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  • Amazonia  (17)
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    Bogota, Medellin, Bucaramanga, Cucuta, Pereira, Bello, Ibague, Manizales, Neiva, Armenia

  • Caribe  (122)

    Barranquilla, Cartagena, Soledad, Santa Marta, Valledupar, Monteria, Sincelejo, Riohacha, Cienaga, Magangue

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    San Andres

  • Orinoquía  (21)
  • Pacífica  (30)

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Colombia

Alongside being considered one of the best budget-friendly travel destinations in the Americas, Colombia is home to 10% of the Amazon rainforest, the start of the Andes Mountain Range, vibrant cities such as Bogota and Medellín and of course, Colombians - some of the warmest locals you will ever meet. Do you need any more reasons to visit?

Here’s the lowdown on why Colombia should be bumped up your bucket list…


Colombia at a glance

Colombia is a country that truly captivates the hearts of those who visit. With its diverse landscapes ranging from pristine Caribbean beaches to lush Amazon rainforests, then towering Andean peaks to picturesque colonial towns. This South American gem offers an incredible backdrop for your next Workaway experience.

Highlights include the captivating city of Bogotá where you can immerse yourself in a thriving arts scene and vibrant nightlife. Medellín - although once known for its troubled past - has now transformed into a city of innovation and one of the cheapest destinations for digital nomads. Cartagena, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that enchants visitors with its cobblestone streets, colonial architecture, and coastal vibes.

If you prefer to head off the beaten track away from the cities, Colombia is also a country teeming with natural wonders. From the awe-inspiring Cocora Valley home to the tallest palm trees in the world to the mesmerising Tayrona National Natural Park with its pristine beaches and lush jungles. There are endless opportunities to hike through cloud forests, spot exotic wildlife in the Amazon, or dive into the crystal-clear waters of the Caribbean.

Some would argue what truly sets Colombia apart is the warmth and hospitality of its people. Proven even more so by the fact we have over 600 hosts in Colombia ready to share their homes and way of life with you. Thanks to these hosts, you will have the opportunity to connect with local communities, contribute to meaningful projects, and make friends for life.


Is Colombia Safe?

For those who want to volunteer in Colombia, safety is usually the number one reason holding them back, but when it comes to safety for tourists, Colombia has made significant strides in recent years and most tourists will have an uneventful trip.

Security forces have increased their presence in popular areas and the government has taken significant steps to combat crime and reduce the risk of incidents. These efforts have paid off, leading to a substantial decrease in crime rates and an improvement in overall safety.

Visitors can now feel more confident to explore, and after decades of violence and instability the country has emerged as a bucket list destination with its authenticity intact. This means many areas previously off-limits to travellers are now safe to visit resulting in the majority of Colombia still showcasing pristine nature untouched by mass tourism.

If travelling alone, make sure to follow our safety tips for solo travellers, but generally as long as you take the usual safety precautions (such as avoid flaunting your wealth, always inform someone of your plans, and stay with reputable hosts or hostels etc.) then you will have a safe and memorable stay in Colombia.


Reasons to Volunteer in Colombia

Are you passionate about making a positive impact? Love exploring vibrant destinations? Ready to immerse yourself in a warm and welcoming culture? Then join Workaway, because Colombia is the perfect place for your volunteering adventure! If you still need a little convincing, here are the top reasons to volunteer in Colombia…

