We have been very fortunate to have over 1,800 volunteers from 42 countries be a part of the work we do…some for a week, some for up to three months, or even a year. Since we opened our doors in September of 2000, we have never been a day without a volunteer.
As our website explains, Centro Infantil de los Ángeles is a free daycare and educational center for children of single, working moms who would otherwise not be able to afford daycare for their babies and young children while they work. We care for children 1 month to 6 years old. We presently serve 150 children.
During a volunteer’s stay with us*, they are assigned to a particular area to help at the daycare in one of our nine classrooms. Helping includes: playing with children, arts/crafts, helping feed and changing babies’ clothes, field trips, etc. Occasionally volunteers have the opportunity to help with local fundraising events by conducting outreach and assisting with set-up and clean-up.
Since it is sometimes challenging to work with young children, it is very important for volunteers who are considering this experience to have the love, creativity, energy, and willingness to work with infants and pre-school children. We also strongly recommend that volunteers have studied or demonstrate an interest in studying Spanish prior to and during their time with us. That way, volunteers can be the most useful in the classroom and have the most satisfying experience possible.
Full-time volunteers are requested to work at the daycare Monday through Friday from 9:00 am-3:00 pm. Therefore, volunteers are free weekdays in the afternoon and on weekends.
* Volunteers are asked to volunteer for a minimum of 3 days. They do not need to be consecutive days.
For accommodation, we recommend that all volunteers live in our Volunteer House that is next to the daycare center. We charge a housing donation which includes weekday breakfast and lunch Monday through Friday (non-vegetarian, served at the daycare), all linens/towels, 7 days per week cleaning services, and WiFi/cable. The house has warm running showers, a large outdoor patio, full kitchen, dining room, and large lounging room. Please note that it is likely that you will be sharing a room with one other volunteer. There are 12 beds in the volunteer house and space in the house fills quickly.
Note that all accommodation fees are a direct, 100% donation to Centro Infantil de los Ángeles . Each peso will be used for the benefit of our children at the center: for food, teachers’ salaries, classroom supplies, maintenance, etc. We make every peso count and really appreciate the volunteers’ support in these efforts.
|New Volunteers||Returning Individual||Groups|
|2 or More Months||$550/month||$450|
ALL PAYMENTS ARE NON REFUNDABLE