Volunteer accompanying the elderly, Cordoba, Argentina

You are the one who can assure these children to have the chance to grow up safe and healthy.

This retirement home has one important ambition: providing a good old day to all the seniors living in its establishment. Volunteers are invited to keep the elderly company, to organize entertainment and to assist the staff with their daily duties.
The elders that live here have been abandoned by their families and don’t have economic resources. They are not included in the system and the Home is a refuge for them. The staff works hard at providing the elders with all the facilities and services for them to live there. The centre does not receive any help from other institutions or professionals; that is why, volunteers are always welcome.
The organization works actively to improve the quality of volunteer activities within the institution encouraging daily contact with the elderly. Volunteers must choose from the list of proposed activities that they wish to do with the elders and may suggest or implement new ones, as long as the situation allows it.
Some of the activities that the center proposes are making homemade bread and desserts and creating all kinds of crafts like greetings cards, collages and dough modelation. They’ll also like it if you can provide physical activities like relaxation, coordination and elongation exercises or any outdoor activity such as cleaning the yard and working on the vegetables garden. You can also spend a nive time with the elederly by reading books to them or playing board games or simply telling them about your life at your home country and you life story. This can make them feel comfortable enough to tell you about their lives.

Join this project and make the difference!


Old and wise, but sometimes feeling lonely: that is how many seniors describe their old day. The aged are looking for heartwarming friendships and someone to chit chat with. Taking care of them is one of the most rewarding jobs that anyone can do. It means offering help; wherever and whenever needed, no matter how insignificant the task may appear to be. Who deserves our help more than the elderly?
If you were able to walk on and elder person’s shoes just for a little while you would understand their feeling of despair when they try to do things that their bodies don’t let them any more. Add to that the fact that they are alone and that’s enough for them to feel hopeless.
Volunteers will help by reading, cooking, serving, creating fun games and playing with them, doing exercises, taking a walk with them, massaging, helping to feed, teaching bakery, handcrafts etc. Volunteers are also expected to assist in various administrative tasks.
Senior citizens are grateful for this companionship and attention provided by volunteers because it makes them feel important and special. If you have love and compassion for the old people and want to make a meaningful contribution by making their life worth living, then this project needs the helping hands of volunteers like you.

Accommodation

Families & Homestays

Our families know, due to their experience, what it means to be a real host. They have received many students from different nationalities, occupations and ages. We will take into consideration your likes and preferences. Living with a local family is the best way to learn their customs, likes, and style while you learn a new language.

Residences & Hostels

If you want to live with several local and foreign students, you can choose to stay in a private or shared room in any of the students' residencies we offer you. Sharing a place with young people from all over the world is a great opportunity to learn about different cultures and make new friends as well as learning about the place in which you are studying.

Private Apartments

A Private Apartment is the best choice to enjoy your privacy and comfort of your own place.

Requirements

Usual Volunteer Tasks

  • *Latin American students applying for Volunteers in Spain must have a valid EU passport.

    •  Over 18 years old
    •  High school degree
    •  Health insurance, accident and liability
    •  Commitment to the Host Organization,its rules and tasks
    •  Affinity with elderly
    •  Flexibility and creativity
    •  Patience, enthusiastic spirit and lots of energy
    •  Experience working with elderly preffered but not mandatory
    •  Fulfill with all legal and formal requirements for your Volunteer*
    • Providing friendship to the elderly: Keeping them company and chit chatting
    •  Organizing cultural activities and sports activities to improve the residents’ physical well-being
    •  Taking walks with them
    •  Doing grocery shopping
    •  Cooking and serving meals
    •  Cleaning, gardening and general maintenance
    •  Supporting the existing staff
    •  Arranging additional stimulating and fun activities for the residents like music shows, bingo sessions, card playing competitions, etc
    •  Assisting with bathing, dressing and personal grooming

    The tasks named above will be arranged with every volunteer according to each one’s skills and special abilities.

Project Hightlights

  • Help improve elder people’s quality of life
  • Easy tasks that make a huge difference
  • Wide range of activities that you can contribute with
  • People in their old age will be very grateful of you just spending quality time with them

Daily Routine

Participants work 5 days a week around 20 to 30 hs. The work ussually in the morning though help can be useful in the afternoon as well. Normally you’ll have your weekends free although you could be needed on special events and ocasions. You can start your day by prearing breakfast and then coordinating some activity like a walk, gim or a game.
 
 
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