Dream Center bogotaColombia
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.
MINIMUM 2 WEEKS
basic SPANISH NEEDED
+18 YEARS OLD
In Bogota, Colombia
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
• 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
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.
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
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.
Other services included at the hostel are:
• Bunk bed and individual storage
• Bed linen and towels
• Equipped kitchen to cook your own meals
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.