VOLUNTEERING WITH CHILDREN FROM INDIGENOUS COMMUNITIES
With the work carried out in certain areas of the Guna indigenous community in Veracruz, it has been possible to detect that they are losing their attachment to their roots, affecting their social, psychological and personal level.
In the search of a solution for this situation, we observe that the interaction in group with people of other customs and nationalities, during the learning of their language motivates them and takes them to appreciate their customs and language.
Through the volunteer program of school reinforcement with indigenous communities in Panama, we see the opportunity to strengthen their academic skills with classes of comprehensive reading and writing, school review and empowerment of their culture.
It is important for each child to know that their culture and language is part of their identity.
- Empower the young people, children and adults Gunas, with tools for work and growth, strengthening their roots, to face the task of recording audiobooks in Guna and Spanish for its population and the target audience of the Foundation, which are: people with visual disabilities, intellectual, motor and older adults throughout the country.
WHAT WILL I DO AS A VOLUNTEER?
Currently there are approximately 50 children in total (not all at once) and you support activities such as:
- School review classes in subjects such as: math, English, natural sciences, Spanish, art, reading and singing.
- Workshops of cultural empowerment in trainings for the valuation and recognition of their identity.
- Training to improve interpersonal relationships and self-esteem.
- Literacy work in Dülegaya (mother tongue).
- Helping in organizational activities. Spacing days outside the centre.
The reinforcements can be divided as follows:
- Review in subjects such as: mathematics, Spanish (English), social sciences.
- Reading, rescue Dulegayas narrations and reading.
- Storytelling in Dülegaya.
- Recording of audiobooks.
WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS TO BE A VOLUNTEER?
We are looking for volunteers who have a vocation for service and support all the activities that are developed in the project. To be part of this project you must have at least some of these qualities:
- Be of legal age.
- Adaptive capacity.
- Maintain proper behavior.
- Be creative, dynamic and communicative.
WHAT DAYS AND DATES CAN I VOLUNTEER?
The project is open all year round, except on national holidays such as:
- National holidays (from 1 to 5 November), 10 and 28 November.
- December 8, Mother’s Day
- Martyrs’ Day, which is the 9th of January
- Carnivals, you should ask what days and month (usually between February and March).
- School absenteeism or improvised closures are within the culture of Panama.
You can arrive any day of the week, it is also preferable to arrive on a Friday, Saturday or Sunday, as it facilitates the incorporation to the project and there is less traffic.
TIMETABLE AND PICK-UP POINT
- Pick-up point is Tocumen International Airport (PTY).
- Scheduled pick-ups are from 8:00 to 20:00 (ask for additional costs in case of arrival at other times).
WHERE WILL I BE AND WHAT WILL MY SCHEDULE BE DURING VOLUNTEERING?
- The project is located in the village of Veracruz, in the Koskuna area.
- The school reinforcement volunteering in Veracruz takes place from Monday to Friday from 9:00 to 15:00 hours.
The distance between the project and the volunteer’s house is 20 to 30 minutes. Internal transportation in Veracruz is accessible and recurrent. (If you want to go by public transport costs 0.50 cents each way).
COORDINATION IN THE DESTINATION OF VERACRUZ IN PANAMA
During your program you will have a general coordinator. In the case of the volunteer project with children from indigenous communities (Veracruz) your main coordinator will be Natividad.
Once you are part of the Adventure Volunteer team, Natividad will induct you to the program and the work to be done.
HOW ARE THE LODGING AND MEALS?
- The volunteer house is located 20-30 minutes walk from the community where the volunteer project takes place.
- The house has a security checkpoint, swimming pool and is next to the sea. There are also 2 terraces, a barbecue area and a garden. It also has a washing area, but does not have a washing machine. Also near the house there are laundries that you can take your clothes to wash. The house also has a kitchen and a living room or star area.
- You will sleep in bunk beds and share rooms with other volunteers.
- Shared bathroom.
- Accommodation includes 3 meals a day: breakfast, lunch and dinner. (Homemade Creole food)
The price of the voluntary school reinforcement program with children from indigenous communities in Panama is divided into two parts. In order to register for the program, a deposit of 150€ must be paid. One month (1) before the start of the program, the final payment of the program must be paid.
Each additional week price €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?
- Welcome at the airport and transfer to the volunteer’s home
- Accommodation during your volunteering
- 3 meals during the course of your volunteer program
- 24/7 support from the Adventure Volunteer team
- Monitoring and evaluation of the programme
- Orientation and induction to the program
- Certificate of weeks completed in your volunteering
- Accident insurance during your volunteering
- Civil liability for your activity
- Receipt from NGO about your program fee
- Guidance, advice and management in the choice of programme
- Volunteer T-Shirt
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED?
- Flight to the country
- Visa, if necessary
- Travel insurance (mandatory)
- Vaccines, if necessary
- Internal transport
- Return to the airport on the last day
- Beverages or special diets or meals
- Trips inside or outside the country