The Cooperand volunteers work to transform and mobilize civil society, promoting social responsibility in order to contribute to the construction of a critical citizenship that works to achieve a fairer world.
Cooperand selects and trains volunteers throughout the year from November to June in Andorra. During the 3 to 4 hour volunteering training days, we address all issues that volunteers need to know about so that their work is worthwhile for all the parties involved.
- Travel: documentation, medical insurance, vaccinations, baggage, tickets and information of interest
- Motivation : aim of volunteering
- Destination: the country, data of interest and culture shock
- Street children: issue and situation
- Foster homes: the homes at destination and their specific characteristics
- Workshops for action: according to the volunteers’ profile we establish types of workshops to be carried out at destination.
Thoase interested in volunteering need to accumulate a minimum of eight hours per month in some social action in the country from the months of January to June.
Thus, they can all assess their personal reaction to situations, which they are not used to before leaving and also develop their own profile helping needy people in Andorra. This will open the door to a future long-term collaboration with organizations where they have worked once they finish their international volunteer action in Bolivia. Cooperand tries to inform all the people who get in touch with us and are sensitive to the world of cooperation and volunteering, about all the different social actions carried out in the country.
At the same time, Cooperand coordinates and teaches a course at the University of Andorra on International Cooperation and Volunteering, which lasts six months, and takes place yearly. It offers a much wider and deeper perspective on International Cooperation and Volunteering and provides concrete information about this particular volunteering action. The course starts during the final quarter of the year so that its completion coincides with the closing of applications of volunteers for Cooperand and therefore many people have a very precise idea about what this solidarity activity implies.
Volunteering can be short (minimum one month) or long (minimum one year) term. Depending on the personal, academic and professional profile of the applicants, Cooperand sends them to a specific destination in Bolivia.
Cooperand travels with the volunteers that start their activity with the aim of helping them to land on the ground more efficiently. At the same time, the staff from Cooperand with permanent residence at destination, greets those arriving on other dates and offers support to face any incident, which may occur on the ground.
Once installed in the House of the Volunteers, the daily tasks of the volunteer vary depending on the foster home. The volunteer will work directly with the centre managers implementing the activities workshops planned in the country of origin, whenever this is possible.
The volunteer pays for the transport costs between his/her country of origin and the destination along with the international medical insurance that covers them on the ground (mandatory requirement). Once at the destination, the corresponding foster home will offer its facilities to the volunteer so that he/she can stay overnight, eat and bathe without charge.
At the end of the action the volunteer must fill a report of his/her personal experience, and sometimes he/she may be requested to promote awareness campaigns in the country of origin, either through actions in the media, training courses or specific activities.
We thank the BPA Private Foundation whose support during the years 2014 and 2015 has allowed us to increase the number of places for volunteers who join us every year in Bolivia, as well as to improve the training materials and encourage the necessary actions on the ground.