Where do BOVA Volunteers go?
The Salesians work in over 130 countries — all around the world.
So far, BOVA volunteers have lived and worked with host communities in Bolivia, Ghana, India, the Philippines, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Kenya, Azerbaijan, the Solomon Islands, Swaziland, El Salvador and Nigeria …and the list continues to grow.
Please note that BOVA aims to match volunteers to communities’ needs, so cannot guarantee a placement in a particular country.
Some examples of our host communities:
BREADS (Bangalore Rural Education And Development Society) is made up of a number of different projects serving the children of Bangalore. These are Salesian communities including night shelters, drop-in centres and homes for street children, schools, evening study sessions and informal education programmes, centres for child labours and crèches (to allow young mothers access to education).
More information: BREADS, India
SALVO, the Philippines
SALVO hosts our volunteers in a number of communities in the southern islands of the Philippines. These include a residential home for street children and a number of vocational training centres offering courses such as carpentry, mechanics and dressmaking as well as maths and English. In addition, most also have youth centres, feeding programmes and some level of medical provision.
More information: SALVO, the Philippines
The Hogar, Bolivia
The Hogar (Home) is a residential centre for around 120 girls aged between a few months and 19. Unlike most BOVA Host Communities, the Hogar is not a Salesian Community. Instead it is run by a community of Sisters, who with the volunteers provide a loving home for the girls, supporting their study and keeping them entertained with various activities including music and sport.
Read Simon's story to find out about volunteering at The Hogar