Casa Hogar AmaneSer (COL-5)


Type: Children - Country: Colombia

Brief description and main aims

The project works with children between 5 and 17 years old. At the moment 120 children (divided into two groups) are helped by the project. Each group stays four hours : there is a group in the morning and a group in the afternoon. AmaneSer takes care of the children, while they are not studying. This is to protect them from the bad influences of the streets (drugs and prostitution). Also, a lot of them come from difficult family situations (e.g.domestic abuse).

Main Activities

The project offers different activities for the children: they do workshops in dance, theatre and hand crafts; they talk in smaller groups about topics like drugs, sexual health, pregnancy, prostitution and other problems of the neighborhood. They also practice sports, watch movies or go out to play in the park. The children have the possibility to do their homework and they get free meals. There are a lot of professionals like psychologists and social workers who work withe children and their families on personal development.

Volunteer tasks

The volunteer should:

  • Participate in the activities of the project with the children
  • Help them with their homework
  • Give out snacks and meals
  • Support professionals in providing activities and offer activities (e.g. language classes, sports)
  • Join them on home visits
  • The volunteer can work all the day with the children but he can also help in the office and kitchen if she/he wants to.

Volunteer requirements / Skills

The volunteer should:
  • be interested in working with children
  • be very creative, and spontaneous
  •  have a high of patience because activities often don’t work out as they should
  •  be very assertive, be able to show authority and must be open-minded towards religiousness.
No gender is given a preference. 
 
Important: You need to be proactive, motivated to work with young people, full of ideas. Understanding the internal dynamics of the organization and the complicated background of youngsters you will be working with.

Location

Cl 21 No.16-46 -Bogotá -Cundinamarca.

Bogotá is the capital of Colombia the political, economic, administrative, industrial, artistic, cultural, and sports center of the country. It is the biggest city in Colombia, the third highest in the world above sea level and known for its high number of universities, libraries and cultural events. It has a population estimated at around 10 million.
 
The project is situated in the tolerance zone of barrio SanteFe, one of the poorest areas of Bogota and blighted with a range of social problems.

Hosting Situation (Board and Lodging)

The volunteer will live with a host family.

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