Assistant to physiotherapy and support during home visits of children with disabilities in Cochabamb
Beyond South America
This project is as grassrootsy as it can get and yet far more than a one-woman-show. Placed in the poor southern part of Cochabamba, this community based organization visits families and their children with disabilities to support them, raise awareness about inclusion and rights for persons with disabilities and break down the taboo surrounding disabilities in Bolivia. With the experience of having a disabled child of her own and being a physiotherapist, the founder of this small organization started to offer physiotherapy and tried to break the taboo by regularly visiting the children and maintaining contact with the parents. Out of embarrassment these kids are often kept at home and sometimes left alone by themselves while their parents are working, with just a bowl of water and food. Hiding from the neighborhood that you have a disabled child is common sense here. This position requires a truly open mind and a strong personality because of the emotional impact of the work. You will visit the children and their families and help with physiotherapy and over all contribute to break open the existing taboo. Of course, persons with a physiotherapeutic or medical background are much needed in this small but heartwarming project, but due to lack of personal and materials, volunteers need to be proactive and independent.
Possible tasks: support during family visits, assisting physiotherapy, advice and education about human rights and rights for people with disabilities, helping with promoting the project’s mission, fundraising and office work.
About Beyond South America
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.