What does it mean to be a volunteer? What motivates me to be an international volunteer? Am I prepared and trained to be?

At Chazon we understand the international volunteer program as a method of awareness and learning to break down stereotypes and preconceived ideas. Collaborating directly with the local project, in a respectful way, working as a team, dialoguing and internalizing the ways of doing the local culture, the volunteer becomes an agent of change upon his return.

To do this, we look for committed people, willing to learn and train before the trip, open-minded, with critical vision and who want to collaborate from humility, empathy and with ease of adaptation to change.

Chazon is a project that is founded, maintained, and advances throughout the year with highly trained workers in the area who, observing some problems present in their society, decide to take action to change it. Therefore, the work of the volunteer in the field focuses on support and reinforcement tasks to those currently being developed.

The main purpose is to know about their reality and accept the differences, breaking apart with the ethnocentric vision so common in Western culture. Adding, as much as possible, our strength to their work, but accepting our secondary role within a project that arises from and for the population of Molo.

In this way, the most important moment occurs when the volunteer returns home with reinforced knowledge and with transformed social and cultural attitudes that perpetuate human inequalities, promoting social justice.

Chazon Africa proposes volunteering as a means for people to broaden their vision so that, when they return, they can continue to work on their day-to-day basis to fight agains global structural inequality.

If you feel identified with our way of seeing volunteering and want to become a field Chazhon volunteer, we suggest you have a look at a series of documents before you travel to Molo. To do this, click the “I want to learn more” tab where you will find bibliography, videos and recommended articles.

What is ethocentrism? What is white saviour feeling? Do you know what happened in the Berlin Conference? Learn about Kenya history AFRICA LITERATURE
  • Ébano – Ryszard Kapuściński
  • Océano África – Xavier Aldekoa
  • Hijos del Nilo – Xavier Aldekoa
  • Indestructibles – Xavier Aldekoa
  • Blanco bueno busca negro pobre –  Gustau Negrín
  • Cuando la ayuda es el problema – Dambisa Moyo
  • El antropólogo inocente – Nigel Barley
AFRICAN AUTHOR’S LITERATURE
  • Los Pescadores – Chigozie Obioma
  • El peligro de la Historia Única (y charla TED) – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • Mujeres africanas – Remei Sipi
  • The river between – Ngugi wa Thiong’o
  • Ted’s de la Chimamanda
  • Pequeño país – Gael Faye
  • El Viaje de Kalilu – Kalilu Jammeh
  • Afrotopia – Felwine Sarr
  • Nuestras riquezas – Kaouther Adimi
FILMS
  • Hotel Rwanda
  • El jardinero fiel
  • Un día perfecto
  • The first grader
  • Binta y la gran idea (corto)
  • Afronauts (Ghana)
  • Beti and Amare (Etiopía)
  • Run (Costa de Marfil)
  • Miners Shot Down (documental, Sudáfrica)
  • Stories of Our Lives (Kenya)
  • El niño que domó el viento
ARTICULOS
  • https://elpais.com/elpais/2018/02/20/africa_no_es_un_pais/1519144931_669057.amp.html?__twitter_impression=true
  • https://elpais.com/elpais/2018/12/12/planeta_futuro/1544634018_521371.html
  • https://elpais.com/elpais/2018/12/20/planeta_futuro/1545320405_490421.html
  • https://elpais.com/elpais/2018/12/20/planeta_futuro/1545320405_490421.html
  • http://www.icultural.es/etnocentrismo-cuando-cultura-la-mejor/

I want to be a volunteer at Chazon…

If you are willing to be a part of the volunteers family of Chazon, you should download and read all the below documentation as well as fill in the enrolment form. Once we receive it we will evaluate it and get in touch with you.

If you still want more information about Chazon Children’s Center Volunteering, you can write an email to:

chazonspain@chazonafrica.org