Volunteering in Colombia
Travel guide Lonely Planet ranked Colombia second in its list of best countries to visit in 2017.
According to the Lonely Planet website: " Fast forward to the present day, and the lost years seem but a dust speck in Colombia’s rear-view mirror. There are no world wonders, but the country’s mix of vibrant culture, nature and hospitality is a rich tapestry woven by welcoming arms. Over a decade into its dramatic about-face, this South American jewel is even expecting a visit from the world’s number-one".
Twice the size of France, and with a diversity of landscapes and cultures that would be hard to find even in countries five times its size, Colombia should by all rights be one of the world's top travel destinations: Andean summits, unspoiled Caribbean coast, enigmatic Amazon jungle, cryptic archaeological ruins and cobbled colonial communities. Colombia boasts all of South America's allure, and more.
You can help in the reconstruction of the comunities with a amazing socio-cultural project.
Proyecto Escuelas de Salsa-Cali-Valle
Volunteer in Colombia, dance in Cali is part of everyday life and deeply rooted in the local culture. Dance is used as a means to bring community together, also used for educative purposes at schools and youngs clubs. Volunteers with a background or passion in dance are welcome!
VOLUNTEERS WIHT DANCE EXPERIENCE
Volunteer have the opportunity to put their knowledge into practice by creating workshops with the colombians dancers. Local students are eager to learn from the volunteers, and also share their knowledge of local dances. Volunteers should bring their laptop, music and camera.
Please keep in mind that it is difficult for volunteers to work alone without having dance or choreography experience, so some background in these areas is preferred.
VOLUNTEERS WITHOUT DANCE EXPERIENCE
Salsa schools competing in the Feria de Cali have a full year of intense work to prepare the many floats, costumes, music and dances. The schools are born from local favelas (urban slums) and most of the schools take their names from the community they represent. Each school unifies and proudly represents people from that community, and all Caleños (Cali-born colombians) also have their favorite school.
Volunteers help some of the leading salsa schools in the preparation of costumes or decoration of the floats – you don't need any special skills, just a willingness to help.
While you are helping you can also engage in some Spanish and English language exchange with your fellows . Volunteers are also welcome to go to the rehearsals at the Salsa school to see the amazing salsa dancers, hear the campana (bell musical) and hopefully learn some new moves.
Due to the strong mix of african, european and indigenous culture, Cali is a gastronomic paradise: soft pandebonos and almojabanas for breakfast, a exotical banana and chicken soop at noon, to refresh the afternoon a delicious lulada or a champus together with snacks like chontaduro , marranitas or the rosquillas. Tamales wrapped in banana palm, fruit juices with exotic names: lulo, maracuya, guanabana, granadilla, curuba, etc. You will always find a surprise of flavor around the corner.
Cali is a vibrant city located in an interesting crossroads, which in your free time you can travel to the west to find the Pacific Ocean, if you travel south into the Andes you will find the colonial city of Popayan stopped in time. Towards the north of Cali you can travel to the Colombian coffee hub and get to know the beautiful coffee culture in its towns and cities
Volunteer Project in a Dance School
Pre-departure online training with our staff.
Airport pick-up and transportation.
Accommodation in a Volunteer House in a shared room.
3 Homemade meals in your host country (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
Walking tour in destination Guidance and Security Program in the country
Local dance classes
Letter of recommendation (upon request)
Official Cetificado of Voluntary ServiceEmergency Contact Number 24/7
24/7 support and supervision in the country.
A Solidasur Volunteer T-Shirt