Valparaiso and Vina del Mar

Valparaiso and Vina del Mar, Chile

Community Center

Spanish (High Intermediate)

This organization is a non-profit foundation whose main mission is to promote the sustainable and cultural development of Valparaiso through community activities and regeneration of neighborhoods.This community center offers a space for Valparaíso to come and connect with their neighbors through community work and workshops to train communities in the field of bio construction. The community center also focuses upon education, which is where service-learning participants may offer assistance. Classes range from dance, art, craft, cooking, English language, yoga, art therapy, and workshops for kids. Based on participants' skills and interests, participants will have the opportunity to assist or teach their own workshop or class, aid with construction projects, handle administrative tasks, and more. A successful participant will be an individual who is ready and willing to help in a variety of tasks to meet the organization's mission.

Nursery School

Spanish (Low Intermediate)

Coordinate various classroom activities, assist the head teacher and lead extracurricular activities at a school for very young children. There are two nursery school options, one for children up to 2 years old and another for children up to 4 years old. Teach basic English language to the older children and plan fun educational activities for them. Helping with material/supplies preparation for the educational activities (cutting, laminating), helping with art, feeding and playing time.

Special Education Center

Spanish (High Intermediate)

This center is for children between the ages of 3 and 12-years-old that have autism or other special needs. In addition to the primary education classes that are conducted, the center also provides a multi-sensory stimulation classroom where students work with therapists on a weekly basis. Participants’ tasks may vary depending on their specific area of study or interest, however some of the possible responsibilities may include assisting with classroom management, providing individualized attention to students, or developing and assisting with art workshops and educational activities. For students studying physical/occupational/speech therapy, there may be opportunities to work with the center’s therapists during their sessions with the students. *It is closed from middle December to the first days on March (Summer vacation), also, the two first weeks in July (Winter Break)

Community Organization for At-Risk Youth

Spanish (High Beginning)

Work with an organization that serves the at-risk youth population in the coastal city of Valparaíso, Chile. The mission of this organization aims to use surfing instruction and academic mentoring to encourage English language skills, personal character development and environmental consciousness among marginalized youth in the city of Valparaíso. Service-learning participants will be a responsible mentor to the youth and assist with English classes, surf sessions, beach cleans and other environmental activities. Service-learning participants will be working directly with the community, but administrative work is also an area where the organization needs support depending on current projects or community needs. *During Chile's summer months of January and February, English classes are not in session and the organization offers surf sessions 5 days per week. The organization has less activities during the months of July and August and is closed during the last 2 weeks of December. During March - December English classes are held throughout the week with surf sessions every Saturday.