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Voluntary service - working as tutors in the children’s home in Tarija in Bolivia

The project was implemented between 12 June and 31 December 2012 in Tarija (Bolivia) and counted with participation of two volunteers who stayed there from 1 August June to 31 December 2012. The coordinator of the project was the Wroclaw branch of the Salesian Missionary Voluntary Service - Youth for the World, and the local partner was the Holy Family Children's Home.

The aim of the project was a voluntary work as educators in a foster home in Tarija, offering a full time care for 74 children up to 18 years old.

Main components of the project, except for the daily care offering sense of security, was organising English classes, art, theatre, geography, compensatory and movement workshops, and the Bolivian Fairytale Club. The activities helped to broaden the knowledge and skills of the children living in the house, to create healthy habits and promote good values. That resulted in equalling educational opportunities, group integration and stimulating creativity and interest in the world.

In addition, volunteers helped the children with homework (350 h in total), and carried out over 230 h of compensatory classes of general development.

In order to increase competences of staff, volunteers organised a 6-hours long course for the educators working in the house about teamwork, what improved communication and integration among them.

The educational part (global education initiative) was an exhibition of photographs taken in Bolivia during the project activities (in Wrocław), publishing calendars illustrated with photos, and distributing them in 540 schools in Lower Silesian Voivodeship.