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Artesania Sorata in Bolivia
OrganizationArtesania Sorata
websitehttp://www.artesaniasorata.com/
CountryBolivia
Program CostsNone
Duration2 months +
Room & Board 
Language RequirementsBasic Spanish
Artesania Sorata provides work for families with low incomes in both rural and urban Bolivia. The income generated enables the artisans to provide a higher standard of living for their families. The nutritional and educational opportunities for their children are improved, indeed many have now graduated from university. Over the years Artesania Sorata has supported adult literacy and health programs, creativity workshops in state children´s homes and a children´s hearing program. We believe in the right for all to live a healthy life with a positive outlook for the future.

In 1992 we founded "Amigos Del Hogar" a group of volunteers dedicated to helping disadvantaged children. A creativity workshop was our first project at the State-run transitory children´s home, Hogar José Soria. Since its humble beginnings, we have helped hundreds of children to express themselves creatively, raising self-esteem while having lots of fun. We provide a workspace filled with art materials and volunteers to guide the children in their activities. Over the years the program has expanded to also include creativity programs at several other State homes helping children with family problems, physical disabilities, legal problems, hearing loss and mental disabilities.

Volunteers need to have a good knowledge of Spanish, although we can consider receiving assistant volunteers who are learning Spanish. We need a commitment of a minimum of 2 months. Volunteers who can offer more time will find the experience very rewarding.