FARMING

FARMING

FARMING PROJECT:

Volunteers, farming in Colombia is in decline, we need to act now to help the farmers to keep farming alive.

Join this rewarding FARMING project and learn first hand from farmers

Volunteers in this farming project, will be involved in all areas of the coffee and sugar cane production. Learning, first hand from the local farmers, and immersing in the community life while supporting farming with new ideas and sharing knowledge.

La Mesa, Cundinamarca is one of the main Colombian Coffee and Sugar cane producers that belong to the Tequendama Region in Colombia. With more than 1000 small, medium and big size farms, farmers now days are struggling a lot to find human resources to help with daily tasks in their farms. 

Due to this problem, most of them have big losses every year making the cost of coffee and sugar cane increase. Most of them have decided not to carry on farming due to:  illnesses, age, and lack of resources, many have been abandon by relatives and children, and cannot carry on working the land. To keep farming alive we need volunteers to give them a hand to motivate and impulse the need for farmers efforts in to feeding the world.

Coffee Farms :

Volunteers will be involved from cleaning the land, nursery, sown, harvesting, pulping, drying, selection of the coffee beans and packing to be sent to next processing area.

Sugar Cane Farms:

Volunteers will be helping with cleaning the land, cutting sugar cane, transporting sugar cane by mules to the mill, packing the panela to be sold and other daily tasks.

General Farming:

Volunteers will be helping with the creation of a sustainable farm which will be the pilot to recreate in the area. This is a very important  part of the farming project, and volunteers will be of a great help.

Why to volunteer in the FARMING PROJECT?

The farming project can be very rewarding.  With the right help, farmers will be motivated to carry on and the environment will benefit. By making sure the land and plantations are well look after and by applying new techniques, they can learn and promote organic and ecological agriculture. With the time, change the artisanal way of farm management,  improving the quality of their crops, and increasing the production. This will lead to improving their social and economic situation and financial status. 

A can do attitude and a lot of initiative to work as part of a team and/or alone it is very necessary, this is not an easy job but the results will be very fructiferous.

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HOW COULD YOU HELP AT THE FARMING PROJECT?

Applying NOW  or making a donation. The choice is yours…

make a difference for our community.

BEEKEEPING

BEEKEEPING

BEEKEEPING PROJECT:

Our commitment is with the environment and Volunteers in the beekeeping project will be an important help.

Bee population around the world is in decline.

The Benefits of Beekeeping:

In beekeeping a hive of bees gives us incredible benefits in addition to honey. There is the production of poleo, propolis, royal jelly, wax from which products such as candles, cosmetics, ornaments, soaps, shampoo even furniture products can be produced. Also to produce the stamped wax which is used to help the bees to build their honeycombs.

The most important contribution of beekeeping for the environment is the pollination. The transfer of pollen from the male parts of a flower to the feminine part of these. Process that helps to improve the quality and quantity of seeds and fruits.

Why to volunteer in the BEEKEEPING project?

The process of improving the quality and quantity of seeds and fruits is the reason that the beekeeping project has been created. To help farmers in the region to improve their crops and therefore their economy and quality of life. The production of honey, would be another contribution, to improving their finances while protecting bees and contributing to the improvement of the environment.

Now days, farmers still using a very rustic way of beekeeping. Therefore most products from bees are wasted, due to the lack of knowledge and skills. Hives have to confront many diseases that are not properly treated, due to the lack of training, increasing the death of the colonies which will affect their economy.

Volunteers in the beekeeping project will have the opportunity to learn or improve their knowledge in beekeeping. While working hand in hand with farmers and beekeepers, helping in the supervision, control and maintenance of hives, collecting and packing honey for later sale. Making new hives, creating new spaces for bee colonies and creating new products. 

Volunteers in the beekeeping project, must have a lot of initiative and attitude to work alone. Sometimes, our farmers and beekeepers must work elsewhere to get their livelihood and support their families, so they cannot devote themselves to beekeeping as permanent work.

If you have experience in beekeeping, it will be a great help for our beekeepers since they are still behind new knowledge, techniques and still work with the teachings of their ancestors.

