At first I was feeling kind of afraid because of the distance and the new culture… But the experience could hardly have been better. Since we arrived, Kelly, Jenny and Felipe were taking care about us, helping with transport and giving us security tips. Truly, the city is quietter, but there are also lot of things to do. The trips in Cusco are so special, with beautiful and unique landscapes you wouldn’t see anywhere else. Moreover, being accommodated with a local family has upgraded our experience to a different point, counting on their help, their interesting conversations and their typical dishes.
Talking about the project, I’ve been in a little health centre in Cuzco. It was a less-favoured area, where I could learn a lot about diseases I hadn’t seen before so frequently and I could perform some procedures that I hadn’t tried in my country of origin. For sure, this has been a great oportunity for my personal and professional growth. It is always very enriching meeting a new health system and a different way of working, making the best with the little resources that they have and knowing the individual patient very well. The doctors were kind with us and let us explore and help them in their daily practise.
So, after all, I am really happy to have been a part of this adventure:-) – Cristina from Spain (23 years)
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Adam is probably about to discover a new Messi in Buenos Aires! While he is coaching young football talents he has not only a lot of fun, but also inspires their team spirit. The young kids obviously enjoy the football lessons with a volunteer from UK, where football has orginally been invented.
I recently returned home from 2 weeks volunteering in Villa Rodrigo Bueno, a small neighbourhood in Buenos Aires. The main aim of the programme was to use organised workshops in football, boxing and English to encourage the local kids to get involved with productive activities and become active members of their community. All in all it was a fantastic experience, and I was really well looked after by the people there.
Flor and Bautista, a husband and wife team who ran the community centre, made sure I was safe, comfortable and well fed whenever I visited them and Andrea, who was the link between Iko Poran and the neighbourhood, was in constant contact with me throughout. Taking part in the workshops with the kids was a lot of fun, and I was also invited to take part in other activities with the adults too- a midweek football tournament being a particular highlight.
I’d definitely recommend learning some Spanish before you go as nobody in the neighbourhood speaks English, so communication could be a bit tricky at times. Nevertheless, everyone I met was really hospitable and I was made to feel very welcome. Facilities in the neighbourhood are very basic and the activities are subject to weather and other factors, so be open-minded and prepared for your schedule to change at short notice.
The programme title suggests that you will be coaching sports, but in reality you are mostly just joining in with the workshops, and in some cases being coached yourself! In many ways this was probably for the best as the standard of football in the neighbourhood is ridiculously high, so I’m not sure if I could have taught them anything anyway! There are still lots of ways to make yourself useful though: helping the kids with their homework in the English workshop, unloading food deliveries, and helping to distribute food to the local residents to give a few examples. As Andrea kept telling me, the more you put yourself out there, the more everyone gets out of it. – Adam Leese, United Kingdom, 26 years
Gabrielle Zakas from the US has been sharing her love with the children at the childcare project in Tanzania. Thank you Gabrielle!
On Facebook, Rashad Ali commented:
Leaving the comfort of your of your immediate surrounding and the loved ones, dedicating your life for the betterment of others, the most vulnerable folks is a reflection of your caring and genuine personality!
We are so happy to see the commitment of our volunteers, to bring joy and education to these children!
Work as a childcare volunteer in Tanzania helping to care for the children at the orphanage in Arusha.
This is an orphanage in an area situated at only 10 minutes from the hostel. Around 25 children aged 4 to 15 live there while waiting for adoption since all of them are orphans. The team at the orphanage offers more than just food, clothing, and shelter; they offer education and a loving home.
It is a humble house, but surrounded by a large field.
Rodrigo Lima Custowichi from Brazil made children smile at Doreen’s Crèche in Cape Town, South Africa. But where is Rodrigo on the photo? The children are having fun playing with him, hiding his face. As Rashad wrote in a Facebook comment:
Selfless souls and genuine love definitely will bring a smile to these beautiful and like-minded faces! Bringing a real smile to someone’s face is not as easy as one thinks.
But of course, it is worth the effort and the extra mile to go. what about you bringing a smile to the children in Masiphumelele Township?
As a childcare volunteer you will be teaching and caring for beautiful children at Doreen’s Crèche. The well-established day care centre at Masiphumelele Township, around 45 minutes from central Cape Town.
The crèche receives over 60 children aged 3-6 during the day while their parents work to earn a living. You will take care of these dynamic and energetic children, which requires a lot of work. But your love and dedication will be greatly appreciated.
While you are teaching maths, counting, telling stories and more you can have a lot of fund with these great kids!