Caregiver (Tio/Caregiver in our youngest home) from Jan 21, 2019 - 1 job for 13 months in NPH Honduras.
- 21 years or older
- Fluent in English and proficient in spoken Spanish
- Experience working with children required
- If applying for the role of caregiver in the special needs home, experience working with special needs children is required
- Degree in teaching, psychology or similar field desired
The work as a caretaker for the kids (here we call them “tíos” and “tías” which means “uncles” and “aunts”) is our most basic need. Most houses have an employee working in each home, but there are still some homes that would like a volunteer to be a part of the caregiving team, especially with our youngest children’s home and special needs home. Part of the work is taking care of the basic needs of the kids, waking them up, getting them ready for school, supervising their chores, helping them with their homework, playing with them, going on excursions, putting them to bed, talking to them, and creating a family environment.
The work differs very much from group to group and from NPH home to NPH home. As the needs depend so much and the roles vary, please refer to the list of needed positions for each home for more information.
The tíos and tías act as parents wherever they work, providing the children with a sense of stability. It is important to show the children that they are loved and that you will support them. Don’t forget that most of our children have had traumatic experiences in their lives prior to coming to NPH. This means that they often need special support and understanding. Always set a good example by being optimistic. They need self-confidence and they will gain it if you show your appreciation for them.
As a tío or tía, you will need to show creativity, flexibility and initiative. Taking care of the children is more than a full-time job. Your hours will be longer than any office hours you have ever worked, and your schedule is different than that of the other volunteers.
Each volunteer chooses an hogar (group of children of the same age living together) at the beginning of their year. Each home’s Volunteer Coordinator will communicate the expectations for hogar time. Usually, it is six days a week, 6 to 8 p.m., but this might vary per home. This has been described as the most fulfilling part of volunteering, the bond and relationships formed with their hogar of children.
Volunteers have every other weekend off, as well as up to 22 days of vacation time after four months of service. Vacation must be arranged according to the specific home’s policies.
All NPH volunteers receive room and board, access to medical care and a monthly stipend. Volunteers pay for their transportation to and from the home and medical insurance. Volunteers must serve for at least one year.
For more information, please write to our International Volunteer Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.