Our foundation, established in 2012, is a charitable venture dedicated to improving the future prospects of disadvantaged children throughout rural Colombia. We're looking for enthusiastic native English speakers to help us teach English to as many underprivileged children as possible. In time, and with the help of volunteers, we hope to expand throughout the country in order to give the gift of a second language to as many kids as we can. It's an ambitious project that we're very proud of, however we can't achieve all that we want to without the help of volunteers. People are the most precious resource to our project - without teachers we just can't make a difference. If you're looking for a chance to take part in a cultural exchange which truly allows you to share your culture and to share in ours, then this could be right on the money.
We are currently jumping into for 2020, which is set to be our most successful, impactful, and rewarding year yet. We have already benefitted from the generous help of dozens of volunteers over the last few years, and their hard work has paved the way for even more incredible experiences to be enjoyed and powerful positive differences to be made. There has honestly never been a better time to get involved with the project, and we're ready to welcome you in 2020!
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We operate in *️️️*️️️two locations*️️️*️️️ in Colombia:
1. RESTREPO (rural): Meta department, Southeast of Bogota
2. HONDA (riverside town): Tolima department, midway between Bogota and Medellin
When applying, please let us know which of these *️️️*️️️places*️️️*️️️ and *️️️*️️️roles*️️️*️️️ you would like to apply for and we will try to accommodate.
We cannot accept Volunteers under *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️any*️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️ circumstances if they do not have all of the following:
1. Travel insurance
2. Valid passport at the time of travel
3. CVs/resumes from *️️️️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️️️️all*️️️️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️️️️ of our volunteers prior to their stay so we comply with municipal requirements for charities.
*We cannot make any exceptions to these criteria so please do be aware before you apply.*
Help with Eco project
Working with us, you'll be able to practice your Spanish language proficiency as much as you like (though don't worry, we speak English too!), experience the vibrant beauty of Colombia, feel the satisfaction of helping to give children a better chance at a successful life, free of poverty, and make some new lifelong friends while you're at it!
Our foundation is the first initiative of its kind in Colombia and we are committed to providing potential to the next generation of Colombians by educating them in the global language of business. At present, the things that we really need from volunteers are a native grasp of the English language and a good manner with children. In return for providing accommodation, we're asking for up to 15 hours per week of your time (usually between Tuesday and Thursday) to teach basic English at a number of different schools in the local area.
The children are generally aged between three and fifteen years old, though this varies depending on location.We try to split the kids up into age-appropriate groups in order to optimise the limited time we have with them each week. It can be difficult to adjust our lessons in such a way as to be engaging for such diverse age-ranges and more volunteers will enable us to offer the children a more fruitful and attentive learning experience. We welcome anyone that wants to help into the programme, although we should say that in order to develop a positive teaching relationship with the kids, we would like our volunteers to be able to commit to a stay of a 2 months or more.
While we request a minimum of a two month commitment, it's worth mentioning that many of our volunteers have come away after that period of time wishing that they could have stayed longer. On that basis we strongly recommend that you try to come and enjoy the experience for a couple of months or longer! It's worth bearing in mind that PRIORITY WILL NORMALLY BE GIVEN TO PEOPLE LOOKING TO STAY FOR A LONGER PERIOD OF TIME.
We would love to hear from you if you think that you can help. That being said, if you have a different set of skills that you think might be useful then please do get in touch and let us know. They need you. We need you. Together we can create social balance.
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Honda is our newest partnership, one of Colombia's seventeen "heritage towns" and a hidden marvel along the much-travelled path between Bogota and Medellin. Honda is home to around 30,000 people and if you're a fan of colonial architecture, rich history, and the South American sunshine, then the city of bridges along the Magdalena river is one is for you! The students we cater for in Honda all go to the same school, so travel is easy as pie. They range from ages 6 to 16, but we allocate the children in terms of ability across five groups. The town is perfectly situated for anyone wanting to split their time between Bogota, Medellin, and Cali, and it's not all that far from Colombia's Carribean coast either! We're looking for volunteers with a decent level of Spanish to experience this new opportunity as soon as possible - school starts will start at the beginning of Feb 2020 so come along and be part of our newest adventure from its very beginning!
Restrepo has been our home, and although we're branching out, the town still holds a very special place in our hearts. Quiet yet compelling, Restrepo is ideal for anybody seeking a laid-back place steeped in natural beauty and local laughter. There are plenty of options for hiking, exploring, or simply relaxing with a drink and practicing your Spanish. Here we teach kids of varying age ranges, so its perfect for volunteers searching for a variety of teaching experiences during their stay, from the basics of English right through to the beginnings of fully fledged bilingualism. Every day is a fresh encounter and we bet you'll hold Restrepo in your heart just the same way we do. Class starts in February 2020!
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Depending on a range of aspects including the time of the year, new schools we take on, and the workload we have at the Foundation, there *might* be other roles such as a volunteers coordinator role available. These are less common, but when they become necessary they sure are important! It's best to get in contact with us to find out more details for organisational roles.
The specific accommodation that we can offer varies depending on our resources and the location you choose to teach in. Whatever happens, you'll be staying in a secure house or apartment with a kitchen, comfortable beds, WiFi and showers (though do note that there is no hot water in the Meta dept. locations as it is very hot year-round and most such cities in Colombia don't have hot water). We will try our best to find space to accommodate any special requests you might have.
Also please note that we can't promise to provide food at present as part of the deal. We really do hope to be able to soon, but for the moment, our finances are limited. Don't fear though - our corners of Colombia are very cheap places to buy food! (A food allowance IS provided for the Villavicencio central role mentioned above, reflective of the extra hours it entails.)
Our volunteers so far have all relished the chance to experience the real Colombia. Currently our main operation is situated near Villavicencio, which is a couple of hours away from Bogota in the Meta Department. The city is backed by the Andes mountains and surrounded by lush plant-life; perfect if you enjoy hiking or simply being embraced by natural beauty.
Villavicencio itself is a medium-sized city with plenty of shopping centres, bars, restaurants and fun to be had. Buses and flights are frequent to and from Bogota, and from there you'll be able to travel by air or road to pretty much anywhere in the country - it's certainly worth seeing as much of what Colombia has to offer as you can while you're with us!
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
More than two
Maximum 15 hours a week (no food)
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