Volunteer with Youth Trauma Survivors in Bolivia


Cause Areas

When

Mon May 15, 2017 - Sat Aug 19, 2017

Where

Mayor RochaCochabamba, BO

Contribute to a child's life

About

Would you like to travel this summer? Practice your Spanish? Make an impact in the world? Consider an International Service Trip to Bolivia to work with survivors of trauma. For two weeks you can immerse yourself in the beautiful Andes region of South America dedicating your time to children in need and to meeting new people, traveling on breathtaking excursions and trying some of the most amazing food on earth. The Breeze of Hope Foundation staff can help you with everything to prepare for your life changing trip from fundraising money to classes on how to work with child survivors. The deadline to apply is March 1st but we'd love to begin working with you as soon as possible. Please see our website for more information and contact Kirsten Dimovitz at kdimovitz@gmail.com with any questionsTravel dates are May 15th - 29th; June 16th - 30th and July 28th - August 11th.

Please see our website for full details on ways to vonunteer and get involved. Some brief things include

Education: You will volunteer at our Elementary school in Chilimarca, a marginalized urban neighborhood. Our school focuses on early childhood development and selfdirected education based on values of love, respect, human rights, and family. Our goal is help each child reach his or her full potential and become an agent of positive community change.

Psychology, Social Work, Legal: You will also volunteer at our specialized center for child and adolescent survivors of sexual violence (the only center of its kind in Bolivia!). There we provide survivors with free legal, social, and psychological support. Our center’s broad ranging activities include recreational outings and alternative therapies, such as yoga, fit-ball, dance, and art.

Public Health, Dentistry, Medicine: If you’re interested in public health, nursing, or medical school, you can also volunteer at our Health Center where you will shadow nurses and doctors. We also partner with local hospitals to provide you with an enriching and profound experience of medical and nursing practice in Bolivia.

And last but not least, you will volunteer in our rural program called Learning from Differences that focuses on community-based skills learning for children with disabilities. There amid breathtaking Andean valleys, ravines, and mountains, you will engage in follow-up visits and home renovation projects that improve quality of life for these precious children and their families

Logistics

You will stay at A Breeze of Hope’s beautiful property in Cochabamba Valley, nestled in the foothills of the Andean mountains. There you will enjoy our walled compound complete with conference rooms, gardens, hair and nail salon, a spa, dining areas, sleeping quarters, and an amazing view of the valley and peaks.

Sleeping quarters are apartments, with several individual or paired rooms that share a common furnished kitchen, dining area, and bathroom. Each room has two bunk beds and space to accommodate personal belongings. Volunteers quarters are divided into women’s dorms and men’s dorms. Linens and towels are provided.

Meals

Each day you’ll enjoy delicious home cooked meals made with all natural fresh ingredients from local farms and Bolivia’s rain forest. You’ll also have plenty of tree-ripened fruit, handcrafted breads and pastries, local teas, and coffee for all your snacking needs! We accommodate dietary restrictions.

Trip Structure

Each day will be filled with pre-planed activities and each group will have chaperones and trip facilitators that ensure each participant is safe and has a rich experience

Sightseeing

During your time Bolivia, A Breeze of Hope staff and chaperones will take you out to explore some Bolivia’s great sites! The particular areas you visit may vary. You’ll visit Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world. You’ll travel by boat to ancient Inca ritual sites, as well as tour Copacabana, a culturally vibrant shore town. After visiting Lake Titicaca, you’ll explore the ruins of one of the world’s oldest empires-Tiwanaku. You’ll visit Bolivia’s Rain Forest, enjoying natural parks, wildlife, local food, and high mountain jungle hiking in Incachaca, home to an Inca ritual bath site. You will also visit Rural Andean Mountain Villages, where you will encounter daily life as it has been lived for centuries by farmers who skillfully tame the step slopes of the longest mountain chain on the planet to produce some of the world’s tastiest grains and potatoes. You’ll visit Cochabamba City, a thriving low valley metropolis known as Bolivia’s shining star of culture, cuisine, and hospitality. While in Cochabamba, you will visit El Cristo de la Concordia, the tallest Christ statue in the world. The Bolivian Government added several inches of hair just to make sure it’s taller than the Christ Statue in Brazil!!! We hope you’ll join us for an amazing trip to Bolivia, where you’ll serve those in need and learn about Bolivia’s colorful culture and majestic landscape.

Skills

  • Mentoring
  • Relationship Building
  • Counseling / Mental Health
  • Youth Services
  • Community Outreach

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