A can do attitude and a lot of initiative to work as part of a team and/or alone it is very necessary.

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HOW COULD YOU HELP AT THE BEEKEEPING PROJECT?

Applying NOW or making a donation. The choice is yours…

make a difference for our community.

VISIT THE PEDRO PALO LAKE

VISIT THE PEDRO PALO LAKE

VISIT THE PEDRO PALO LAKE:

The Lake is surrounded by many legends and enchantments, it is a hydric and historic reserve since the royal botanical expedition happened there in 1783.

The Pedro Palo Lake is surrounded by an Andean tropical forest and by farms where corn is grown. And is located in the Municipality of Tena, with an altitude of 2000 to 2800 msnm. One of the lake’s legends says that the inhabitants in the past had to throw objects into the water to appease the fury of a monster that caused great waves in the lake. On a clear day you can see how the trees are reflected in its waters which turn an intense green color. 

There you can also find some stones from where apparently the Zipa and its court had their place of recreation and worship. At the moment you can only take ecological walks around. It is a walk that is worth doing.

CHOOSE ONE OF THE SUGGESTED TRIPS IN THE THINGS TO DO WHEN APPLYING FOR YOU VOLUNTEER PROJECT. 

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CHILD AND YOUTH CENTRE

CHILD AND YOUTH CENTRE

CHILD AND YOUTH CENTRE PROJECT:

Volunteers in Child and Youth centre, will ease the workload of local workers and families, who care for the children. We make sure they are in a safe environment

The Child and Youth centre is a site where children can go to stay after school. In there they will have a safe environment. They can socialize , find new friends to play with and to share. Many of these children come from overcrowded living situations. And are in desperate need of love and attention.

Colombia has a very family oriented culture. But living conditions have forced both or a single parent to work, leaving children under the care of relatives or friends, and most of the times alone. 

This situation is causing a huge social problem. As children and Youth keep out on the streets. They are vulnerable to most dangerous situations. This puts a huge strain on the families. For this reason some children are sent to centres for a few hours of the day to receive education, interaction, care and entertainment.

Volunteers on the Child and Youth Centre project work alongside local staff. Providing care and attention to the children, joining games, songs and dance, and assisting with homework and research.

A can do attitude and a lot of initiative to work as part of a team and/or alone it is very necessary.

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HOW COULD YOU HELP AT THE CHILD & YOUTH PROJECT?

Applying NOW or making a donation. The choice is yours…

make a difference for our community.

THE ORCHID SANCTUARY

THE ORCHID SANCTUARY

VISIT TO THE ORCHID SANCTUARY

Only 45 minutes from Bogotá is the Orchid Sanctuary where aprox. 6000 species are well look after.  

A natural destination that offers visitors a walk with delicious aromas, colours, and shapes in the kingdom of the most exotic flowers in the world, the trip to the orchid sanctuary is a real pleasure.

The flowers in their inexhaustible variety are exposed looking to reproduce a natural environment, in the trunks of the trees, or on rocks. In addition, visitors can also find a wide variety of heliconias, bromeliads, and ornamental plants that form a beautiful garden, recreated by birds and butterflies. 

 

But before arriving to the Orchid Sanctuary we will take you around:

 

THE TEQUENDAMA REGION.

 

The Trip of the Tequendama Region takes you: First to know the San Antonio del Tequendama Municipality. The town, was born in a place known as Cubsio when the Indians of the Tundama community settled down. 

In San Antonio you can see: 1. A thousand-year-old Ceiba tree in the park which floor is covered with stone 2. The colourful houses and the Cubsio temple where the impressive past of the indigenous tribe that inhabits this region is evoked. 3. The Hermit and the Alto La Palma Hills from the town. 4.The petroglyphs of Cubsio found in a branch that leads to the municipality it explain its past.

Second the SANTANDERCITO Village, Which in the Muisca language means “the guardian of the waters”, its temple is very famous since it was built in natural stone, now a Departmental Architectural Monument.

CHOOSE ONE OF THE SUGGESTED TRIPS IN THE THINGS TO DO WHEN APPLYING FOR YOU VOLUNTEER PROJECT. 

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THINGS TO DO