Trip Details

Volunteers will have an opportunity to fully immerse themselves in the community, as they work with local children in some of the areas of Cartagena City that would benefit most from your assistance. This program is focused on government run Kindergartens that provide services targeted for low-income families who cannot afford childcare.

Community needs may determine where you will be assigned, but you can expect your school to have around 10-15 children. Your role will involve looking after the children, managing classes, assisting local staff with caretaking, playing games, and guiding learning activities whilst teaching them basic English along the way.

Aims & Objectives

  • Engage with the local children and teach them basic English
  • Provide practical experience in teaching young children
  • Assist and support the local kindergarten staff with daily operations

All participants must have a sense of initiative and understand that teachers at the project might not speak the same language

Trip Itinerary

Get to know and work with Cartagena city pre-schoolers in some of the poorest areas, as you help out with daily kindergarten activities!

Assist with day-to-day Kindergarten operations and teach English to children of age 2-5 who are eager to meet and interact with you.

Monday

  • Breakfast
  • Volunteer on the project  2-3 hours
  • Lunch
  • Volunteer on the project 2-3 hours
  • Dinner
  • Free Time

Tuesday

  • Breakfast
  • Volunteer on the project  2-3 hours
  • Lunch
  • Volunteer on the project 2-3 hours
  • Dinner
  • Free Time

Wednesday 

  • Breakfast
  • Volunteer on the project  2-3 hours
  • Lunch
  • Volunteer on the project 2-3 hours
  • Dinner
  • Free Time

Thursday

  • Breakfast
  • Volunteer on the project  2-3 hours
  • Lunch
  • Volunteer on the project 2-3 hours
  • Dinner
  • Free Time

Friday 

  • Breakfast
  • Volunteer on the project  2-3 hours
  • Lunch
  • Volunteer on the project 2-3 hours
  • Dinner
  • Free Time

Saturday & Sunday 

Free time to explore Colombia 🙂

Trip Accommodation

Welcome to Cartagena City, once known as Cartagena de Indias, it continues to be a majestic shining gem among the other jewels of the Caribbean coast. As the town grew in importance because of the trade riches passing through its’ port, the town erected a barricade of stone walls. Originally used for protection, the walls engulfing the old city add to its distinctive character and old-world charm.

Known for its striking architecture, Cartagena is a city full of life and vibrancy. When you stroll through its streets you feel as though you are moving through a painting, where the sights and sounds of the city have come to life.

Being able to speak some Spanish is definitely a plus, but even if you are a novice to the language, a few gestures and a sense of adventure with attempting what you have learned, will be helpful as you communicate with locals. Don’t forget that smiles are universal and they will likely help get you whatever you need.

Accommodation & Food

You will be enjoying your stay in one of the vibrant neighbourhoods around Cartagena Colombia, from where you can access numerous sites and attractions, as well as your program very easily via public transport or local taxi.

All participants are expected to be environmentally aware and to use all resources with restraint, especially water, paper and electricity. You will be expected to clean up after yourself, and to play your part to keep the accommodation neat and organised. Room are standard with 1-4 people per room. We also offer private rooms which can also fit 1-4 people.

Food Arrangements
The food will be typically Colombian meaning lots of corn, beans, rice, chilli peppers, potatoes and other grain, all very vegetarian friendly. Keep in mind that some local dishes may be spicy!

Facilities
Shops
There are many local coffee shops and restaurants in the main township within walking distance of our centre. Restaurants & Cafes, the beach, mini-marts, fitness gyms, the supermarket, and shopping mall are all close by.

Internet use
There is Wi-Fi in common areas at your accommodation, but there are also many internet cafes in the main township where you can access online information.

Money
There are numerous shops and ATMs throughout the town.

Activities & Events
Cooking Lessons
One to two evenings per week
Join your cooks as they prepare meals for you and other participants. Take notes, learn new recipes, traditional food preservation techniques and more! Try not to spoil your dinner as you learn!

Trip Country Info

Colombia

Capital: Bogota
Language: Spanish, 68 Regional/Ethnic Languages, English (San Andres, Providencia)
Currency: Colombian Pesos (COP)
Time zone: COT (UTC -5)

Country Information
Colombia has coasts on both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans and covers about 440,000 square miles (1.14 million square kilometres). It is home to the Amazon rainforest, Andes mountains, and the Llanos ( grassland plains).

Colombia is the fourth largest country in South America and it has several islands in the Atlantic and Pacific (San Andres and Providencia, and in the Pacific, the Malpelo and Gorgona, respectively). It shares borders with Brazil, Ecuador, Panama, Peru and Venezuela. Some of the major cities include Medellin, Cali, Barranquilla.

Climate
Weather in Colombia can range from desert to tropical to freezing because it contains a variety of climate zones. To experience the most pleasant weather and the most local activity, you might want to visit during the months of December to March or July to August.

Culture
Culture in Colombia has been greatly influenced by its diversity. It is easy to recognise African, Caribbean, European, Middle Eastern and Native American impacts on the area as well as that of the Indigenous people of the region. Unfortunately during the colonial era many European settlers decimated the Indigenous population which left the Spanish influence as the most pronounced. What has evolved over time is now a melange of distinctive layers which make up Colombia today.

Early in the 19th century the country gained independence and in 1886 the Republic of Colombia was formed.

Transportation
For the most part, public transportation costs in Colombia are minimal and fairly easy to access. Most of the larger urban centres and even some of the smaller towns have a bus system. Taxis are very common and offer even greater convenience to the traveller. Some of the main tourist areas have moto-taxis and a bustling city like Medellin even has a Metro commuter rail.

Participant Criteria & Requirements

Standard Requirements

No requirements have been provided.

Additional Requirements

No requirements have been provided.

What's included

  • 24/7 support in case of emergencies
  • Accommodation
  • Airport Pick up
  • English speaking coordinator
  • Meals
  • Orientation

What's not included

  • Airport drop off
  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Vaccination
  • Visa