CHIMINIKE – Centro Interactivo de Enseñanza (HON-7)


Type: Cultural Exposure, Youth, Sport/Leisure, Religious, Family, Education, Children, Art/Culture - Country: Honduras

Brief description and main aims

CHIMINIKE – Centro Interactivo de Enseñanza is a non-profit and non-governmental organisation with the main aim of stimulating the curiosity of its visitors and encouraging learning through a huge number of interactive games, making it the first non-traditional learning centre of Honduras.

The centre has buildings with different rooms and halls which seeks to stimulate the curiosity and imagination of children, youth and adults through its exhibitions, science and technology programmes, and resources to identify culture, art and values of Honduras.

Main Activities

The centre has different rooms with permanent exhibitions with various themed environments:

  • ‘Maternal’ room: for babies and children up to 2 years old.
  • ‘Nursery’ room: for children aged 3-5.
  • ‘The City’ room
  • ‘The Human Body’ room
  • ‘Honduras and its People’ room
  • 'Lets Travel to Space' room
  • ‘Environment’ room:
  • ‘The Balance House’: to learn in a fun way about the phenomenon of gravity.
  • ‘Energy’ room
  • Other areas to experience an interactive, hands-on learning about different themes, instigating sustainable development and the essential social values for the country’s wellbeing.
The centre has an entrance fee, and also organises free-of-charge tours for students and members of schools and organisations of disadvantaged backgrounds. The centre also offers non-formal educational camps in which children and youth can participate during school vacations.
 

Volunteer tasks

The volunteer will be part of the team of guides, participating first in the training programme to become a CHIMINIKE guide, learning about the different themes taught in the centre through its interactive, hand-on learning methodologies and techniques. He/she will first assist a trained CHIMINIKE guide and eventually become one, guiding tours for different groups of children and youth visiting the centre. He/she can also assist in the organisation of camps and/or other events held within or outside the centre.

Volunteer requirements / Skills

The volunteer should:
  • be at least 18 years old.
  • be patient, open-minded and friendly
  • be willing and interested to talk in front of big groups of people
  • like to work with children and youth
  • be curious and creative
A basic knowledge of Spanish, and a basic knowledge of English is an asset.
 
No particular studies is required, but the volunteer must be very interested in non-formal education and non-traditional ways of teaching and learning.

Location

The project is located in Tegucigalpa, M.D.C., Francisco Morazán

Hosting Situation (Board and Lodging)

The volunteer will live with a host family.

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