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Children and Youth Center in Cochabamba

Internship und Volunteering Possible
 
The social challenges in the Bolivian society complicate free and healthy development for children and young people. The measures implemented by the Fundación Yo Voy A Ti in Cochabamba serves the purpose of promoting their development. Volunteering at Yo Voy A Ti is possible in the areas of childcare, education, teaching, soccer coaching and Public Relations.
 
 
 

Project Details

 
The childhood and youth of many in Bolivia are marked with domestic violence and abuse. Lack of education here often represents an obstacle to break out and break new ground. Children and young adults both learn through play, sporting activities and knowledge transfer, and there is a need to encourage this further to develop self-esteem, discover talents and provide opportunities.
 
Informal Education
 
Informal education is an alternative education project, using a mobile school. The Mobile School is a car with various panels in which nearly 250 games/activities can be carried out. Essentially, these are divided into playful learning tasks on the subjects of self-esteem, writing and reading comprehension, numeracy, creativity, health/hygiene, social skills and communication, children's rights, drug education and HIV prevention. On weekdays, the volunteers go to certain places in the city of Cochabamba, to conduct the activities with children and young people from disadvantaged social backgrounds.
 
Education for Pre-school Children:
 
The preschool program, which bears the Spanish name Sala de juegos (The Playroom), is a social and creative learning program in pre-school education for children aged up to 6 years, and is developed by volunteers. Important values such as respect, sharing and mutual support are taught in a playful manner. There is also a focus on improved motor and language skills. Other topics may be include brushing teeth, washing hands and knowledge about animals, plants or countries.
 
Teaching English:
 
The Foundation teaches English to street children, and children and young people from disadvantaged backgrounds at a community center. Through play, active learning and speaking, self-esteem is increased in addition to the acquisition of language skills.
 
Football Project
 
In Cochabamba, weekly meetings are organized at various locations to play football. This is a meaningful leisure activity intended to take children and young people away from the street and its dangers, such as drug and alcohol abuse, crime and violence. These sessions are held four times a week in two suburbs of Cochabamba, for children from age six. Besides kicking the ball, children are taught such values as duty and responsibility, team spirit, respect and discipline.
 
Many of the children come from poor backgrounds. They usually grow up in very simple houses, often without adequate water and power supply. In order to keep the family afloat, the parents sometimes work many hours a day, so the children remain alone in the afternoons after the end of preschool and primary school, with the older siblings; sometimes children barely older than 5 or 6 years take care of their younger siblings. By participating in the described educational projects the kids get to spend their time in a safe environment, learn and enjoy their childhood.
 
Volunteers work within all the areas mentioned. For this purpose, a schedule is set up on a weekly basis. The activities are usually both in the mornings (9.00 a.m. – 12.00 p.m.) and in the afternoons (2.00 p.m. - 5.00 p.m.). The Fundación Yo Voy A Ti uses Bolivian volunteers, which enables a broad exchange. They also offer workshops to volunteers where they learn several topics, e.g. about the social conditions of Bolivia. Yo Voy A Ti conducts these programs in the districts of Takaloma and Mercado Campesino.
 
Possible activities for volunteers and interns:
 
  • Playful and creative learning with the children in the project, Mobile School
  • Teaching English
  • Preparation and implementation of educational content for the preschool program, Sala de juegos
  • Soccer/Football training, coordination of the project
  • Possibility of own workshops on art, music, theater, etc.
  • Support the organization in the planning and implementation of projects and in public relations
  • Support the organization in acquiring donations to maintain and expand the projects
 
Pack for a Purpose
 
You can also support this project through Pack for a Purpose that we are proud members of. Pack for a Purpose is an initiative that allows travelers like you to make a lasting impact in the community at your travel destination. If you save just a few kilos of space in your suitcase and bring supplies for area schools or medical clinics in need, you'll make a priceless impact in the lives of our local children and families. Please click here to see what supplies are needed for our project/projects.
 
Info Box
General
Location: Cochabamba, Bolivia
Availability: All year, Start date flexible
Minimum Duration: 3 Months (possibly shorter)
Maximum Duration: 1 Year
Language Requirements: Basic Spanish
Accommodation:
Volunteer House of Yo Voy A Ti in downtown Cochabamba
Internship
Supervision Possible: Yes
Qualification Of Supervisor: Master in Communication and Human Rights and Law
Minimum Qualification Of Intern:
None
Further Contribution To Project: None
Volunteering
Volunteering Possible: Ja
Required Qualification For Volunteer: None
Further Contribution To Project: None
Expectations:
Fun doing active work with children and adolescents as well as working well with a team, Do you have the "right" attitude?
 

