Alternative education project near Bogota, Colombia

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  • Last activity: 11/01/2023

Availability

  2023 

 Min stay requested: 1 month or more

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  • Description

    Description

    This is a foundation born in 2020 and is located in the heart of the Chicaque Nature Reserve, a magnificent cloud forest, 30 minutes outside Bogota, Colombia. It is a great place to hike, camp and bird-watch.
    This is a small learning community that tries to get back to a natural way of learning where children, thanks to their natural (innate) curiosity, learn at their own pace things they are interested in. Colombia is one of the most unequal countries in the world, and difficult access to quality education is one of the biggest drivers of inequality. We want to fill in that gap by accepting kids from all social backgrounds.
    Long term volunteers are hosted for free in a small shared house inside the natural reserve. Food is provided for them, volunteers cook on their own.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Art Projects
    Language practice
    Help with Eco Projects
    Teaching
    Gardening
    DIY and building projects
    Babysitting and creative play
    General Maintenance
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    You will be able to learn a lot: about Colombia in general, the protected ecosystem of the Andean cloud forest, Muiscan native culture or about eco-construction; you will be able to learn and practice Spanish, exchange with different children and adult members of our community, you will be able to enjoy a touristic mountain paradise every day. You will be able to create a completely new, fascinating educational project. And, last but not least, you will be near Colombia's buzzling capital Bogotá, whenever you feel like you've had enough from nature...

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

    This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.

  • Help

    Help

    What we are looking for: motivated people who love to be and easily connect with children and teenagers, who will accompany them during their self-motivated learning process and explorations. Volunteers should have had experience with children but do not have to be teachers or pedagogy students. You should like hiking in the mountains though, since Chicaque is located in the heart of the Colombian Andes and work includes picking up the children in the morning and bringing them back in the afternoon, 4 days a week. (Getting out of the park means hiking, too!) Other tasks include administrative support, maintenance, ecological projects (this is a natural reserve), construction work, fundraising and other projects (arts, music, sports, science….) you would like to implement with the children. We also look for happy, enthusiast people who like trying new things and implement new projects (events, help with our social networks, fundraising, etc.). We are especially interested in English mother tongues or non-Spanish native speakers to enhance cultural diversity and language skills among our community.
    We also look for people who know about and like working in the area of eco-constructions in order to expand our infrastructure for the children's self-organized learning processes and volunteers.
    Volunteers should stay at least for 4 months (hopefully for a whole year!) to be able to connect with and accompany the children during their learning process.
    Long term volunteers from 4 months to 1 year receive free accommodation (in a small shared house with two shared rooms) and food. Long term volunteers receive money for their food once per month to do their shopping according to their needs: the money is enough for basic and local ingredients. If you need or want more special things, you will maybe have to put a bit more money, but that is up to you. Volunteers prepare their dishes on their own, there is a fully equipped kitchen.
    We look for people who are proactive and do not wait to be told what to do. we lives from new initiatives and new people who believe that a different way of life is possible where working, learning and enjoying life at the same time is possible, without hierarchy and based on mutual trust.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    German: Fluent
    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Fluent
    French: Fluent

    This host offers a language exchange
    Children here are interested in learning new languages, especially English! This is a great opportunity to have a linguistic exchange, because you will definitely learn Spanish in our community.

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    Small, shared and fully equipped house with two small rooms in the heart of the Chicaque Nature Reserve. Please be aware that this is a humid place, since we are located in a cloud forest. During the rainy and foggy months of the year, there can be mold in the house (although we are already working on improving this situation). Temperature can fluctuate between 10°C (during very cold nights) and 25 °C (on very sunny days). On average the temperature is about 15°C.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    This is a hiking paradise. You'll be able to walk and enjoy the nature reserve and its services whenever you like. The Colombian capital Bogotá (with its bars, theatres, museums, concerts, old town, and so on) is nearby and getting there on public transport is easy.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • Can host digital nomads

    Can host digital nomads

    There are different spaces where you can work on your own projects. However, connectivity here is sometimes a bit tricky, if you need a very fast internet connection or work with large uploads and so on, this is the wrong place.... If you only need a fare internet connection, it works.

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    There is lots of space at the entrance of the natural reserve.

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    Yes, but we have to check every case individually because this is a protected area. Actually, we have lots of problems with abandoned dogs that hunt native fauna...

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    Two

  • ...

    Hours expected

    no more than 25 hours/week ---We don't like counting hours.... But there is a lot to be done and if you enjoy what you do, hours lose importance...

Host ref number: 255974765319

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