N_F.23 Work with children of a less fortunate neighborhood (Nicaragua)
Location: Granada, Nicaragua
Description of the project:
The organization is situated in one of Granada’s poorest neighborhoods. The main aims are giving the children mental, spiritual, emotional and practical support and breaking the cycle of poverty by providing educational assistance. This takes place in form of after school child care. Because of their living situation most of the families are not able to encourage their children as they would need it. But here the organization wants to act complementarily.
Since a lot of the children would not get a proper meal during their day, the organization prepares lunch for them. Furthermore, the children get educated in English or can get additional classes in subjects like math, geography, reading and writing. Besides the opportunity to learn in groups they can get tutored while doing their homework. They also support the children materially with backpacks, school supplies, uniforms and shoes. Learning practical life skills such as manners, interpersonal skills, environmental stewardship and a sense of discipline and responsibility are also basic intentions of the organization’s work. Beside all the educative objects the children should mainly feel themselves in good hands, comfortable and accepted; so beside all of this there is still time to have fun for example on Fridays, when it is time to play games. In June 2014 the school moved into a new building and there they are able to teach and cater for around 200 kids – therefore they will need a lot of additional support from volunteers!
- Assisting the English lessons (during the weekly volunteer meetings you are invited to bring your own ideas to the project and the work)
- Helping with the serving of lunch
- Tutoring (Spanish and Math) as well as helping with the homework
- Work schedule: Mondays to Fridays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. or 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
- Vacations: Easter week, one week around Christmas; holidays need to be coordinated with the project director
- Minimum stay: 1 month
- Spanish level: Basic, but we recommend a Spanish crash course before or during your stay
- English level: Good enough to teach
- Skills and expertise: Creativity, independent nature, patience, good with children, flexibility, cultural sensitivity, ability to be disciplined, basic math skills, teaching experience is a bonus, but definitely not required
Accommodation, Benefits and Costs:
- You can stay with a host family (from 50 US$/ week incl. breakfast), in a shared flat (from 35 US$/ week), or in a hostel (from 5 US$/ day in a dorm room)
- 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:
Interested? Send us here your…Inicial Request for your Volunteer Experience