Based in Medellin, our partner AMICHOCO is devoted to the sustainable use of natural resources and the life quality enhancement of the people of the Bio-geographic Choco region. The Choco Bioregion is a world reservoir of biodiversity which runs from Panama to Ecuador, and from the Pacific Ocean to the Andean mountain range. Our partner, AMICHOCO, has a two-fold mission which is: to communicate the natural wealth of this bio-diverse hotspot, and to create awareness about increased poverty levels and marginalization of its inhabitants. For over ten years, our partner has been working in 3 main areas which include:
* Fair and Green markets
* Communication and environmental education
* Capacity Building
You can compliment your volunteer experience with Spanish classes. On days when you have class, you will spend half the day volunteering and the other half learning Spanish.
Class setting: You will learn Spanish in a small group setting (1-6 students). All teachers are university-trained Spanish teachers. You will learn through reading & writing, the use of media, and field trips where you are guided in actively practicing your Spanish
Option to Learn Spanish Virtually
From the comfort of your own home, you can learn Spanish before you depart. For this option you will need a webcam and Skype (free download from the internet).
Standard Spanish: Two Hours, Three times per Week
Intensive Spanish: Two Hours, Five times per Week
You can add as many weeks of language learning as you like to your placement. View costs to determine how much your program will cost depending on how much Spanish you would like to learn.
Throughout the year
Language Requirement: Intermediate Spanish (Note: if you do not have the required level of Spanish, contact us to learn about options for language learning before your placement or other opportunities which may be suited to your goals and skills).
Cost in US$:
Starts at USD850 for one week
- In-country staff support
- Registration fees
- Written materials abroad
- Written materials pre-departure
Program Fees Include:
* Pre-departure support: You will have a staff member available to support you throughout your time preparing to go abroad. In addition, you will be provided with all the resources you need including your Pre-Departure Manual & Culture Matters Workbook. The pre-departure manual includes all information you need regarding your destination, as well as advice on blogging and fundraising. The Culture Matters Workbook is a self-study course focused on:
- Culture shock
- Issues power and race
- Managing politics, religion, and gender
- Working effectively in a cross-cultural setting
- Preparing to reintegrate as you return home
- Transportation to and from the airport
- Food (at least two meals per weekday)
- Accommodation (single or double occupancy in shared apartment)
- Organization placement
- Reference letter and/or compliance with your college or university for course credit (Upon request; 90USD fee applies for students obtaining course credit)
What's not Included
* Local transportation
* Pocket money
Program Fee in CAD
Two Weeks 950
Each Additional Week 100
Position at Colombia Reports Add 100 per month
To have breakfast and dinner Add 50 per week
- Excellent command of English and Spanish. Previous experience in translation is considered an asset.
Typical Volunteer: College & university students and early career professionals with a background in linguistics and translation. Typically you will work 9am-5pm in this position. You can take mornings or afternoons off if you will be learning Spanish while volunteering. You can take long weekends to travel and explore Colombia, just let your supervisor know in advance. While generally volunteers are involved in a typical workday alongside local staff and volunteers, we know that you are volunteering your valuable time. Therefore, if you would like to volunteer for less hours, this is ok. You can arrange this with your supervisor once in Medellin.
This Program is open to
Typical Living Arrangements
- Guest House
Typically Participants Work
Application Process Involves
- In-Person Interview Required
- Online Application
Typically The Application Process Time is