Focus: Community and Education.
Proyecto Horizonte is a non-profit organization located in the community of Ushpa-Ushpa in Cochabamba, Bolivia. The project was founded in 2004 by Christian Ruehmer and Osvaldo Castro with the mission of fighting poverty and improving human development. Since its establishment Proyecto Horizonte has grown to include a nursery, a school, a health center, microfinance and microenterprise initiatives, a women's support group, an artisan's group, and more. It continues to seek out new ways of investing in the community and welcomes your support.
Through volunteering with Proyecto Horizonte, volunteers have the opportunity to create lasting change for Bolivian children and for a Bolivian community. The commitment and never-ending work of so many of our volunteers has played a key role in our success so far in Bolivia.
Costs & Benefits
Helping Hands Volunteers are volunteers that want to generally help the organization and the South American community in which we work. No specific background or expertise is required. We ask only that you be dedicated to our mission of providing quality education and community development services to marginalized communities in Bolivia.
Some of the areas in which Helping Hands Volunteers can work are:
-Helping in the day care
-Helping in the English classes
-Tutoring of all school levels (mainly English and mathematics)
-Helping with expos, fairs and other community events
-Giving workshops on SODIS (we train volunteers on this solar water disinfecting method)
-Doing light construction and clean-up
-Supporting longer-term volunteers in their initiatives
We also offer projects to Professional volunteers and interns, generally a commitment of at least 3 months is required, but longer time periods are preferable.
All volunteer, internship and professional placements are free of charge. For those volunteers who intend to stay 3 months or less, we ask that they donate a minimum of USD150 to Proyecto Horizonte. Those staying longer than 3 months no donation is required. All Volunteers are required to cover their own living (room & board) and travel costs.
Basic Spanish when you arrive and intermediate if you are planning on doing a special project are required, local Spanish class can be arranged. All volunteers must also be aged 18 and over.
San Juan, Av. Petrolera Km. 10
Tel: (591 4) 4338081 or (591 4) 4338071 or (591) 717 49302
Location:Cochabamba - Boliva
Average cost per day: $15
Focus: Community work
Skills needed:Basic to intermediate Spanish