A Broader View Volunteers Corphttp://www.abroaderview.org
236 Glen Place Elkins Park, Pennsylvania 19027 United States
1-2 weeks, 2-4 weeks, 5-8 weeks, 9-12 weeks
You Choose when to go
Special Needs / Disabled Support Center
Hours: Monday to Friday. 8:00am - 4:00pm. Volunteer at a center for children and young adults with special needs, and support health care and therapy activities.
The center provides free meals, physcial and occupational therapy, health checks, and education. The students have visua and audio impairments, while others are afflicated with MS, Cerebal palsy and down syndrome.
You will assit this meal time, helping with therapy needs, organizing activites for those that are mobile, reading stories, drawing, singing, laundry help as well as basic upkeep such as sweeping, kitchen help.
Those with occupational/physcial therapy experience, healthcare/social support of children with special needs, and those interested in health care are welcome.
The capital and largest city of Nicaragua sits on the southern shore of Lago de Managua with a volcanic skyline view. A mix of residental neighborhoods and commercial districts, Managua is the heart of Nicaragua and home to a quarter of the population. The national language is Spanish, and outside tourists areas, English is rarely spoken. Managua is ideally ideally between the colonial towns of Leon and Granada. In Managua and throughout Nicaragua there are many festivals celebrated, the most famous is Santo Domingo de Guzman after the cities patron saint, starting August 01st for 10 days. There are two distinct seasons dry: January to June and wet season is June-September.
In spite of the growing tourist boom, most people in Nicaragua live below the poverty line. Most children lack an opportunity for a decent education, with almost 50% of families living well below the poverty line. We offer orphanage, child care, special needs project and teaching placements throughout the city. With our volunteer program we allow you to discover the wonders of Nicaragua, while doing meaningful community work. This is a great opportunity to enhance your Spanish knowledge, live with the locals and realize one person can make a difference.
We offer the following in Managua:
Program Length: From 1 week to 12 weeks
Program Date: Flexible Start & End Date (except school terms)
Work Schedule: Monday-Friday, 8 hour per day
Accommodations: Local Homestay
Meals: Yes, 3 meals a day
Requirements: 18 years+ basic conversational Spanish.
Arrival Airport: Managua (Code:MGA)
During the Program
You should be:
PROACTIVE - Jump in and maintain a positive attitude.
PATIENT - Life in your host country moves slower than one might be used to. Relax and enjoy the slow pace. Remember, not everything is as organized and predictable as life in the US or UK.
FLEXIBLE - Plans change, roads get flooded, and electricity goes out. Realize that not everything goes as planned, but good intention is always there.
CONSIDERATE - Respect those around you and be a reliable worker at the program site. Tell your host family if you will be late. Advise the Project Coordinator if you are sick and can not work.
RESPECTFUL - Remember that the local people you are working with, side by side, do so with little or no salary. They do this work because they believe in it. There are times when you may not agree with or understand the organizations decisions or direction. Although your suggestions are always welcome, your faith, respect and consideration for their long term work and commitment is appreciated.
FRIENDLY - In order to truly help someone you must get to know them. Do not be afraid to make friends with the local people. Smile, wave and see how fast you are welcomed into the community.
TOLERANT - The food, the culture, the smells and the sounds will be unfamiliar to you at first. We recommend that you dive in and experience life head-on. You will be surprised at how quickly you will adapt.
- Prompt customer service answering your call and emails.
- Pre-departure Orientation Guide. Includes detailed travel, safety & cultural information and many tips that will make your trip planning easier.
- Detailed Fundraising Guide that will help you raise the funds needed to travel, as well as provide donations to the project.
- Accommodations: Home stay, shared volunteer residence, guesthouses. Safe, clean, comfortable local housing, inspected by our local coordinators.
- Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Special meals at request.
- Airport meet and greet by our ABV project coordinator (At any time, any day!)
- First night hotel accommodation *some programs
- Guidance and support of a local project coordinator, 24/7 in case of emergency
- Orientation/city briefing on arrival by our ABV project coordinator.
- Placement in a quality project, allowing you to maximize your time and efforts in a good cause.
- Transportation to project site only the first day with our ABV project coordinator. Includes introduction to local staff and community members with whom you will be working with.
- Volunteer Program: Half day (4 hours only) Spanish refresher Lesson. Part of volunteer orientation on arrival. (*Some countries)
- Departure transfer by our ABV project coordinator.
- A Feedback page on our ABV website with pictures of your trip.
- The Presidents Volunteer Service Award lapel pin (Bronze, Silver or Gold)
- Personalized Presidents Volunteer Service Award certificate of achievement.
- Letter of completion from A Broader View Volunteers Corp·· ··By request, A Letter of Recommendation provided by the local organization detailing the activities developed by the volunteer during his or her stay.
General Volunteers are Required to: Follow the rules, advice and policies set by the local Project Coordinator. You are required to fulfill a 40 hour work week. Sightseeing and side trips are strictly limited to weekends. Work schedule is pre-determined by ABV and You can not make changes to this schedule. Request for days off, or time away from the program are based on the sole discretion of ABV US and the Country Coordinator. Any disregard for the work schedule will result in the immediate termination of Your program placement. Recognize they are representatives of ABV, and their home country and should act accordingly. Remember this is a chance to be an ambassador of your country. Acknowledge that possession of illegal substances is a grave violation of ABV policy, and if discovered will result in the immediate cancellation of your program. Participants are cautioned that the possession of drugs is often dealt with severe punishment by host country law enforcement. Travel with an open mind; be respectful to the culture and customs of the country you are volunteering in. This means practicing patience and understanding. Understand the alcohol consumption is not permitted in the host family, at the project site or at the local ABV offices. Responsible consumption is expected, gross misbehavior will result in the termination of your program. Be aware of the potential hazards of becoming involved in a sexual relationship with local people in the country which you are volunteering. (ie: HIV, STDs) Treat all people with respect and dignity, especially the elders of the community. Dress properly with regard to the local culture, as well as weather conditions. Realize what is socially acceptable in western countries, can be considered offensive in others. Avoid all political demonstrations and activities. Remember you are guests in the host country and subject to local laws and punishment. Acknowledge the program and accommodations provided are customized for you and not changeable in country without approval and consent of ABV and our Project Coordinator Advise the host family and Project Coordinators of weekend travel plans.
From 17 to 80 y/o, and 12 y/o with parents
American, Asian, Australian, Canadian, European, Kiwi, South African and Worldwide Participants. This Program is also open to Families, Couples and Individuals.