A Broader View offers a variety of social welfare programs for volunteers to contribute in Cartagena, Colombia. These include programs for social welfare/child support in La Boquilla, programs for special needs/disabled support center and a women's support center for girls, children and adult women.
Special Needs / Disabled Support Center Hours: Monday to Friday. 8:00am - 4:00pm. Volunteer at a center for children and young adults with special needs, and support health care and therapy activities. The center provides free meals, physical and occupational therapy, health checks, and education. The students have visual and audio impairments, while others are afflicted with MS, Cerebral palsy and down syndrome. You will assist this meal time, helping with therapy needs, organizing activities for those that are mobile, reading stories, drawing, singing, laundry help as well as basic upkeep such as sweeping, kitchen help. Those with occupational/physical therapy experience, healthcare/social support of children with special needs, and those interested in health care are welcome. Women's Support Center Hours: Monday to Friday. 8:00am - 5:30pm. A center set up to provide opportunities for girls, children, and adult women of low income for basic studies, technical, artistic and cultural, to access the formal and informal education. All teaching of the Cultural Center has the overall objective of facilitating economic independence, individual dignity and the discovery of one's own abilities and classmates. Today, there is a Teaching Area that trains more than 500 people each year, a library of 5,000 books accessible to the community, a choir and a youth orchestra, folk dance groups and theater and a scholarship program assistance to 225 young people and women to stay in school and develop their social commitment. It operates with a staff of 20 teachers and 13 administrative, 75% of which have formed in the Center itself. Here a volunteer can help teach English, also vocational support in handicraft training, herbal medicine, cooking.