Colombia is the only South American Republic with coast lines on both the Atlantic and the Pacific, and it is home to the Andes Mountains, tropical rainforests, and even volcanoes. After a good day’s work, volunteers in Colombia can spend time with their local friends and family, dance merengue, play fútbol (soccer), dodge a few bulls, hike in the mountains or practice their Spanish. Most Colombians live in the mountainous regions of the country, with only 2% residing in lowland rainforests and savannas. Colombia is considered a “mega-diverse” country, with descendants from native peoples, Africans, colonists, and immigrants from Europe and the Middle East all at home in this gorgeous land.
United Planet is the US and Canadian member of the International Cultural Youth Exchange, or ICYE. As a volunteer in Colombia, you will be hosted by ICYE Colombia, ICYE’s Colombian partner organization. Based in the capital city of Bogotá, their team of 18 local community members work to create lifelong meaning through volunteer projects here.
Volunteers work with organizations that help children and teenagers stay in school. Tasks may include creating or running workshops for language, computer, sports or music instruction.
Volunteers work with children from a variety of disadvantaged backgrounds, including street children, the disabled, children from troubled families, and orphans. Possible volunteer tasks include assisting with fundraising, supervising children’s play time, developing activities and workshops, or supporting families from some of the poorest areas through counseling.
Visit the capital city of Bogotá, where you can go to the top of the tallest building in Colombia. While in Bogotá, you can also see a bullfight at the Plaza de Toros Santamaría, or attend a soccer game at Nemesio Camacho Stadium.
Visit one of the oldest buildings in Colombia, the San Felipe de Barajas Castle. Take time to sit and relax at the Plaza Bolívar, where you can see the Palace of the Inquisition and the statue of Simón Bolívar.
In addition to the zoo, you can also see how Colombian coffee beans are grown, harvested, and produced at the Café Especial Don Manolo.
Take a mountain bike ride through the beautiful scenery of San Gil, visit Chicamocha National Park, or go see the Rio Suárez.
United Planet Quests are designed to be immersive, authentic, comprehensive and provide you everything you’ll need to succeed. The program elements allow you to engage fully with a new culture, forge strong relationships, and challenge yourself. Most importantly, we partner with the community to ensure your experience will be important, relevant and helpful to the community you serve.
|Start Date||6 month fee||1 year fee||Early Bird Deposit Deadline||Regular Deposit Deadline|
|August 2016||$8,995||$12,295||Monday, March 21, 2016||Monday, May 23, 2016|
|January 2017||$8,995||$12,295||Friday, August 12, 2016||Friday, September 16, 2016|
We want you to succeed. That means having in place the support our volunteers need. We don’t just drop you in country and hope for the best. We provide training before you leave … language exposure … 24/7 in-country support … support for your host family … accommodations, meals and airport transportation … activities and excursions. The whole idea is to make the experience successful and productive for you and the host community, and we have found that these things are crucial. Remember that we are a non-profit, mission-driven organization – we wouldn’t spend money on something that wasn’t important.