotion of education, health, and culture. The organization is a volunteer-operated and community-supported meeting place which opened in the year 2008.Since its inception, the center began collecting books to create a public library. Today the library contains over 1,000 books in English and Spanish. After that, volunteers arrived to help with improvements on the house (building tables and shelves, painting murals) and creating workshops (Art, English, and Gardening). Currently, ongoing English classes and private tutoring are provided by community members as well as volunteers.

There are different sectors you can work in. But this always depends on what is needed and which skills you possess:

EDUCATION:

  • English classes for children and teenagers
  • Art classes (music, painting)
  • Tutoring for primary and secondary school students
  • Workshops about varying topics (e.g. environmental issues, gardening)
  • Computer classes (office programs, use of Internet)

CULTURE:

  • Public library (books in Spanish and English)
  • Gardening (nurseries, nutritional home gardens)
  • Meeting room for different occasions
  • The projectcurrently has plans to open an Internet café

HEALTH:

  • Program of child nutrition
  • Health center (massages, acupuncture, chiropractic)

Your tasks:

  • Work schedule: Working hours usually are Monday to Friday 8 a.m. – noon and 2 – 5 p.m. But the exact timetable depends on what you would like to do and in which activities you would like to participate
  • Vacations: Easter, Christmas

Requirements:

  • Minimum stay: 3 months
  • Spanish level: Intermediate English level: Good enough to teach (if you choose to do that)
  • Skills and expertise: Creativity and flexibility. Depending on the field you are working in, but experience in social work, teaching or with computers would be very helpful

Accommodation, Benefits and Costs:

  • You can stay in a host family (from from 60US$ / week incl. 3 meals a day) or in a hostel (from 10 US$/ night, private room without bathroom)
  • Proyecto Mosaico books your lodging, Spanish school and your transportation from the airport, furthermore we offer individual assistance provided by the office in Granada before, throughout and after your stay
  • For our work and our services we ask a one-time-only fee of 250 € – regardless of the length of your stay

Have a look at the detailed project presentation with more pictures, info on accommodation and location:

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