The most frequently asked questions
The Parolu Foundation carries out help programmes to combat the unemployment rate among low literate people and people in countries with a bad economic climate and gives them a better future. In the columns below you will find the most frequently asked questions per programme.
Programme "People Unite with Venezuela"
- The situation in Venezuela is currently worrying and many people are in despair
- Venezuela is frequently in the news, but in spite of that is the situation not really active in many parts of the world. There isn’t enough help available even though it’s needed more than ever.
- The language programme is developed for Spanish speaking people who want to get a better grasp on the English language. More languages will follow soon.
We can say with confidence that the political unrest and the often associated economic situation in different South American countries is worrying. The situation and urgency of that does differ per country.
One thing is always the same though: The citizens have it rough. There are barely any jobs available, there isn’t enough food or medicine and the prices of the available goods are unaffordable due to the increase in price and high inflation rate.
Driven by despair and poverty, millions of people flee the country in search of a better future.
In Venezuela alone, 7 million Venezuelans are dependant on humanitarian help. More than 4.3 million people have fled to neighbouring countries like Colombia, Brazil, Ecuador and Peru. But in these countries, poverty and unrest is still very much present.
Many refugees find themselves in life threatening situations and do everything they can to get food (prostitution, child labour or criminal activity)
For the people who don’t flee, the situation isn’t better. Every month hundreds of Venezuelans die.
No, the Parolu Foundation doesn’t take a political standpoint. We focus on helping people, who need help because of the circumstances in their country.
We believe in helping until the people are more self-reliant. In other words, we help people with relatively short help to help them build a better future themselves. It turned out that there is plenty of need and demand for people who work from their own house in the business world. In these cases English is most commonly the language asked for.
Every inhabitant of Venezuela that has a PC, internet and a webcam, can apply for our language courses for free. It doesn’t matter if the candidate also wants guidance towards a job or if they just want to speak the English language.
- Graphic Design
- Web development
- Computer languages
- APP development
- Video editing
- Animation and illustration
- Secretarial and administrative work
- Secretary / personal assistant
- Call center agent (via internet telephony)
- Train / coach / teach (via Skype)
- Digital personal assistant services
- Social media expertise
- Taxation / accounting
The language programmes are done online. The teacher also does Skype and Zoom lessons to the group. Students can study at every location they want, at every time they want. The duration is partly dependant on the level of the student in the beginning, the effort, the motivation and the speed of learning.
On average, the course takes 6-10 months. During the course we immediately help the candidate find a job.
Programme "Battle against low literacy"
People of 16 years and older, who struggle with language, math and/or digital skills, are often named “low literate”. This doesn’t mean they can’t fully read, write and/or do math but aren’t at the level required to function well in society.
There are many standardised tests to determine if someone is at a lower level than needed to function well in the society. Often you can determine signs of low literacy. Excuses like: “Sorry, I don’t have my glasses on me”, “I have problems with my handwriting” are used often.
It can be noticed that someone never notes something, is often late for appointments or has questions about affairs that they have already received on paper.
It differs from person to person. Someone who is good at reading and writing, but has trouble with math can function well, if someone else does their records and they don’t have to use math frequently.
By establishing low literacy, their self-reliance is assumed. Can someone without help function well in society.
When mentioned, low literacy is often associated with people in developing countries. Low literacy occurs in all layers and ages of the world population though. The percentage does differ per country and region.
There are over 2.5 million low literate people in a relatively prosperous country like the Netherlands. That is about 15% of the inhabitants.
On average low literacy is more common among elderly and less common among younger generations.
Illiteracy: Not being able to read or write
Low literacy: Having enough trouble reading, writing and or with math, that this hinders functioning in a society.
Dyslexia: Umbrella term for reading, writing and spelling disorders, that don’t indicate a low intelligence or a low level of education nor a disturbed vision.
- Not being able to read or write text messages, not understanding apps or being able to use them
- No or limited use of a PC, not being able to read or write e-mails or read web pages
- Not being able to read news from a paper, smart device or news sites
- Trouble using navigation systems, understanding signage and public transport
- Not being able to keep records
- Problems doing groceries, not being able to read sales or warning labels and having trouble paying
- Not being able to fill in forms, or make notes
- Not being able to read books
- Etc etc.
- Mental: frustration, insecurity, shame, fear, unrest and stress
- Social: loneliness
- Putting on a farce and thinking of excuses
- Limited movability (car, public transport etc)
- Not being understood by others
Being jobless, not much money spent, poverty
- Being vulnerable to abuse or deception (because of an inability to check business)
- Health problems, not being able to read warning labels or instructions on packages.
Apply now for the next program
- Do you live in Venezuela?
- Are you 18 years or older?
- Do you have a limited control over the English language?
- Are you available for at least 6 hours a week?
- Do you have a computer with internet and a webcam?