IVHQ offers a range of highly affordable volunteer programs in Bogota, Colombia. Participants have the opportunity to join a variety of projects, including construction projects, working with disadvantaged children, volunteering to teach, working with the elderly, and much more. While Spanish is not required in order to participate in the program, some conversational skills are recommended. IVHQ can provide discounted lessons to interested volunteers.
Current IVHQ Volunteer Programs in Colombia:
- Caring for the Elderly
- Feeding the Homeless
- Construction and Renovation
- Volunteers either stay in a volunteer house or with a host-family
- Volunteer programs are available anywhere from 1 to 24 weeks
- Programs in Colombia start on the 1st and 3rd Monday of each month
- At any given time there are about 5-20 IVHQ volunteers in Colombia
- Spanish lessons can be provided for interested volunteers
- All volunteers receive a culture and language orientation upon arrival
Questions & Answers
JacobAge: 18 or youngerMaleNorfolk, EnglandUniversity of ExeterTeaching English in Colombia04/14/2016How could this program be improved?
The programmes were very enjoyable and it was really good to be able to choose and experience all, however at times there were quite a lot of volunteers on one programme and other programmes had few volunteers on that day, so maybe slightly more organised choices.
Tae'shaonaAge: 19-24FemaleBoston, MABoston University
NehaAge: 19-24FemaleSydneyUniversity of New South WalesResponse from IVHQ
Hi Neha, Thanks for sharing your feedback. It's great to hear that you felt at home in the volunteer accommodation in Colombia and that your volunteer experience was such positive one. Thanks for being an IVHQer!
EliseAge: 25-30FemaleGallatin Gateway, MTThings I Learned In Colombia12/16/2015How could this program be improved?
Honestly, I really can't think of anything. It was great from beginning to end.Response from IVHQ
Hi Elise, It's nice to hear from you. Thanks for sharing a little from your experience in Colombia and we are glad that it was such a great learning experience for you. Great to have you as an IVHQer!
EmelieAge: 19-24FemaleSt. Louis, MissouriPrincipia CollegeGreat Volunteer Experience in Bogota Colombia through IVHQ08/13/2015How could this program be improved?
The food was delicious but sometimes ran out quickly. However, the house leaders are very good about accommodating peoples' needs.Response from IVHQ
Hi Emelie, Thanks for the recommendation. Thanks for being an IVHQer and we look forward to having you on another IVHQ program again in the future.
ZijieAge: 19-24MaleShanghai, ChinaUniversity of BristolIVHQ- Bogota, Colombia Program Experience05/17/2015How could this program be improved?
Generally speaking the program is excellent, if I have a chance to change one thing that is English teaching program. In one school we teach kids aged between 2-3 English, stay with kids has a lot of fun however I think teach them Egnlish is not a good idea. First, many of them are still learning how to speak spanish, secondly, little kids are really hard to concentrate for long time (maybe even 10 minutes). ALternatively, design some games will be a better idea rather than have a lesson.Response from IVHQ
Hi Zijie, Thanks for sharing your thoughts about your volunteer experience in Colombia. It's fantastic to hear that your expectations were met and exceeded. We hope to see you on another IVHQ program soon.
HomelessinBogotaAge: 25-30FemaleStockholm, Sweden
MmmmHmmmAge: 19-24FemaleQueensland, AustraliaQueensland University of TechnologyI did not enjoy my experience in with Emerging Voices05/08/2012Response from IVHQ
We are sorry to hear you did not enjoy your experience in Colombia. The safety and comfort of all our volunteers is of utmost importance to our local staff, which is why curfews are implemented. We have passed your feedback on to our local staff and we hope you were still able to enjoy your volunteering project and your time spent with the other volunteers.
About the provider
IVHQ (International Volunteer HQ) provides safe, unique, meaningful and extremely affordable volunteer programs in 32 countries around the world, with a constantly expanding base. Programs are available in Asia, Africa, Europe, Latin America and the Pacific, where IVHQ works alongside local NGOs to provide meaningful volunteer opportunities. Currently, IVHQ has programs in Mexico, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Colombia, Argentina, Ecuador, Peru, Brazil, Ghana, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Zambia, South Africa, Morocco, Victoria Falls, Madagascar, Bali, China, Nepal, India, Cambodia, Vietnam, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Laos, the Philippines, Fiji, Romania, Italy, Spain and Portugal!
Whether you're taking a volunteer vacation, a gap year, or on a career break, IVHQ has a wide variety of programs ranging from 1 week to 24 weeks to fit anyone's schedule. Browse through the programs below and visit the IVHQ website for more information.