As part of our A Closer Look series highlighting specific regions and social issues addressed within the Omprakash network, this blog is a continuation of “Volunteering in PERU, Part I.” Check out the four Peruvian Partners featured in Part II below! Below: a map of all of our Peruvian Partners Expand Peru Location: Huancayo Social Issues addressed: -AIDS/HIV awareness -inequities in education -poverty reduction Potential... Read More.
Each time I start a new job I usually go through a stage in the beginning when I'm constantly making comparisons. How are thing different here than in my previous experiences? But when starting something new in another country it's even more extreme. In particular, these first few weeks of volunteering have led me to make comparisons between the education system here in Guatemala and the one back home in... Read More.
Staying busy here in Cuellaje! I am still teaching and today marked the first day of final exams so, this week, I will be helping the other English teacher, Nancy, give exams to the 2nd through 9th grade classes. The English for tourism students have also been working on their final exam, which consists of the creation of a tourism guide for the mini tour they will be giving when... Read More.
The Starting Project of Sustainability and Community Development in Pacheco presents new challenges for us to be learnt, but also allows us to reaffirm those challenges that are the engine of Community Development. Among these challenges we highlight the Assembly Meeting as a space for reflection, planning, consensus and sharing of tasks. Community Assembly is an actual practice at Voluntario Global, and the roundtable is a symbol of this practice. All... Read More.
You may have heard of the Omprakash EdGE Program from a friend or previous blog posts. These sources probably told you that volunteering or interning abroad with EdGE is different from other international volunteer programs and placement agencies. Why? EdGE is a more ethical, educational, and affordable option. Through a rigorous 12-week online curriculum, the EdGE classroom challenges paradigmal thought about international aid and volunteering and asks students... Read More.
Nisarga Grama Project proposal Brief Background of Sparsha Sparsha Trust is a charitable organization started (registered) in 2005 by a group of motivated young people, who want to contribute to the betterment of society through education of children. At that time most of the team members of Sparsha Trust had just completed their Masters of Social Work, and they were moved by the government surveys data that had indicated that there were... Read More.
It feels like it's been much more than 2 weeks since I arrived! I've adjusted really well and have become more a part of the Cuellaje community. My host family is amazing-super generous and talkative and I feel very comfortable, which always makes a huge difference during the more difficult days! I have been teaching 2nd through 9th grade classes with the other English teachers, Nancy, Lenin, and Wilmer. It's been... Read More.
When taking into consideration your skill set, language abilities, interests, and passions, searching for volunteer opportunities within the Omprakash network may seem daunting at first. Though there are multiple tools to help narrow your searches for a mutually beneficial placement, sometimes a closer look can help to make your decision easier. As part of a new series featuring specific regions within the network (e.g., Partner organizations located in... Read More.
I am here in the village of Cuellaje, living comfortably with my host family who own a hardware (ish) store in town. After making my way from Quito, I spent a few days on Ned and Patricia's farm in San Antonio, about an hour outside of the village of Cuellaje (the couple who run Intag and organize volunteer placements). The unique environment and placement of their farm make it quite a... Read More.
It's hard to believe 2014 has come and gone, but 2015 has brought me towards many new and exciting changes, which I am beyond excited to delve into. One of these changes involves my involvement in Omprakash, where I have been incredibly fortunate to have been given the opportunity to become an 'Omprakash Ambassador.' Through this position I will be headed to Cuellaje, Ecuador, where I will be teaching English... Read More.