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Project details

Project start
15 Jul 2013
Project end

Project duration
This project is ongoing

Project ID
2593

Project Name
CARE FOR CHILDREN IN MENDOZA
Project City
MENDOZA
Project Country
Argentina
Preferred skills
You need basic to intermediate level of Spanish
Number of volunteers

Minimum age
18
Project types
Child welfare and Education

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Brief overview

CARE FOR CHILDREN AT A CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL IN MENDOZA

The Fundacion C hospital where you'll be located is specifically for very young children who suffer from malnutrition. Their mission is to combat infantile malnutrition and you'll work with the paediatricians, nutritionist, social workers and nurses to help the hospital achieve this aim. You'll help through giving meals to the children as well as playing, reading, singing, and stimulating them as they recover. No previous experience is required, just a love of children and a desire to help eradicate their malnutrition and become healthy again!

Located in the foothills of the Andes Mountains, Mendoza and its surrounding countryside is a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts. This beautiful town is next to some of the world's best skiing and in the summer months visitors enjoy mountain biking, rafting and hiking.

►SUMMARY FACTFILE

Start Dates

All year round - you choose your start and finish dates!

Duration

From 4 weeks to 1 year, subject to visa requirements

Requirements

Minimum age 18,  you need basic to intermediate level of Spanish.

Price

From £1,695 for 4 weeks, ranging to £3,595 for 12 weeks.
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What's included

►Accommodation ►Food (excluding lunch) ►Meeting you at the Airport ►Transfer to your accommodation ►Transport to and from your project ►Full pre-departure support ►Local in-country team support and backup ►24-hr emergency support. ►Free T-shirt.

What's not included

Flights, Insurance, Cost of Visas (if a visa is required, but we'll provide necessary documents and assistance), Return transfer to airport.

Who can do this Project?

All projects are open to all nationalities.


PROJECT OVERVIEW

The children attending Fundacion C have nutrition problems and require feeding every 3 hours. Sometimes the mothers also stay in the hospital with their children and they are taught how to give the children what they need in the way of nutrition to that when they leave the hospital, they hopefully won't ever have to come back. Each child has a very specific amount and type of food/formula that is prepared and labeled especially for that child at every mealtime. The children's weight, height and growth is monitored very closely during their stay and outpatient children also have their diet at home monitored.


WORK CONTENT

You’ll work for as many hours as you choose, between 8.00 a.m. and 4.00 p.m. We suggest you work for about 3-4 hours a day, at least 3 days per week. However, you can work anything up to 7 days a week if you wish!

Some of the work you'll be involved with includes:

  • Helping in the kitchen - this means preparing the meals to specific formulae for each child to combat that particular child's nutritional needs to ensure their recovery
  • Serving the food, taking care to ensure that each child receives the food and/or formula mix that has been specially prepared for them. Generally, these undernourished children need feeding every 2 to 3 hours.
  • Helping to feed those children whose mothers are unable to be at the hospital to help them eat.
  • Playing with the children.

Playing with the children and entertaining them, as well as giving them love, attention and care, is a very important aspect of the project. The majority of children range from a few months to 5 years old, and if they are fretful, unhappy and insecure, it impedes their recovery. Your care and time spent with them will aid their recovery. Your work in this area will also enable those mothers who are able to spend all their time staying at the hospital with their children to get some well-deserved breaks. Although the mothers are encouraged to spend all their time at the hospital, including sleeping there, in order to learn how to continue to properly feed their children after they leave the hospital, sometimes this is just not possible. The children of these mothers, in particular, need special care and attention.

There is a basket of mixed toys such as building blocks, kitchen sets, cuddly toys, etc., for you to use when playing with the children. However, there is no library of books as such to read to the children. We would ideally like to build up a reasonable library of books that can be used as we believe that not only will reading to the children keep them entertained, books can also be used to teach the children in an informal, 'non-study' environment. Colouring books are also very popular with the children.

It is very important to have an energetic positive approach to this volunteering project as lots of encouraging stimulation is as important for the children and the loving care and attention you can give them.

WHAT YOU'LL GAIN FROM DOING THIS PROJECT:

  • An exciting, never-to-be-forgotten adventure into Latin America.
  • The enormous satisfaction of helping disadvantaged children and knowing that you made a difference to them.
  • New skills, more confidence, a greater understanding of a different culture, invaluable personal and professional development.
  • An entry on your CV or résumé that will put you head and shoulders above most others in the job market
  • And best of all ... an unforgettable experience!

 

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES YOU CAN DO WHILE ON THIS PROJECT:

Add to your travel experience in Argentina by doing some additional exciting activities - you never know, you could develop a passion for Latin American dance, or learn a new skill!

Spanish Language Courses:
You can take a few hours of private lessons a week at the same time as doing your project. You'll be amazed at how much it will add to your enjoyment during your stay.

There are also lots of outdoor activities you can do in your free time. Mendoza is renowned for activities like skiing, mountaineering, rafting, etc.

This project can also be combined with any of our other projects in Argentina, or you could even do a second project in a different region of the country, thus doubling your adventure and enjoyment!

ACCOMMODATION & TRAVEL

Accommodation will be arranged for you with a local host family, allowing you to have a better insight into Argentina and become integrated into life in the region of Mendoza. You will be provided breakfast and for dinner you will usually share a typical Argentinean meal with your family. Facilities in host families do vary but you will have the opportunity to express your preferences regarding the type of family that you stay with (for example, a family with/without children, pets etc.). 

These families have been visited and vetted by Travellers and are with friendly and caring families who provide comfortable, warm and safe living surroundings. You’ll most likely have access to TV/DVD and communal dining room and you will have your own key. This is an excellent way to improve your Spanish too! You will be met at the airport on your arrival by your family.

To read about the excellent Support & Backup we provide before you leave and during your programme, please click here.

TRAVEL: 

To read about Travel arrangements and what happens when you arrive in your new country, please click here.

Support & Backup: To read about the excellent Support & Backup we provide before you leave and during your programme, please click here.

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