More Info

 

Feedback of volunteer Anja

 
I'm doing great. I am already familiar with the city and got to know many people. The atmosphere at Yo voy a ti is great, making me feel comfortable from the start. I am currently in charge of fundraising and I'm designing a website to get donations for our projects. Furthermore I would like to arrange a fundraising event in 1 to 2 months' time to which we want to invite rich people from the area. In the afternoons I am working at various projects, particularly with the younger children. I am currently preparing a geography workshop as the young kids know scarily little about the world. Some of them don't even know other cities in Bolivia. This is what I want to start with. Thank you for your efforts, it feels very nice to know that World Unite! is concerned about the wellbeing of participants, which is not always the case with other organizations. Warm regards, Anja
 

Feedback of volunteer Camilla

 
Hi, my name is Camilla and I´m from Germany. I have been living now for two months in Cochabamba, Bolivia, working on projects with children. Our mobile school is eaching out to youth living on the street and to young children from poor families. Through play, we teach them mathematics, writing and other things. With the small children we often just play games, sing or dance. It's so much fun to work with them, because they really enjoy to get some attention. But sometimes it's also sad to see how they have to live, sleeping under a bridge, taking drugs and facing violence. A week before Christmas we prepared a Christmas lunch for the ones living on the street and we gave them new shoes and clothes. During the weekends, I often travel around with other volunteers. Before coming to Bolivia, I have never expected this country to be so fascinating. I'm extremely impressed by its beauty and variety of landscapes. I have been to the Amazonas, to the mountains with caves, canyons and waterfalls, and to the breathtaking Salar de Uyuni.
 

Feedback of volunteer Christine

 
We work at several projects simultaneously. The mobile school is for small children as well as for youth. With the small children I made flower vases from plastic bottles that we decorated with coloured paper. With the youth, many of whom are sniffing glue, I made knotted wristbands. The older ones are usually not so interested in handcrafts, but with one of them, Estefanie, I made sculptures and hearts from gypsum. We are also helping to Gabi from Cochabamba, who was living on the streets until just 2 months ago and who gave birth to a child only 2 weeks ago, to open a hamburger stand together with the father of the child so that they can have an income. They are living with his parents. We have bought food ingredients at the big market "La Cancha" and last Sunday they sold hamburgers for the first time. Over the weekend, all volunteers from Yo voy a tí did an excursion to Amboro Nationalpark. It was funny and interesting.
 

Accommodation

 

Accommodation at the House of Yo Voy a Tí

 
 
The Fundación Yo Voy A Ti is located in a large, spacious house in the center of Cochabamba. It houses the office as well as the rooms for volunteers and interns. There are different types of rooms: single rooms with private or shared bathroom, double or shared rooms with shared bathroom. There are also training, employee and community facilities, a garden and a kitchen. It can accommodate up to 30 people. A monthly rent applies, please see the tab "Rate" for details.
 

Rate

 

I. World Unite! Service Package

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The World Unite! Service Package includes:

 
  • Individual Consultation and Preparation prior to your arrival
  • Access to the World Unite! Online Resource Centre which has Preparation Materials including Intercultural Preparation, compiled particularly for your destination (PDFs, Videos)
  • Preparation Session via Skype, together with further participants
  • Assistance with visa extension in Bolivia or arrangement of visa (depending on duration of stay) and other official permits (if required), but not the official government fees for it/them
  • Pick-up and Transfers from/to Cochabamba Airport (CBB) on arrival and departure
  • Assistance with the booking of domestic connection flights within Bolivia if you arrive in La Paz or ViruViru
  • Personal support staff at your location and at our international office
  • Orientation and Introduction in Cochabamba
  • Accompanying you to your placement on your first day
  • 24 Hours emergency support by local support team
  • 50 USD Contribution to your project
  • Local SIM Card with 60 Bs. air time
  • Issuance of Confirmations/Certificates for your university, scholarship, insurance, etc. and filling out/signing Internship Contracts for your university
 

The Rates do NOT include:

 
  • Accommodation and Meals (see below)
  • Travel to/from Bolivia (you book it on your own; we can assist you)
  • Official fees for Visa (see below)
  • Insurance (Travel Health Insurance, Liability Insurance, Travel Cancellation insurance; you book it on your own, we can assist you)
  • Personal Expenses
  • Vaccinations
  • Local Transport (Estimated amounts see below)
  • Please note that for supervised/mentored internships, some organizations charge further contributions. You find this information in the "Info Box" below the respective internship description.
 

