Volunteer in Colombia

VOLUNTEER PROGRAMS IN COLOMBIA

Colombia, with so much beauty, we also find difficulties and poverty. When volunteering in Colombia we will see in its coastal towns and cities high rates of poverty and low quality of life.

The lack of basic health services, drinking water and electricity are scarce. Not to mention the violence that has hit many Colombian towns. So we encourage you to be part of a volunteer programs in Colombia.

We invite you to be part of this experience by volunteer in Colombia. You will have the opportunity to know, live and feel for yourself the affection of the Colombian people and their typical words like; con gusto, a la orden and a me regalas.


PRODUCTIVE YARDS IN COLOMBIA

Support low-income families in Cartagena de Indias by creating and maintaining vegetable gardens in their homes.

The volunteer project in Colombia consists mainly of transforming the backyards of low-income families into green vegetable gardens. All volunteers generally participate in the following activities, depending on the needs of the volunteer at the time:

  • Family selection process
  • Adapt the patios for the construction of the vegetable garden.
  • Conduct talks and workshops on agricultural issues and agronomic management of what is expected to be planted.
  • Construction of the productive patios
  • Help in the delivery of inputs
  • Participate in the planting, harvesting and collection of products.
  • Follow-up with the families
  • Help in workshops on cooking, nutrition and good eating habits.
  • Workshops on recycling and waste management.

Open year-round except from December 20 to February 2 when the program is closed. Hours are Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. with a free hour for lunch.

  • Minimum age: 18
  • Maximum age: None
  • Copy of resume required: No
  • Qualifications required: None
  • Participants under 18 must be accompanied by parents.
  • Good physical condition

In this program you can go from 2 weeks and it has a cost with the donation included:

WeeksCost
2595€
3720€
Additional week145€

WHAT IS VOLUNTEERING IN COLOMBIA?

  • Orientation and induction to the project or program
  • 24/7 support from the Adventure Volunteer team
  • Follow-up and evaluation of the program
  • Certificate of weeks spent volunteering
  • Tax certificate to deduct on your income tax return
  • Guidance, advice and management in the choice of the program
  • Volunteer and liability insurance
  • Accommodation during your volunteer stay
  • Breakfast and common areas for cooking for the rest of your meals
  • 24/7 support from the local organization
  • Orientation and induction to the project

WHAT IS NOT OFFERED IN VOLUNTEERING IN COLOMBIA?

  • Flight to Colombia
  • Airport pick up (Low cost of 10 dollars aprox)
  • Visa if required
  • Vaccinations, if required
  • Internal transportation or excursions
  • Trips or excursions inside or outside the country
  • Travel medical insurance with Covid coverage
  • Beverages, special diets or meals

SCHOOL REINFORCEMENT IN COLOMBIA

Support us in generating a change in the living conditions of children and young people in Cartagena, by means of education.

The need to work with children and strengthen adults has led the organization to require the support of volunteers in the volunteer program in Colombia. Leisure and free time activities are carried out in order to promote the development of the children:

  • Socio-educational integration
  • Tolerance
  • Equal treatment
  • Solidarity
  • Respect for diversity

Open throughout the year, except from December 20 to February 2, when it is closed. The schedule is Monday through Friday with morning shift: 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and afternoon shift: 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., the volunteer can choose one shift or both.

In addition, in the month of July the children do not have school due to the school term, but the program continues with the same teaching activities.

  • Edad mínima: 18
  • Edad máxima: Ninguna
  • Se requiere copia del currículum: No
  • Cualificación requerida: Certificado de delitos sexuales
  • Los participantes menores de 18 años deben ser acompañados de los padres

In this program you can go from 2 weeks and it has a cost with the donation included:

WeeksCost
2595€
3720€
Additional week145€

WHAT IS VOLUNTEERING IN COLOMBIA?

  • Orientation and induction to the project or program
  • 24/7 support from the Adventure Volunteer team
  • Follow-up and evaluation of the program
  • Certificate of weeks spent volunteering
  • Tax certificate to deduct on your income tax return
  • Guidance, advice and management in the choice of the program
  • Volunteer and liability insurance
  • Accommodation during your volunteer stay
  • Breakfast and common areas for cooking for the rest of your meals
  • 24/7 support from the local organization
  • Orientation and induction to the project

WHAT IS NOT OFFERED IN VOLUNTEERING IN COLOMBIA?

