Volunteer work; general information... 

 

Uruguay is looking for volunteers and we would like to help this lovely country to develop. Are you the person we are looking for? 

SPANISH COURSE

You take part in daily group classes in our school in Punta del Este as an intensive preparation for the second part of your trip. The Spanish courses are available at all levels from beginner to advanced. In most cases it lasts a minimum of four weeks; if your Spanish is already advanced you can book a volunteering programme without an intensive Spanish course. Equally you can extend the Spanish course if you wish.

Groups will be made up according to the results of the Level Test done on the first day of classes. Two hours daily will be dedicated to grammar, in which you can expect a teacher-led explanation of an area of grammar, with spoken and written examples, exercises, and opportunities to practice and ask questions. The focus in these classes is on understanding and accuracy. Two hours daily will be dedicated to conversation, with a discussion appropriate to the level led by the teacher but taking into account the students’ interests and views. The focus in these classes is on self-expression and fluency, although the teacher will correct errors or clarify grammar as appropriate.

Classes take place between 09:00 and 15:00 from Monday to Friday. There will be a break of 15-20 minutes between the two-hour classes. If there are no other students at your level, you will receive one-to-one tuition with half the number of classes daily. At some point during your Spanish course you will be introduced to the on-site co-ordinator of your ranch stay, internship or volunteer programme, who will talk to you in detail about the second part of your trip and show you how to get there by public transport if necessary.

VOLUNTEERING

After completing your intensive Spanish course you will begin the volunteer project, for which a minimum of four weeks is required. You may work at a centre for marginalised young people, an advice bureau for young parents (many still teenagers themselves), an after-school play centre, an NGO which campaigns against domestic violence and abuse, a hospital or clinic. If you like, you can start visiting the volunteer project while you are still doing the Spanish course, in preparation for when you start to volunteer. If you have previous experience or relevant skills they will be taken into account (e.g. medical training, computer skills, experience of teaching, social work, administration, working with children, young adults or vulnerable adults). Not all of the projects accept volunteers all year round, depending on factors such as school holidays; others have particular demand for volunteers at certain times. These factors, as well as your personal preference, your particular skills and your relevant experience will allow us to decide together which project suits you best.

The organisations we work with are all non-profit organisations which work to improve the day-to-day reality and future prospects of children, teenagers, young adults, adults and families in Uruguay. They promote a culture of respect, education, health, well being and diversity, which are values we expect our volunteers to share.

Our current volunteer options are:
 

Working with Young people

Teach English in a social centre

Protect and research sea turtles on the Atlantic coast

Working with Whales and Dolphins  

Ranch stay 

Horse training

Working at a biological farm

 

Please contact us, if you wish to volunteer in another area and we will work to make it possible.

 

 

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