Persons with disabilities are hugely marginalized in Bolivia and the whole topic is a taboo in the public discourse. This organization has its headquarters in the center of the city but the actual work they do is in the outskirts of Cochabamba and in the countryside where they offer physiotherapy to children and adults. Most patients suffer from neurological problems such as brain paralysis or physical paralysis (both complete and partial paralysis). They also offer legal advice and education on human rights and rights of persons with disabilities. They have a well-organized and professional team with a lot of dedication to the work they are doing. You can help this organization by giving physiotherapy, workshops or help raising awareness - depending on your Spanish skills. You will be able to help different local communities by addressing the main themes to this project: empowerment, prevention and rehabilitation. Also giving English lessons to staff and patients themselves is more than welcome here. A minimum period to get started here is 6 weeks.
Possible tasks: Supporting the rehabilitation and independence of people with disabilities, workshops with an emphasis on early detection and prevention of disability, to health personnel and teachers of primary and secondary schools, developing workshops in the municipalities to provide technical support to the organization, conducting evaluations of the staff and their work, developing and providing educational material about human rights and the importance of the inclusion and participation of people with disabilities.
Calle Las Hiedras, Cochabamba, Cochabamba 0000, BO
"Be the change you want to see in the world" - Mahatma Gandhi - It may sound naïve, but we actually believe that volunteering can change the world for the better. Acts of solidarity, global learning and intercultural exchange break down borders that exist between cultures and in your own mind. Anyone who has ever worked in another country, who has given his time and energy to a good cause, knows that this can be an unforgettable experience, even a life changing moment. Your own impressions and the ones you leave in others, the learning experiences on both sides, bring the world closer together.
Beyond South America is a small nonprofit agency in Cochabamba, Bolivia. It all started in 2012 with a few volunteer positions at "Casa de la Alegria", a foundation that provides therapeutic workshops to youth- and childcare projects in and around Cochabamba.
We are still a small, familiar organization but have grown over the years and by now have partnerships in Bolivia, Brazil, Ecuador, and Guatemala. We are looking for enthusiastic, open-minded and skilled volunteers for a wide variety of positions in our handpicked projects.
The staff of Beyond South America have all lived their own lives of voluntary work all around the world, so we understand the needs of volunteers, their concerns and wishes. We also care about our collaborating organizations, we offer only sustainable projects, that guarantee safety and on site support for our volunteers.
We try to combine the needs of projects and volunteers with our work and work towards finding the right project for volunteers and the right volunteer for the projects. Therefore, we want to get to know you, learn more about your background, your abilities, desires and fears, in order to propose suitable projects to you.
Check out our vacancies and please note, that ALL the profit of Beyond South America still goes to the Foundation "Casa de la Alegría" supporting and sustaining their work. So volunteering with Beyond South America means, you contribute directly to a good cause, bettering the lives of children in Bolivia.
Health & Medicine
People with Disabilities
We'll work with your schedule.
Calle Las HiedrasCochabamba, CochabmabaBolivia
July 16, 2020
Must be at least 18
Useful skills: education and/or experience as physiotherapist, sports-therapist, professional background working with physically challenged people or in chiropractic’s.