Volunteering in Cartagena, Colombia for the childcare program was an experience I’ll carry for the rest of my life. I went in there with an open mind and heart and came out with an abundance of love and gratitude. The children showed me more about appreciating the simple things in life than I could’ve ever taught them. I’ve gained some lifelong friends and got to experience some of Colombia’s beautiful culture and scenery and amazing food!
Below are just some helpful tips I gathered on this trip that might help in deciding for Cartagena.
-Be open-minded and you will enjoy it more than you think.
-Cartagena is extremely warm and humid, be prepared with sunscreen and mosquito spray.
-This is a learning experience so don’t judge too harshly.
-Check with your bank about international withdrawals. Many volunteers were complaining about the fees, could have been avoided if better informed.
-Don’t overthink or over-prepare for your program (specifically childcare), go where help is needed and be an extra hand. It is very much appreciated.