dream center IN bogota
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.
|Bogotá, Bogota, Colombia|
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.
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
Arrival to Bogota airport where the transfer will be waiting you to take you to the hostel.
Day 2, Monday:
On Monday, the Project Coordinator will be at the hostel to show you the way towards the project (walking distance: 15 minutes) so you will learn how to get there on your own on the following days.
You will have an orientation meeting where general information about the city, the culture, the community, the neighbourhood, will be provided. It is also discussed what the expectations are and what talents and passion 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. Lunch is included.
Work can be assisting children as well as in the wood and/or weave workshop.
One surprise activity will be done per week. Lunch is included.
Weekends are free to enjoy the city or travel around.
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.