Volunteering in school reinforcement with indigenous communities in Panama

school reinforcement with indigenous communities in Panama

For a long time we have worked with indigenous communities and we have been able to detect that they are losing connections to their past. This affects their social, psychological and personal conditions. During the search for a solution to this situation, we have observed that group interactions with people of other customs and nationalities, while learning of other cultures and languages, motivates the indigenous people and makes them appreciate their own customs and language.

Through the program of volunteering in school reinforcement with indigenous communities in Panama, we see the opportunity to teach and transmit to children the importance of their culture and traditions, as well as to help them learn more about where we come from and who we are.

It is important that each child knows that culture and language are part of one’s identity.

 

YOUR ROLE AS A VOLUNTEER

We look for volunteers who are keen to help and support the activities that are developed. Currently the activities are developed jointly with the community and 53 children take part in them.

  • School revision classes in subjects such as: Maths, English, Science, Spanish, Art, Literature and Music.
  • Workshops on cultural empowerment directed towards appreciation and recognition of their identity.
  • Excercises to improve interpersonal relationships and self-esteem.
  • Literacy work in Dulegaya (mother tongue).
  • Help in organizing activities outside the center.

Classes are divided in terms.

  • First term: everyday phrases and numbers
  • Second term: reading and retrieving stories in Dulegaya
  • Third term: storytelling in Dulegaya
  • Fourth term: recording audiobooks

The teaching program with indigenous communities is open all year. Volunteers are required to have at least a basic level of Spanish.

 

SCHEDULE AND PLACE OF WORK

The work carried out in the school reinforcement volunteer program in Veracruz takes place from Tuesday to Friday, from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.

The project is localed within 20 minutes from the volunteer’s house. Internal transportation in Veracruz is regular and easily accessible.

 

ACCOMMODATION AND MEALS

The house has a security gate, a pool, 2 terraces, a barbecue area, a garden and it’s localed by the sea. It also has a kitchen, a living room or lounge area, and a laundry area, but it does not have a washing machine. However, near the house there are laundries where you can take your clothes to wash.

You will sleep on bunk beds and share rooms with other volunteers.

Accommodation includes 3 daily meals: continental breakfast, lunch and dinner (Creole homemade food).

 

COSTS OF THE PROGRAM

The cost of the volunteer reinforcement program with indigenous communities in Panama is divided into two parts. To register in the program, you must pay a €150 deposit. One month before the start of your volunteering, the rest of the program fee must be paid.

2 WEEKS

€630

$720

3 WEEKS

€800

$915

4 WEEKS

€970

$1110

5 WEEKS

€1140

$1305

6 WEEKS

€1310

$1500

8 WEEKS

€1650

$1890

10 WEEKS

€1990

$2280

12 WEEKS

€2330

$2670

Each additional week costs €170. The program prices are in euros, so the currency exchange will be affected. You can check the currency exchange rate in the period of your trip.

 

WHAT ARE YOU PAYING FOR?

  • Airport pick-up
  • Accommodation during your volunteering
  • 3 meals at the volunteer’s home
  • Orientation and induction on the project and place
  • Local coordinator
  • Basic accident and civil liability insurance
  • 24/7 Assistance

 

 

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