Volunteer with Biblioworks

Biblioworks

Books can change the world

BiblioWorks is a sustainable nonprofit that promotes literacy and education in Bolivia.


Closest City: Sucre (0.0KM)

What We Need

1. Book Club Coordinators

Want to work with kids, adults, and teachers to promote a love for reading and literacy?

Responsibilities:
- Coordinating and implementing book clubs
- Working closely with librarians to promote reading through creative and sustainable activities
- Utilizing books to create challenging and dynamic literacy lessons
- Organizing materials
- Contributing, where required, to the BiblioWorks website with updates on your project and your experiences

Requirements:
- Intermediate level of Spanish – you will be working in communities where no English is spoken and Spanish will often be a second language to Quechua
- A minimum time commitment of 20 hours per week in the library with a minimum five-week commitment
- Previous experience in education

2. English Language Teachers

Encourage a love of languages, learning, and literacy by giving English classes in a rural library.

Responsibilities:
- Creating effective and dynamic 1-hour lessons for each group of students
- Preparing lesson plans in the office
- Organizing materials for classes
- Contributing, where required, to the BiblioWorks website with updates on your project and your experiences working with us

Requirements:
- Previous experience in education or with children
- Fluency in English
- Intermediate level of Spanish is desirable
- 20 hours weekly time commitment to the project, with a minimum five-week commitment

3. Women’s Literacy Teachers

Fight illiteracy by helping women reach an age-appropriate level of writing and reading in Spanish.

Responsibilities:
- Creating effective and dynamic 2-hour lessons for each group of students
- Preparing lesson plans in the office
- Organizing materials for classes
- Contributing, where required, to the BiblioWorks website with updates on your project and your experiences working with us

Requirements:
- Previous teaching experience
- Advanced Spanish
- 20 hours weekly time commitment to the project, with a minimum five-week commitment

4. Volunteer Coordinator and Communication Director

Join BiblioWorks’ outstanding team to manage communications and the volunteer program. Help us attract funds and volunteers to bring libraries and a love of reading to even more Bolivian children.

Responsibilities:
- Manage BiblioWorks’ communications
- Work with Director to maintain the website, blog, Facebook, and Twitter
- Help BiblioWorks Director with communication in English translation
- Grant writing and fundraising
- Write content for grant proposals
- Run online funding campaigns for specific funding goals
- Direct volunteer program
- Recruit, orient, and place new volunteers
- Supervise volunteers in the office and in the field
- Ensure completion of all requirements in Volunteer Contract (blog posts, record keeping, etc).
- Participate actively in BiblioWorks office activities

Requirements:
- Minimum time commitment of 25 hours per week in the office and field with at least a three-month commitment (6 month - 1 year highly preferred)
- Intermediate level of Spanish and English
- Experience with coordination and leadership
- Previous experience in grant writing, fundraising, or social media is highly desirable
- Photography/videography experience a huge plus

All positions require:
- Strong initiative - the position will have minimal supervision
- Monetary means to pay for transport, accommodations, and food


When & Who

Anytime
Yes, we require a minimum of 5 Weeks
Volunteers can come for a minimum of 5 weeks for work at a library, and a minimum of 3 months for work in the office.
Individuals, Family with Kids, Groups

Our Fees

We do not charge a fee for volunteers.


More Services we Offer

May have additional fees

We do not provide meals or accommodation, but we can assist volunteers in finding reasonably priced accommodation in Sucre and in the rural communities where our libraries are located.


Contact Person

Volunteers Coordinator and Communications Director
#119 Destacamento 317, Sucre, Bolivia.
79% response rate , 83 hour(s) response time.

Other Ways to Help

Social Media Help
Fundraising
Video/Photo Editing
Editing Work

Volunteers needed who are keen on creating content for our social media sites to attract potential Volunteers and Donors. Also needed for editing photos and videos for web and blog posts.

We need good quality picture books for children in Spanish.

Please send in small quantities (1-5 books at a time) to:
BiblioWorks
Casilla 241
Sucre Bolivia


Additional Info about Us

5 to 10 people

Biblioworks relies entirely upon donations and fundraising to keep us running. We ask that volunteers fundraise a donation prior to coming to volunteer. There is no minimum amount as every bit helps!

Not only have we opened and equipped 16 libraries, but we are working on making them all self-sustaining. With our team here in Bolivia, we have trained hundreds of librarians, teachers, students, and other community members in the proper use of a public library.

Our organization is dedicated to improving literacy and opening educational doors so that children and young people will have new opportunities to pursue studies and vocations. We believe these opportunities will allow them to serve their communities and develop strategies to eliminate poverty.

In rural Bolivia, the concept of public libraries is relatively new and most children and adolescents do not have access to books and information that are necessary to achieve success.

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