Volunteers play a vital role at Inti by supporting the children as they sell the magazine around the centre of Sucre. Many tourists speak only a little Spanish and the children speak very little English, so accompanying the children and introducing them and Inti to tourists is an important function of volenteering.
The children get a lot out of spending time with volunteers, their curiosity is boundless and this interaction is an important component of volunteering. Similarly, volunteers get a great deal out of spending time with the children, something that is personally rewarding and provides a unique insight into the Bolivia that most tourists never see.
I spent 4 weeks volunteering for Inti during my travels around South America and would definitely say it was one of the best parts of my trip! I helped the kids sell the magazine in the afternoons in the square by helping them to explain to tourists and locals what the magazine was about and how through buying a copy they were helping to improve the lives of working children in Sucre. I also began to teach the kids some English which gave them more confidence when talking to tourists.
I was also volunteering for an organisation called Biblioworks, an NGO focussed on providing sustainable literacy and education programmes throughout Bolivia, and during my time in Sucre I helped set up a pen-pal scheme between Biblioworks and Inti. I worked with the Inti kids from the city and kids from the Santisima Trinidad school in Pampa Aceituno, a rural community in the outskirts of Sucre. The kids started out by writing letters about themselves and their lives to their pen-pals. This not only allowed them to work on their literacy skills but also to learn about different communities, as many of them do not often get the chance to visit communities different to their own. After the kids had sent and received a number of letters, I helped organise a trip for the Inti kids to visit their pen-pals in the country. They were accompanied by volunteers from both Inti and Biblioworks, and received a friendly welcome from the teachers and students who had prepared songs and poems for their visitors. The kids all met their pen-pals, played games and ate lunch together and will hopefully continue writing to their new friends.
I was also given the opportunity to write a few articles for Inti, which were published in the next issue of Inti. I had such a fantastic time volunteering for Inti and meeting all the wonderful kids and would definitely recommend it to anybody spending time in Sucre. During my weeks spent volunteering I could see the difference Inti made to these kids and I am very happy I was able to help out and wish I could have stayed longer!
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