Introduction..........................See Photo Album ( last Updated 18 August 2008 )La Molina CHILDREN'S CENTRE is part of the NGO Bruce Organisation, operating in the city of Tarapoto, Peru (also throuout Peru and some other Latin America countries), with the aim of giving aid and support to children from impoverished backgrounds living in and around the area. A team of Peruvian professionals and volunteers provide food, classes and activities to children who would otherwise be in the streets - our mission is to get them educated.
In La Molina itself, a group of professionals, a part time social worker and a Peruvian teacher work at the project every week day. Children come in daily for lessons and lunch, remaining at the centre until they are brought up to the standard of education appropriate to their age, and we have them registered in the national curriculum.
Besides these activities, we welcome new ideas to make our project most effective for the children. Volunteering at La Molina can be a tiring but immensely rewarding experience. You should be able to cope with big groups of street children demanding a lot of attention and enthusiasm. You will have to be a team worker, working together with Peruvian and international volunteers. In the centre you will be a representative of the project and are expected to be responsible and behave as an example for the children. What you do in your free time outside the centre is up to you.
Volunteering with La Molina is a fantastic way of getting to know Peru, of improving your Spanish, and above all, of interacting with the community and with the children of the city in a positive and helpful way.
The Region:Tarapoto is a city of 50,000 inhabitants, In the "Selva" or Jungle area. east of the Andes .[more]
Tarapoto is the largest city in the Department of San Martin (capital Moyobamba) in Peru at approximately 350 metres above sea level and has a hot tropical climate.
Ideal for entertainment and adventure, the department of San Martin is one of the best places in Peru for both natural and archeological tourist attractions. With the city of Tarapoto as your "operating center", you will be able to visit Moyobamba, Rioja, Lamas and even the pre-Inca citadel of Kuelap.
The Programme:Our centre is located in the section of north Tarapoto, and is comprised of an open plan adobe building, separated into fhree tables - for children of differing learning skills.. Children attend the centre from between 8:30 AM and 12:30 PM, (ending with lunch). And one day a week from 3 to 5ÑPM. During the children's time in the centre staff and/or volunteers organise a range of workshops and activities, including art, music, with the main emphasisbeing on reading, writing and maths. Groups are divided up according to age or ability. None of these children go to school, so an important part of our program is teaching them group discipline and study habits. We regularly plan trips outside the centre, to play football and other games. Our international Volunteers, when they come, will not live in the La Molina centre, but rather in our Tarapoto homestay accommodation, which is located in a nice part of Tarapoto.. La Molina is a 10 minute moto-taxi ride from the cemtre of Tarapoto.