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Hand in Hand

Hand in Hand
Volontariat Moyen/Long terme

The Karakol branch of Centre "Hand in Hand" was opened in 2018. It is located 15 km from Karakol on Przhevalsky Bay. Children can spend full days at the centre. The purpose of the Society of Parents of Children with Autism is to provide consultations and legal, informational, organizational, methodological, and material support to children with autism and their families. They aim for social integration of kids with autism and lobby to protect the rights and legitimate interests of people living with autism, to ensure an equal footing with other citizens. The basic principles of the Centre’s activities are equality, protecting human rights and involving parents. In fact, the bulk of the centre’s employees are mothers of children who visit it. These women are highly motivated to improve the lives of their children.


Volunteer’s Role:
You are required to have basic skills working with disabled people, as well as basic Russian or Kyrgyz language skills.
New methods/approaches are always welcomed!
Participate in the organization and implementation of various events.

Hébergement et nourriture: 

The volunteer will live with a local family, which will provide the volunteer with their own room and all the necessary conveniences. You will join your host-family for breakfast and dinner; lunch will be provided at the office together with other members of Center

Situation et loisirs: 

Our volunteer programs are located in the northeastern region of Kyrgyzstan, in the town of Karakol. The town is the administrative centre of the Issyk-Kul Oblast. The town is a base for exploring the central Tien Shan Mountain range and Karakol is situated near the pearl of the country – Issyk-Kul Lake. The lake is at the bottom of a deep tectonic hollow, with an elevation of 1610 m above sea level. From all directions the Teskey and KungeyAla-Too mountain peaks surround the lake. Snow capped year-round, some of these mountains reach elevations of more than 5000 meters. Eighty rivers feed the lake with crystal-clear water. The climate around the lake is more moderate than the rest of the country, there is no exhausting heat or deep frost; the average air temperature in the summer months is 23-26 degrees Celsius. The water warms to comfortable 20-22 degrees Celsius in the summer. On the Coast of Issyk-Kul Lake are petroglyphic figures dated to the second millennium BC.

Karakol offers numerous leisure activities. The local historical museum, the countless treks that lay just south of the city itself, and the Jety-Oguz Gorge, known for its beautiful shaped red rocks are just a few of the attractions. Every region of Issyk-Kul Oblast is enticing to the visitor. Boomsk Gorge begins at the gates to Issyk-Kul; here it is possible to raft the rugged Chui River finishing at one of the most remote parts of the area. There you can admire Engelchek Glacier, and the peaks of Khan Tengri and Pobeda Mountains, known for their high elevations.

For more information about the city:
History of the city
Karakol- architectural heritage
People of the city Karakol
Karakol yesterday and today

Conditions préalables: 

Before applying, please make sure you read our page "Projets en pays du Sud" :

Volunteers psychologists, therapists are welcome. The work is aimed at working with children and supporting children during classes.
You are expected to have past experience with volunteer work, working as a part of a team.
Basic knowledge of Russian or Kyrgyz language is necessary


Program Costs:
The costs of the program are as follows:
Cost for 1 month: 250 EUR.
Cost for 3 months: 700 EUR
Cost for 6 months: 1400 EUR.
Cost for one year: 2500 EUR.
The program fee covers administrative charges, accommodation and food (provided by a host-family), pre-departure preparation assistance, beginner's Russian/Kyrgyz language classes and 24-hour support and guidance from professional, locally based staff. If you need a guided transfer from the Bishkek Airport to Karakol, an additional 50 EUR will be charged.
The program fee does not cover your roundtrip flight to Kyrgyzstan. Your visa, medical and travel insurance, airport departure taxes, and travel expenses during your stay in Karakol (if not directly connected to the volunteer work) are your responsibility. Costs of personal Internet time and phone calls are also the responsibility of the volunteer.

Language - Though the working language of international volunteers is English, at least basic knowledge of Russian is recommended in order to communicate efficiently with local volunteers and staff members of the organization. Beginner’s Russian/Kyrgyz language lessons are provided in the participation fee. Knowledge of other world languages is welcome; this will enable you to hold language courses with local volunteers and other youth in Karakol.

Other skills - In order to participate in the program you are expected to have past experience with volunteer work, working as a part of a team, and depending on which project, working with teenagers. For certain projects, it is recommended to bring literature and CDs with language teaching programs.
We also expect you to be motivated and to actively participate in your own program’s implementation and evaluation process.

Duration of the Program and Your Schedule:
In order to be admitted you must be able to participate for at least one month while the maximum period of involvement is one year. Your work will range from 6 to 8 hours per day, depending on a mutual agreement and the needs of the host organization. Normally volunteers work Monday through Friday, though special events and activities sometimes require their presence during weekends.

01/04/2019 - 01/04/2020
Devise du supplément: 
Age minimum: 
20 ans
Age maximum: 
99 ans
Nombre de participants: 
Langue du chantier: 
Ouvert aux handicapés: 
Ouvert aux familles: 
Ouvert aux végétarien: