May 30, 2017

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)


If I am only visiting PV for a week or two, how can I help?

Contact us prior to your visit to PV and we will make it fun and easy for you to come and visit us.

Are there more opportunities to help other than teaching English?

Yes, very much so….anyone from school-aged children to seniors can help. The children LOVE to play volleyball and other organized games and we need other young people to play several times a week. Helping with crafts also is a delight for everyone.

Why are volunteer hours from 4pm to 5pm and later?

This is after the children's school day, from 5 to 6 is organized play time for the kids. They love the attention that is given to them and respond beautifully.

Can I bring treats for the kids?

The children love having snacks at the end of the day. Bottles of water and juice are also always a big hit.

What days can I volunteer?

Right now we are doing Monday-Wednesday and Friday but as we receive more volunteers we hope to also do aTue and Thur. craft day.

Can I bring my own craft to do with the children?

Yes, that is recommended because we are limited on our supplies. Nature crafts are a big hit.

How many children are at the center at a time?

We have had as few as 5 and as many as 15 kids from 6 through 12 or 13 years old.

What is the donated money spent on?

We have purchased shelving, paint, front door, school supplies, cement to make anchors for a volleyball net, sports balls and of course the children that want to continue their education after the 6th grade we pay for books, bus fare, uniforms for school and their tuition for the year.

Could I sponsor a child and pay for their required schooling supplies for a year?

Yes, of course, this year we had our first “graduate” from the grade school that has passed her testing and is being sponsored by Helen, one of our directors.

How do I get there?

Take an orange bus located in Old Town towards Boca and get off at the el Nogalito stop.  Let us know your arrival time and someone will pick you up. Taxies also are an option.

How do I know that the pesos and donations are actually going to the community of El Nogalito?

There will be a monthly report of items received and what was donated and where it was used. 100% goes back into the community. Everyone that is part of this group receives no pay.

I don’t speak a word of Spanish, how will I communicate with the children?

NO PROBLEM. Trenie speaks no Spanish…although working on it. Children all over the world are the same.

What do you do with the items that were donated but not “that useful”?

Every two months we have a “garage sale” for the families and sell them for “Almost Free”  to the families to generate pesos to purchase bottled water etc.