  • Rich Cultural Heritage: Colombia is a melting pot of diverse cultures and traditions. Experience the unique rhythms of salsa and cumbia, immerse yourself in colourful festivals like the Carnival of Barranquilla, and discover the country's fascinating history through archaeological sites, architecture and of course, the locals!
  • Warm and Welcoming Locals: Talking of which, Colombians are renowned for their warmth and friendliness. Whether you’re on vacation or volunteering, you'll soon find locals who would eagerly share their stories, offer insider tips, and make you feel like part of the family.
  • Unique Wildlife: If you’re someone who prefers animals to humans (we’ve all been there!) Colombia is one of the world's most biodiverse countries in the world. From the colourful birds of the Amazon rainforest to the elusive jaguars and giant river otters, nature lovers will be mesmerised by the country's incredible wildlife. Such incredible nature needs protecting however, which means there are plenty of volunteer opportunities in Ecotourism, sanctuaries, permaculture and more.
  • Off the beaten path: One of the many reasons to Workaway in Colombia is so you can head off the beaten path. Whether it’s up into the mountains, along the coast or deep into the jungle, it’s so much easier to head off the tourist route when living like a local. Workaway can connect you with local communities, allowing you to immerse yourself in the colourful, Colombian culture with ease.
  • The surf: With coastlines on the Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea and the Pacific, Colombia is the perfect playground for surfers of all levels. In particular, the coastal town of Nuquí, nestled in the Pacific region, the beach town of Palomino on the northern coast or Playa Salgar, a popular spot known for its surf-friendly conditions and vibrant atmosphere.
  • Unforgettable Cities: From the sea to the cities! From the bustling capital of Bogotá to the vibrant Medellín and the enchanting Cartagena, Colombia's cities offer a unique blend of history, culture, and innovation. Get lost in the colourful streets, indulge in the delicious street food, and embrace an exciting atmosphere like nowhere else.
  • Adventure Awaits: Colombia is a haven for adrenaline seekers and outdoor enthusiasts. Whether you trek through the misty mountains of the Ciudad Perdida (Lost City), go whitewater rafting in San Gil, hike to the world’s tallest palms in Cocora Valley, or explore the colourful coral reefs of the Caribbean Sea — there's no shortage of thrilling activities!
  • Coffee Culture: If you’re a coffee connoisseur or dream of working in the industry one day, why not volunteer in Colombia to turn you from enthusiast to expert!? Explore the lush coffee plantations in the Coffee Triangle, learn about the art of coffee production, and indulge in some of the world's finest coffee. All while enjoying stunning views of the surrounding landscape. Simply use “coffee” as a keyword when searching for your Workaway host in Colombia!
  • Affordable Travel: As one of the cheapest countries in South America, Colombia offers excellent value for all budgets. From cheap transport to inexpensive street food, you can travel long term without breaking the bank.
  • The Food: For those who like to travel through your tastebuds the authentic Colombian cuisine won’t disappoint. The food here is a delicious reflection of its diverse regions and living with locals will allow the opportunity to try as well as master authentic dishes such the famous bandeja paisa, arepas and empanadas.

Regional Highlights of Colombia

With so many Workaway hosts in Colombia, it can be difficult to decide where to go. We’ve summarised each region to include the highlights and hidden gems to help you decide. From the Andes to the Amazon, Afro-Carribean roots to remote indigenous communities, you’ll realise there is a place for everyone.

While the country is divided into 32 “departments” these fall under 6 main regions. Here's an overview of the regional highlights of Colombia:

Andean Region

This region is characterised by the majestic Andes mountain range, which runs through the centre of the country. It is the most populated region thanks to being home to both the capital city of Bogotá and the city of Medellin. The Andean Region is also home to various indigenous communities, including the Kogi, Arhuaco, and Wiwa people. These communities preserve their traditions, customs, and spiritual beliefs, offering visitors a chance to learn about their rich cultural heritage.

Highlights of the Andean Region

  • Bogotá: As Colombia’s capital city, explore the fascinating historical centre of La Candelaria, visit impressive museums such as the Gold Museum and the Botero Museum and enjoy the panoramic views from the top of Monserrate mountain. The city is home to a thriving foodie scene, vibrant street art, and bustling markets.
  • Medellin: As it is located in a beautiful mountain basin, the city itself is surrounded by lush hills and picturesque views. Head for the hip neighbourhoods of Provenza, Poblado, Manila, Envigado, and Laureles in particular for funky restaurants, gig venues and galleries. Also head to Botero Plaza to admire the famous sculptures of Fernando Botero, ride the iconic cable cars for panoramic views, and experience the city's lively nightlife. Finally, partake in the “finca” culture - a tradition where locals escape the city for a few days to retreat in a nearby farm or countryside holiday home.
  • The Coffee Triangle: Made up of the departments known as Caldas, Quindio, and Risaralda, visitors can explore lush coffee plantations and picturesque towns like Salento, as well as experience the coffee-making process firsthand.
  • Popayán: Known as the "White City" due to its well-preserved white architecture, Popayán offers beautiful churches, museums, and a vibrant Holy Week celebration.

Caribbean Region

Along the country's northern coast, the Caribbean region offers exceptional natural beauty, vibrant culture, and a lively atmosphere. The region is blessed with stunning beaches, from the famous coastal city of Cartagena to the remote paradises of the Rosario and San Bernardo Islands, there are endless options for sunbathing, swimming, and relaxation.

Highlights of the Caribbean Region

  • Cartagena: As a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the city of Cartagena is an unmissable place thanks to the well-preserved colonial architecture, charming streets and exciting nightlife. It is a popular destination with digital nomads as it is the perfect paradise to work and play. The nearby Rosario Islands provide an idyllic tropical escape.
  • Santa Marta: Is a gateway to the iconic Tayrona National Natural Park, where visitors can hike through lush forests and relax on pristine beaches. Did we mention we have over 70 hosts in Santa Marta alone!?
  • Palomino: For an off-the-beaten-path experience, the coastal town of Palomino offers a laid-back vibe and excellent surfing opportunities.

