Teaching English in a nursery school
Teach English in a small private nursery school (LIA). L.I.A is based in a small building in the garden of the Volunteers living quarters so you are never far away from the action!
Nursery school education is compulsory in Chile and many primary schools expect children to read and write before they enter their first year in primary school education. LIA is leading the way in the method of learning through play which practices teaching children how to read and write through educational games making learning fun, the way it should be. Children are aged between 2-5 years old.
Volunteers act as teaching assistants, joining in with the days activities, incorporating English into every child’s day and learning Spanish from these kids too!
Woman’s Rehabilitation Center
This centre is based in the town over from Calera in Quillota. Women who are involved in this local rehab centre are trying to put their lives back on track. Many have had their children taken away from them and are desperately trying to move forward so they can be reunited with their families.
They are taught to be self sufficient and the rehab lives off donations and whatever the women can sell at the local market. Volunteers can help out at cooking sessions making traditional Chilean food which is later sold on to raise money for the centre and the women living there.
The Red Cross is a short walking distance from the house and all projects are based in and around La Calera. This small branch of the Red Cross is run by local volunteers living in La Calera and the organisation itself supports community projects providing first aid assistance, vaccinations and community support as well as humanitarian aid helping to rebuild towns and villages affected by the 2010 8.8 earthquake.
Volunteers who choose to work with the Red Cross have a variety of options open to them from organising fundraising events to helping serve dinners to the elderly.
The Orphanage is within walking distance from the volunteer house and school. Run by nuns this orphanage is a mix between a refuge for children who have been taken off their parents because of abuse or financial reasons and children who have been abandoned completely. The boys are aged between 4-16 years old and are in need of some T.L.C.
Volunteers who opt to work with the orphanage can teach English, organise festive parties or just be there to put a bit of fun back into their routine simply by playing games and letting boys be boys.