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|Name:||Centro de Formação Teresa Verzeri|
|Brief description and main aims|
The Teresa Verzeri Project is a non-profit institution aiming to provide social assistance to children, teenagers and their families within a needy community. Its mission is to develop a social-educational process, promoting a dignified life aiming the plain exercise of citizenship through values such as respect, cordiality, justice and charity.
The project was created in 1999, taking into account the need for pedagogic and psychological assistance showed by the local kids and, at the same time, the lack of such initiatives in the area.
The institution is placed in a big structure and assists on average 150 children with the age from 2 to 13 years old, offering many kinds of workshops and activities (music, sports, games, pedagogical support, beauty workshops, dance etc.).
The project has a regular activity very important for the ecological consciousness: children learn to create musical instruments with rubbish and recycling objects and to play music with these instruments (“Som Na Lata”). It also provides computer classes to young people from 14 to 24 and develops a wide range of workshops – such as hair dressing and serigraphy – for younger, besides promoting monthly meetings with the families for psychological assistance.
The volunteer will be mainly involved with the daily activities and workshops promoted and
he/she will get to choose the area in which he/she prefers to work; the volunteer will also have the necessary space and support from the project to implement his/her own project, in order to promote a more enriching experience for both volunteer and the children.
The project is waiting for someone able to give flute, drum, piano or guitar lessons; he/she has to be interested also in the work with musical instruments built from recycling materials, with theater or dance, with pedagogical support (games, homework etc.), English lessons, health and beauty workshops (to teach how to take care of themselves), sport and recreational games.
|Volunteer requirements / Skills|
The volunteer has to have a high motivation to work with simples and poor children and adolescents with sometimes great difficulty to respect the adults.
He/she has to have social commitment, to be open minded and very creative. He/she has to be some skills or knowledge, in order to create his/her own project: to be able to sing, to dance, to play some instruments, to be interested in recycling matters, to be able to teach some new sports, informatics or languages, to realize some simple arts workshops etc.
An important thing is that he/she has to be pro-active and dynamic.
|Hosting Situation (Board & Lodging)|
The volunteer will be living with a family that will provide lodge and food.
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