VACANT:239 - Social Work
Organisatie: Soccer club Regio: Puerto Lopez, Ecuador

About the organisation:

This project is a great local initiative in Puerto Lopez. Due to lack of municipal initiatives and options for local youth, one socially involved local man started a soccer club for youngsters. 

In order to make the most of their opportunities the young people of Puerto Lopez need to resist a number of negative influences. Some of these are due to the escalation of tourism. Drugs are freely available, there are all-night parties at bars on every night of the week and many young people get into a cycle of substance abuse. There is also a culture of casual sex and many young people enter prostitution or act as gigalos and escorts.

There are also endemic problems, including: alcoholism, drug addiction, domestic violence, a gang culture, gender inequality and lack of sexual education.

The local education system is failing the young people, many of them have parents who did not complete their education and the expectations for these young people are low.

Mission:

To give young people the life skills and support them to gain the education they need to avoid the traps many young people of Puerto Lopez fall into. Enabling them to build an alternative future for themselves and to act as positive role models. We foster creativity, initiative and talent.

To support young people to make life choices, which give them the greatest chance of living happy, productive lives and contribute valuably to society. Through sports he motivates kids to stay in school, gives them motivational talks, and they get additional English classes each afternoon with volunteers. Youngsters can only be part of the soccer team if they are inscribed at school and get good grades. He also arranged an agreement with a school in Canada where every semester several team players get the opportunity to go to a completely paid exchange to improve their English if they have been member of the soccer club for at least two years and have good grades at school. The soccer and English program runs all year.

OBJECTIVES

1. To improve the quality of life and future prospects for the young people involved in the project and their families.

2. To provide practical support for students. We provide supplementary education including English, Spanish grammar, Maths.

3. To provide a quality football ground and equipment, medical insurance and the facilities and equipment for supplementary education and continue the team's promotion through the professional leagues.

4. To decrease the psycho-social problems of the young people and their families.

 

5. To get enough financial support through sponsors to continue with this project

 

values

They promote respect for women and practise gender equality. Girls are regarded and treated as equals, both on and off the pitch and their mothers are actively involved in the development of their project. The administration of the project is shared between married couple.

Rhey ask for honesty, humility and the active contribution to a supportive environment. 

The project is inclusive, all those young people who commit to the values of the project and dedicate time regularly are welcome, regardless of background, football ability, sexuality or race. Of who ever comes it is expected that they help with the soccer trainings.

 

Day to day activities

·         Due to the lack of good materials, many of the young soccer players suffer injuries. Physiotherapy can help cure and also prevent this. Two local physiotherapists of the local state hospital have committed themselves to supervise any intern for the project. You will assist  these physical therapist as well with the soccer team as with their regular work at the hospital.

·       They hold 2 hour training sessions for the football squad every week day.

·       They fund the project through providing Spanish classes to tourists and running a small hostel

·       They provide supplementary education, currently English, Spanish grammar, Electrics, Maths and Computing.

·       They hold sessions on selfesteem, values, protection of the environment and sexual protection and health.

·         Every Sunday they support the squad to raise money for the project by making and selling food on a rotation system, this fosters initiative and ownership of the project.

·         They hold regular sessions with the young people's families to involve them in the project and to promote the values of the project and address any issues the young people may be facing. 

·         They promote youth leadership, supporting the young people in the project to become involved in issues facing their home town.

 

 

Internship opportunities

SOCIAL WORK

A student social work can help the club at many different levels, especially involved with social background information, family interviews,  organize workshops, study influence between school and sports.

Help with the preperation and execution of motivation sessions

Help with the organisation of events such as a talentshow o tournament

 

PHYSIOTHERAPISTS:

Due to the lack of good materials, many of the young soccer players suffer injuries. Physiotherapy can help cure and also prevent this. Two local physiotherapists of the local state hospital have committed themselves to supervise any intern for the project. You will assist  these physical therapist as well with the soccer team as with their regular work at the hospital.

Location

This project is located in the town of Puerto Lopez in the province of Guayas. You will have to travel directly from Quito to Puerto Lopez. Travelling in bus from Quito it will take you approximately 11 hours to reach.  Once you arrive to the project to have to take a taxi

 

Accommodation

You will stay in the project coordinator’s cabañas in the middle of the town. There are 4 rooms, each with its own bathroom for volunteers and a shared kitchen. You will be provided with a pillow, sheets and blankets. Outside there is a social area and also an area for you to hand wash your clothes.

Electricity

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Running water

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Hot water

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Internet

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There are plenty of internets in the town of Puerto Lopez

Laundry Service

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You can hand wash your clothes or use a launderette in Puerto Lopez

Telephone

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There are plenty of pay-phones in Puerto Lopez for national and international calls.

Medical Attention

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Doctor in Puerto Lopez, hospital in Guayaquil

English-speaking project contact

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Bank/Cashpoint Machine

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There is a cashpoint in Puerto Lopez

 

 

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