Mediano/largo plazo
LSM–12 KIRGUISTÁN Karakol DISA/KIDS/TEACHING 01/07/2020 01/07/2021

LSM–12 Hand in Hand DISA/KIDS/TEACHING 18+

About “Hand in Hand”
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.
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
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.

General Information
Program Requirements:
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
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.
Application process:
Please contact us so that we can send you an application form. After receiving your completed
application we will inform you within 10 days whether you have been accepted.