I decided to volunteer abroad with Let's Go Volunteer in Colombia as I specifically wanted to work with women in need in that country. And I was encouraged to see that this was a program Let's Go Volunteer offered.
When I made contact with the organisation to obtain more information, I found the staff to be extremely friendly and welcoming. This really helped me to make the decision to sign up!
I also liked the fact that the organisation offers other volunteer programs with children and seemed to really understand what sort of support a volunteer would want in their country.
Colombia was a very attractive country for me to visit. I was also pleased to see that the Let's Go Volunteer program was based in Ibague, so I could explore the real Colombia away from any touristy destinations!
When I volunteered in the program, I spent most afternoons visiting the Women's Center. There I met with the inspirational women that were trying to turn their lives around by learning various activities and skills. I tried to undertake motivation work and listen to the women's stories and offer support and advice where appropriate.
I had the opportunity to undertake a home visit whilst on the project to see what one of the women's home life was like away from the project. This was a very humbling experience. In the mornings I took the opportunity to prepare for the afternoon sessions and assist with the preparation and serving of the children's lunches. I also visited a school in San Jose and helped with the children's learning.