The volunteer is able to do a lot to help in this context. They can play with the children, organize activities to entertain them such as music, movies, sports or art activities. The volunteer can be the source of energy and good vibes for the children and they can also be a shoulder to lean on for the teachers. In addition to this, the volunteers can also exchange with them about their respective cultures and traditions, imparting their knowledge with those who do not have the same opportunities as them. Their viewpoint can be a positive thing for the improvement of the organization of the kindergarten and they can also provide a fun change in the daily routine of the children. There is an informal meeting every week where you will have an opportunity to talk with the team about your volunteering program.
Volunteer activities include:
Assist the teachers in the classroom
Interact with the children through games, songs, drawings and workshops
Help take care of the children
Play with the children in the kindergarten’s playground during breaks and when the teachers need to work alone
Help to plan the activities in the kindergarten
Teach the children numbers, the alphabet in Spanish, their first English words etc.
Help the older children do educational activities on the computer
Maintain personal contact and be a role model for the kids
Offer advice if necessary
Help the two teachers cook and serve the food, clean and do the dishes, or any other tasks there are to be done such as assisting in the maintenance and repair of the kindergarten.