Benposta would like to improve the quality of life of indigenous children and give them a realistic chance to help their families by being properly educated. Where these children live, there is either no school or the school is not accessible. Also, often their parents either cannot or do not want to educate their kids.
We need volunteers to work in education, health care, alimentation, formation in different craftsmen ships (gardening, cooking, etc), all in different parts of Venezuela. These areas include:
- Isla de Zapara, EDO Zulia (a free of charge canteen and craftsmen workshop).
- Colegio de Benposta, which has about 400 students and an apartment for 20 students (residents of Benposta) within the school.
- Los Frailes, Zulia State. This has a free of charge canteen for 180 children, a health care centre, dentist, library, shop, multi-purpose hall, kitchen, houses for 20 - 40 children from Benposta, and a day-care house for 50 children between the ages 0 and 6, from Monday to Friday, where the children receive medical attention, healthy food, and clothes.
Usually our volunteers are offered to change location during their stay in order to get to know the different projects of Benposta Venezuela.
Alongside food and accommodation, we can provide excursions for the volunteers when they are finished with work, but this needs to be asked for and discussed with the staff in advance.
All meals provided. If you are a vegetarian, we will need to check if this is possible.
The biggest thing that we require from a volunteer is flexibility and the will to help where needed. They need to be able to cope with basic living conditions (Internet access is available only on the weekends at the Benposta director's house).
The most important thing we need from a volunteer is flexibility and the will to help where needed. He/she needs to be able to cope with basic living conditions (Internet access only on weekends at the Benposta director's house, no running water in the projects, etc.)
Benposta is a nonprofit organization founded 1956 in Spain by Jesús César Silva Méndez. Benposta Venezuela was founded 1990. The organization enables kids living in a family-like environment to be educated in various aspects of life (social, school, art). The idea is a model-like society, independent from race, sex, faith, social, and national background.