  • Flight to Colombia
  • Airport pick up (Low cost of 10 dollars aprox)
  • Visa if required
  • Vaccinations, if required
  • Internal transportation or excursions
  • Trips or excursions inside or outside the country
  • Travel medical insurance with Covid coverage
  • Beverages, special diets or meals

CULTURE AND SPORTS IN COLOMBIA

Complement sports and cultural activities with health care, training in values and disciple.

The sports volunteer program in Colombia is one of the best tools to provide children and youth with healthy and fun activities. These activities serve several purposes such as physical and mental well-being, teach discipline and order, and allow them to develop the spirit of competition in an orderly and healthy way.

Sports and cultural activities are complemented with health care, values formation and discipline.

Open all year round, except from December 20 to February 2, when it is closed. Hours are Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays with morning shift: 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. and afternoon: 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. You can choose one or both shifts.

This program is combined with the teaching program the rest of the days.

  • Minimum age: 18
  • Maximum age: None
  • Copy of resume required: No
  • Required Qualifications: Sex Offense Certificate
  • Participants under 18 must be accompanied by parents

In this program you can go from 2 weeks and it has a cost with the donation included:

WeeksCost
2595€
3720€
Additional week145€

WHAT IS VOLUNTEERING IN COLOMBIA?

  • Orientation and induction to the project or program
  • 24/7 support from the Adventure Volunteer team
  • Follow-up and evaluation of the program
  • Certificate of weeks spent volunteering
  • Tax certificate to deduct on your income tax return
  • Guidance, advice and management in the choice of the program
  • Volunteer and liability insurance
  • Accommodation during your volunteer stay
  • Breakfast and common areas for cooking for the rest of your meals
  • 24/7 support from the local organization
  • Orientation and induction to the project

WHAT IS NOT OFFERED IN VOLUNTEERING IN COLOMBIA?

  • Flight to Colombia
  • Airport pick up (Low cost of 10 dollars aprox)
  • Visa if required
  • Vaccinations, if required
  • Internal transportation or excursions
  • Trips or excursions inside or outside the country
  • Travel medical insurance with Covid coverage
  • Beverages, special diets or meals

REQUIREMENTS FOR VOLUNTEERING IN COLOMBIA?

If you want to join a volunteer programs in Colombia no specific training is necessary in most cases, it is only required that you:

  • Be of legal age.
  • Have availability for various jobs.
  • Be a participative and committed person.
  • Have a good conduct and to be respectful with the people who collaborate and the community.
  • Be aware of the culture and customs of the country in which you are collaborating.
  • Have the ability to work in a team.

Also in your registration process we will ask for the following information:

  • A passport-size photo
  • Photocopy of passport
  • Criminal record sheet (police control)
  • Vaccination card in case they are required.
  • Copy of the confirmation date of the return flight ticket.

WHERE WILL I BE DURING MY VOLUNTEER IN COLOMBIA?

The volunteering in Colombia are located in Cartagenas de Indias, 20 minutes by taxi from the Walled City and the hostels where the volunteers stay.


WHEN CAN YOU COLLABORATE ON VOLUNTEER IN COLOMBIA?

You can participate all year round (except from December 20 to February 2) in the following volunteer programs in Colombia:

  • Productive patios
  • Culture and sports
  • Teaching

See specifications of schedules and arrival dates for each program through its link.

For more information, questions or assistance with a colleague of our team you can contact us via phone or Whatsapp here.

The steps to follow to register are as follows:

  • Fill out the form to reserve your volunteering.
  • Wait for our confirmation of availability.
  • Make a 1st donation for the registration to the Adventure Volunteer association.
  • You will receive an email with the volunteer agreement to be completed by you.
  • You will return to us by email all the requested information and you will be able to purchase the flight.
  • A few weeks before you start you will receive information from the local organization.
  • Now you only have to pack your suitcase, you have a whole team that will make everything easier for you and you will be in contact at all times, so you don’t have to worry.

REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS

To be part of the volunteer programs in Sri Lanka, it is not necessary any specific training and it is only required:

  • To be of legal age (possibility minor with guardian or parents).
  • To be a participative and committed person.
  • Be respectful of people, culture and customs.
  • To know how to adapt and work in a team.
  • Criminal record certificate for social work.
  • Sign cooperation agreement and interview with our team.
  • Appropriate clothing for the destination.
  • Knowledge of Spanish.

ACCOMMODATION FOR YOUR VOLUNTEER WORK IN COLOMBIA

All volunteers who collaborate in volunteer projects in Cartagena stay in hostels in the famous Gethsemani neighborhood.

Volunteer accommodation in Colombia

What is the volunteer accommodation like?

