Sustainable Bolivia is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in the Bolivian Amazon that partners with local initiatives to provides resources that support ecotourism, regenerative agriculture, health and education. Volunteers and interns are placed with partner NGOs throughout the country, namely in and around Riberalta, Bolivia.
Hogar Cristo te Salva, one of Bolivia´s partner organizations is an orphanage is seeking volunteers to work alongside local staff in planning and managing a garden program for it´s 21 children and 4 full time staff. While relying on outside resources and a limited budget for food provisions, Hogar Cristo te Salva is working towards sustainable with food production, composting systems and ensuring a well-balanced diet for each child. The ideal candidate will have experience in holistic nutrition or sustainable agriculture.
ABOUT HOGAR CRISTO TE SALVA:
Founded in 2009, Hogar Cristo te Salva aims to support marginalized and vulnerable children of all ages through both physical and emotional provisions. In addition to a permanent shelter and basic necessities Hogar Cristo te Salva provides emotional care, training in self-reliance, educational support and daily activities. Beyond their educational and personal pursuits, children help keep chickens, bake their own bread, manage a community garden and sell baked goods and desserts in their local neighborhood.
The campus is equipped with two houses, residential quarters for the children, a fully functional kitchen and communal eating area, study hall, soccer field, playground, community garden and small fruit orchard. The orphanage has hosted its own soccer league and English classes open to the other children in the community.
Located in Riberalta, the group home is operated by two families who act as the full-time caretakers for the children. To infuse each child with a sense of family, most daily activities are done as a group including communal meals, sports practice, daily homework help, and bible study. Weekends include occasional outings, service projects and community celebrations.
RESPONSIBILITIES MAY INCLUDE:
- Preparing and implementing educational activities in basic garden maintenance, compost, harvesting/transplanting techniques and seed saving
- Working alongside kitchen staff to create new healthy and budget conscious recipes
- Acting as primary manager for community garden
- Helping shop for and prepare recipes for large community meals
- Supervising and teaching kitchen skills to older children
- Helping with meal preparation and weekly menu planning ensuring quality nutrition for each child
- Utilizing nutrient dense plants to supplement meals and create nutritional balance
- Minimum commitment of 1 month
- Basic Spanish