SPECIAL NEEDS

SPECIAL NEEDS

SPECIAL NEEDS PROJECT

With the right support and intervention children and adults with learning disabilities and special needs can succeed in school and go on to successful careers and jobs.  

In Colombia children and adults with learning disabilities and special needs is care by their parents or relatives. Little is known about how they grow up or how much they were involved in society as parents choose to keep them away from the eyes of people. Now day’s things have been changing for children and adults  with special needs as there is more involvement in society and children and adult with special needs and learning disabilities no longer need to be hidden from the rest of the world for their condition but we still suffering with understaffed to support and help with their needs.

A level of education in special needs will be a handful to teach people with learning disabilities and special needs to become more independent and to communicate more efficiently, also to socialize. The Special Needs Center helps children and adults with activities, therapies, sports and entertainment so they have a safe place to stay or to learn while their parents arrive from work.

With the support of parents, staff and volunteers we can encourage their strengths, knowing their weaknesses and learning new strategies to deal with specific difficulties. Volunteers in this programe will be able to help with research, cultural activities and entertainment. Teaching craft, drawing, singing, dancing,  sports, reading, writing, reasoning, and organizing.

A can do attitude and a lot of initiative to work as part of a team and/or alone it is very necessary. The Centre is open everyday from 8 am to 5 pm. 

HOW COULD YOU HELP AT THE SPECIAL NEEDS PROJECT?

Applying NOW or making a donation. The choice is yours…

make a difference for our community.

AGRICULTURE

AGRICULTURE

AGRICULTURE PROJECT:

Volunteers, farming in Colombia is in decline, we need to act now to help the farmers to keep farming alive.

Join this rewarding agriculture project and learn first hand from farmers

Volunteers in this agriculture project, will be involved in all areas of the coffee and sugar cane production. Learning, first hand from the local farmers, and immersing in the community life while supporting farming with new ideas and sharing knowledge.

La Mesa, Cundinamarca is one of the main Colombian Coffee and Sugar cane producers that belong to the Tequendama Region in Colombia. With more than 1000 small, medium and big size farms, farmers now days are struggling a lot to find human resources to help with daily tasks in their farms. 

Due to this problem, most of them have big losses every year making the cost of coffee and sugar cane increase. Most of them have decided not to carry on farming due to:  illnesses, age, and lack of resources, many have been abandon by relatives and children, and cannot carry on working the land. To keep farming alive we need volunteers to give them a hand to motivate and impulse the need for farmers efforts in to feeding the world.

Coffee Farms :

Volunteers will be involved from cleaning the land, nursery, sown, harvesting, pulping, drying, selection of the coffee beans and packing to be sent to next processing area.

Sugar Cane Farms:

Volunteers will be helping with cleaning the land, cutting sugar cane, transporting sugar cane by mules to the mill, packing the panela to be sold and other daily tasks.

General Farming:

Volunteers will be helping with the creation of a sustainable farm which will be the pilot to recreate in the area. This is a very important  part of the agriculture project, and volunteers will be of a great help.

Why to volunteer in the Agriculture project?

The agriculture project can be very rewarding.  With the right help, farmers will be motivated to carry on and the environment will benefit. By making sure the land and plantations are well look after and by applying new techniques, they can learn and promote organic and ecological agriculture. With the time, change the artisanal way of farm management,  improving the quality of their crops, and increasing the production. This will lead to improving their social and economic situation and financial status. 

A can do attitude and a lot of initiative to work as part of a team and/or alone it is very necessary.

HOW COULD YOU HELP AT THE AGRICULTURE PROJECT?

Applying NOW  or making a donation. The choice is yours…

make a difference for our community.

BEEKEEPING

BEEKEEPING

BEEKEEPING PROJECT:

Our commitment is with the environment and Volunteers in the beekeeping project will be an important help.

Bee population around the world is in decline.

The Benefits of Beekeeping:

In beekeeping a hive of bees gives us incredible benefits in addition to honey. There is the production of poleo, propolis, royal jelly, wax from which products such as candles, cosmetics, ornaments, soaps, shampoo even furniture products can be produced. Also to produce the stamped wax which is used to help the bees to build their honeycombs.

The most important contribution of beekeeping for the environment is the pollination. The transfer of pollen from the male parts of a flower to the feminine part of these. Process that helps to improve the quality and quantity of seeds and fruits.

Why to volunteer in this project?

The process of improving the quality and quantity of seeds and fruits is the reason that the beekeeping project has been created. To help farmers in the region to improve their crops and therefore their economy and quality of life. The production of honey, would be another contribution, to improving their finances while protecting bees and contributing to the improvement of the environment.

Now days, farmers still using a very rustic way of beekeeping. Therefore most products from bees are wasted, due to the lack of knowledge and skills. Hives have to confront many diseases that are not properly treated, due to the lack of training, increasing the death of the colonies which will affect their economy.

