Teacher of Art, Music etc.
Since you first have to get to know the project, the staff etc., they expect you to stay at least 2 months.
The project is located in Villas de Ayarco, which is an outlying community of Tres Rios, Cartago, Costa Rica, which is only about 25 minutes from the capital San José. This project, designed to reach out to the hurt and lost, was initiated by a few local Costa Rican people and very little money. It has since grown into a major effort as more people have joined to complete the task at hand.
In 1998-99, money to purchase approximately 2.4 acres of land was raised locally in Costa Rica with none of the money coming from stateside sources. Construction on Phase I of the Abraham Project was initiated in February 2002. A crew of local people was hired to begin the construction work. The tedious work of digging footers and pouring foundations was under way. Since that time, they have been able to complete
· Children’s Homes: There are a total of two children’s homes currently being used to permanently house “children at risk”. Many of these are children who have been or are in the process of being declared abandoned by the government. What makes these children’s homes uniquely different is that they are staffed by a Christian couple, referred to as “tios”. This is critically important as it provides the children with a great example of a stable, normal home setting. The house parents are responsible for overseeing the daily operations.
· Daycare: They operate a daycare staffed by local women that currently serves 150 children from the surrounding neighborhoods and can enroll up to 200. The building consists of a cafeteria equipped to supply hot meals for the children as well as classrooms that are used as a daycare throughout the week and as Sunday School rooms on the weekends. The daycare facilities provide many families a safe environment to leave their children while they work. This is critically important, especially considering the marginal areas where these families live.
· Professional Consultation Offices: They have legal and medical offices where professionals (i.e. lawyers, therapists, psychologists etc.) can donate their time (a few hours, half a day, or even an entire day) to people in the surrounding communities. Many of the people that live in these areas are considered low-income families, so services are provided free of charge or at a very minimal cost to the individual.
· Life-Skills Workshops: They provide training to help people learn specific skills that will facilitate finding a job or starting a small business. Some of the classes that are offered include English, computer, artisan crafts, manicure/pedicure, cooking and sewing.
Be flexible, organized and willing to serve in our areas of greatest need
Willingness to learn basic Spanish or work with a translator
Prepared to invest some time in training before and during the placement
Willing to adapt and to be flexible to the local culture, food etc.
Just across the river from the Abraham Project is a very marginal area, which is home to many social problems. Many of the families in this area are dysfunctional. Statistics reveal that many of the street children of San José originate from these surrounding areas. It is discouraging to see so many children ravaged by the effects of drugs, alcohol, and physical or sexual abuse, therefore they need volunteers to teach these kids art, craft, music etc. Anything is more than welcome.
Prepare and give free lessons depending on your skills and interest
Give free life-skills workshops for the women of the neighborhood depending on your skills (crafts, sewing, cooking, IT,...)
Please send us your resume and motivation letter stating your vision.
Once submitted, we will contact you immediately. Apply here.