  • Bed in a shared room
  • Breakfast during your volunteering
  • Use of common areas
  • WIFI connection (internet)
  • Low-cost laundry or hand-washing facilities

WHAT WILL THE ARRIVAL AT THE DESTINATION BE LIKE?

You will be welcomed (low cost) at the Rafael Núñez International Airport (CTG), located 5 km from the city center, by our local coordinator.

Depending on the time of arrival in the country and the facilities at your accommodation, you will be oriented to the place. On the first day of the project, which is usually on Mondays, you will receive an induction to the project and the activities to be carried out, and you will also be told about the norms, rules and procedures to follow during your volunteering.

VACCINES 

The only vaccination required is yellow fever (in theory only for people who have spent some time with countries at risk) also check with the embassy of each country weeks before flying in case they require to show the vaccination booklet.

VISA IN COLOMBIA

You should consult with the Colombian embassies in your country.

Necessary documentation:

  • Depending on the country of origin, a visa is not required for stays between 30 and 90 days.
  • Valid passport with a validity of at least six months.
  • Round trip ticket.

SECURITY IN COLOMBIA

As in many countries of the world, it is necessary to take certain precautions and know how to handle yourself in certain zones and areas of the city.

In general, the tourist areas are safe, but we still recommend you to take these details into account:

  • Notify your coordinator, in case you are going on an excursion.
  • Have your coordinator’s phone number and the address where you are staying.
  • Avoid giving out information about the place where you are staying, your project and your companions.
  • Avoid risky areas in every place you visit.
  • Travel frugally in your daily transfers and excursions.
  • Avoid attracting attention with jewelry and accessories.
  • If you can, avoid taking out your cell phone in public places.
  • Try to use safe transportation services in the country or services such as Uber or cabs.
  • Avoid walking alone on unfamiliar streets at night.
  • Never take someone you do not know in an unfamiliar vehicle or in your own vehicle.
  • Do not drink any beverage whose origin you do not know.

The financial contribution is divided into two parts:

  1. The registration that you will give as a donation to the Adventure Volunteer association. This contribution has a tax benefit of 80% that you will be able to deduct in your income tax return.
  2. The remaining part of the cost of the program will go to the partner organization that we will send on your behalf as a substitute or you can deliver it directly to the project.
WEEKSALL PROJECTS
2595€
3720€
Additional145€

WHAT ARE YOU PAYING FOR A VOLUNTEERING IN COLOMBIA?

  • Accommodation and breakfast.
  • 24/7 support from the
  • Adventure Volunteer team.
  • Orientation and induction to the program.
  • Monitoring and evaluation of the program.
  • Certificate of weeks spent volunteering.
  • Guidance, advice and management in choosing the program.

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED IN A VOLUNTEERING IN COLOMBIA?

  • Flight to Colombia.
  • Welcome at the airport and transfer.
  • Return to the airport on the last day.
  • Visa if required.
  • Vaccinations, if necessary.
  • Internal transportation to project
  • Trips inside or outside the country.
  • Travel medical insurance (obligatory).
  • Drinks, diets or special meals.
  • Bottled water.

HOW TO BOOK MY VOLUNTEERING IN COLOMBIA?

STEP 1

Once you fill out the program form, we will verify everything and confirm your place within 24 hours.

STEP 2

The registration fee must be paid within 7 days, then your place will be guaranteed 1 month before the payment of the programme.

SETEP 3

We send you the mandatory insurance and the international volunteer agreement.

Colombia, the fourth largest country in South America Privileged by its location, between the Amazon jungle, the Pacific and Atlantic oceans, besides bordering another interesting country to know as Panama.

Its biodiversity and the great variety of climates make it a natural paradise for volunteering. We cannot fail to mention its diverse regions that make it more impressive and beautiful. We mention some of them like:

  • The Andean Region, one of the centers of the coffee triangle.
  • The Amazon Region, which in each of its corners is home to an extensive diversity of vegetation and fauna.
  • Cartagena, Santa Marta and Barranquilla, are home to beautiful beaches and valleys of the Magdalena and Cesar rivers, where you find spectacular and unique landscapes.

There are many things and details that differentiate each region. Even in the same place you find very different cultures and customs, which makes Colombia an authentic place to volunteer.

CLIMATE

  • December to April, you find temperatures between 28ºC and 31ºC (82ºF to 87ºF).
  • May to November is considered rainy season, but the temperatures are the same, but the nights are cooler.

CURRENCY

The official currency in Colombia is the Colombian Peso (COP). Convert it.

In order to exchange foreign currency, you will find it in almost all tourist places (Bocagrande, Ciudad Amurallada).

