Hogar Cristo te Salva is a Bolivian orphanage founded in 2009 by Frederico and Miriam Weber Callo Sosa with the aims of providing shelter and support to marginalized and vulnerable children of all ages. In addition to a permanent shelter and basic necessities, Hogar Cristo te Salva provides emotional care, training in self-reliance, educational support and daily activities for up to 21 children at a time.
Located in Riberalta, the group home is operated by two families who act as the full-time caretakers for the children. To infuse each child with a sense of family, most daily activities are done as a group including communal meals, sports practice, daily homework help, and bible study. Weekends include occasional outings, service projects and community celebrations. In an effort to be self-sufficient, Hogar Cristo te Salva also raises chickens, bakes their own bread, manages a community garden, and sells baked goods and desserts in their local neighborhood.
The campus is equipped with two houses, residential quarters for the children, a fully functional kitchen and communal eating area, study hall, soccer field, playground, community garden and small fruit orchard.
Who does Cristo de Salva serve?
Hogar Cristo te Salva serves up to 21 children at a time ages 0-18, primarily from Riberalta. The home also supports children over the age of 18 who wish to continue their studies locally and assist younger children. Currently the home is operating at capacity with four girls and 17 boys including four special needs children.
Located approximately 10 minutes from the Sustainable Bolivia volunteer house in Riberalta, Hogar Cristo te Salva can be accessed by moto-taxi. The permanent staff includes four full time caretakers (2 local couples) who live onsite, a chef and occasionally another intern who lives on site.
Hogar Cristo te Salva welcomes enthusiastic volunteers who desire to positively impact the lives of children in need. Opportunities to serve may vary depending on the interest and skill set of the volunteer. Those with a background in education, youth development, social work, coaching or recreation are especially considered. Creativity is welcome in what you are equipped to teach, lead or implement. Due to the large volume of boys in the home, males are especially encouraged to apply. Your role as a volunteer may include:
Open minded, tolerant, and patient
|Minimum commitment||1 month|
|Related knowledge/skills||Willingness to work with children from difficult backgrounds|