Day care centre for special needs children and youth
ATENDI is a day care centre in Cochabamba/Bolivia for special needs children and youth, including physical and mental disabilities such as paralysis, autism and Down syndrome.
Many children are from poor families that couldn’t otherwise afford any special treatment or education for their children. In Bolivia it is not rare that parents abandon, abuse, or lock away their disabled children. The services of ATENDI have the aim to prevent this.
There are 25-35 girls and boys at the centre, from newborns to an age of around 15 years, separated by age into different classes. The aim is to prepare them for integration into the regular public school system, and facilitating them the successful participation in Bolivian society.
The children and youth are at the centre every day from 8:30 am to 5 pm. They are being brought and picked up by their parents. Besides pre-school and primary school special education, they also receive therapies.
Besides the full-day children, there are also some children that just attend the centre on certain hours to receive special therapies. These therapies include physiotherapy/hydrotherapy (Bobath therapy, sensory-integrative therapy, psychomotorics, masotherapy, kinesiotherapy, horse therapy, occupational therapy), early stimulation (fine and gross motor skills, speech development, multi-sensorial stimulation, music therapy, social development), education (extra lessons, mental and motoric development, grapho-legasthenia, social skills, everyday skills), psychology (psychotherapy, behavioural disorders, nocturnal enoresis, depression), phoniatrics (deaf-muteness, speech anomalies, delays in speech development, legasthenia), and nutrition consultation.
Besides the director, the centre employs two physiotherapists, a psychologist, a psychopedagogue, 2 nurses and a cook.
The centre can make use of good installations and equipments for the services being offered. However, there is still a lack of funds to guarantee food supplies for the children and youth.
Volunteers and interns must have completed their studies/professional training or must be at least third or fourth year students. They must stay for at least 1 month, they should have intermediate Spanish skills and must show a criminal record certificate.
There is particular interest in participants with knowledge of early stimulation, physiotherapy, psychology and aidology.
Interns/volunteers work Monday to Friday from 9am to 1pm and from 1:30 pm to 4 pm.
Location: Cochabamba, Bolivia
Duration: See text
Special qualifications needed: related subject of studies or experiences
Costs: Trouble-free package is optional
Accommodation: Not included
Meals: Not included
Included: Placement in the project; if you opt for the trouble-free package the whole range of services which is part of the trouble-free package is included
Not included: Travel to Bolivia, health insurance, visa
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