IN HERE YOU WILL FIND ALL THE BASIC INFORMATION AND REQUIREMENTS REGARDING OUR SOCIAL PROJECTS IN COLOMBIA
The headquarters is based in the Village of Paraíso, Quinta Ana Lucia House, in The Municipality of La Mesa, Cundinamarca, Colombia where some projects are held. Some other programs will be allocated in the Town of La Mesa for which volunteers will need to travel from home 20 minutes by minibus.
All Programs can start any date all year round depending on the social project (The school is closed from mid-November to Mid January, 2 weeks Easter Time, 2 weeks June, 1 week October, and every bank holiday, Colombia has many Bank Holiday days it is something Volunteer in Colombia can not avoid). We suggest to volunteers to arrive on Saturday to start on Monday.
Volunteers can choose to volunteer for periods ranging from 1 week to 24 weeks.
Pick up from the airport only if you have booked 4 weeks or more.
Be over 18 years of age at the beginning of the program.
Spanish is not a prerequisite for the La Mesa volunteer programs, however on certain projects work will be restricted with limited Spanish and skills.
Airlines that travel to Colombia: American, United, Delta, Avianca, Taca, Air France, TAP Portugal, Iberia.
Vaccinations: Routine Vac, Hep-A and B, and Typhoid, yellow fever, malaria, tetanus. For more information about the required vaccinations for tropical countries please visit: https://www.minsalud.gov.co
Many people ask why to pay for Volunteering. First, volunteering is not the same as travel and work which means you work in exchange of food and accommodation. To Volunteer, means to give your time and skills to help a community, social project, the environment or a cause without expecting to be paid.
Being a volunteer gives you the satisfaction of serving, helping, and seeing that your actions help a cause or social project to grow, be born or improve. You immerse yourself in the problems of a community and you learn to understand the why of things. You grow as a person and mature while doing your volunteering, you find yourself and learn a new language, culture and help to improve your resume as this is important for the university or future work proposals.
Paying for Volunteering gives you a feeling of security and relief to your family and friends as they know where, with who you are, what you are doing and why. Do not wear out thinking about why to pay think about everything you earn doing it.
Living accommodation is in a share bungalow for up to 10 volunteers at the Volunteer in Colombia headquarters in The Paraíso Village.
Single rooms are available only if requested or less than 6 volunteers at one time.
Only two volunteers per room share a bunk bed.
Bed linen is provided.
Laundry the use of a washing machine is once a week.
Volunteers will need to buy toiletries.
Common areas will be at the main house.
The Bungalow rooms are well decorated with a desk, lamp, and electricity.
The bungalow has a hot and cold shower in two shared toilets.
There is free Internet, TV available in the main house.
Volunteers will experience the tranquility of the area, will enjoy and will be surrounded by nature, mountains, the roaring of the Apulo River, mud bath in the River, waking up by the singing of different birds, bird watching, eating fresh fruits from the trees, ecological walks, visiting nearby towns, and more while helping this community.
The airport meets and greets at The El Dorado Bogotá City if booked 4 + weeks.
The program starts and ends in The Paraíso Village, La Mesa Town.
Monday to Friday volunteering for 30-40 hours per week.
Weekends free to sightseeing.
Typical shift work can be:
School: 7:00 am – 1:00 pm with lunch break
Farm: 7:00 am – 1:00 pm but depends on the season.
Child and Youth Center: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm – Lunch break – 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Learning Disabilities Center: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm – Lunch Break- 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Elderly Care: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm – Lunch Break – 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Support: Local Director support 24/7 during placement
Departure: Transfer to Bogotá City airport by arrangement, price not included
All programs have a Registration Fee of USD 140 on top of the Program Fee. All programs will have a USD 50 donation payable at the end of the program to help the Institution with its projects. This amount will be included in the Program Fee quoted to you by Volunteer in Colombia when you apply.
Registration Fee – 24/7 support from Volunteer in Colombia staff, program marketing costs, pre-pack information, administration costs, travel costs to inspect programs and communication costs with volunteers.
Program Fee – Airport pick-up (If booked 4 weeks or more), orientation, program supervision, accommodation and meals during volunteer program period, in-country 24/7 volunteer support and in-country administration costs. Accommodation: Local host family/Volunteers House.
Meals: 3 per day M-F, 1 meal Saturday, no meals on Sunday volunteer can make use of the kitchen facilities if prefer but need to buy the food for Saturday and Sunday if stay at home, any extra meal is not included in the price.
Laundry, Internet, and Use of all house facilities including the garden.
Visa, flights, travel, medical and accident insurance (mandatory), vaccinations, criminal background check, transportation to placements, souvenirs, in-country trips or tours and spending money (volunteers in Colombia generally find US$50 to be sufficient for basic weekly expenses).
Volunteer In Colombia is a small non-profit organization. Created to help communities in Colombia. The main motivation for creating this social projects is that the Organizer has her mother with a disability, left after a cerebral aneurysm accident. It was difficult to find the right people to help to look after her while living in the countryside. As equally as many in her community it is difficult to find human resources to work and help not only with their loved ones, but in every area and aspect the community needs. Mrs. Usuga, decided to quit her professional life and move to the countryside to look after her mother by herself, and trying to get help also for the Farmers, Schools, Youth Center, Learning Disability Center and Geriatric Center as they also find very difficult to carry on and are struggling a lot with the workload.
It is for this reason that we hope you find these projects attractive and come to volunteer with us.
Volunteers can choose one or more projects to help. And while volunteering why not take one of our outdoors trips design thinking of you.