Volunteer Programs Colombia
Colombia is a richly diverse country at the northern tip of South America. Its geography is stunningly varied, categorised by the Andes mountain range, Amazon Rainforest and Los Llanos plains in the south and Pacific and Caribbean coastlines in the north. Lying on the equator and with incredible variance in altitude the climate in Colombia is tropical along the coast, eastern plains and Amazon and cold in the highlands with periodic droughts. Lacking the usual seasons, Colombians normally refer to rainy seasons as winter—but the differences in terrain and altitude mean the rainy seasons are different in every corner of the country!
Colombia strongly reflects its history as a colony of Spain. It is often referred to as the most Roman Catholic of the South American countries and most of its people are proud of the relative purity of their Spanish language. Its population is heavily mestizo (of mixed European and Indian descent) with substantial minorities of European and African ancestry. Civilised since ancient times the country has a wealth of culture and history which is immediately evident in the charming city of Cartagena, where our volunteers are based.
Cartagena, known as the 'Jewel of the Caribbean', is a stunning home away from home for our volunteers in Colombia. The charm of this city lies in its Unesco World Heritage listed 'Old Town', framed by miles of impessive colonial stone walls. Soaking up the atmosphere walking the quaint cobbled streets or the beach scene on a promenade, relaxing with a drink at one of the many bars and restaurants or enjoying the myriad festivals and cultural events on offer; visitors to the city can't help but fall in love.
From the safe and comfortable base of host family, volunteers reach out into the poorer areas which comprise 95% of the city. What an incredible location in which to give your time as a volunteer!