Pacific Region

Visiting Colombia's Pacific region is a unique experience that offers a deep connection with nature. Thanks to lush rainforests, unspoiled beaches, and vibrant Afro-Colombian culture, the Pacific region provides a glimpse into an authentic and lesser-explored part of the country. This makes it one of the best destinations in Columbia to volunteer.

Highlights of the Pacific Region

  • Nuquí and Bahia Solano: These coastal towns are renowned for their stunning beaches, lush rainforests, and incredible biodiversity. Between June and October you can enjoy whale watching tours to witness the majestic humpback whales. Alternatively, you can surf, explore hidden waterfalls, and learn all about Afro-Colombian culture.
  • The San Cipriano Nature Reserve: Located near Buenaventura, it is a haven for nature lovers. It can only be accessed via a unique rail-cart system through dense jungle, so it promises an excursion to remember. Eventually you will reach refreshing natural pools and waterfalls surrounded by rich flora and fauna.
  • Gorgona Island: This former prison island has been transformed into a paradise for divers and snorkelers. Offering colourful coral reefs and an abundance of marine life from turtles to sharks! Visitors can also explore the island's dense rainforest, hike to scenic viewpoints, and learn about its fascinating history.

Orinoco Region

Located in the eastern part of the country, the Orinoco (or Orinoquía region) region is known for its vast grasslands and is a treasure trove of natural wonders. From the majestic Angel Falls to the rich traditions of indigenous communities, there are many reasons to visit. The Orinoco Region is home to many indigenous cultures, including the Pemon, Warao, and Yanomami peoples. It is also home to a fascinating cowboy culture that reflects the area's rural and agricultural heritage.

Highlights of the Orinoco Region

  • Canaima National Park: As a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the area is home to the iconic Angel Falls - the world's tallest waterfall! As well as the breathtaking beauty of Angel Falls, explore the park's vast savannahs, tepuis (table-top mountains), and lush rainforests.
  • Orinoco River and Delta: As one of the longest rivers in South America, you can take a riverboat to witness its impressive size and diverse ecosystems. The Orinoco Delta is a labyrinth of waterways and mangrove forests teeming with wildlife including birds, caimans, and monkeys.
  • Ciudad Bolívar: A historic city located on the banks of the Orinoco River. Stroll through its well-preserved old town, admiring the architecture and visiting landmarks like the Casa del Congreso Angostura museum or enjoy panoramic views of the city from La Llovizna Park.
  • Casanare: The department of Casanare is known for its extensive savannahs, safaris and traditional cattle farms. For those who want to learn about Colombia’s cowboy culture, this is the destination for you. Known as "llaneros," these cowboys are skilled horsemen and expert cattle ranchers. Best of all, we have 70 hosts in Casanare, ready to share their way of life with you.

Amazon Region

The Colombian Amazon is a paradise for nature lovers and adventure seekers. The region offers unforgettable experiences, connecting visitors with the wonders of the world’s largest tropical rainforest. The region is home to amazing wildlife such as pink dolphins, sloths and macaws. It also offers a blend of cultures and the opportunity to engage with indigenous communities in Leticia thanks to its tri-border location.

Highlights of the Amazon Region

  • Leticia: Located in the southernmost tip of the country, at the tri-border area with Brazil and Peru, Leticia is the gateway to the Amazon rainforest. Visitors can embark on jungle treks, take boat trips along the Amazon River, and interact with indigenous communities.
  • Puerto Nariño: Located about 80 kms upstream from Leticia on the Amazon River, Puerto Nariño is a tranquil and eco-friendly village. It offers a laid-back atmosphere, sustainable tourism initiatives, and opportunities to explore the surrounding rainforest, lakes, and wildlife.
  • The Amacayacu National Park: Located in the heart of the Amazon, it is a biodiverse reserve famed for its amazing wildlife including pink river dolphins, monkeys and jaguars. By exploring the dense forests, tranquil rivers and vibrant ecosystems, you can experience the magic - and beauty - of the Amazon firsthand.

Insular Region

Colombia's Insular Region is made up of around 21 islands; four located in the Pacific Ocean and 17 located in the Caribbean Sea. These islands offer stunning turquoise waters, white-sand beaches, and incredible coral reefs, making them ideal for snorkelling, diving, and chilling on the beach. This region promises a blissful tropical destination, with breathtaking scenery and unforgettable Caribbean experiences.

