Recent Projects & Placements

EDUCATION-SPECIFIC PLACEMENTS

ESL INSTRUCTOR – Tupac Amaru II

Tupac Amaru II is a public high school for students aged 12 to 17 years old. The students begin receiving English classes in grade seven, but receive only 80 minutes of English per week. Solidarity in Action provided the school with an afterschool English class, which ran Monday to Friday (May and July) and three days a week during June and August. The program began May 5th and ran until August 12th. Solidarity in Action volunteers, including experienced ESL teachers, developed the curriculum and led classroom activities and instruction.

CLASSROOM ASSISTANT, PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SUPPORT & COMMUNICATION STRATEGIES FOR NON-VERBAL STUDENTS – Laura Alva Saldana (Children with Physical and Mental Exceptionalities)

Laura Alva Saldana is a school for children and youth with exceptionalities located in Barranco. The school includes, rehabilitation therapy and physical and multisensory classrooms, and it is equipped with a team of psychologists, social assistants, speech therapists, and occupational therapists. The school receives children as young as a few months old up to young adults, 18 years old. The 2014 year marked the third year that SIA participants have volunteered at the school.  The participants worked alongside the children, assisting them with the daily classroom activities. In addition, Ontario teachers, who were experienced special education teachers, working with children with autism spectrum disorder, provided non-verbal communication strategies, worked alongside two speech therapists from the school, to brainstormed ways to interact with children with severe exceptionalities.

PROGRAM ASSISTANT Youth in Action (Hijos de 28 de Julio)

The Youth in Action program is a community-based after school program, which takes place in the community of Hijos de 28 de Julio, Villa Maria del Triunfo. As a program assistant, Solidarity in Action volunteers assisted the Youth in Action staff members, with leading outdoor activities, and other values based activities. The volunteer’s roles included, developing daily lesson plans, on topics such as self esteem, teamwork, community, Peruvian history, geography, and respect, and leading the program activities.  Program assistants utilized non-verbal communication strategies and received support from a local interpreter when translation was necessary.

DAYCARE STAFF SUPPORTEsperanza de los Ninos

Esperanza de los Ninos is a daycare program, which operates in the community of Pacifico de Villa, Chorrillos. The program which recently started by Liliana Bernal and Julia Guillen (March 2014), former staff members of the Solidarity in Action daycare pilot project.  Solidarity in Action participants, trained in early childhood education provided pedagogy support, and offered strategies to Liliana and Julia. As staff support, the participants created arts and crafts activities, and led outdoor activities, and discussed daycare operations with Liliana and Julia. The discussions included student behaviour, and the formalization process of the newly opened daycare. In the role of staff support, participants were given the opportunity to interact directly with the children, while gaining insight into the operations of a Peruvian daycare.

PROGRAM DESIGNER & PROGRAM EVALUATOR – Solidaritas Peru

Solidaritas Peru is a Peruvian NGO (non-government organization), providing support in education and social development, which operates in the district of Chorrillos. As program designers, a group of eleven Solidarity in Action participants from Western University, partnered with members of Solidaritas Peru organization to create and run a physical education workshop for elementary students. The volunteers conducted the workshop for three schools and more than 200 students. In addition, the students provided a workshop rationale, and a list of activities to be used within the program, and developed a program curriculum to be used for future use. Volunteers were given the unique opportunity to develop a program according to a local partner’s need (to offer meaningful physical education for elementary students). Participants utilized curriculum design skills and assessment skills.

HEALTH SPECIFIC PLACEMENTS

HEALTH PROMOTION CAMPAIGN DESIGNER Tupac Amaru II (Club de Salud Project)

Tupac Amaru II school, a high school located in Chorrillos, indicated that they were concerned about their students’ level of hygiene awareness. In an attempt to increase the students’ awareness, Solidarity in Action led a hygiene campaign. As campaign designers, participants led class presentations, which demonstrated the importance of hand washing. Participants conducted research on effective hand-washing strategies, and developed a campaign that allowed the school children to be active participants within the program. Following the campaign, Solidarity in Action and the school developed a student-run health club, Club de Salud. Solidarity in Action participants led activities to reinforce health, hygiene and to teach leadership skills. The students continue to meet on a weekly basis, and in December the Tupac Amaru II students led classroom demonstrations on dental hygiene for their peers.

PROGRAM DESIGNER & PROGRAM EVALUATOR – Solidaritas Peru

Solidaritas Peru is a Peruvian NGO (non-government organization). As program designers, eleven Solidarity in Action volunteers from Western University assisted members of Solidaritas Peru to develop and run a physical education workshop for elementary students. The volunteers conducted the workshop for three schools and more than 200 students. In addition, the students provided a workshop rationale, and list of activities that could be used within the program. The students also developed a program curriculum that could be utilized for future use. Participants were given the unique opportunity to develop a program and to utilize curriculum design skills and assessment skills.

“MANOS PARA LA HIGIENE” – HANDS FOR HYGIENE

Country: Peru
City: Lima
Community (A.A.H.H.): Pacifico de Villa (Chorrillos)
Project goal:
To work within the community’s means and resources in order to improve the level of health education, and disease prevention within the target group of women aged 18 – 55 years old.

Objectives:

  • To identify practices putting families at risk to infections
  • To determine how community members acquire new information, lean and communicate with each other
  • To develop community events, such as the Manos para la Higiene community hygiene fair.

Project duration: April 21, 2013 – July 15, 2013

EMPOWERING LOCAL HEALTH AGENTS

Country: Peru
City: Lima
Community (A.A.H.H.): Pacifico de Villa (Chorrillos)
Project goal: To increase the health promoters’ capacity to raise the level of health care within the community. The project will improve their ability to a) provide basic health care, b) improve their communication skills and c) assist with the administration of the clinic.

Objectives:

  • Gain a greater understanding of the overall health system in the District of Chorrillos
  • Learn basic first aid
  • Develop a leadership structure within the group
  • Identify health issues and lead campaigns to address the challenges
  • Understand how to access sources of data to propel community development

Project duration: August, 2012 – July 6, 2013

INFRASTRUCTURAL DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS

PRONOEI SCHOOL RENOVATION PROJECT

In 2013, Solidarity in Action completed the third and final classroom of the Pacifico de Villa school renovation project. Solidarity in Action volunteers helped to demolish the old classroom structure, and laid the foundation for the new classroom. The volunteers received direction from the local foreman, and members of the local community. Volunteers assisted with demolition, mixing cement, moving the building materials (cement, sand, etc.), and cement pouring. The building experience allowed participants to interact with the local community and discovered that it is not necessary for two people to speak the same language in order to have a conversation, and to build a friendship.

Country: Peru
City: Lima
Community (A.A.H.H.): Pacifico de Villa (Chorrillos)
Project: To renovate the “PRONOEI” by expanding and rebuilding the three school classrooms with brick and mortar materials, which had begun to deteriorate due to the humidity and the damp winters.

Objectives:

  • Expand the school
  • Rebuild the two classrooms
  • Add an additional classroom
  • Move and renovate the school bathroom
  • Reconnect the water line to the school

Project duration: Completed May 2013

CRECIENDO CON JESUS” SCHOOL PLAYGROUND RENOVATION PROJECT

Country: Peru
City: Lima
Community (A.A.H.H.): Ampliacion del Pacifico (San Juan de Miraflores)

Project goal: To provide a patio floor for children to play and to improve the bathroom facilities.

Objectives:

  • Build a cement patio floor
  • Install a hand-washing station
  • Install new boy’s bathroom facility
  • Increase the school’s safety by decreasing intruders
  • Rely on the community involvement

Project duration: August 1, 2010 – August 6, 2010