BiblioWorks promotes education and literacy in communities in need. They believe that healthy communities require healthy minds, which is why they have been building libraries, supplying books and training librarians in the poorest communities of Bolivia since 2005. Their mission is to support local communities in their pursuit of sustainable development and they believe that reading and literacy lie at the heart of this.
They are always looking to recruit enthusiastic and driven volunteers who have a passion for bringing the joys of literacy and reading to all. With eleven libraries now established in and around Sucre, BiblioWorks is looking for people who would be willing to offer their time for the benefit of these communities. Roles include: Literacy Ambassador, where you run reading groups and inspire children to discover the magic of what books can offer; English teacher, working either in one of our libraries or with one of our affiliated schools; Women’s literacy teacher, empowering women through literacy and offering skills-teaching, such as cookery or photography; Directors of Volunteers and Communications, both based in the Sucre office and directly responsible for recruiting new volunteers, overseeing the social media strategy and fundraising for new projects.
The impact that volunteers can have in these communities is enormous and contributes to a real, tangible and sustainable change in Bolivia.
A five week commitment to the organisation is required, as this helps to ensure the sustainability for the projects that volunteers implement. Basic to advanced levels of Spanish are required, dependent upon the type of role that volunteers wish to take in the organisation.
BiblioWorks rely entirely upon donations and fundraising to keep them running day-to-day, and though it’s free to volunteer, they do ask for a voluntary donation towards the organisation. They have a fundraising guide with suggestions for how volunteers can fundraise, even if they are not currently based in their home country.
Volunteers are responsible for covering their own living costs in Bolivia, however Biblioworks will help volunteers find affordable accommodation.
For more information about volunteering with BiblioWorks, visit them online: