1st year u/g students, 2nd year u/g students, 3rd year u/g students
Student Responsibilty with support from IIP and/or Host Organization
International Internship Program
Fundación Pilares (Puentes Abroad)
About: Fundación Pilares works with families from highly under-resourced communities of Buenos Aires to promote holistic development in five sectors: education, health, employment, housing, and alimentation. Pilares creates and implements programs, workshops, and activities in education, health, and social care in order to help the individuals living in the slums. The educational programs incorporate art, dance, and traditional tutoring to help young children learn and gain academic confidence. The health program specializes in neonatal and early infant care, with the aim of preventing malnutrition and promoting holistic development. The team of doctors and nurses attend to mothers and their infants through direct consultation and also provide materials and workshops to increase awareness around important developmental topics for infant care.
Intern Responsibilities: Fundación Pilares has internships in three areas: Mother and Child Program, Education Program, and Institutional Development.
Mother and Child Program Intern: This IIP intern will work on a project to help prevent child malnutrition and promote integral development. The program offers nutritional and pediatric assistance, social care, early learning, kindergarten service, health talks, and cooking workshops for mothers of children aged 0 to 5 who live in one of the biggest shantytowns of Buenos Aires. The IIP intern will participate assisting the team at the playroom to stimulate the children in their early years through games and recreational activities. The IIP intern will also help in preparing activities to develop with the children and will have the opportunity to shadow doctors and participate in patient review meetings with the doctors and nurses.
Education Program Intern: This IIP intern will help to sustain and promote an overall education for kids aged 6 to 13 that live in Villa 21-24, Barracas, Buenos Aires City. The program provides tutoring for the children, as well as literature, English, drama and arts workshops. The key of the Education Program is to offer personalized tutoring for each child and work on their assignments together, detecting which are the tasks that involve more difficulties. The IIP intern will assist the tutor in charge of the classroom with the activities prepared for the day, organize games and dynamics, and help the children with their homework. The IIP intern will also participate and propose ideas for the drama and English workshop for the different age groups.
Institutional Development Intern: This IIP intern will help to translate projects and reports, help in planning communication and fundraising campaigns, work in databases, research for new funds, and do other tasks depending of the moment of the year.
For the Education program: IIP candidates with previous experience in children tutoring, drama, literature or art knowledge are encouraged to apply.
For the Mother Child Program: IIP candidates with interests in working with kids in their early childhood or in gaining professional experience in pediatrics, nutrition, social work are encouraged to apply.
For the Institutional Development area: IIP candidates with interest in working with databases, doing research for funds, and helping with the development of communication campaigns are encouraged to apply. Experience in developing fundraising campaigns and knowledge of management and design tools would be an asset.
Intermediate Spanish is required, and advanced Spanish is preferred.