Adriana Puiggros has been volunteering with children in one of Rio de Janeiro’s favelas, and she fell in love with Brazil:
Risking my life, investing my time, working to help the children of this favela in Rio de Janeiro was undoubtedly an indescribable experience that changed my way of seeing things and life forever. It saddens me to think that I will not see these children again, at least in a long time, but I am happy for everything that has taken me. Now it’s time to close a stage in Rio, but it’s not the time to leave. Soon I will open a new stage in Brazil full of new experiences, people and places to know. I’ve fallen madly in love with this country. ❤?
Original – Portuguese:
Arriscar minha vida, investir meu tempo, trabalhar para ajudar as crianças desta favela do Rio de Janeiro, foi sem dúvida alguma uma experiência indescritível que me mudou a minha forma de ver as coisas e a vida para sempre. Entristece-me pensar que já não vou voltar a ver estas crianças, pelo menos em um tempo longo, mas estou feliz por tudo o que me levou. Agora é hora de fechar uma etapa no Rio, mas não é hora de ir embora. Em breve vou abrir uma nova etapa no Brasil cheia de novas experiências, pessoas e lugares por conhecer. Este país me tem loucamente apaixonada. ❤?
Volunteer on child development in Peru working as a teaching assistant in a rural kindergarten.
In the teaching assistant projects you will be working as a part of PRONOEI. PRONOEI is a Peruvian government sponsored preschool initiative in the poorest areas of Peru, where mothers from within the community receive teacher training to work with a group of 30 children between 3 to 5 years old.
These community mothers, also called promotoras, have a huge challenge to keep their classes running, receiving very little support from the Peruvian state. They are nonetheless doing a formidable job, but that’s why receiving volunteers to assist in the classroom can be such a huge help.
You will be assisting them with classroom activities and playing with the children. The facilities in these PRONOEIs are limited to the most basic; they are often missing adequate restrooms, large enough classrooms, playground areas and teaching materials, but the children who attend them are so happy and thankful to be receiving an education that you will find the experience to be truly humbling. In your spare time you can explore the mysteries of this astounding place and get to know the real Peru.
You can choose between volutneer programs in Arequipa, Peru’s beautiful white-stone city shadowed by the famous El Misti Volcano; Cusco, the Inca capital and the archaeological capital of the Americas; and Iquitos, the gateway to the Peruvian Amazon.
Volunteers in Iquitos will be located inside an Amazonian ethnic group located 15 minutes by boat from Iquitos city.
Volunteers must love children and have a positive and creative attitude to make the most of the limited resources available. You will gain valuable teaching experience, while helping to keep these educational projects going.
Learn to surf in South Africa and volunteer to help underprivileged children at Muizenberg, close to Cape Town.
The volunteer program takes place in Muizenberg, Cape Town. The place is renowned for its gentle rolling waves just calling out to be ridden, you will be learning to surf in one of the best places in the world. The surf is free from rips and currents, giving you the safest & best opportunity to hone your skills – it’s not as easy as it looks!
You will first learn the art of surfing, along with the addictive and electrifying feeling that comes with riding a wave all the way into the shore; then you will be working will kids from the disadvantaged areas surrounding Muizenburg, teaching them how to surf.
These are bright, enthusiastic children who have been unfortunate to grow up in underprivileged communities. Their upbringing will often have been marred by violence and tragedy, as well as limited access to money. This is why your volunteer work is so important, as it gives them the chance to get away from all of that; to spend a few carefree, laughter-filled hours in the water, where they can have fun and make friends. It provides them with a freedom that really is priceless and makes a huge impact on their lives.
This is only made possible through the help of volunteers like you. You will get to spend sun-soaked days on the beautiful beaches of South Africa, while giving new experiences and skills to these wonderful kids, letting them escape the difficulties of their lives and helping to broaden their horizons.
In your free time you will also be able to explore all the amazing places in Cape Town with the city right at your feet.
Find the complete information about volunteering in South Africa.
As an 18 year old exploring the continent for the first time this was a great way to acclimatise to the friendly South American culture. With the city of Buenos Aires just a half an hour train away as well as other day trips such as Tigre and Temaiken close too, San Isidro offers not just a great support scheme for young affected children, through the Fundación Cor program, but also offers a great location to spend your time during the program.
With a range of children from about 4 months to 13 years it really felt like a family here – which is precisely what those kids need. That and a bit of love and attention of course. I felt a real connection with not just the kids but also the super caring staff.
This program really must be considered by anyone with an interest for volunteering or just putting a smile on the faces that need it most.
How can this program be improved?
More outdoor activities for the kids.– Matt, 19 years old, West Sussex, England
Volunteers in Buenos Aires have the opportunity to choose one of our five different programs, such as: Child Development; Childcare (Orphanage); Sports; Community Development; a Special Project: Community Feeding Program in which you help to prepare meals and serve to hundreds of needy families.
Find out more about Argentina Volunteer Programs.
Have a look also at our page with the football coaching volunteer projects in several countries.