Nature of the project: Care for Orphans
Starting & Ending Date: 6th August-19th August
Skills and Qualification: None
Workcamps Cost: $$
Total Space Available: ?
This project under GWC involves taking care of around 40 children and adolescents who have found a new shelter as home in three of the small houses located outside the city of Buenos Aires. Each of these kids have got different background like some of them have been abandoned by their parents, for others the parents have been imprisoned or is undergoing treatment for psychological problem. Again few of them are children with HIV positive and many are facing behavioral disorders. These orphanages aim in providing love and care to these children that their family could not provide. Each home houses about 15 children with two care takers to take care of them. They work for around 12 hours in a week and help them in cleaning and taking care of their necessity. These care takers are trained to provide emotional support to these needy people. Our volunteers will need to organize toys, prepare meals, feeding the younger children, putting kids in bed, taking kids to parks, setting them to school, teach them and help them in doing their homework.
Typically you are expected to work for about 3 to 4 hours a day; however if you wish to put in more working hours in the interest of needy you are welcome. A typical working day begins after breakfast at 09:00 am till 08:00 pm. It is highly recommended that you work with other project closely to adjust better and maximize the impact.
Day 1: Arrival at Buenos Aires Airport, from where you will be transferred to your respective accommodation. Your 1st day will be a rest day, so that you can easily recover and refresh yourself after a long journey. But at nights, you can roam around and enjoy the beautiful place by exploring your surroundings.
Day 2: You will be welcomed at our local partner’s office, where you will be given a short introduction about of GWC. You will also be introduced about the local people, local conditions, local language & culture, host family, safety & climate and socio – political issues.
Day 3: You will leave for the project site where you will get to meet with the local villagers and will be introduced to the project and the working environment.
Day 4 – 9: Work in Project (Refer Project Highlights for details)
Day 10: This is the time to relax and refresh by taking a tour to village site; interact with locales, staff and fellow volunteers. You will visit and explore various sightseeing spots and will get to have lots of fun. After dinner in the evening, you can have more fun when you join cultural program performed by local community people which is always a visual treat.
Day 11-12: Project work (Care for Orphans) continues.
Day 13: Visit and explore the beautiful places of Argentina along with the group of fellow participants who are almost of your own age. This will help develop a bonding with each other and share your new experience with each other.
Day 14: Completion of project, final experience synthesis and Farewell program will be conducted at the end. This is a wonderful platform to the participants to recall and share important experiences and lessons learnt. During this, a short program of certificate distribution will also take place. Once the program is over, the group of volunteers (youth participants) will leave for departure for their respective destinations.
GWS partner organizations at Argentina will arrange and manage your accommodation, food and supervision while you work in at the project. You will stay either with a host family, in a project hostel, in a dormitory or in a volunteer house 2 blocks from the famous plaza de Congreso. Rooms will be either single or shared. The Rooms come with facilities like hot water, fully equipped kitchen, TV, internet. Cost of meals is not included in participation fee however kitchen will be available for you where all volunteers can cook food in Rota. Even though everyday items are available in the host country at cheaper prices it is however requested to carry all the everyday items with you while travelling. Although a beautiful, warm and friendly place, you should not expect luxurious treatment or accommodations because we ideally want you to feel and experience the real local culture and lifestyle closely.