Education Outreach for Child Workers

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Education Outreach for Child Workers

from £1,199
Duration: from 2 weeks to 12 weeks
Countries: Ecuador
Volunteer in Ecuador and help to provide a positive and stimulating education for the disadvantaged children who work in the markets of Quito.
Summary

Education Outreach for Child Workers

Project Summary

Volunteer in Quito and help with the education of children, often as young as three years old, who work upwards of ten hours a day in the markets, streets and countryside of Ecuador to support their families. This intervention programme takes a proactive approach, travelling to the markets around southern Quito, setting up tents, and providing an early-years education program for the younger children, and homework support for those older. By meeting these children on their turf, the program has achieved great success in recruiting and maintaining attendees to the pre-school programs, along with an ultimate reduction in the children’s work hours and in drop-out from public schools. The program also carries out workshops and informational sessions for families of the children addressing issues such as hygiene, nutrition and domestic violence.

Why choose this project?

This project benefits from volunteer assistance by enabling the passionate and committed local staff – made up of social workers and education specialists – to open their doors to the thousands of market children while still providing the necessary attention, structure and support to achieve individual goals. Volunteers work directly with over 160 children who are enrolled in this program to deliver the planned curriculum and provide individual attention. Working in a team, under instruction of the local staff, volunteers learn about the challenges faced by the families of market traders, and how early-years intervention and mentoring support can provide opportunities that improve their futures. It’s a great addition to your CV/Resume and an excellent opportunity to improve your skills in Spanish as well.

Role of the volunteer

With appropriate support and training, volunteers will assist the full time staff in developing lessons and teaching the weekly education themes. The program uses dynamic methods, including song, dance, art, and movement to create a healthy, educational environment for the children. The program generally visits two markets a day, with both morning and afternoon sessions of about two and a half hours each. Volunteers travel to the work sites by local bus, assist in setting up the pop-up tent schools, and play/learn/interact with the children. Social workers work with the families to provide wider support addressing issues such as physical, sexual, emotional and substance abuse in the home, how they can better support their children and general well-being. Volunteers with social work or global health background and good level of Spanish language may sometimes be able to assist in this. The organisation also has intense summer programs with engaging arts, dance, music and sports activities for the underserved community in its surrounding area.

Skills Required

Volunteers should be open, flexible, patient, caring, creative and come with a spirit of collaboration and solidarity. Interest in social work, early childhood education, community development and social justice are a plus. Basic Spanish speaking skills are required for this project to enable you to communicate with the children, but can be gained by attending Spanish classes during your placement.
As the project involves different locations volunteers should be prepared to use public transport. You will be asked to send your CV/resume before being accepted onto this project.


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Inclusions

Accommodation: Shared room in a home stay
Food: 2 meals per day
2 days stay in a hostel in Quito on arrival, breakfast included
Airport pick up and drop off in Quito
Local SIM card and phone(handset deposit of $50 required)
Training: Pre-departure pack, on-site orientation on Saturday and project induction included
Support: 24 hour support

About Kaya Responsible Travel

Kaya is a responsible travel organisation with a focus on genuine and meaningful volunteer projects worldwide. Working with existing community projects who have a genuine need for the physical aid of volunteers, every Kaya volunteer is welcomed and is useful. Kaya’s mission is to promote sustainable social, environmental and economic development, empower communities and cultivate educated, compassionate global citizens through responsible travel. Challenge yourself to be a different gapper and get the most from your travels. The programmes are flexible to fit in with your travel schedule and you travel with the security of Kaya as a travelling companion, you won’t be alone Kaya Responsible Travel won Best Volunteering Organisation at the 2014 British Youth Travel Awards.

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