II. Accommodation Costs

 
The monthly rent per person at the accommodation of Yo Voy a Tí is 350 USD including breakfast and lunch during work days, laundry and wifi. Depending on the number of volunteers who is at the project, you will be accommodated in a single, twin or dorm room. The rent paid by foreign volunteers is a relevant funding of the charitable project. Incomplete months will be calculated proportionally per day. A single day is 12 USD.
 

Overview of other costs:

 
  • For most citizens except US Citizens, no Visa fee for a stay of a maximum of 90 days per calendar year. Any time you stay in excess of 90 days within a calendar year, 20 Bs. fee per day. US Citizens pay currentyl 135 USD Visa fee.
  • Additional amount for dinners and meals on weekends: around 20-50 EUR (30-60 USD)/month
  • Small local expenses (e.g. local transport): around 20-40 USD/Month (Estimate)
  • Insurances around 30-50 USD/Month

 

How do I pay?

 
Once all your questions have been answered and you confirm that you want to participate, we will email you an invoice. You can pay it via bank transfer or via Paypal. You will pay a deposit of 200 EUR when the invoice is issued. One months prior to your arrival you will pay the remainder for your Service Package and for the first month of rent.
 
Rent from the 2nd month, possible further contributions to the NGO or for internship supervision (see info box of the respective project description), and costs for visa and possibly further official permits you pay directly at your destination (unless we inform you differently for certain placements). There are ATMs. 
 

Extras

 

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Spanish language or indigenous language lessons

 
Cochabamba Language SchoolIn Cochabamba, you can attend Spanish language lessons at a language school. The school has been teaching for more than 20 years, using the communicative method. The teaching is active and requires intensive participation. The language is taught at all levels, from beginner to advanced, with all intermediate stages.
 
The school also offers instruction in the indigenous languages, ​​Quechua and Aymara. For volunteering and internships in rural areas of Bolivia with indigenous communities, knowledge of the respective language is of great advantage.
 
For 40 hours of private lessons: 330 EUR.
 
In the registration form, tick "Language Training Required" and the required number of hours (minimum 40 hours).
 

Travel Health Insurance

 
We recommend the following travel insurance that is meant specifically for participants of internships, volunteering, language study, working holiday, and courses abroad. It is available for travelers of all nationalities and usable for all countries, except your home country. You can also add a journey liability insurance.
 
Just click on the link, fill in the form and you will get a confirmation email.
 
 
 

Cochabamba

 
 
 
With 700,000 inhabitants, Cochabamba is Bolivia's fourth largest city. Today, it merges in the west with Quillacollo, which itself has some 150,000 people. Both cities are nested in the densely populated Valley of Cochabamba, at an altitude of around 2560 meters (8700 feet) above sea level. The fertile valley has a flat bottom, expanding around 25x10 km (15x6 miles), while the framing mountains reach heights of some 5000 meters (16,400 feet). The Valley of Cochabamba enjoys a protected, sunny and moderate climate. The daytime maximums during the whole year are around 23-26 degrees C (73-79 degrees F), while the nighttime minimum oscillates between 13 degrees from October to March and 3 degrees in June and July. Rainy season is from December to March, whereas, there is almost no rain during the rest of the year.
 
Cochabamba is a city with a lot of youth. In downtown Cochabamba, you find the "Prado", "Plaza Colon" and the botanical garden, modern, green and clean. Cochabamba is home to "La Cancha", one of the largest markets in South America and is overlooked by the "Cristo de la Concordia", the second highest statue of Christ in the world.
 
Due to its central location in Bolivia, Cochabamba itself is a convenient destination for excursions into the country.
 

Coordinator in Cochabamba

 
Our supervisor in Cochabamba is Mauge. Mauge comes from Cochabamba, is an intercultural trainer, and has studied in the US. She speaks fluent English and Spanish.
 

Recreational Activities in Cochabamba

 
In Cochabamba, there is an active youth life with bars, clubs, cinemas, etc. because of the 14 universities present.
 
The city of Oruro can be relatively easily reached by bus. You can visit Oruro's historic mines and the city's famous Carnival, every year in February. During the whole year, there are numerous Christian and indigenous festivals in many villages and cities that you can visit, such as Intiwatana on the 21st of June (Andean midwinter) and Urqupiña in August.
 
