The commune-based NGO was born due to the need for water and sanitary solutions and environmental sustainability to support the safety of women in Las Colonias, a suburb on the outskirts of the city of Pereira. The residents did not have any kind of support nor protection from the government or public entities. Little by little, we gained the trust of the community’s residents with our transformative processes and a cooperative philosophy without political, religious or racial ideology. Since then, we have endured small projects to support the improvement of the quality of sanitary conditions in the community with the goal of self-empowerment and not as receivers of charity. We don't want privileged people to come and feel pity of the local conditions neither to make selfies with poor kids. If you feel you can do your best to contribute to this cause and be out of your comfort zone, then let us know!
The projects are financed by small donations from different sources. Our aim is to make the invisible part of Colombia known but also that you as a traveller realise about your own privileges and turn it into real support. "White saviours" are not welcome.
If you want to be a digital volunteer before coming, that is a plus!
Práctica de idiomas
Ayuda en proyectos ecológicos
Proyectos de construcción y bricolaje
Ayuda con ordenadores/Internet
The travelers will learn about the “invisible Colombia” and the consequences of the global inequality. This is an incredible opportunity to get to know a genuine and culturally diverse place. LAS COLONIAS makes up part of the Esperanza-Galicia suburb on the outskirts of the city of Pereira which belongs to the coffee growing region. This settlement was formed 20 years ago by internal displaced people of all ethnicities from all over the country. According to the last census, there are 150 homes and around 800 people with afro Colombian, indigenous and mestizo ethnic groups.
Las Colonias is close to many charming towns and beautiful natural parks. There is lots of opportunities to enjoy weekends away exploring all the region has to offer.
A basic level of Spanish would be helpful, however, a home stay with a host family is a fantastic spring board from which to improve Spanish language skills at any level.
The work of the NGO is focused on WASH (Water, sanitation and hygiene) but also in women empowerment. We need support with a range of different projects and are always open to new ideas, however, we are currently looking for:
1) Website design and training on how to handle sites.
2) Social networks management and contents production.
4) Communication strategies.
5) Writing, translation and editing.
6) Graphic design.
7) Management and better processes.
Specific on gender, community and WASH:
1) Someone with knowledge on gardening, landscaping, green retaining walls, horticulture and small scale permaculture, such as the planting and maintaining of basic vegetable/flower gardens.
2) Social workers or related professions able to work in projects of gender equity, leadership, entrepreneurship, self esteem/development, conflicts resolution, community empowerment, teamwork, etc.
3) Support on cleaning and conditioning of river banks.
4) Someone willing to support the environmental awareness campaigns, gender justice, ecology, natural resources management, etc.
5) Support formulating proposals for socioecological projects.
Specific on bioengineering, smart and resilient communities:
1) Notions on architecture, drawing, engineering (civil, sanitary, environmental and related).
3) Sanitation, water reuse, drainages for storm water.
4) Biology, soil conservation, reforestation.
Anyone with a desire to learn and get involved in this community product of global inequality can leave their footprint in their own way. If you are creative, autonomous and have self-initiative skills, that's a plus.
Minimum stay: 2 weeks
Este anfitrión ofrece intercambio de idiomas
We can do language exchange but if you want to learn Spanish, there is someone (a teacher) in the community that can teach you for a fair fee
Volunteers will be hosted in various homes within the community. Expect basic accomodation with Las Colonias families. breakfast and lunch will be provided from Monday to Friday. For weekends and evening meals you will be able to use the kitchens in your host family's home. You will have access to internet connection. Laundry services will be at an extra charge.
We invite you to save water with short showers!
In their free time, volunteers can visit the city of Pereira, the capital of the Colombian coffee region, in addition to visiting all the natural charms that are in the surrounding areas or relatively close. You can make multiple excursions by bike and walking.
Nearby natural attractions:
The coffee town and natural reserve of La Florida. (The unic "Model Forest" of Colombia)
La Suiza Waterfalls
La Pastora Waterfalls
Quebrada de la Cristalina
The small coffee town, Marsella (1 hr. away)
The small coffee town, Santa Rosa de Cabal y its geotermal springs (1 hr. away)
The small coffee town, Salento y the Valle del Cocora National Park (1.5 hrs. away)
The small coffee town, Santuario (2 hrs. away)
Laguna del Otún (A two day hiking trip with a night of camping)
The community of Las Colonias is on the outskirts of the city, about 30 minutes from downtown Pereira. From the city, you can take public transport (Route 37 price: 2200 COP) which will leave you 500 meters from the entrance to Las Colonias. Pereira is a fairly compact city so it is difficult to get lost!
Acceso a Internet
Acceso a Internet limitado
Puede alojar familias
There is connection in some houses of the community. Since this a rural area, connection can fail sometimes
Más de dos
4 hours a day, 5 days a week
En los países en vías de desarrollo (donde la mayoría de los anfitriones que están involucrados trabajan en obras de caridad, programas de desarrollo, educación entre otros), Workaway permite que algunos de nuestros anfitriones bajo este perfil, pidan a los voluntarios una pequeña donación para ayudar a la familia con las que se quedarán, a menudo menos de 5 dólares por día. Workaway permite el cargo solo cuando la donación está dirigida directamente a la familia o programas de caridad y es sólo para cubrir el costo de la estancia los voluntarios. (Todo anfitriones que haya declarado algún cargo estará claramente marcado en su listado).
Workaway NO permite listados de agencias e intermediarios o proyectos que consideramos están buscando sacar provecho de una los voluntarios.
Son opciones de calificación adicionales para cuando los miembros dejan sus comentarios. Se muestra la calificación media dejada en cada opción.
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