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Welcome to a project in Meta, Colombia which is making a difference!
We are a family driven guesthouse and language project in Acacías, Meta. Stig (29, Norway) and I, Johana (30, Colombia) met six years ago, and we shared the same dreams for the future. We were both working for multinational companies back then, but we had desires of doing something different. We worked hard and saved money to do something with a greater purpose.
This is a social project and we are looking for flexible people willing to help us in exchanging languages and culture. It is an opportunity exclusively for people who want to learn and practise their Spanish while being immersed in Colombian culture.
Acacías is a place which is warm and welcoming. We have great weather all year round and an inclusive community. It’s a place where people feel comfortable as they are.
- Provide more free and low-cost English education to local students of all ages.
- Find investors to help us in this goal.
- Be the best place to exchange languages in the region.
Location / Area:
Acacías is a typical Colombian “pueblo”. It is now a popular vacation spot for some Colombians (especially people from Bogota), because of its warm weather and many rivers and exotic nature, but it’s quite new for tourists. Local tourists come here to enjoy clean air, hike in the mountains or to enjoy family time by the river.
We are in the “llanero" region, near the foot of the Andes mountains. From here and east, it’s mostly plain fields until the Amazon region. Because of it’s wet and warm weather, Acacias has a lot of “fincas” (farms) and “vaqueros” (Colombian Cowboys), and they’re really friendly and inclusive people, especially with tourists. Welcome to the real Colombia! A place where time is not too important, where you wake up when the sun rises and feel tired soon after sun set.
2 minutes walk to the river
5 minutes walk to cafes, wifi, tiendas, snooker and kareoke bars
15 minutes walk to the bus station
15 minutes walk to the fruit market
20 minutes walk from the centre - ATM´s, central park, restaurants, pharmacies etc.
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This area of Colombia has had many struggles over the years. 20 years ago Meta was a conflict area, called "red zone" and nobody visited, but now is a peacefull area however the people from this area are still facing economic problems. Much of the region is less developed socially and economically and in terms of tourism than the rest of the country.
Recently the main road to Acacias has been blocked due some heavy rainfall, causing landslides.
The means the main road has been closed for several weeks but is still possible to get here by a safe alternate road. There are also cheap flights every day to nearby airport close to our project.
Babysitting / child care
Cooking / shopping
Help with Eco project
Helping with Tourists
Help with Computers / internet
This is an opportunity for people looking for a good place to settle down for a while and learn Spanish. Locals and foreigners can meet and learn languages, culture and more. The English level in the region and in the town of Acacias is very low, so it’s the perfect place to practice your Spanish, and to teach English. The locals here are incredibly warm, welcoming and kind people. People here will go out of their way to invite you to their house for lunch, on a hike on the weekend or to have a beer with them and their friends. The culture of the region, and of Colombia means that family and friends are at the centre of all free time.
This is a “gringo”-free area (well, besides us), our work team is usually around 10 volunteers at a time and these will be the only people you can speak English with, other than that you will have to brush up on your Spanish! The locals are not used to foreigners, and they are always fascinated by us gringos. If you are open to it, they will gladly share their lives with you, and get to know more about you. Every month here we have fond farewells between gringos and locals who have become great friends!
The area around Acacias, while relatively untouched by tourists as yet, is thriving with natural beauty. Just 10 minutes drive towards the mountains, you will find spectacular hikes ending in magnificent waterfalls, and with any luck you´ll see wild birds, animals and much more along the way! Everyday is an unknown adventure here. There are also a few well respected tour companies who take people on great days out too, rafting, horseback riding and climbing.
In our English Academy, we have students from 4 to 60 years old, most at basic levels, but some are coming up through B1 and B2. The only requirement we have for our local students is for them to be willing and motivated to learn English. That is why we have this place, only people wanting to learn languages, explore cultures and learn about the world can participate!
We have guesthouses and on the same property we run our English and Spanish school, so we operate as a guest house mostly during high season, which is usually in December, June, Holy week in March and October where there is a big festival in town. The school is open most of the year, but we stop classes during the Christmas season, from December 15th until January 15th more or less. The guesthouse together with the paid language classes allows this project to thrive.
Your work will depend on your skills and the length of your stay. We ask that volunteers commit to a minimum of 1 month to avoid too much turnover and disruption to the English classes, but we can make exceptions for 3 weeks depending on your skills.
They will be a mixture of:
- Social Media / Marketing *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️NEW
- Customer Service
- Projects (if you have a special skill we need)
- Cleaning and maintenance
- Plan and execute Social Events
You’ll be doing a lot of different tasks, depending on ongoing projects and season. We usually need help within different fields, so if you have experience or expertise within; construction, landscaping, plumbing, electricity, architecture, recycling, teaching, cooking, marketing etc. please don’t hesitate to contact us. We are looking for outgoing and friendly people who can help us grow.
You don't need to be a teacher (but experience with people, teaching etc. will help), we are building a method to follow, and we will go over training and give you tips and info on how to teach English. We are currently working on future lesson plans and we're always trying to update our material. You need to be a friendly and outgoing traveler, who speaks fluent English and want to spend some time in a typical Colombian town (small city), full of nature and warm weather. This opportunity is for those interested in learning Spanish, sharing knowledge and learning how to optimize your travels in South America.
Qualities we’re looking for:
1) Teaching skills or experience
2) Native or very good English skills
3) Have a customer service/lodging or restaurant experience
If you feel like you might fit in here and have something to offer, we just need to know about your availability and your interests.
English, Spanish, Norwegian
You will stay in one of the volunteer dorms on the second floor of the guesthouse. You will be sharing a room with up to 3 other volunteers in spacious, comfortable dorms, with fans, TV and private bathroom. We have a well-equipped outdoor kitchen for you to use.
We have two bicycles that you can borrow to go shopping and if we are going to town we can always drive you for free!
- Swimming pool
- Social Areas
- Laundry Service
- 4-person dorms
- WiFi and TVs
- Outdoor Kitchen
- Bar and restaurant
IMPORTANT INFO ABOUT BUDGET $$$
Other expenses you may have should be very low but mostly will depend on you... like partying in town (which is fun and cheap compared to bigger cities in Colombia) Prior to your arrival we will send you a complete pdf about budget expectations so you have a clear idea about how much you will spend during your time here.
We provide (optional) Spanish Classes here, where the money goes to local children learning English. The cost is 15,000 COP per hour (around US$3.50), which is very cheap, and the level of teaching is excellent with our native speaking teachers, whatever your level on arrival!
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
More than two
3 hours a day, 5 days per week
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