The trip will give the opportunity to know the reality and the world of Congolese children through the scholastic and educational experience in the community of Passionist nuns located in Mikondo, a district of the capital city Kinshasa. You will be accommodated at the institute that houses both nuns community and classrooms. Location is hospitable although basic and daily life is developed according to the times and attitude of the community. Meals are prepared with local products and they are consumed with the nuns. It is superfluous to add that it is necessary adaptability and gratitude to the community of Sisters because the city and the quarter are problematic and with inadequate services.
There will be the chance to participate, according to predisposition and availability, to scholastic and educational activities of kindergarden ( age 3-5), of primary school (age 5 -11), of literacy classes (for girls age 12 -16) and it will be possible to participate to organized services for support to the social life and for the management of the community. You should have a minimum knowledge of the French language which is the national language of Democratic Republic Of Congo.
The period is to be determined.. Fee is 30 euro.
The program could change according to the period of the year, characteristics and availability of participants ( 7 days).
Day 1 ( Sunday) : Arri with the girls of the literaval at Kinshasa, transfer to Mikondo, meeting with the community and organization of the week.
Day 2 – 6 (Monday – Saturday) Please find below a typical day:
Morning ( from 07:00 to 13:00): canteen for the poor, participation in morning classes with possible actions on school subjects (geology, geography, education to life, drawing, handicrafts, physical education, to tell our world…) playful activities with children outside the classroom or outside.
Afternoon ( from 15.00 to 18:00): meetings and interviews with the girls of the literacy course and participation to the educational activities, cooperation to domestic activities ( preparing meals, housework…), excursions to discover Mikondo quarter, the city and Kinshasa surroundings.
Day 7 ( Sunday) : community life, luggage preparation, greetings and departure to the airport of Kinshasa.
The presence of a companion of Seeds of Peace from the airport of departure to the return to Italy depends on the period of the year and on the number of participants ( at least 4 people).
It is always expected the presence of a local tutor who will meet the volunteers at the airport of Kinkhasa and he/she will be with them till the time of return. Transfers from and to the airport of Kinkhasa and for the community activities are organized by the local tutor.
It is compulsory the vaccination for yellow fever, a valid passport and medical insurance. It is also appropriate to have other vaccinations and malaria prophylaxis.
There is a contribution to the cost of organizing, accommodation and meals of 15 euro per day/per person. The contribution will be used for training before departure, travel kit, overnight stays, breakfast, lunch, dinner, transportation to and from airport of Kinshasa and for the transportations included into the program. Fee does not include flight to / from Kinshasa, passport visa, medical insurance, everything not mentioned above.
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