ICYE in the World
|Brief description and main aims|
The Betesda Foundation is a non profit organisation established in 1994, with the purpose of contributing to the development of people with learning or physical disabilities, and therefore "The rehabilitation guidance, and education of those suffering from learning or physical deficiencies which prevent them from integrating in society at the same rhythm as other people."
The Betesda Foundation Residence Belisana, is open 365 days a year, 24h a day and hosts people with different disabilities. The residents usually stay in the Occupational Centre between 9 and 17 hours, and then start with their residence time table. There are two different routines: weekdays and weekends.
During weekdays there are 2 social integration technicians and 4 careers working in the Residence. The night shift is covered by two careers, and in the morning between 7:30 and 9 there are 6 professionals attending the morning routine and conducting the residents to their occupational workshops.
All the activities in the morning are mandatory for the beneficiaries, but in the afternoon there are some mandatory and some voluntary activities. Mandatory activities are all related to personal hygiene, caring for belongings and premises, and creating and maintaining satisfactory personal relations and a social climate.
The Fundación Betesda will ask the volunteers to help and support the staff with their daily activities with the disabled people.
volunteer will participate in the workshops organized in the residence (with wood, flowers, music, painting) and leisure activities (cinema, restaurants, theatre, youth festivals, trips to the mountains,...). They will be asked to support residents in the care attention (shower, meals, etc.).
|Volunteer requirements / Skills|
The Residence is located in the city of Madrid (6,000,000 inhabitants), which is located in the province of the same name. There are a lot of advantages in living in such a big city as Madrid: a variety of activities and opportunities: cinemas, theatres, exhibitions, museums, restaurants, discos, etc.
The residence is in the City Centre, 500m. from the Underground. It is well connected, a fact which makes the integration of the volunteer in the city easier.
The Foundation believes the importance of hosting a volunteer is based on the exchange experience it provides to the life in the Residence, which results in the enrichment and the bringing together of European people.
|Hosting Situation (Board & Lodging)|
Accomodation and Board will be provided in a individual room into the hosting project.
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