Dream Center bogota

Colombia

general overview

A project that gives a second chance to the local community of a marginal neighborhood…

This non-profit is an institution that works to improve the quality of life of the community of the Egypt neighborhood in Bogota; by fighting hunger, ending poverty, generating decent work and reducing inequalities.

Title Address Description
Colombia
Bogota Colombia

Bogota

MINIMUM 2 WEEKS

social project

1°TIME VOLUNTEER

basic SPANISH NEEDED

+18 YEARS OLD

Dream center
In Bogota, Colombia

The mission of the Dream center is to build a sustainable community; For this we focus on the care of children at risk, adolescents, vulnerable women and men and in conditions of social exclusion due to their past as ex-prisoners. Our focus is on the areas of nutrition, school reinforcement, sports, arts, entrepreneurship workshops, emotional and spiritual healing. As well as life skills training.

Today the foundation is a place where 70 at-risk children from the Egypt neighborhood, with ages between 5 and 15, arrive daily to receive breakfast, lunch, school reinforcement, advice on their homework, workshops on moral values, school football, arts and music.

Then our Weaving Hearts program supports 20 women, who learn here the trade of looms, weaving and sewing. So they have economic resources and can support their families.

At the same time, the workshop for ex-prisoners and gang members Carving Lives introduces young offenders and men to a process of reintegration into society. By learning the art of wood carving, cabinetmaking, and carpentry. In this way, generate a new life project for them and their families, eradicating recidivism in crime.

Finally, in our organic garden we involve the entire community to teach them about urban cultivation as a response to hunger and as a tool to achieve food autonomy.

What is included?

    • Project donation
    • Orientation meeting
    • Local support volunteer coordinator
    • Accommodation in dorms
    • Breakfast at the hostel and lunch at the proyect
    • Transfer from Bogota airport to the hostel
    • One surprise activity per week

 

What is NOT included?

  • Other Meals
  • Transport not mentioned
  • Medical insurance (mandatory to confirm the reservation)

 

What to consider…

  • Projects starts on Mondays.  
  • Located 15 minutes by car from Puyo. 
  • Available all year round, except during school holidays in June and December
  • Longer stays are possible
  • Poor WiFi
  • Work can be psychologically demanding
  • Basic Spanish is needed
  • Maximum of 5 volunteers

VOLUNTEER  ACTIVITIES

Some examples of the activities:
• Supporting the development of the organic garden and dream forest
• Construction projects to improve the infrastructure of the houses
• Translator / Assistant for tourists visiting the project
• Play games and / or practice sports with children
• Teach English, music, art, drama or others to children
• Help children with their homework
• Support to teachers in pedagogical methodologies applied in the volunteers’ countries of origin

A TYPICAL SCHEDULE
AS A VOLUNTEER

On the first day, early in the morning, the Project Coordinator will meet you at your accommodation to join you on the way to the project (walking distance: 15 minutes). Pay attention on the way as the idea is that you learn how to get to the project on your own. But don’t worry, if you need more help, you can chat with your coordinator who will gladly join you again on the way.

Once you arrive at the project, you will have an orientation meeting where general information about the culture, the community, the neighbourhoods, and the activities during the following days will be provided. It is also discussed what the expectations are and what talents and passions you want to use as a volunteer to contribute to the project with the aim that your time in the project makes an impact for the project and yourself.

Now is time to work… please take into consideration that not all the days will be the same, so your activities will be defined depending on the daily needs, we count on your flexibility to help at the project.

At midday, you will have a break for lunch, which is served at the project. This is a great opportunity for you to get to know the people of the community and their lives.

In the afternoon, you will continue with your duties until around 4pm. The rest of the day is free for you to enjoy the city. Once a week we will organize a local activity for you…

For the following days, the schedule is similar, working from 8am to 4pm from Monday to Friday. The coordinator will indicate you where you will be most needed, and of course if you have ideas, these are always welcome!!
Weekends and national holidays (in case there are during your stay) are also free, and if you need any further assistance to coordinate excursions or short escapes nearby, we are here to help.

WHAT TO DO IN
YOUR FREE TIME

Bogota offers a lot of things to do. For one Bogota is known because of its incredible food and restaurants. There are fun neighborhoods to explore, an endless list of museums and other cultural activities. Bogota has a really nice infrastructure set up for biking and Sundays many neighborhoods are car free.

Close to Bogota you will find a lot of nature; cascading waterfalls, emerald mines, lush tropical forests and Andean peaks to climb. There is a lot to do for the explorers.

The ACCOMMODATION

The accommodation is at dorms (mixed gender) in a hostel located in La Candelaria neighborhood. The hostel is located walking distance to the project (15 minutes). Wi-Fi is offered as well as breakfast.

Other services included at the hostel are:
• Bunk bed and individual storage
• Bed linen and towels
• Equipped kitchen to cook your own meals

about bogota

Bogota Colombia´s capital is surrounded by cool Andean peaks and, to give you an impression of its size, it consists of approximately 1,000 neighborhoods, each adding a different angle to this lively metropolis. The city is located in the center of the country at 8,660ft (2,640m) above sea level. With people coming from all corners of the country, this capital city is as diverse as the entire country.

Its climate is classified as warm and temperate. In winter (December to March, there is much more rainfall in Bogota than in summer (June to September). The average temperature in Bogota is 13°C.

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