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Venezuela Youth Care & Community Development

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Venezuela Youth Care & Community Development

Learn about local cultures and use your passion for interacting with children to teach and nurture the Venezuelan youngsters, and give them the best opportunity in life.

Prices from US$1,895

Offering the most varied and striking terrain of almost any South American country, come to gorgeous Venezuela to see the Andes shrouded in snow, the tantalising Caribbean beaches where jungle cascades down to the shore, the indescribable depths of the endless Amazon rainforest, and the eerie beauty of Gran Sabana with its unique flat topped mountains. Experience Latin American fiesta spirit as you dance the night away in one of Venezuela's traditional live music bars, sample outstanding fresh fish as you watch the Caribbean sunset, spot river dolphins, caimans, or even big cats near the Rio Orinoco – all this and more awaits you in this irresistible destination!

Check out our Venezuela Youth Care Project Video

PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

  • See some of the most striking terrain in South America
  • Immerse yourself in the local community
  • Make lifelong friends

FAST FACTS

Location Santa Elena, Venezuela
Activities Assisting teachers at the local music school
Arts, craft & ceramics at the cultural centre and the Community & Therapy Centre
Teaching simple wood work at the Community & Therapy Centre
Vocational carpentry & building skills
Helping to supervise recreational, developmental & therapeutic activities for children with special needs
Organising special events
Bringing joy & warmth to hospitalised children through recreational activities like story telling, theatre & play sessions
Making & decorating wooden educational toys & materials
Playing with & taking care of underprivileged children, bringing joy & love to the local day care centres
Helping to restore & maintain children's playgrounds & school facilities
Assisting with painting & restoring work, landscaping, redecorating & maintenance
Transport Independent travel to project site
Accommodation Shared accommodation

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go Pre-departure support
Travel & medical advice & documentation
Equipment advice
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt
In-country Food
Accommodation
Local orientation
Project training
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ back-up

QUALIFICATIONS

A variety of qualifications are available on many of our projects. For example, BTEC certificates and diplomas on our Group conservation projects and TEFL certificates and BTECs on most of our teaching projects. You may also be able to gain a CoPE to support your university application. For more information on these qualifications, please see the qualifications section of our website or ask your volunteer advisor.

WHAT WILL I BE DOING?

This is an ideal project if you want to learn about local cultures and have a passion for interacting with children. No previous experience or special skills are required, but you will need to be enthusiastic, willing to learn, ready for a challenge and have a desire to work with children.

Friendliness, care, commitment and patience are among the important qualities you should have. You do not necessarily need to have previous teaching experience but any experience will go a long way and staff and other volunteers will support you. Fluent Spanish is not required to be involved in our day cares or at your classes as a teacher, however basic Spanish is very useful.

The typical day's work will vary depending on your interests, level of Spanish, experience and any other skills you can offer; you can get involved in such activities as:

  • Assisting teachers at the local music school or arts, craft and ceramics at the cultural centre and the Community & Therapy Centre
  • Teaching simple wood work to young people at the Community & Therapy Centre or passing on vocational carpentry & building skills
  • Helping to supervise recreational, developmental and therapeutic activities for children with special needs who visit our Community & Therapy Centre
  • Organising special events
  • Bringing joy and warmth to hospitalised children by participating in visits to the paediatric ward through recreational activities like story telling, theatre and play sessions
  • Making and decorating wooden educational toys and materials for underprivileged children and children with special needs
  • Playing with and taking care of underprivileged children, bringing joy and love to the local day care centres
  • Helping to restore and maintain children’s playgrounds and school facilities. Assisting with painting and restoring work, landscaping, redecorating and maintenance.

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I ARRIVE?

You'll fly into Caracas and travel 22 hours southeast to the project site in Santa Elena using local bus services and following the clear and simple instructions provided. You will be met at your destination and shown to your accommodation in the project village. For a small extra cost, we can organise for a representative to meet you at Caracas airport, escort you to the bus station and put you on the right bus.

