Description: Fundacion Arte del Mundo (FAM) is a non-profit Arts, Language and Literacy organization recognized by the Ecuadorian Ministry of Culture founded with the intention of creating cultural and educational activities and resources to approximately 20,000 residents in an area occasionally affected by the multiple eruptions of Tungurahua volcano.
Their prime focus is operating a children's library (La Biblioteca Interactive de Baños) and offering ongoing classes, workshops and events in all aspects of the arts, language and literacy that will serve toward building self-confidence and vision within the cultural context of the region.
FAM is always looking for talented Spanish-speaking artists, inspiring arts educators and workshop leaders, willing to be hands-on collaborators on projects aimed at children, youth and teachers. They are also seeking longterm volunteers with arts/education management experience to carry on the programs.
They seek volunteer English teachers and voluntary library helpers for their children's library After School Program. They provide English classes for children, teenagers and adults. Each Tuesday they have an Intercambio, (language exchange), for two hours where members of the community and tourists participate in conversation groups. This is very popular with Spanish speakers and they always need English speakers.
Volunteers must have at least an Intermediate Spanish language skills.
Organization: Fundacion Arte del Mundo
Address: La Biblioteca Interactiva de Baños, Calle Oriente y Julio Canar Baños, Tungurahua, Ecuador
Project Location: Baños, Tungurahua, Ecuador
Contact: Karl Persechino
Phone: 593 3 274 2244
Languages: English and Spanish (exceptions can be made for individuals with specialized skills)
Who can volunteer? Adults of both sexes 22+
Commitment: One month minimum 30 hours per week minimum
Cost: There is no volunteer fee.
Accommodations:Furnished rooms above the Biblioteca (including kitchen, bath and wifi internet) for US$200 per month. Double bed $250, share a dorm room $125 The rooms are bright and have wonderful views of Baños. Volunteers can expect to spend around US$8 per day on food.