Welcome to Colombia - Bucaramanga School

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Introduction

Welcome to Santander Colombia! A landscape full of adventures, adrenlin and strong emotions were you will be mesmerized by its plains, mountains, rivers, one of the biggest canyons and many caves to explore. You will be surrounded by Colombian culture, music, dance and happines. You will also open a door to a better future for the kids in the region by sharing your culture and teach them english.

Volunteer work with kids and youth at Colegio Integrado San Jose in Colombia!

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Project fee from EUR 950

Your roll as a volunteer

In Bucaramanga, Santander you will teach kids and youth between 6 and 16 years in english and if you can and will, you  have the oppertunity to teach in french to. The teaching would in that case be at the Colegio Integrado San Jose, an non-profit school with over 25 years of experience. The school have grades 1-5 in low-intermediate level and grades 6-11 in High School.

By traveling here the kids will get access to a different culture and language that will open up to more oppertunities in their future. Plus you as a volunteer will get an experience from the warm colombian culture. You will be living in a safe and peaceful city located in the northern parts of Colombia,l a region situated among mountains and valleys.

Tasks

Your tasks as a teacher

  • Assisting the schools teachers in educateing in english
  • Help out with homework assignments and preparations for tests.
  • Oppertunities to own initiatives such as gymnastics or aesthetic subjects (football, music etc).

The projects mission

Improve the students knowledge in english that contributes so these kids can get a bigger oppertunity to future studies/jobs. Despite the countries ekonomic success, is the colombian society still all other then equal. In the current situation only the kids to wealthy families gets solid lessons in english on extremely expensive private schools. In some of these, all lessons are held in english since the kids first day in school. Families that don´t belong to the colombian upper class gets to put the kids in public schools where lessons in english is generic.

The government transmits also to little resources to state schools and it is often to many kids per class, which makes it even harder for these kids to get an education they deserve.

Our partner want to be a alternativ just between, when english is extremly inportant for the kids future, Whether they want to continue their educations or success in workplace, your input will be invaluable.

Samarbetspartner

The colombian project is run in cooperation with a non-governmental organization. We have a contact in Sweden named Fernando whose family runs this project. Thanks to this cooperation, Volunteer Travels can offer you a well organised and meaningful experience. 

How do I book a trip?

You can book your trip with Volunteer Travels by calling us on (+46) 08-23 93 00 or by booking through our website www.volunteertravels.com by clicking on “Book a trip”. You can also email us on info@volunteertravels.com. When you have registered yourself we will send you an invoice with a registration fee of £200.00. The registration fee is later incorporated into the trip price and the amount is then deducted from your final invoice. When you have paid the registration fee you are formally registered. You will then receive preparatory information from us in good time to plan your trip.

Your everyday life

Introduction

When you arrives to Bucaramangas airport (Aereopuerto Palonegro) you are picked up by a staff member of our local partner. The airport is about 30 minutes from your accommodation. The program starts with an introduction about general tips to prepare you for your time on the project. When the volunteer time is over, the transfer back to the airport is included.

Because the food, accommodation and local transport is included in your stay, you just need extra money to trips before and after the time of the project.

Working hours

You work Monday-Friday. School starts at 6am and closes at 4pm. But we have arranged that volunteers starts yearliest between 7 and 7:30am. It can also be that you will start at 9am some days.  You will work at least 25 hours per week or more, depending on if volunteers enjoy the kids, teachers and want to be with them. Estimate, you will work between 5 to 7 hours per day. They will take into account if you plan to travel friday afternoon, and then you can agree to start at 7am so you can go earlier, where ever you are going.

Accommodation and food

You will be well taken care of with accommodation close to the school as a guest of a local family and have a contact person you can turn to when you need to.

You will get 3 meals/day. The Colombian cuisine has much in common with other countries in Latin America and the Caribbean food. It has inspired much of the Brazilian and Peruvian cuisines. Colombians eat a lot of chicken, pork, potatoes, rice, beans and soup.

Leisure time

At your leisure, you can explore the local environment and discover San Gils several waterfalls and rafting with kayak. There are numerous national parks such as Parque Nacional del Chicamocha with its fascinating mountains or the Parque Natural electricity Gallineral where one can take a dip in the famous long rivers. You can also try paragliding at La Mesa de los Santos, or swim in the water park.

If you are interested in history you can visit the Simon Bolivar's old home in Bucaramanga. Bolivar fought for Latin America and liberated his people from the Spanish colonial power. A large number of cathedrals, museums of indigenous peoples and colonial villages with ancient exciting history is also to discover.

Explore more!

If you prefer the coast, you can instead take a flight of about 2 hours, for example: Santa Marta, Cartagena and Barranquilla. Santa Marta is a famous national park in the name of the Tayrona. Since it is a national park means that you can try to live in the more exotic relationship where you can enjoy tropical beaches and abundant wildlife. Cartagena is more for those who like nightlife, with rich cultural selection and very beautiful architecture. While for those who prefer the party and carnival so Barranquilla is the obvious choice! The patience to add that all regions of Colombia have carnivals at various times over the years, but Barranquilla is the largest.

About the country

Colombia has a rich cultural heritage, particularly from indigenous communities Conquistadores (Europeans) and Africans. Like its culture, the country has diversity of habitats and biodiversity-rich with beautiful beaches on the Atlantic and Pacific. They also have amounts of rain forests, rivers and exotic animals including the Amazon region shared by Brazil, Venezuela, Peru, Ecuador and Bolivia. Colombians are characterized for being open, happy and warm people which has contributed to the country attracted more tourists than ever before. The British magazine The Economist awarded Colombia a price as the "land of the Year 2016" after the country finally made peace with the gerrilla group FARC. That the rebells and state ran out of the conflict has led to the country becoming more tourist friendly and economically attractive while Colombians hope for a prosperous future have become larger.

Weather

Colombia is a tropical country on the equator. This means that the country don´t have any seasons. The country, however, has different climatic zones depending on where you are. The country is a mountainous country so it can for example be chilly in Bogota and Manizales, located in the mountains, but warm and comfortable year round in Cali, Bucaramanga, Medellin, and the coast of course.

Practical

Insurance

It is your responsibility to make sure that your insurance covers illness, injury and theft whilst you are volunteering. Most travel agencies offer a travel insurance which will cover you for all kinds of emergencies. You can purchase this insurance as a complement to your home insurance or just for the period that you are volunteering. When enquiring about flight tickets, be sure to also enquire about insurance options as well. Liability insurance is however, included in the tour price. Liability insurance applies to instances when compensation for damages is demanded of you as a private person for unintentionally hurting someone or for unintentionally damaging someone else’s property.

Visas

If you intend to stay in South Africa for more than 90 days, you will need a visa. It is important that volunteer’s application for visas occurs in a sufficient amount of time as it normally takes about two months to apply and obtain the visa.

Flight

Flight tickets are not included in the tour price. You can book flights through a travel agency of your choice, please just be sure to arrive in Aeropuerto Palonegro in Bucaramanga, Santander on sunday before the project start date. When you finish the project your flight home should be booked on saturday or sunday after the projects end.

Vaccinations

Remember to get vaccinated before this project. Check with a vaccination centre for which vaccinations you need. We recommend that you have a full protection against Hepatitis A and B, cholera, and polio. There is no malaria in the area but if you are planning to travel to Kruger National Park, you should also take malaria prophylaxis. Your duties will mainly be dealing with wild animals so it is important that your tetanus shot is still up to date, as well as rabies. Please note that if you are traveling to a yellow fever area before you travel to South Africa, make sure you have a yellow fever injection and keep your vaccination record card on you when entering South Africa.

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