FUNDACIÓN CASAYUDA 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-46/2017
- Dispo : 25M / 25F (Total Part 50)
- Langue du Projet : ENG / ESP
- Age : 18 - 99
Fundación CasAyuda – Centro de Apoyo al Niño y Joven Discapacitado Físico y Sensorial (Support Center to the Child and Youth with Physical and Sensorial Handicap) is a private, non-profit, institution that develops programs and projects entailed to improve the life conditions of the children and youths with disabilities, forming values and principles (based on the belief in God) that dignify them as a person and foment their self-esteem, also empowering their skills. The people with whom Fundación CasAyuda works with are children and youths with cerebral palsy, deafness, mental retardation, learning problems, hearing impairment, consequences of spina bifida and down syndrome. However, half of the classes are composed of deaf children and youths. The center supports approximately 90 children and youths. Fundación CasAyuda’s vision is to be the pioneer institution in search of the integration of the person with handicap, promoting the implementation of his/her knowledge, having an independent life. Main Activities Fundación CasAyuda’s regular activities are developed through three main programs, which are: ¨ Center of Integral Education: separated in an area of sign language and an area of special education. ¨ Boarding school for deaf children. – Support program to the handicapped child or youth. Volunteer tasks The activities in which the volunteers will be involved depend in the tasks of the preference and/or knowledge of the volunteer and the center’s necessities at that time. The volunteer can get involved in any of the center’s various programs, such as assisting the teachers imparting learning stimulus to the children with certain handicaps, which is the area where most aid is needed. If the volunteer has ideas for a self project, this one is discussed with the contact person/responsible of the volunteer and allowed under the circumstances and guidance. Some tasks in which the volunteers can cooperate are: ¨ Assisting teachers in their several classes. ¨ Help with the deaf children that live in the center. ¨ Doing artistic activities with the deaf children. ¨ Sports activities with the children and youths. ¨ Assistance in the therapy sessions. ¨ General maintenance. – Assisting in the sign language courses. Minimum (weeks): 4 Maximum (weeks): 16 Number of volunteers: 1 The project is CLOSED in December and in January. Bring clothes for hot weather, a hat, sun glasses, repellent for insects and personal medications.
Living with a Host Family.
Comayagua is located 50 miles north of Tegucigalpa and 90 miles south of San Pedro Sula. It is of very easy access due to the main highway connecting the two most important cities of Honduras, Tegucigalpa and San Pedro Sula, which passes just outside Comayagua. It started as a very important city during Colonial times, turning it into the Spanish Province’s political and cultural centre. Nowadays, Comayagua is a very well-preserved Colonial city with much Colonial architecture. It’s estimated population in 2003 was 60,000 inhabitants. One interesting tradition is the creation of carpets on the streets during Easter Week using coloured sawdust to create intricate religious designs. In Comayagua, one can find many marginal areas in which unfortunately extreme poverty exists, mainly due to the insufficiency of jobs available. To see a detailed location of Comayagua go to: http://www.maplandia.com/honduras/comayagua/comayagua/comayagua/
Age: Older than 18 years old. Gender: Indifferent. Languages: Spanish. But, some of the previous volunteers that have worked and lived in the center at the beginning did not have a fluent Spanish, but with time managed to learn it and communicate efficiently. Studies: None in particular. Although knowing sign language and therapy skills are useful. Abilities and Attitudes: Be decided and motivated to work with handicapped persons, initiative, patience. 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.