In a remote lowland village surrounded by trees and expansive green fields, resides the ninth NPH home, Casa Padre Wasson. The Bolivian family began in April 2005 and has expanded to their own property with ten family-style homes that house over 100 children, volunteers and employees. Since Bolivia is the poorest country in South America, NPH is eager to grow and offer a permanent family to more impoverished children.
As a volunteer with NPH Bolivia, you will take on a great challenge with immense possibilities for reward and growth. You have a tremendous opportunity to guide the growth and development of our cherished brothers and sisters. In your time here, you will probably feel everything from exhilaration to intense frustration.
We can host up to ten volunteers at a time and we accept new volunteers in January and July. Volunteers must be at least 21-years-old, be able to commit to a minimum of 13 months of service, and are expected to have an intermediate to advanced level of Spanish fluency. If the volunteer does not have sufficient Spanish language abilities, they must attend intensive language school before beginning their service. Please note that the volunteer must pay all costs of the language school.
Currently we do accept married couples, but unfortunately we do not have housing for volunteer families.
NPH Bolivia is the youngest of our NPH families, and is a place where our dedicated staff of around 40 professionals looks after about 120 children. The home is located in a rural area of the tropical lowlands of Bolivia, 90 km (about 2 hours) from the city of Santa Cruz. This beautiful region is somewhat isolated, so volunteers must be willing and able to adapt to this type of lifestyle. ?There is a village with small stores about 3 km away, and the closest market is in the town of Portachuelo, which is 30 minutes from the home. The next closest city, Montero, is an hour away and has diverse shopping possibilities.
We have a volunteer house where all long-term volunteers live. Each volunteer shares a two-person room with one other person and a shared bathroom. The volunteer house also has a common area shared by all of the volunteers that includes a kitchen, dining room, laundry room, outside patio and living room. It is part of the responsibility of the volunteers to keep it clean.
Although the volunteers at NPH Bolivia do not fill positions in childcare, we expect our volunteers to participate in the home’s activities and become a member of our family. Outside of the specific job position, all volunteers are also expected to spend quality time with our children on a regular basis, and to celebrate holidays and other special events with the children.
As we have a small volunteer program, we need people who can work both independently and together with our local staff. We expect volunteers to be reliable, flexible, and respectful of the local culture, authority, and ways of the home. Volunteers should arrive with a positive, open-minded attitude. We are looking for volunteers who truly want to be part of our family, accepting us for who we are: A family trying our best to help our children. Not perfect, but always guided by the principles and philosophy of NPH to help our children break the cycle of poverty.