We are a small non-profit organization working in a coastal town in Manabí-Ecuador
Our project sustains a successful Children's Library in a coastal Ecuador town hit by a 7.8 earthquake. We run a Library and Bus to support neighboring community libraries. We are empowering Girls and Women through educational programs to unsettle patriarchal mores that marginalized their mothers. Your support enables us to continue and expand our much-needed gender equality programs throughout a coastal corridor of liberating libraries in rural Manabi.
While 73% of girls in canton Jama register in elementary school only 1% reach college and 15% are economically active. Teenage pregnancy is pervasive, leaving young women in dependent situations for the rest of their lives. While living in this tiny fishing village seems idyllic on the surface, there is an underlying pattern of abuse against girls and women, resulting in domestic violence and child abuse. 7 out of 10 young girls have been abused before reaching adulthood.
Our Children's Library deals with gender issues. We pay specific attention to girls ages 10-12 because we believe that nourishing young girls' self-esteem through reading, acting, dance, and sports will enable them to develop a healthy sense of their bodies as a territory they command. At the same time, we are working with their young male peers in masculinity workshops and activities that will help them become respectful and equal partners for future strong women.
Educational assistance increases school graduation and trains girls for skilled labor and professions. Sports and arts programs open an array of healthy opportunities to mingle between genders. Our Library is an example other neighboring communities are replicating. With our new library bus we will be able to reach over 1.300 women and girls in communities surrounding Don Juan. All our educational programs promote gender equality, social organization, local leadership, and cultural awareness.
Our volunteers spend 8 weeks with us. While teaching English, assisting children with their homework, sport coaching or offering art workshops they also learn from the community. You will be invited to fish with the locals, learn their gastronomy, use a machete. The Foundation offers lodging and meals.
Help with Eco Projects
DIY and building projects
Help with Computers/ Internet
We are a couple of Literature Professors that can help you with your Spanish skills and get your started on a Latin American Literary journey. In our Foundation, volunteers are required to take one of our local workshops on artisan fishing, local cuisine, machete, fish cleaning. You will learn about family dynamics and Ecuadorian culture.
This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.
We are looking for a couple of bilingual (Spanish- English) teachers or artist volunteers who are interested in arts, education sports, and culture. We strongly prefer couples since you embody a different gender dynamics that will help unsettle the patriarchal impositions that are pervasive in this region. If you are a couple, and cannot make the $5 daily
fee, please contact us and we can try to make it work. While we do rely on volunteer fees to support your meals, we will make an effort and see if we can make something work out.
Teaching experience is welcome, but not mandatory, and Spanish proficiency. You will be always accompanied but, after a couple of weeks, you should be able to run our local Children's Library in a small fishing village in the coast of Manabí, Ecuador. You need to have a command of Spanish to help with homework, you should also be willing to teach English, Art, recycled crafts, coach sports or help with homework and come up with creative and fun possibilities for the spare time of our young neighbors, this is your place. You will also be asked to help out in the local grade school teaching English and playing games in English with the kids. There is plenty of things to be done if you have an open disposition and are willing to share your talents. Since you will be part of an educational program, we suggest to stay with us at least 6 weeks, and we prefer volunteers able to stay for longer periods.
You will be staying in the volunteer residence at the Intercultural Center in Don Juan. It is a beautiful bamboo house recently build. The house is all for you, on occasions we may host another volunteer in the second bedroom. The kitchen is fully equipped, we will provide organic goods -fruit, vegetables, (fish, shrimp are also available)- so you can prepare your own meals. The kitchen is fully equipped and the bathroom and bedroom are very comfortable. We are sure you will be very happy here.
Our village is in the equatorial line surrounded by beautiful beaches, primary forests, and archaeological sites. You may borrow our bikes to go to Jama (south) or Pedernales (north). The Intercultural Center is located in the Center of the Village just a block away from the beach. This calm and beautiful place encourages you to relax, read, meditate or swim, bike and take long walks. This is a great opportunity to learn something about yourself while helping others.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
More than two
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week
In developing countries (Where most hosts are involved in charity work or community development) some of our hosts may ask for a small donation to help the host family or charity (often less then 5 dollars per day) Workaway will allow this listing when the donation goes directly to the family or charity and is just to cover the cost of the volunteer‘s stay. (This will be clearly marked on the host listing).
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