Street kids (Chicos de la calle)

Voluntary work in the Fundación Proyecto Salesiano Chicos de la Calle – Zona Norte, Quito

Learn Spanish in a project for street kids

The Fundación Proyecto Salesiano Chico de la Calle takes care of children who live on the streets of Quito. Many of them are children of bootblacks. They move with their parents from the country into town to work on the streets and railway stations. They have to support their parents.

The organisation has created welfare centres and overnight lodgings for these children in different districts of Quito. The organisation also has a school with education facilities. The organisation tries to convince parents to send their children to school. It gives social and psychological assistance to both children and parents to enable the children to attend classes regularly and finish school.

The work with street kids requires a great deal of self-initiative and organizing ability. The social workers are mostly under a considerable strain. So they cannot spend much time on training volunteers.

Volontary work Language course
Organisation : Fundación Proyecto Salesiano Chicos de la Calle – Zona Norte, Quito, Ecuador
Duration: At least two weeks combined with a Spanish course. After this the voluntary activity can be extended with or without language course. The total duration is limited to the length of a tourist stay of 90 days for which no visa nor permission to work is required. The voluntary activity is free of charge. Costs only arise for the language course and accommodation.
  • 1 week of voluntary work with Spanish course: USD 167 (Spanish course with accommodation)
  • 1 week of voluntary work without Spanish course: USD 42.00 (accommodation)
  • Minimum period of work in the project: 4 weeks
  • Minimum duration of the language course: 2 weeks
Tasks: Support of professional staff in all areas: taking care of the children in the organisation´s welfare facilities, support of the teachers in the associated school, assistance during the classes and practical training in the school, organisational tasks, educational assistance in the families, collecting children from the streets, preventing child labour, education on the streets.
Working time: Monday till Friday
Conditions: Participation in a language course of at least 2 weeks with 20 private lessons per week. Lessons are held in our school in Quito.
Board: Self-catering in the host family
Accommodation: Accommodation in the guesthouse or in the host family