Sistema Nacional de Música para Personas Especiales “SINAMUNE" (ECU-45)


Type: Health: Disability - Country: Ecuador

Brief description and main aims

To give disabled youths the chance to improve their skills through music by taking part in an orchestra. There is a main orchestra that gives concerts on an average of once per month and the “Orquestainicial”, for the students learning to play an instrument.In addition, the institution also teaches the students to paint and dance. Students with fewer problems are trained in working inclusion/ basic Math and language. At the moment SINAMUNE has 80 students, all of them with mental and physical impairments.

Main Activities

The centre teaches how to play different instruments. When the kids have developed some skills, they become part of the orchestra. Therefore, the kids practice for the orchestra concerts and presentations every day. Later, they have different classes. They have gym class once per week, where the whole school goes to a pool.

Volunteer tasks

Depending on the skills of the volunteer, he/ she may be working in the orchestraandteach some of the children in music class (piano, clarinet, guitar or flute). The volunteer also supports the teachers in the different classes and activities the students perform. At the end of the day the volunteers has to accompany the students in the school bus that brings them home.

Volunteer requirements / Skills

It would be an advantage to already have some experience working with kids with special needs. Also, having a musical knowledge will help the volunteer to have a stronger role in the organization. SINAMUNE is opened for all volunteers who are willing to share experiences with people that need a lot more attention than others. As a volunteer working in SINAMUNE patience is essential and encouragement should be part of the volunteer`s character.

Location

Carcelén.

SINAMUNE is located at the very north of Quito, in a neighbourhood called Carcelén, a popular area full of little stores and restaurants.The steady group of working colleagues is about 25.

Hosting Situation (Board and Lodging)

The volunteer will live with a Host family.

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