Community work and travelling in a rural community 20 minutes from Armenia, Colombia




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  • Beschreibung


    We are an NGO: Our main goal is to generate healthy lifestyle alternatives in vulnerable communities. We are located in Barcelona Alta, a rural community in Circasia, Quindío - 20 minutes from Armenia and 40 minutes from Salento (Colombia). We work primarily with the kids in the community (Vereda Barcelona Alta) through the school, sports, and workshops, encourage the use of organic agricultural practices, and promote recycling, composting, and waste management.

    We work with the small community school with 70 (varies every year) students. At the school, we conduct English classes, music classes, and workshops in art, cooking, baking, botany, environment education and more.

    The Foundation strongly encourages organic agriculture in the community. We built and maintain vegetable patches in the school and for the community, and work with local farmers open to organic agriculture. Juan and Eva, live on a 2-hectar organic farm where the volunteers are invited to work as well.

    This year, our goal is to promote recycling, composting, and improved waste management in the community. Last year, we built a trash collection point and a recycling separation point. Now, we want to educate the community on why and how to recycle, to generate a micro-economy by recycling, and to repurpose items for planting and fertilizing.

    Juan and Eva founded the project 4 years ago. Eva is a German and English teacher and Juan is a veterinarian that often conducts sterilizations of the local dogs and cats. We welcome you into our family and into our community to be engaged, active, and conscientious participants in the project.

    Pepole who are looking forward to join NGO´s in Colombia is required to apply for a volunteer visa. Please check online.

  • Arten von Arbeit

    Arten von Arbeit

    Handwerkliche Arbeiten
    Hilfe bei Ökoprojekten
    Betreuung von Tieren
    Karitative Arbeiten
    Sprachen praktizieren
    Hilfe bei Kunstprojekten
    Hilfe mit Computer / Internet

  • Kultureller Austausch und Lernmöglichkeiten

    Kultureller Austausch und Lernmöglichkeiten

    We have hosted over 75 volunteers from over 15 countries around the world. Not only is staying at Barcelona alta an opportunity to interact with and learn from the community, but it is also an opportunity to connect with people from around the world who can enrich your experience.

    Experiences in local communities are the most enrichment ways to get to know a culture.

    We hope you leave Barcelona alta with a deeper understanding of medicinal plants, organic agriculture, and community living, and a deeper appreciation of nature and of life.

  • Arbeit


    We work at a community level. We support organic agriculture, waste management programs, ecological restoration, environmental education, art, sports, and other engaging extra-curricular activities.

    Volunteers are expected to work for 4 hours per day (with plenty of time for resting and days off to explore the surrounding nature). Your day could include working in the school, in organic agriculture, and/or in community projects. Volunteers are encouraged to come with a project in mind or with certain relevant skills or knowledge, such as in agriculture, website management and IT support, cooking, baking, recycling, art, music, sports, language, education, and more. Any knowledge you have on any subject can be helpful. We are open to your ideas.

  • Gesprochene Sprachen

    Gesprochene Sprachen

    Spanish, German, English

  • Unterkunft


    Volunteers live in a family farm house with Eva, Juan, Lia (5 years) and Elouan (less than 1 year). Finca los Andes is a beautiful 2 hectares organic farm that has been cultivated in a sustainable way for more than 14 years. There is a small natural forest with old trees. There is a lot of flora and fauna including birds, insects, agutis among others. It has a stream where you can bath, lot of bamboo (guadua), oranges, mandarins, plantain, banana, flowers, medicinal plants, a vegetable patch, a green house, old coffee, oyster mushrooms, 2 dogs, four cats, one sheep, hens and cocks and warms to produce humus (vermicultive). It is a natural place in which spiritual development and connection with the earth are really important. We are a couple from Colombia and Germany with a 5 years daughter and a baby. We speak Spanish, German and English.

    At Los Andes, we believe in community living. Everyone staying takes turns cooking breakfast, lunch, and dinner, cleaning the kitchen, taking out the compost, and doing chores around the house. These duties ensure that volunteers are engaged in the philosophy of the Foundation, which is based on teamwork, being conscientious with others and the environment, and giving everything you do your best effort.

  • Was noch ...

    Was noch ...

    Barcelona Alta has a population of about 1,200 people. Barcelona Alta is a rural community mainly composed of farmers. They primarily raise coffee, bananas, plantains, and livestock. Many residents of Barcelona Alta are transitional - they moved to Barcelona Alta to flee violence in other parts of Colombia, and/or to search for temporary work. A third of the population works as farm laborers, another third are female heads of household, and the remaining third are students, construction workers, drivers, and store operators. Almost 98% of the population gains a salary below the minimum wage.

    The caserío is a neighborhood within the community that has around 200 inhabitants and is where the school, park, and vegetable patches are located. Many activities organized by the Foundation take place there, mostly in the school.

    If you are sick or have been sick in the last two weeks, we kindly ask you not to come, regarding the health of our daughter, the school kids, and other volunteers.

    We suggest a minimum stay of one month to get to know the community, our family orgnic project and the foundation, but encourage volunteers to stay for as long as they’d like (we’ve had volunteers stay for up to 8 months!). We prefer volunteers to arrive in the morning (8am) or in the afternoon between 4 and 5pm during the week so we can pick them up without interfering with work, rest, and travel.

    Please be aware of the fee, which is used to cover volunteer’s food, gasoline for transportation, as well as supporting community activities.

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    Etwas mehr Information

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  • Kapazität - wie viele Workawayer maximal

    Kapazität - wie viele Workawayer maximal

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    Maximum 4 hours a day, 3 to 5 days a week

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    US$6 a day towards food and transport costs
Working the vegetable patch with the students

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