From Cochabamba, we arrange affordable small group excursions, including:
 
* Day trip to Tunari Nationalpark and climbing Cerro Tunari (5035 m/16,500 feet).
* Day visit of the Inca ruins at Incallajta
* Day trekking trip in the subtropical misty forest of Incachaca
* 3 day trip to Catavi mining area (has socio-historical importance) on the Altiplano highland
* 3 day trip to Chapare into the tropical lowland of Cochabamba - swimming in rivers and hiking in the rain forest
* 3 day trip to Torotoro Nationalpark, including a visit to the Inca ruins and climbing Cerro Tunari

Getting There

 

Getting To Cochabamba

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You fly to Cochabamba (CBB), where you will be picked up and taken to your accommodation. Often, there are cheaper international flights to Santa Cruz de la Sierra (ViruViru Airport, VVI) or to La Paz El Alto (LPB). In that case, you can fly there and then take a connecting flight to Cochabamba, booking separately with Aerosur or BoA. The tickets between these cities are quite low (30-50 EUR / 38-63 USD), but you cannot pay by credit card from overseas. We can buy you a ticket in Bolivia. 

FAQs

 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

 
Are there fixed start dates for the project, which I must adhere to?
No, you can arrive at any date and you can hence, plan your trip according to your availability and the prices of flights. We can pick you up from the Cochabamba airport at any time. Certain projects cannot be started during holidays, of which we will inform you in advance.
Can I stay longer at my accommodation after my volunteering/internship or arrive earlier?
Yes, this is possible and we will give you our best rates. Just let us know when you arrive and leave and we will let you know the costs.
During my stay, can I travel around the country?
Of course, you can do this - most of our participants do so. However, when the travel destination is too far away, it may not be possible over a weekend; these, we would recommend you keep for before the projects begins or after the completion. You could even plan these out during holidays (e.g. Semana Santa). We will notify you of the destinations and the recommended time to visit.
Is it safe to travel in Nicaragua alone as a single female traveller?
About 80 percent of our participants are women and many of them 18 to 24 years old. Not a single instance of any serious security issue has been reported. Our supervisors on site will advise you on how you should conduct yourself in order to avoid problems - issues such as clothing style, carrying valuables, and in dealing with machismo and patriarchal societies. Our preparation material brings attention to these issues. It is very important to follow these basic rules, that are just as applicable to many other places, in order to reduce risk as much as possible.
Will I be the only volunteer/intern in the project or in Bolivia?
The total number of participants that participate simultaneously with an organization depends on the size and activity of the organization and responsibilities of volunteers/interns. We try to avoid too many volunteers/interns in an organization at the same time. It may be that you are alone in your work site, but usually there are, throughout the year, other participants in Cochabamba, who you can meet in your spare time, if you desire so. In addition, there are also many tourists on the road, whom you can easily meet at bars, shops, etc. Cochabamba being a University town, it it easy to meet Bolivian and foreign students there too.
What vaccinations do I need?
Our Info - PDF that you get as a participant, gives detailed information on health care. Also refer to Recommended Vaccinations
Where will I live?
In the tab "Accommodation", you will see the various accommodation options.
Can I choose the accommodation myself?
Please share us with your request, so that we can organize your accommodation accordingly. Some organizations offer accommodation themselves. In such cases, that is the only accommodation option you have.
How free or bound am I in my accommodation with the host family?
While you will have your privacy, in Bolivia, it is customary to let your host family know when you will leave or return to the house so that the doors can be unlocked, due to safety reasons. It is unacceptable to have casual acquaintances visit you. The level of closeness or privacy with the family can differ.
Does my accommodation have internet facilities?
The shared accommodations in Cochabamba and in Sopocachi/La Paz have internet, as does the hostel in Cochabamba. As for the host families, Internet is not always available, and the same applies to the lodgings that are rented for some projects/internships. You can find information about the availability in the tabs "Accommodation". If there is no wifi internet, you can buy yourself a stick or surf the Internet with your smartphone.
How can I do my laundry?
In general, clothes are hand washed in Bolivia. Many households have someone employed for the purpose, while others have washing machines. There are also laundromats.
Can I cook in the accommodation ?
Yes, the families allow the use of the kitchen, but may charge a small monthly fee for additional consumption of electricity and gas. The families also offer meals for you, if you want to eat with them. This, you can decide when you arrive. Details are in the tab "Accommodation".
I am a vegetarian. Can I get vegetarian food?
Yes, host families are familiar with vegetarian meals and allergies or food intolerances can be considered. It is also possible to buy vegetarian food.
What language skills do I need?
In Bolivia, Spanish, as well as indigenous languages ​​such as Aymara or Quechua are spoken. If you have little or no knowledge of Spanish, we recommend that you begin your stay with a Spanish language course. We can also organize Skype Spanish lessons with a Bolivian language teacher. The majority of the volunteering/ internships expect basic to medium level of Spanish at the start of the activity. That is, you should be able to communicate and express yourself during your stay, at a basic level. Please let us know what you level of knowledge of Spanish is, so that we make sure we organise your stay/project accordingly.
 
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