Highlights of the Insular Region

  • San Andrés Island: A tropical paradise offering the best of both worlds - a vibrant marine life AND nightlife. Visitors can enjoy activities like snorkelling, diving, and swimming in the famous Seven Colors Sea by day. Then enjoy the island's unique blend of Colombian, English, and African cultures by night, including delicious cuisine and lively music.
  • Providencia Island: Just a short distance from San Andrés, Providencia Island offers a more tranquil and laid back atmosphere. The island offers excellent diving opportunities, including the world's third-largest barrier reef, known as the Seaflower Biosphere Reserve. Visitors can also hike to the peak of El Pico, the island's highest point, for breathtaking panoramic views.
  • Rosario Islands: A short boat ride from Cartagena, the Rosario Islands are a picturesque archipelago of coral islands and turquoise waters. This protected national park is an ideal destination for snorkelling, diving, and enjoying the beauty of untouched Caribbean beaches. Oceanario, an open-sea aquarium is also worth a visit to learn about the impressive underwater world.

Volunteering in Colombia

Feeling inspired to volunteer in Colombia? Now you know the highlights of each region, it’s time to get planning an adventure like no other. Why stay in yet another hostel or beach resort when you can live like a local as part of an unforgettable cultural exchange? Embrace the famous Colombian hospitality with a Workaway experience instead!

As the world’s leading community for volunteering and cultural exchange, Workaway is the perfect platform to connect with locals in Colombia. Whether you are a solo backpacker trying to find a travel buddy, recently retired or setting off on a grown up gap year – we welcome all ages and walks of life. Best of all, you can join as a solo traveller, as a couple, or even as a family!

In exchange for a few hours of work each day, your host will usually provide free accommodation and meals. Whether you want to make your digital nomad dream a reality in Medellin, improve your surf skills in Nuquí, or embark on an Amazon adventure, with Workaway you can enjoy it all at the click of a button!


Making a difference in Colombia

Despite being one of Latin America’s largest economies (according to the International Monetary Fund) Colombia struggles with the unequal distribution of the country's wealth and welfare resources. This means there are several regions in Colombia where volunteers can make a meaningful impact.

Here are some of the ways you can make a difference in Colombia:

  • Rural Communities in the Amazon Region: We have many hosts in the Amazon region who need volunteers to support sustainable development projects in remote communities. These initiatives are usually focused on education and environmental conservation. By volunteering in these areas, you can contribute to the well-being of indigenous communities and promote sustainable practices in the Amazon rainforest.
  • Disadvantaged Neighbourhoods in Urban Centers: There are many hosts who are trying to improve disadvantaged neighbourhoods and living conditions in cities like Medellín or Bogotá, but they need your help. Through these community development projects and NGOS, the focus is usually on language practice, DIY, sports or educational programs. By volunteering in these areas, you can help create positive social change and empower disadvantaged communities.
  • Conservation Efforts in the Coffee Triangle: As you sip on a delicious cappuccino have you ever considered the environmental impact coffee has on the planet? Through Workaway you can volunteer in environmental conservation projects in the coffee-growing region. These projects usually focus on reforestation and sustainable farming practices. By volunteering in these areas, you can help protect the unique ecosystems of the Coffee Triangle and promote environmentally-friendly practices. It also provides unrivalled experience for those who dream of working in the coffee industry and the perfect stepping stone to your dream career.
  • Wildlife Rescue Centers and National Parks: There are many rescue and rehabilitation centres across Colombia which means a demand for volunteers passionate about animals. Through these projects you can assist in the care of injured or endangered animals, contribute to conservation research and support educational programs. By volunteering with animals, you can help protect Colombia's rich biodiversity and raise awareness about the importance of wildlife conservation.
  • Ecotourism and Conservation: In particular, the Pacific region is a hotspot for ecotourism and conservation efforts. Here you can support community-based tourism initiatives to protect endangered species and fragile ecosystems. As well as teaching others how to be a responsible traveller, you can contribute to sustainable practices and witness the region's commitment to preserving its natural treasures.

How to find the perfect host in Colombia

As well as using the regions above as a guide, you can use your skills and interests as keywords in the search box to find your perfect Workaway host in Colombia. Whether you’re enticed by colourful streets of Cartagena, dream of sipping your way around the Coffee Triangle or island hopping around the Insular region – your perfect host is literally a few clicks away.

Best of all, when you join Workaway you are not limited to one project or region. For a small membership fee you have access to over 50,000 volunteer opportunities across 170 countries. After Colombia, why not hop over the border? Colombia shares borders with Brazil, Ecuador, Panama, Peru, and Venezuela - and guess what? We have hosts in each one too!

Volunteering in Colombia is an incredibly rewarding experience that allows you to make a genuine impact while immersing yourself in the vibrant culture and stunning landscapes of this diverse country. With Workaway you can experience Colombia's warmth and gratitude first hand all while making a difference to others. Sounds good, huh? Sign up today!