LAKE CHAPALA REVIEW
LOVE IN ACTION CHILDREN'S CENTER
CENTRO AMOR EN ACCIÓN
FEBRUARY 2012
INTERN EXPERIENCES AT LOVE IN ACTION

[Cassie and Megan]

A valuable source of assistance for the Love in Action Children’s Center is the Intern Program organized by Board Chairperson Weezie Burgess. Volunteer students are recruited from public service Undergraduate and Masters programs in Universities. The students spend time at the Center as a practicum experience assisting in various programs. At the end of their stay they then are evaluated for their work by Weezie and receive course credit at their home institution.

During January, Cassie Wimer and Megan See, juniors in Social Work at Huntington University in Huntington Indiana, spent two weeks assisting children at the Center. First, they helped one of the young girls taking her on outings to build her self esteem and make her feel special. The majority of their time, however, was spent with the infants who require the most attention.

Currently, there are no live-in house parents for the infants. A staff person is there during the day and some of the older girls assist and then sleep over night in the infants’ dorm. Cassie and Megan found nap time somewhat of a challenge. They noted that most of the children want to be held, but when one is picked up before nap time, others cry out wanting to be hugged, waking up those already napping.

Cassie suggested that more adult volunteers who could provide attention for these young children from around noon until 2:30 would help give them more of the love and support they need.

Megan commented, “The kids are great, we love them and with we could stay longer.” They two interns purchased a set of clothes for each of the youngest children and helped pay for needed medications. Both would love to come back to spend more time with the children.

Weezie obviously enjoys bringing in these interns:  "I love watching these students blossom as they work with and become attached to these adorable Mexican children."

If you would like to learn more about the Love In Action Center, visit our website at loveinactioncenter.org Guests are welcome to visit the Center in Chapala at Pedro Moreno #76. To learn more about all the Center’s volunteer opportunities, contact Kari at volunteers@loveinactioncenter.org. To schedule a visit call between 10 and 2 Monday through Friday at 765-7409 or director@loveinactioncenter.org

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