INSTITUTO PSICOPEDAGÓGICO JUANA LECLERC 2017
Volontariat de 4 à 16 semaines; frais supplémentaires de 370€ pour le 1er mois, puis 65€ par semaine. Placement individuel, programme ouvert toute l'année
- Code : HON-30/2017
- Dispo : 25M / 25F (Total Part 50)
- Langue du Projet : ENG / ESP
- Age : 18 - 99
The “Instituto Psicopedagógico Juana Leclerc (Psycho pedagogical Institution Juana Leclerc)” is a non-profit institution that takes care of children and youths with mental handicaps and with learning difficulties.Throughout time, it has been growing and it counts today with 8 attention programs. Since its beginnings, the institution has developed incident actions at national and international level in favor of the handicap sector. It’s an opened-door institution to all children and youths that have learning difficulties, offering an integral attention through diverse communitarian strategies. The institution’s vision is to contribute to get a democratic and more just society, equal and liable, in which it is respected and valued the person’s differences such as handicap, gender,age, race, creed or nationality; participate on politics and processes that contribute to the equality of opportunities and social integration in a frame of human rights. Main Activities The institution’s activities consist of a specialized program for mentally disabled children and youths from poor families, providing center-based pre-school and primary education, as well as a community-based rehabilitation program. There are special programs consisting in the development of the students’ abilities and dexterities towards achieving their personal, social and working independence, with the purpose of getting a better quality life. The main programs are: School for Parents. Language Therapy. Physical Education. Musical and Artistic Therapy (Art). Recreational Therapy (camps, traditional games, Special Olympics). Corporal Expression. Well-Being Corner. Pre-Vocational Training Workshops (spices production, carpentry, bakery, organic fertilizer production) are also an important part of the curriculum, offering young adults possibilities to be integrated into the local labor market. Volunteer tasks The volunteer could work in the existing programs and services. But some of the areas where the project is interested that the volunteer gets involved are music, and sports. Other areas in which the volunteer could get involved depending on his/her interest and academic preparation are: Participation and Community Development Occupational Therapy Artistic Therapy (Art, Painting and Dance) Social Work, Psychology Health/Nutrition (Doctors/Nurses) Marketing Public and International Relations. Project available for January.
Living with a host family
Tegucigalpa, the capital of Honduras, got its tongue-twisting name from the ancient indigenous dialect “Nahuatl” that means “silver mountain”. In effect, Tegucigalpa came to be during colonial times a mining center. “Tegus”, as its inhabitants affectionately call it, is a mixture of an old colonial city that has turned into the modern capital of Honduras. Its population is approximately 1,200,000 inhabitants. Tegucigalpa is a city with a very pleasant climate, nestled in a valley of about 3,000 ft. Its highest peek, the mountain “El Picacho”, is located at an elevation of 930 m above sea level. Getting around Tegucigalpa can be a confusing experience. Despite the colonial history of the city, it does not have the typical Spanish layout of square streets around the city. This is mostly that terrain around the city did not allow this. Nonetheless, Tegucigalpa is well connected to all parts of Honduras. Buses leave daily to all cities. After the capital had been switched back and forth between Comayagua and Tegucigalpa, Tegucigalpa became the permanent capital in 1880. In 1938 it was joined with its twin city Comayagüela to one governmental district, “Municipio del Distrito Central: M.D.C.”. Tegucigalpa and Comayagüela appear from far as one big city, but the “Grande” or “Choluteca” River divides the city, and as one comes closer one can tell the difference. While Tegucigalpa is the political and cultural centre of Honduras, Comayagüela is more commerce orientated; here one can find everything for good prices at the different markets. In Tegucigalpa, one can find many marginal areas in which unfortunately extreme poverty exists, mainly due to migration from rural areas which causes a high unemployment rate. One of the biggest problems of the city is street children.
Age: Older than 20 years old. Gender: Indifferent. Languages: Basic knowledge of Spanish. Studies: If possible, from high school to university education. Abilities and Attitudes: Be decided and motivated to work with mentally handicapped persons, initiative, patience and to be creative. Religion: Indifferent.
ICYE Honduras was founded in 1981. The committee is run by former exchangees and volunteers. The national office, located in Tegucigalpa is run by a four-staff team.
Voluntary service placements include working with homeless and street children, disabled, children’s rights, homes for the elderly, sick or homeless people, health clinics, human rights organisations, indigenous groups, primary schools, youth organisations, and social projects in general. Attendance of university courses is allowed provided it does not interfere with voluntary service.