Mi Casa en Ipauratu is a small foundation with the goal of improving the lives of the people in the rural area where we are situated.
The foundation runs different programs including: a small school for children with special needs (down, autism etc.), a preschool for children who cannot afford a kindergarten, an afternoon program for local youth to learn English and leadership skills, and an entertainment program for elderly.
The foundation’s programs are flexible in the sense that the we adapt the programs to the local needs. For example, if the local government is willing to take over the preschool, we hand it over and develop new programs. There are always things to improve in this poor, rural area.
Volunteers can help by assisting the teachers in the different schools, teach English to the youth and develop and perform entertainment programs for elderly and youth. In addition, any manual labor at the terrain, like painting and gardening, is welcome. The foundation would like to start a program focused on education about drugs, alcohol and teenage pregnancy, a major problem in this area. Knowledge and experience in this field is very welcome!
It is important that the volunteer speaks some Spanish or is willing to learn the language; Spanish language classes can be provided at an additional cost. Most common volunteering so far has been: teaching, value driven entertainment, manual labor, family volunteering.
Volunteers pay for their accommodation expenses, which is around $20 per day (including food and drinks).
If volunteers want to buy or bring materials like didactic, sports or construction materials, these kind of donations are very welcome.