Administration at home for ex-street children

Administration Position at a Home for Ex-Street Children, Huanchaquito

 

Project Overview

In Peru childhood is one of the most vulnerable and unprotected periods of a persons life. Two thirds of children under the age of 5 live in poverty, and 2 out of 10 live in extreme poverty. Similarly, 4% of children aged between 5 and 11 years do not attend school. More than 54% of the population lives in poverty or in extreme poverty meaning children and adolescents are at great risk.

 

Street children are minors at social risk who live in deplorable conditions on public roads where they eat, sleep, steal, sniff glue, and are victims of labor and sexual exploitation. 92% of these children consume drugs and alcohol. This critically affects their mental and physical health. These children mostly come from dysfunctional families with major economic problems, where they were often victims of abuse and violence, and are far more likely to drop out of school. Their personality is characterized by low self-esteem, frustration, irritability, deficits in self-control, distrust of others, problems with authority and exacerbation of sexuality and aggression.

 

Started in 2001, the home for ex-street children is a non-profit organisation whose goal is to provide children and adolescents living in the streets and in extreme poverty an opportunity for a better future. It strives to generate the necessary means and resources needed in order to reintegrate the children into society. The home is located in Huanchaquito and has the capacity to accommodate 20 children.

 

The house is run according to a very rigid schedule. When a new child enters the home he will learn the rules and regulations and have to adapt to living in a group, which helps in reducing anti social 'street' behaviour. The childs integration into life in the home is aided by a multi-disciplinary team of professionals - teachers, psychologists, social workers – as well as a varied program of activities.

 

Volunteer Roles/Working Hours

  • Assisting with the administration associated with the running of the home

  • Help with developing new activities for the boys.

  • Assisting with group projects

  • Liasing between the different professionals who work with the boys to ensure optimum communication

  • Working hours can be flexibly arranged

  • Volunteers are required to commit 20 hours per week of volunteering.

 

Volunteer Requirements

  • Spanish Level to Start Project: Advanced

  • Time Commitment: 2 months min.

  • Minimum Age: 25 years

  • CV and motivation letter in Spanish

  • Previous administration experience incluuding use of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel etc)

  • Flexible in working hours and able to adapt quickly to changes in work content

  • Able to work both independently and in a team

  • Responsible and committed in fulfilling assigned tasks

Minimum Age (on Arrival)Level of SpanishMinimum Time Commitment
25+AdvancedMin. 2 months
LocationHuanchaco
Type of Role(s)
Level of Project Structure
Loosely structured - Newer project and/or roles not clearly defined - volunteers need to be flexible, ask questions and offer suggestions
Specific Skills/Experience Required
Volunteers must be responsible and committed in fulfilling assigned tasks. Ability to use Office programs is a must, and any other IT skills would be useful. Volunteers must be able to to work in a team and independently. Being punctual while flexible to any quick changes in work contents. Previous experience in NGO sector would be an advantage but not mandatory.

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