Curriculum Developer for Equine Therapy Center

Support Children in La Paz, Bolivia


Skills: 
Medical Professionals, Facilitation
Can Start: 
as soon as possible
Can Stay: 
2 weeks to 2¾ months
Must Speak: 
English, Spanish
Benefits: 
Accommodations, Learning Opportunity, Good For Groups, Good For Families

Here is an amazing opportunity for an occupational therapist to work with horses and make a difference in the lives of Bolivian children.

Opportunity Details


PROJECT DESCRIPTION AND IMPACT

We provide therapy using horses to children and young people with special needs, physical and mental health disabilities and children with behavioral issues. This is a new and very innovative project in Bolivia; a country where people with disabilities and their families are often marginalized and face discrimination and extreme poverty. Our center is magical place where the children and their families are welcomed with open arms and their differences are celebrated. It is very moving to see children helping children, playing in the open space; their parents relaxed and astounded by the bravery and skills of their children on the horses. It is a place which inspires!

We are looking for an Experteer to help us develop our curriculum and work directly with families and children. 

DELIVERABLES

This would include: 

Reviewing current curriculum and suggesting improvements

Training local staff to implement changes

Working with families and children at the center 

 

NEEDED SKILLS:

  • Medical Professionals
  • Facilitation

ADDITIONAL USEFUL SKILLS:

NEEDED LANGUAGES:

  • English
  • Spanish

We Provide These Local Benefits


ACCOMMODATION

We are based in the small village of Jupapina, which is approx 30-45 mins by bus from the city centre. It is a beautiful semi-rural village surrounded by mountains. There is a very strong sense of community - perhaps the most enriching aspect of our volunteers’ experience to date has been participating in this small community and getting a very real flavour of Aymara culture. As very few people speak English it is also the perfect place to learn / improve your Spanish. 

Volunteers live in shared volunteer accommodation in the grounds of our family home with some of the best view in La Paz over the mountains and down in the valley below. There are single and shared rooms – depending on availability. The houses are very comfortable and fully equipped, with kitchen, shared living areas, hammocks, Wi-Fi, cable TV and DVD machines and access to the family washing machine. For short term volunteers, groups or during busy periods, we may also offer you accommodation in our cabin or tipis.

Cost for accommodation is approximately 17 USD per day. 

 

LEARNING OPPORTUNITY

You will learn about equine therapy and how this can be used to support children with special needs and their families.

You will work in a multidisciplinary team.

You will learn more about the socio economic context of children with special needs in Bolivia and the political and social context of the country.

If you have particular expertise, we will ask you to share this expertise and experience through giving talks with university students, medical professional and perhaps the media in Bolivia.

ADDITIONAL BENEFITS

We can offer you a real flavour of Bolivia, living and working in a beautiful friendly village. You will understand indigenous Bolivian culture and be invited to participate in local fiestas and celebrations.

The accommodation is beautiful and a good place to relax when you are not working.

We will happily share with you tips and advice for local tourism too in Bolivia and help you set up Spanish classes too.

Before you arrive we will discuss your expectations and send you a provisional work plan and a pre arrival orientation pack.

Upon arrival we will spend a full day giving your orientation, take you round the local shops, show you where to change money etc and show you how to use the local transport system.

Questions & Answers About this Opportunity


Currently accepting applications

Organization


Industry: Civic & Social Organization

Mission: Children

Size: Startup: 2 - 5 persons

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