Volunteer at our small NGO and learn about sustainable development in Varela, Guinea-bissau

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Guinea-bissau

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    20/07/2020

 
  2021 

 Min stay requested: at least 1 month

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  • Description

    Description

    We have been working in Guinea Bissau for 14 years, we are a small NGO. We work mainly in educational, health and hygiene projects, natural medicine, awareness of the use of medicinal plants, construction of water wells, bamboo workshop, permaculture orchard ...
    We work directly with the community respecting their culture and rhythms. We seek sustainable development over time by teaching how to make use of your own resources. The purity of the people we work with is respected.
    We are a "big family" where each one is a link to make possible the change in the lives of many people.
    The project is carried out in Varela, one of the poorest countries in the world, located in Guinea Bissau where we have the headquarters of the NGO. Varela is a village that has a population of 900 inhabitants. It is located on the coast forming part of a natural park.
    Our priority is to respect the customs and traditions of the area. We learn every day to value everything we have, when we see the people around us survive without having hardly any food, health, education, light, drinking water ...
    In Guinea Bissau, Creole and Portuguese are spoken and some people also French for being near Senegal.


    Desde hace 14 años trabajamos en Guinea Bissau, somos una pequeña ONG. Trabajamos principalmente en proyectos educativos, de salud e higiene, medicina natural, sensibilización del uso de plantas medicinales, construcción de pozos de agua, taller de bambú, huerta de permacultura ...
    Trabajamos directamente con la comunidad respetando su cultura y sus ritmos. Buscamos un desarrollo sostenible en el tiempo enseñando como hacer uso de sus propios recursos. Se respeta la pureza que tienen las personas con las que trabajamos.
    Somos una "gran familia" donde cada uno es un eslabón para hacer posible el cambio en la vida de muchas personas.
    El proyecto se realiza en Varela, uno de los países más pobres del mundo, situado en Guinea Bissau donde tenemos la sede de la ONG. Varela es una aldea que cuenta con una población de 900 habitantes. Está ubicada en la costa formando parte de un parque natural.
    Nuestra prioridad es respetar las costumbres y tradiciones de la zona. Aprendemos cada día a valorar todo lo que tenemos, cuando vemos a las personas de nuestro alrededor sobrevivir sin tener apenas comida, sanidad, educación, luz, agua potable...
    En Guinea Bissau se habla criolo y portugués y algunas personas también francés por estar cerca de Senegal.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Teaching
    Gardening
    DIY and building projects
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    General Maintenance
    Help with Computers/ Internet

  • UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN goals
    No poverty
    Zero hunger
    Good health and well-being
    Quality education
    Gender equality
    Clean water and sanitation
    Affordable and clean energy
    Decent work and economic growth
    Industries, innovation and infrastructure
    Reduce inequality
    Sustainable cities and communities
    Responsible consumption and production
    Climate action
    Life below water
    Life on land
    Peace, justice and strong institutions
    Partnerships for the goals
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    The biggest benefit is your personal enrichment. Realize that we must thank every day for everything we have no matter how small. Knowing their culture, their wisdom, their way of life and acceptance, makes us grow in our path as people and leave our selfishness and our attachments aside.

    If we are willing to soak up the lives of children, of the people with whom we share each day, we will give thanks for this opportunity to know the essence of people in the face of great difficulties, their generous heart without having anything and their wonderful hospitality.

    The project will give you the possibility and the tools so that you can feel that your work and your generosity can change the lives of many people.

    You will have the opportunity to know our projects first hand, as they are carried out and carried out. Know how a small cooperation organization works but with a lot of repercussion in the region.


    El mayor beneficio es tu enriquecimiento personal. Darnos cuenta de que debemos agradecer cada día todo lo que tenemos por muy pequeño que sea. El conocer su cultura, su sabiduría, su modo de vida y de aceptación, nos hace crecer en nuestro camino como personas y dejar nuestros egoísmos y nuestros apegos de lado.

    Si estamos dispuestos a empaparnos de la vida de los niños, de las personas con las que compartimos cada día, daremos gracias por esta oportunidad de conocer la esencia de las personas ante grandes dificultades, su generoso corazón sin tener nada y su maravillosa hospitalidad.

    El proyecto te dará la posibilidad y las herramientas para que puedas sentir que tu trabajo y tu generosidad puede cambiar la vida de muchas personas.

    Tendrás la oportunidad de conocer nuestros proyectos de primera mano, como se llevan a cabo y se realizan. Conocer como funciona una organización de cooperación pequeña pero con mucha repercusión en la región.

