Volunteer Programs Colombia
Colombia is a country at the northern tip of South America. Its landscape is marked by rainforests, Andes mountains and numerous coffee plantations. In the high-altitude capital, Bogotá, the Zona Rosa district is known for its restaurants and shops. Cartagena (where our volunteers are based), on the Caribbean coast, has an amazing walled colonial Old Town, a 16th-century castle and nearby coral reefs.
Being an equatorial country with amazing variance in altitude, the climate in Colombia is tropical along the coast, eastern plains, and Amazon, but 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.
Eco-tourism is very promising in Colombia. Colombia has vast coastlines (1,000 miles (1,600 km) of coast to the north are bathed by the waters of the Caribbean Sea, and 800 miles (1,300 km) of coast to the west are washed by the Pacific Ocean), mountainous areas, and tropical jungles. There are volcanoes and waterfalls as well. A very bio-diverse country, Colombia has many attractions for foreign visitors, making it a wonderful place to volunteer!