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Over 245 social & conservation programs in 25 countries
In La Serena volunteers support an orphanage/children's center. Currently the center offers nursery to about 20-25 underage children, some of which are orphans and live at the center full time. This is a very proactive project with over 20 babies and toddlers 9 (numbers may change if they are adopted or in foster care). One of the main characteristic of this project is the incorporation of the families and the community to the educational work. The parents of the children are so poor that they cannot afford to keep their children healthy or well fed. The projects serve as a day care, kindergarten and support center.
Volunteers will support the ongoing building work in the village, help with the piggery and farm project, support the local community center and health talks, and general support of the local grassroots program we work with. Some of your day may be spent digging wells, moving or making bricks, feeding animals, participating in outreach projects and help with the creation of a community library. This can be a very hand on, hands dirty sort of program. Enthusiasm, a good sense of humor and helping spirit are required. Volunteer can also spend time in the children’s school teaching classes.
This is a unique health care internship program in the north of Quito which provides free services to the poor patients with more than 300 beds available for hospitalization. First Aid Course before the start of the program, given by a health care professional with experience. Participants will learn: take vital signs, blood sampling, suturing wounds and more (theory and practice). The course is “optional”, an extra unique cost of $50 paid in country to the coordinator.
These programs are scattered along the Pacific Coast with the main projects in Puntarenas and Guanacaste provinces. The projects range from very secluded locations that require 4/4 vehicles and boats to access the program area to those closer to towns. Volunteers participate on the sea turtle preservation including monitoring and registering nesting patterns, record keeping of eggs, moving eggs to the hatchery, beach patrols, freeing of the newborns to the ocean. Experience not required, but anticipate strange work hours (middle of the night!) and lots of time spent on the beach. * Most births occur between July and November.
We arrange short-term international mission trips and long term volunteer projects in South America, Africa and Asia. Designed with flexibility and customized attention with volunteer options in African orphanages, teaching English, medical and dental volunteering, HIV awareness projects, conservation in national parks, animal welfare, environmental and community development. Volunteer in Peru, Ecuador, Chile, Costa Rica, Colombia, Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala, Belize, Ghana, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Zambia, South Africa, Cameroon, Vietnam, Nepal, Cambodia, China and the Philippines. Make a lasting impact that changes lives and provides you one of the most rewarding experiences of your life: Volunteering Abroad.