Volunteer in a Children’s Centre in La Paz

  • The Project

    Volunteer in a Children’s Centre in Bolivia managed entirely by local families from a small community. Opened in 2004, the aim of the centre founders was to establish a community nursery near La Paz, where children could learn through play and creativity. Primarily providing a safe environment for 90 underprivileged children, including 25 aged 6 months to 4 years old, the centre also enables mothers to take up employment opportunities. The project is run by 10 locally trained women known to the children as “Tias”. Following the initial success of the Children’s centre, an after-school club has also been established for children aged 7-12 years. Children from impoverished backgrounds are able to attend a homework club and spend the last hour of the day enjoying creative time. The Children’s Centre near La Paz aims to provide a safe and happy integrated childcare programme for the local community.

    View more of Kaya's volunteer abroad projects working with children around the world.

  • Why the project needs you

    Volunteers are needed to bring enthusiasm, ideas and an extra pair of hands to the Children’s Centre. Some of the children have special education needs meaning more time is needed for them. Many of these children have been rejected by other childcare centres. Volunteers’ involvement in the project means the Tias are able to run a wider range of activities for the children. Those volunteers with experience of early years teaching or special education needs are needed to help develop the teaching skills of the Tias and other staff.

    Project Location

    Mallasa (pronounced Mayasa) is based about 30 - 45 minutes outside of La Paz. It is a beautiful semi-rural village where there is a strong sense of community. You will be able to get a really good feel for the Aymara culture during your stay. La Paz, the highest administrative capital in the world, has some wonderful museums, stunning colonial buildings and many interesting craft shops. There are plenty of bars, cafes and restaurants so you can definitely spend some time sampling the local delicacies on offer. Clubs and live music are also popular with young people. Lake Titicaca and the salt flats are just two of the most popular weekend activities in the area.

  • Project Facts

    • Duration: 4-12 weeks
    • Cost: £785/$1374 for 4 weeks, £395/$691 each extra 4 weeks
    • Requirements: Age 20+
    • Location: La Paz, Bolivia
    • Project Activities: working within a school, preparing lunch, preparing activities and lessons
    • Working Hours: Monday-Friday (Flexible)
    • Project Availability: 1st, 3rd week of each month
    • Arrival day: Saturday

  • What is included

    • Accommodation: shared room in a volunteer house, dvd
    • Internet (fee split between volunteers)
    • Food: not included
    • Airport pick up from El Alto or bus station in La Paz
    • Training: pre-departure information, Orientation and project induction provided
    • Support: 24 hour support
    • Excursion Planning: staff help organise weekend activities. (Activity price may be extra)

  • What is not included

    • Flights
    • Insurance
    • Visas
    • Food
    • Daily Transport to and from your project
    • Optional Spanish classes are available for individuals/groups
    • Police background check: US and UK citizens processed through Kaya (admin fee applies) all other nationalities must provide local police check.

Related Projects

Other Projects in Bolivia