About the local hosting organizationICYE Brazil
About the volunteer workCriança Feliz is a Non-Governmental Organization is a social philanthropic project born in 1999 in a very poor area of Canoas city, from the efforts of a catholic group of friends. They tried to avoid a big social problem that was the constant presence of children playing in dangerous places, such us on the street and closed to the tracks of the train. As the general cause was the lack of structures and places in which the children could play and the lack of opportunities for them, the project was born with the idea of giving a safe place in which they could pass the day by playing, doing interesting activities, socializing and developing their selves. The children are between 6 to 15 years old. The children that come to Criança Feliz are between 6 to 15 years old. These children receive food, attention and care, being encouraged to social, intellectual and personal development. Depending by the educators and volunteers' skill, Criança Feliz provides alternative education trough pedagogical support and activities; different kind of workshops are organized, such us readying, games, dance, sports, environmental discussions, excursions outside the neighborhood, art and handcrafts. The volunteers will be asked to promoted workshops in one of the areas: Games and recreational activities, Pedagogical area, Artistic area (also music like percussion could be interesting for the children). They also will have to: deal with the preparation of the material and the spaces for the lesson or workshops; provide support to the children in their activities; participate in the meeting with the children and the staff; occasionally the volunteer will have to participate and help in some trip or excursions, visit some families, help to organize some parties (for Christmas, Birthdays etc.).Beyond the personal workshops, the volunteer will help the educators during the normal recreational and leisure activities organized in the project, such as story telling, games, visit outside the community, informatics lessons, help during the meals and if necessary, in the kitchen. The volunteer will just have few material available to work with, but he/she will have independence and space to propose some activities.
Local accommodationThe volunteer will be living with a host family.
About the project locationThe project is located in Canoas, in an area with strong social problems such as unemployment, social and economic exclusion of the families, lack of structure for the younger and general poverty. The tracks of the train pass trough this neighborhood, what has always been a real problem for the safety of the children of the community, who used to play close to these dangerous places.
Extra info about the projectAttention : les projets STEPS ICYE ne sont pas des chantiers de groupes. Le placement est individuel (ou à 2 ou 3 volontaires maxi), hébergement en famille. Arrivées les 1er lundi du mois, de mars à novembre.