Colectivo Pro Derechos de la Niñez, A.C. (CODENI)
CODENI is an organization dedicated to breaking the circle of poverty in children living and working in the streets of central Guadalajara. They serve more than one hundred children, adolescence and their families, who are mostly indigenous migrants from rural areas. CODENI provides programs in education, life skills support and street outreach.
Middlebury students can intern in various aspects of CODENI’s work, including workshops on civic education, homework, physical education, street outreach or general office work. CODENI is an excellent opportunity for students who wish to become primary school teachers or have an interest in working with children.
Statements from past students:
“I worked at CODENI, a school dedicated to assisting children who work on the street. Although the experience did NOT help me integrate into the culture, it was none-the-less a fulfilling and rewarding experience that allowed me to impact my host environment in a positive way.”
“I did an internship working with underprivileged children. It truly helped “complete” my study abroad experience, because it put me in contact with a sector of the society that I otherwise would never have gotten to know (given that I was living with an upper-middle class family and attending university with students from the same). It taught me a lot about differing values between here and there, and it challenged me to work outside of my comfort zone. It was also gratifying to be able to give something back to my host community after they had been so welcoming to me.”
“I helped kids with homework, led recreational activities and assisted other volunteers in educating kids on issues relevant to their situation (such as the right to fair treatment, an education etc.)”