  • Help

    Help

    We are looking for people who know about HUERTAS DE PERMACULTURA, experience in this way of working will be valued. Activities to be carried out:
    - Planting
    - Transplanting
    - Watering
    - Fertilizing
    - Cleaning weeds ...
    - Processing different products to make: jams, medicines, syrups, ointments ...
    We have a TRAINING SCHOOL and we are looking for people with experience with childhood. That they enjoy with the children and be happy and dynamic, responsible and organized people…
    Activities:
    - School support classes
    - Playroom
    - Workshops
    - Excursions
    - Games
    - For young people: computers and languages

    Buscamos personas que sepan de HUERTAS DE PERMACULTURA, se valorará la experiencia en esta forma de trabajar. Actividades a realizar:
    - Plantar
    - Trasplantar
    - Regar
    - Abonar
    - Limpiar las malas hierbas…
    - Procesar diferentes productos para hacer: mermeladas, medicinas, jarabes, pomadas…

    Tenemos una ESCUELA DE FORMACIÓN y buscamos personas con experiencia con la infancia. Que disfruten con los niños y sean personas alegre y dinámicas, responsables y organizadas… Actividades:
    - Clases de apoyo escolar
    - Ludoteca
    - Talleres
    - Excursiones
    - Juegos
    - Para los jóvenes: informática e idiomas


    We are looking for people who know about PERMACULTURE HUERTAS, experience in this way of working will be valued. Tasks to do:
    - Plant
    - transplant
    -To water
    - pay
    - Clean weeds ...
    - Process different products to make: jams, medicines, syrups, ointments ...

    We have a TRAINING SCHOOL and we are looking for people with experience with childhood. Enjoy with children and be cheerful and dynamic, responsible and organized people ... Activities:
    - School support classes
    - Ludoteca
    - Workshops
    - Excursions
    - Games
    - For young people: computer science and languages

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    Spanish: Fluent
    Portuguese: Intermediate

    This host offers a language exchange
    This host has indicated that they are interested in sharing their own language or learning a new language.
    You can contact them directly for more information.

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    The accommodation is next to the "Training School". 5 meters from the headquarters of the NGO.

    We have a small house with three spaces:

    - a room with 3 bunk beds and mattresses, shared for 6 people.
    - a small room for two people. (Although we have capacity for 8 people, there are usually no more than 3 volunteers at a time)
    - a kitchen: volunteers will have to cook their own food even if all the food is provided by the NGO. The food is based on: vegetables, pasta, rice, eggs, some vegetables and seasonal fruit. Sometimes fish or meat, but they are not easy to get. In the village there are small shops that have basic products but there are no supermarkets or much variety. The purchase will have to be made in the capital that is four hours away, so it is complicated.

    Next to the house we have a shower and a latrine with running water but not with hot water. There is an outdoor dining room for different activities.

    The environment is very beautiful, with trees and palm trees, a quiet place without noise and close to the town itself where there is a hotel, a local food house and a disco.


    El alojamiento se encuentra al lado de la "Escuela de formación". A 5 metros de la sede de la ONG.

    Tenemos una pequeña casa con tres espacios:

    - una habitación con 3 literas y colchones, compartida para 6 personas.
    - una habitación pequeña para dos personas. (Aunque tenemos capacidad para 8 personas, no suele haber mas de 3 voluntarios a la vez)
    - una cocina: los voluntarios tendrán que cocinar su propia comida aunque todos los alimentos sean aportados por la ONG. La alimentación está basada en: verdura, pasta, arroz, huevos, algo de legumbres y fruta de temporada. En algunas ocasiones pescado o carne, pero no son fáciles de conseguir. En la aldea hay pequeñas tiendas que tienen productos básicos pero no existen supermercados ni mucha variedad. La compra se tendrá que hacer en la capital que está a cuatro horas, por lo que es complicado.

    Al lado de la casa tenemos una ducha y una letrina con agua corriente pero no con agua caliente. Hay un comedor al aire libre para realizar diferentes actividades.

    El entorno es muy bonito, con árboles y palmeras, un lugar tranquilo sin ruido y cerca de la propia población donde hay algún hotel, una casa de comida local y una discoteca.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We have an ethical code with the volunteers of our NGO so that the impact of our work on the population is not damaged. The code has to be signed and accepted by the people who are part of our team.

    The headquarters of the NGO as well as the house of volunteers is a comfortable and cozy place so that people can rest and will make your stay more pleasant.

    The weather in Varela being a beach place is mild, with temperatures not too high depending on the time, and in winter it cools at night. The beach is 1 km away.

    The region where we work is totally rural and of great beauty both in the landscape and in the human part of the people who inhabit it.



    Tenemos un código ético con los voluntarios de nuestra ONG para que el impacto de nuestro trabajo en la población no sea dañado. El código tiene que ser firmado y aceptado por las personas que formen parte de nuestro equipo.

    La sede de la ONG al igual que la casa de voluntarios es un lugar confortable y acogedor con el fin de que las personas puedan descansar y hará tu estancia más agradable.

    El tiempo en Varela al ser un lugar de playa es suave, con temperaturas no excesivamente elevadas dependiendo de la época, y en invierno refresca por la noche. La playa se encuentra a 1 km.

    La región donde trabajamos es totalmente rural y de una gran belleza tanto en el paisaje como en la parte humana de las personas que la habitan.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    This host can provide space for campervans.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 5-6 hours a day, 5 days a week


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