Human Rights Volunteer Projects in Bolivia
- Placement location: Cochabamba
- Role: To work within professional organisations addressing the issues of abuse and violence directed against women and human trafficking
- Types of Placement: Centre for abused women and centre for victims of human trafficking
- Accommodation: Host family
- Requirements: Volunteers must speak an intermediate level of Spanish
- Price: From
- What's included? Food, accommodation, transfers to and from our specified airport, transport to and from work where required, insurance, personal webpage, induction and orientation, 24/7 support
- What's not included? Flights, visa costs, spending money
- Length of placement: From 2 weeks
- Start dates: Flexible
As a volunteer on the Projects Abroad Human Rights Project in Bolivia, you will be placed at centres that focus on assisting abused women or women forced into prostitution. We work at two placements, and at each centre, the women have different stories. Some women arrive with stories of physical abuse in their homes, while others have been psychologically abused by their husbands, boyfriends or partners. In other instances, girls and women were trapped in a human trafficking network.
The centres that we work with in Cochabamba provide a safe environment for the women and girls. In addition, each centre holds regular workshops that promote life skills and give women the information they need in order to escape an abusive situation in their lives.
Volunteering at a women’s centre in Bolivia
The main placement we work with at the Human Rights Project in Bolivia is a government-run centre for abused women. Here, volunteers work directly with local staff and the women. The number of women at the centre may vary, but at any one time, volunteers will be in contact with between 25-30 women.
Here, your work will involve helping staff assess situations and decide on an action plan. Your daily tasks will include:
- Helping women get their documents in order
- Assisting women with applying for their IDs if necessary
- Organising and running workshops focused on building skills and confidence levels
- Accompanying the staff on school visits to promote awareness around violence against women
- Working alongside and observing psychologists and social workers in the centre
- Helping staff, as part of a monthly outreach, to prepare food for youngsters living on the street
- Playing sports with the women
The centre also runs a variety of activities designed to teach valuable practical skills. You will take part in sessions that focus on creating and selling crafts made by the women. This will allow the women to use their new skills to earn an income to support themselves once they leave the centre.
Volunteering at an anti-human trafficking centre in Bolivia
We also work with an anti-human trafficking centre in Bolivia. As a volunteer at this centre, you will focus on helping girls or women who have been forced into prostitution and work closely with local staff on their cases. Volunteers are required to be 18 years and older to work at this centre, as the stories that are told and shared are of a sensitive nature and require maturity.
You can participate in the following activities at this placement:
- Shadow social workers and psychologists at the centre
- Research and prepare material for workshops aimed at boosting confidence and self-esteem
- Assist staff with workshop presentations
- Playing sports with the girls and women
Volunteering on the Human Rights Project in Bolivia
It is important that you are flexible, enthusiastic, communicate well and be willing to learn. An intermediate understanding of Spanish is beneficial so that you are able to communicate effectively with both the staff, women and girls at the placements. If you are interested in taking Spanish lessons in Bolivia during or before starting your project, please read about our Language Courses.
Fully qualified social workers and psychologists are welcome to join the project. Please contact us for more information.