Travel through South and Central America on your Gap Year and simultaneously combine three awesome destinations with three rewarding teaching and childcare volunteering projects to the make the most of your time in Latin America.
For your first destination head to Costa Rica, famed for being one of the most diverse and protected areas on the planet ,to undertake your last volunteering placement as an assistant teacher in either the hub San Jose or coastal regions. In these educational settings volunteers will be utilised as an additional resource to help facilitate learning in what are often often under-resourced and overcrowded learning environments, offering aspiring teachers experience in a developing country.
After saying goodbye to the children in Costa Rica, why not travel before heading to your second placement in Ecuador. The slightly less conventional but by no means less effective Education Outreach for Child Workers in the Markets of Ecuador will be your project. Many children as young as three often work 10 or more hours a day in markets and the streets to financially support their families. This fantastic project brings education to the children in the markets in tents where educational activities are offered. The children can attend, whilst project staff simultaneously discuss the importance and benefits of education with parents. The project has proved to be hugely successful in recruiting children into schools and equally important reducing their working hours. Volunteers are needed to continue the work that the project has achieved to give children in Quito their right to education and help to end child labour.
Your final destination is Mallasa, a semi rural town close to La Paz the capital of Bolivia. Here you will begin your exploration of the this tremendous continent and also undertake your first volunteering placement in a local community childcare centre by helping care for up to 90 disadvantaged children. There are endless activities for volunteers to get involved and assist in keeping the children happy and healthy as well as giving the children the love and attention they deserve. Volunteers are also helping the project to empower mothers by freeing up their time so they are able to find employment and generate an income. This can make a massive difference to the well being of all those in this impoverished area.
The opportunity to spend time during your gap year contribution to the future of the next generation is one not to be missed.