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Volunteer in Colombia - Underprivileged Children Program

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Volunteer Experience

    10

  • Program Administration

    8

  • Living Situation

    8

  • Community Impact

    10

  • Health and Safety

    8

  • Social Life

    10

A rewarding volunteering opportunity

Let's Go Volunteer/Manos Amigas comes from a place of love. Immediately you can see exactly where the money you pay goes: feeding children, buying them supplies and paying the local help. The foundation has a few core areas and also works with other charitable organizations in Ibague in order to provide volunteers with a variety of options to make a difference.
The Colombians associated with the foundation are hospitable, fun and love to plan trips around the area with volunteers. And as you probably know, Colombia has plenty of natural and historical beauty to see.
I know of three volunteers personally that have been back to volunteer multiple times.
Critical Feedback:
Common sense goes a long way in Colombia. There are dangerous areas and it is important to listen to the advice of the locals, especially the people who work for the foundation (Berenice, Yamile, etc) Basically if you go looking for trouble you can find it. If you keep your nose clean (no pun intended) you'll be fine.
Also, not a lot of English speakers in this city. The more Spanish you know, the richer the experience.