Just graduated from college? University? Retired recently? Looking for a change?
We offer one year terms of volunteering in our homes for positions such as tutor, teacher, nurse, communications, visitor coordinator, sponsorship coordinator, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, farm assistant, home support... the positions vary, but you’re sure to find something which allows you to assist in the operation of the homer a full year!
The Friends International Volunteer Program sends qualified individuals, couples and families to support the staff and children living in the homes of Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos.
As a volunteer, you will:
Impact children's lives.
Play an integral role in the growing NPH family.
Provide encouragement and support to those who need it most.
Improve your Spanish, French or Creole skills.
Live in and experience a foreign culture.
Make friends with volunteers from around the world.
January 2016-January 2017
Hello from Mexico!
My name is Oksana.
I spent half a year volunteering as a communications officer at Nuestros Hermanos Pequeños in Cuernavaca, Mexico.
It's a home and family network for abandoned and orphaned children. There are four homes in Mexico - one for children (located on a gorgeous farm in a town called Miacatlan), another for youth (who attend high school in the city of Cuernavaca), a third for university students (in Monterrey) and a fourth is a transitional home.
I lived for a bit in Mexico City some time ago and had been looking forward to returning to live in the country again.
I love the food, climate, culture, celebrations and most of all the flora and fauna.
I have missed the sound of cumbia playing, the sight of bougainvillea cascading over walls and hibiscus blooming on the sidewalks.
I also missed the smell of tortillas wafting through the air, the taste of just-squeezed lime juice over spicy salsa and skin warmed by the sun.
I spent my first two weeks with three other volunteers - young women from the U.S., Costa Rica and Germany.
We attended language school in the mornings to improve our Spanish and spent the afternoons orienteering - immersing ourselves into the home, city and way of life.
Then I took over the duties of communications officer at the NPH Mexico home.
My duties involved spending the mornings in the office or out on assignment and the afternoons/evenings with the kids.
I wrote articles, took photos and documented events:
I interviewed fellow volunteers about their daily routines - teaching English and helping kids with their chores.
I interviewed the farm director about his work and how he tends to the NPH property in a sustainable manner.
I researched and collected data about the homes: how much corn was planted a year, how much was harvested, how many tortillas were eaten a day, how many new children started the school year. All sorts of bits and bites to share and document.
We volunteers all spent time with the kids, participating in their daily activities - simple things - from serving them lunch and dinner and helping with homework to playing soccer and volleyball in after-school programs. On weekends we had Saturday night movie nights! A big screen was raised outside and we'd watch flicks under the stars. On Sundays we'd attend mass. Every other Saturday morning I took the girls to Scouts! :)
I played Frisbee with kids during downtime; had my hair braided or my smartphone hijacked by selfie-taking girls. We'd chit chat about life, where we came from, where we were going. We're all curious about one another. We swapped words - exchanging and learning new ones in all the languages we spoke. We talked about food.
I had no idea what it would be like living and working at an orphanage. I had no expectation.
And it felt like summer camp!
And I felt a peace and tranquility ... I'm tempted to say: like I've never felt before ... but I have: at summer camp.
An article I wrote about the NPH farm:
The farm at NPH Mexico supersedes part of the UN's Zero Hunger Challenge
In Miacatlan “a complex network of energy flows between all.”
Thank you for your kindness, dear volunteers!