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Nonprofit Association pro Culture, Education and Psychology for infants and adolescents.

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Want to earn college credit for volunteering with CEPIA? Register with our partner Omprakash, also to be eligible for the EdGE program, grants & scholarships, and crowdfunding opportunities: https://www.omprakash.org/global/asociacion-cepia/apply

Examples of what you can do at CEPIA:

  • Teach art, sport, games or English to 1 group of children or teenagers or adults once or twice a week (mostly 4:30-5:30pm or Saturdays)
  • Organize a movie night
  • Offer a workshop to children or teenagers (about for example health, your culture, world news, tolerance, respect, positive communication, etc…)
  • Investigation work (interviews and observations about one topic)
  • Administrative work (computer work, decoration of the centre, repairs, organize clothes or materials, hang up posters in the villages, hand out flyers, take pictures, videos, organize our storage room…)
  • Organize games and activities during summer camp (January/February and July)
  • Help during events
  • Work at our library  3-5pm
  • Promote reading and use of our library: organize a reading stories activity and games with books, in English or Spanish, on Saturday afternoon.
  • Help during the classes of the teenagers (Tuesdays and Thursdays they receive English, computer, mathematics, Spanish, culture, group dynamics, art, sports)
  • Help a child with writing or reading problems (in Spanish)
  • Help serving lunch at CEPIA on Tuesdays and Thursdays, or transport lunch from restaurant to CEPIA center
  • Offer games, art and educational support to the children of the PANI (Child Protection agency) shelter in Santa Cruz (one day a week minimum after 2pm)
  • Visit families that live in poverty and do a social-economic study of each family (observation and questionnaire we have at CEPIA), during the whole stay + contact the families when we have donations for them such as food or materials so they can pick it up.
  • Offer a professional training to (young) women or man (example: haircutting, cooking, massage, tourism, cleaning, etc.)
  • Pick up food in San Jose to bring it to CEPIA (at the Food Bank)
  • Update our website and Facebook page
  • Help with the marketing of the microbusinesses of women (beauty care and eco-jewelry)
  • Organize environmental education workshops for children and teenagers, as well as ‘pick-up trash’-days and recycling

Please send us an E-mail if you are interested in volunteering.

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Requirements for volunteering at CEPIA:

  • Apply for volunteering by E-mail at least one month before you want to start (include your motivation & personal information/Curriculum);
  • know a little about our vision, mission, and programs (see website) before the interview;
  • be interviewed by one of our staff members at the first day of your volunteering at our centre;
  • sign our volunteer contract at arrival;
  • provide a copy of your passport/ID;
  • send us a digital picture of you;
  • speak intermediate level of Spanish;
  • be able to work as a volunteer minimum 16 hours a week during at least 6 weeks, OR minimum 4 hours per week during at least 12 weeks;
  • be at least 18 years old.
  • Bring materials we need (see list) or organise a small fundraising event in your own community (the amount you gather together is not important, it is a symbolic contribution) which allow you to use this money during your stay at CEPIA to pay for the supplies children can use or needed for activities.

CEPIA does not offer remuneration for the volunteer work, for transportation, for food or housing.

CEPIA pays for the transportation during activities and materials needed for activities.

CEPIA knows a hosting family (+/- 110$ per week, including breakfast,  dinner, clothes washing and single room). Independent apartments are for rent around 250 $ per month (incl water, furniture, kitchen equipment, fan, TV), electricity not included (depends on your airco use), in the area of CEPIA.

The student will be assigned to a staff member of CEPIA who will be his/her supervisor.

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