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N_L.10 Support an organization in counseling people who suffer from a psychotic disorder (Nicaragua)

Location: Matagalpa, Nicaragua

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Description of the project:

The organization is a non-profit organization which was founded in 2005 by a Dutch psychiatric nurse, who came to Matagalpa in 2004 to conduct an anthropological research on poor families with a psychotic family member. The aim is to help family members of people with a psychotic disorder. The philosophy behind it is: when people in the direct surroundings of a psychotic person are more stable, then he or she will also be more stable. The organization establishes workshops, meetings, and counseling with the family members. This way affected families have the opportunity to connect with each other and exchange their experiences. At the same time they learn about a way to handle and live with a psychotic disorder. They also collaborate with other organizations, give courses in other cities or receive guests to give special classes. Furthermore, at the moment the organization is building a little laundry business to support their work financially.

Your tasks:

  • Accompany the staff on their visits to the clients and their families
  • Help with interviews and other media of communication
  • Assist in giving information or recreational classes and workshops
  • Help to contact and find new clients
  • Develop and create own ideas and concepts to improve the working processes (e.g. how the organization could improve their way of working effectively, etc.)
  • Work schedule: 8:00 a.m. – noon and 2 – 5:00 p.m.

Requirements:

  • Minimum stay: 3 months
  • Spanish level: Intermediate
  • Skills and expertise: You are interested in helping people with psychological and emotional problems, you are creative and can work independently, cultural sensitivity, everybody is welcome but most helpful would be volunteers from psychological, sociological, or anthropological (study) areas or professionals from the area of social work, nurses from psychiatric fields of work

Accommodation, Benefits and Costs:

  • Stay with a host family in Matagalpa (from 75 US$/ week incl. 3 meals a day) or you can – if available – live in an apartment of the organization (30 US$/ week)
  • 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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