Examples of costs in Cartagena: 1 € is about 3781 Colombian pesos.

  • A cappuccino coffee 3900 Colombian pesos (1,00).
  • A menu of the day, in economic places 10500 Colombian pesos (2,78€).
  • A bottle of water 1900 Colombian pesos (0,50€).
  • Transport by bus 2300 Colombian pesos (0,61€). This may vary depending on the type of transport you use.

FLIGHTS

For your volunteer work in Cartagena Colombia, your flight must have a final destination at Rafael Núñez International Airport (CTG).

  • Flights range from 600€ to 800€ approximately.
  • You can find good flight offers on google flights or skyscanner.

TOURIST SITES

WALLED CITY

A unique and fascinating place, which you can travel with family, friends, couple and alone.

It is an interesting destination, not only because of its walls but also because it is a place that witnessed great historical moments such as:

  • Prowess of independence
  • Confrontation and looting
ciudad amurallada cartagena

When you are inside you will be surprised by all the things you can see, here I leave you some of the places you can visit within the Walled City:

  • La Plaza de la Aduana: You can see different historical buildings, such as the one where the founder of the city Don Pedro de Heredia lived. You can also see the statue of Christopher Columbus in the central part of the square and the House of the Marquis of the Royal Prize.
  • Palace of the Inquisition: it is a place where they expose instruments that they used to torture people that they considered a danger or integrated, it was very common in that time.
  • Churches: You can visit the convent of San Pedro Claver, the church La Trinidad, Santo Toribio, La Ermita del Cabrero.

NEIGHBORHOOD GETSEMANÍ

You only have to cross the entrance of the clock and you will find this wonderful neighborhood thats full of life and color. A place where you find a variety of hostels and inexpensive restaurants with good atmosphere.

It is a safe neighborhood, its humble and hardworking people, many small businesses. It is a neighborhood that you fall in love with, the perfect place to soak up the life of the Cartagena people, to taste and live the true essence of Cartagena.

Barrio cartagena getsemaní

THE BEACHES

Depending on the area where you drive, you can go to some of these beaches as:

  • The Laguito
  • Large Castle

ROSARY ISLANDS

A place where you can find truly beautiful beaches, quiet and with the possibility of many activities during the day.

In Baru you can find one of the most beautiful and in Isla Grande one of the quietest. To get to these beaches you can hire a tourist package, ranging from pasadia to packages of several days. They usually include transportation (round trip), meals, accommodation in case you go for several days and tour to other islands.

WHAT VACCINATIONS ARE NEEDED TO THE VOLUNTEER IN COLOMBIA?

At the moment there is no mandatory vaccination for people who are not from countries where there is a risk of yellow fever.

IS IT SAFE TO DO A VOLUNTEERING IN COLOMBIA PROGRAMS?

Of course it is safe, it is a destination that receives many tourists from different countries all year round, especially Cartagena, which is a safe place, its people very friendly and treatable.

WHERE CAN I CHANGE MONEY IN THE VOLUNTEERING IN COLOMBIA?

In all the tourist sector of Cartagena and in the airport you find a house of change. In the historical center (Walled City) is where you find more places. and with better offers of change.

WHERE CAN I EAT TYPICAL COLOMBIA FOOD IN THE VOLUNTEERING?

Within the walled city you can go to the restaurant El Portón de San Sebastián and Az-zahr are very visited. However, you can find many other places that offer typical Colombian and economic food. There will also be Italian and fast food restaurants.

If we go to Gethsemane you will find cheaper food and places. Here you can find menus of the house for about 4 euros. Locals or restaurants are more modest, but that’s a way to interact and share with the local people of the city.

A good typical dish usually includes salad and soup and you can not miss the meat or fish with coconut rice, potatoes and beans or lentils. In addition to the delicious juices

Be sure to try the great natural fruit juices and meat skewers from the street stalls outside the walls. In the beach area you can choose between expensive restaurants or grilled fish from the beach bars. I advise you this last option.

WHERE CAN I GO OUT IN THE VOLUNTEER IN COLOMBIA?

I’ve already told you how beautiful this city is, but there are a few places to go out. The two places we can say safe to go out at night are the places within the walled city and Gethsemane.

You like salsa so Café del Mar, Café Havana is for you. For a slightly different night La Movida is an exclusive place, that is more expensive.

A place with more atmosphere in the week that is Tu Candela, the music is varied and is one of the few places that opens until late weekdays. There’s also Mister Babilla, it’s a good place to go in group, the atmosphere and the very nice people. You will listen to local music such as vallenatos, salsa, reguetón and of course the champet.

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