Volunteers in this project will have the opportunity to learn or improve their knowledge in beekeeping. While working hand in hand with farmers and beekeepers, helping in the supervision, control and maintenance of hives, collecting and packing honey for later sale. Making new hives, creating new spaces for bee colonies and creating new products. 

Volunteers in the beekeeping project, must have a lot of initiative and attitude to work alone. Sometimes, our farmers and beekeepers must work elsewhere to get their livelihood and support their families, so they cannot devote themselves to beekeeping as permanent work.

If you have experience in beekeeping, it will be a great help for our beekeepers since they are still behind new knowledge, techniques and still work with the teachings of their ancestors.

A can do attitude and a lot of initiative to work as part of a team and/or alone it is very necessary.

HOW COULD YOU HELP AT THE BEEKEEPING PROJECT?

Applying NOW or making a donation. The choice is yours…

make a difference for our community.

CHILD AND YOUTH CARE

CHILD AND YOUTH CARE

CHILD AND YOUTH CARE PROJECT:

Volunteers in Child and Youth Care, will ease the workload of local workers and families, who care for the children. We make sure they are in a safe environment

The Child and Youth center is a site where children can go to stay after school. In there they will have a safe environment. They can socialize , find new friends to play with and to share. Many of these children come from overcrowded living situations. And are in desperate need of love and attention.

Colombia has a very family oriented culture. But living conditions have forced both or a single parent to work, leaving children under the care of relatives or friends, and most of the times alone. 

This situation is causing a huge social problem. As children and Youth keep out on the streets. They are vulnerable to most dangerous situations. This puts a huge strain on the families. For this reason some children are sent to centres for a few hours of the day to receive education, interaction, care and entertainment.

Volunteers on the Child and Youth project work alongside local staff. Providing care and attention to the children, joining games, songs and dance, and assisting with homework and research.

A can do attitude and a lot of initiative to work as part of a team and/or alone it is very necessary.

 

HOW COULD YOU HELP AT THE CHILD & YOUTH PROJECT?

Applying NOW or making a donation. The choice is yours…

make a difference for our community.

EDUCATION

EDUCATION

EDUCATION PROJECT:

Volunteer in the education project. Teaching in rural schools, will enhanced your resume, and will fulfill you with new experiences while opening children mind to the world.

The education project In Colombia, will support the education system to better children skills and knowledge. Opening their views in other cultures, languages, people’s life styles and the world. In Colombia, many schools are under-staffed and under-resourced and in many cases, the teachers are under a lot of pressure. 

Volunteers on the teaching project,  assist with teaching English to students in local schools, and volunteers with an intermediate level of Spanish may also be required to teach other subjects, such as Mathematics, Sciences, Humanities, Music, Sports and Arts.

Volunteers on the education project play a crucial role in exposing students to new subjects and disciplines. Inspiring them to think about their future and to follow their dreams. By teaching them new languages they will have more opportunities and chances in their lives, also more equal opportunities in future careers . 

This is a highly rewarding project and through sharing knowledge and life experiences, volunteers can demonstrate that with a bit of hard work, anything is possible.

Volunteers work with the support of Volunteer in Colombia local team and placement staff. Do not need to be qualified or experienced teachers to participate. However, we encourage volunteers to come prepared with a can do attitude. And a lot of initiative to work as part of a team and/or alone, it is very necessary. The Education path may be for you.

HOW COULD YOU HELP AT EDUCATION PROJECT?

Applying NOW or making a donation. The choice is yours…

make a difference for our community.

ELDERLY CARE

ELDERLY CARE

ELDERLY CARE PROJECT:

At the elderly care project, volunteers will be helping the ones that one day make a difference with a smile and love. By supporting the elderly you will feel how much a touch of loved costs. 

The elderly care project, will support the elderly people that needs assistance in this time of their lives. Sometimes, people just needs somebody to help them and give a little push to become more independent. In Colombia, there is very little financial assistance from the government to support elderly people, and volunteers can make a difference in this social project.

Due to war, neglect, poverty and disease, families can find themselves living in homes with up to 10 other people. They cannot afford to feed every mouth in the house, and with around 70% of elderly people in Colombia suffering from long-term illnesses, the families cannot afford the required health attention. 

This unfortunately leads to more and more elderly people being abandoned, and left to fend for themselves on the streets, and when suffering from certain illnesses, such as dementia and pneumonia, survival is extremely difficult.

Volunteers on the Elderly Care project, work in care centres for the elderly. In these centres, the elderly receive love, food, shelter, personal care and medication. With the help of volunteers, assisting with daily activities like entertainment, reading, writing, drawing, assisting cooking and feeding, the local staff can increase the number of people they look after, providing them with the right care to carry on living in a more dignified environment.

 A can do attitude and a lot of initiative to work as part of a team and/or alone it is very important.

 

HOW COULD YOU HELP AT THE ELDERLY CARE PROJECT?

Applying NOW or making a donation. The choice is yours…

make a difference for our community.

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