WHERE WILL I BE STAYING?

You will be living in shared accommodation within the purpose built project village. Part of your time will be spent maintaining the shared house and the village and tasks will be shared amongst all volunteers.

You will have a shared bedroom and bathroom with access to kitchen facilities. Single rooms are also available for a small additional charge.

Within the village there are gardens, a gym, wading pool, hammock terrace, craft wood workshop and a field for games of football and frisbee. There are also fire-pits which volunteers gather round for social evenings under the starlit South American skies.

WHAT WILL I BE EATING?

Snacks and refreshments are provided and you will share the cooking of three meals a day with your fellow volunteers.

Venezuela's cuisine is quite unique and there is nothing else quite like it in the world. Venezuelan food and drink tends to be highly regional. Many of the dishes in Venezuela are based on French, Italian, and Spanish recipes, but have varied over the years to become uniquely Venezuelan.

Fresh fish and shellfish make up many coastal recipes. Tubers such as the potatoes and yucca are quite common in the highlands. Corn, rice and pasta are found everywhere. Many tropical fruits and vegetables make up dishes from Amazon regions. Spices such as cumin are often used as well.

Pabellon is the delicious national dish of Venezuela and consists of rice, black beans and banana covered in stewed and shredded meat. If you fancy a snack, then try an arepa. These are made of corn flour, water, and salt and often fried or baked. They can be topped with a number of ingredients such as chicken, ham, cheese, or jam.

Ten Most Recent Reviews for This Project

An Amazing Experience  | 17 Jun 2018
Coming here to Santa Elena, Venezuela has been an amazing experience; one that I will never forge...

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Harvesting yuca and panning for gold  | 3 Jun 2018
My 20 year old son and I lived for a week with a Pemon family. The family and community were open...

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ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

There is a huge variety of things to do in Venezuela, all of which can be booked with local providers, helping to support the local economy. Why not try mountain trekking or rock climbing in the Sierra Nevada de Mérida, ride the world's longest and highest cable car (teleférico), which runs 12.6 km (7.9 miles) from Mérida to the top of Pico Espejo, providing easy access to starting points for mountain treks.

Parque Nacional Mochima on the north east coast offers excellent snorkelling and diving with dozens of offshore islands and islets, some – like the popular Isla de Plata – surrounded by coral reefs. The Cueva del Guácharo is the most spectacular of Venezuela's many cave systems where you can hear the eerie screeching of thousands of Guácharos (Oilbirds), a type of nocturnal bird that inhabits the subterranean dwelling. There are hundreds of exotic bird species such as hummingbirds, herons, Tanagers, Toucanets and Curassows at the Parque Nacional Henri Pittier on the central northern coast.

If you enjoy beach life, swimming and delicious, fresh seafood then pop over to Isla de Margarita, Venezuela's largest Caribbean isle with 168 km (104 miles) of beaches. With so much to do and see, you can be sure that you will never be bored in Venezuela!

COSTS

4 weeks US$1,895

Extra week US$545

DEPARTURE DATES

The project runs throughout the year, starting every Saturday

PLEASE CHECK AVAILABILITY WHEN APPLYING FOR THIS POPULAR PROJECT!

DURATION

Your time on the project will be for a minimum of 1 month, up to a maximum of 6months

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go

  • Pre-departure support
  • Travel & medical advice & documentation
  • Equipment advice
  • Discounted medical kit
  • Free Frontier t-shirt

In-country

  • Food
  • Accommodation
  • Local orientation
  • Project training
  • In-country emergency support
  • 24-hour international HQ back-up

AIRPORT INFORMATION

Nearest airport(s): Caracas (CCS)

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

  • Flights
  • Visas
  • Insurance

For detailed information on flights, visas and insurance, click here.


LEGAL STATEMENT

Please read our legal statement regarding the running of NGO projects.

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