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The best decision ever!
Submitted by Kasia Zdrojewska - Ustka Poland | January 21, 2017
I took part in „More than English” project one year ago. Before that I was only dreaming about living and working in Colombia. It let me teach English in lovely school in Cogua. I shared my time with very smart and cute kids. The school is very active and organizes many events. Everybody takes part without borders and shame. I felt like being a part of one big family. Besides school I had a chance to discover the country, which is simply amazing! It has everything to offer: Caribbean Sea, Pacific Ocean, mountains, valleys, jungles and deserts. People living in Colombia are the warmest people I met so far. Caring, helpful and always there for you. If you have a chance to do a gap year and discover Colombia do not think any longer : ) Just do it!
First Experience of Colombia
Submitted by Adilah Nasir - Kuala Lumpur | January 18, 2017
I worked with More than English project during its initial phases in 2014. The instructions and expectations were very clear and so I flew into Colombia straight into this welcoming project. The living arrangement were really nice and it's one of my favorite small towns of Colombia. There is a lot of teaching English but the project really takes the education of the students seriously. From knowing zero Spanish, I ended up now speaking and writing Spanish fluently, and even have jobs working around Colombia after this experience. They also pay their volunteers the fair wages (per Colombia). i completely recommend this project.
A life changing experience
Submitted by Mariia Avvakumova - St.Petersburg Russia | January 18, 2017
After my graduation I wanted to change my location for some period of time and I was looking for some volunteer - semi volunteer projects in different countries preferably warm ones and Latin. In fact that was the one which provided salary and good conditions. I packed my suitcase and left everything behind going for the adventures. Latin America and especially Colombia is an amazing place where you want to be if you are surrounded by locals. This project will provide this opportunity too! Social and school life. I had been working with little children and teenagers during 1,5 years in this project. It wasn't easy as any teaching job. However you can imagine how this year could enrich your future laboral experience. And you always can ask for a help in any case and situation. These people are just simply amazing and warm-hearted. After one year I can tell you how I miss my students and my Colombian family. Planning to come back and visit them as soon as possible.
A year in Colombia
Submitted by Aneta Toborikova - Villavicencio Colombia | January 02, 2017
I arrived to Colombia last year in January. I didn't really have much idea of what my life might turn out to be here and all nervous I set on a journey that turned out to be the most important in my life.
When I arrived here, I was welcome by the project creator and coordinator who picked me up at the airport and took me to his family where I was very cordially accepted by some super amazing people. I spent the year living with them and they turned into my second family.
The school where the project started is small and lovely. It wasn't always easy but it was the most meaningful thing I have ever done. Some of the children don't believe that they have any real chance outside their village and they expect to hold a low-qualification jobs. Some of the children are determined to learn and to overcome the problems that are posed by their background. All of these children equally are just amazing. The environment and the teachers' determination to beat the fate is admirable and gives you lots of hope. I couldn't imagine anything more life-changing than my experience here.
And the result? Even though I thought that I'd be back home by this time, I am still staying in Colombia and probably extending my stay until forever :-)