• Colombia
    • Bogota
    • Bogota
22 to 46 weeks

Program Details

Age Min.
Age Max
Year Round
Host Family
Medium Group (16-30)
Travel Type


Starting Price
Price Details
Program Fee:250 USD (4 months) and 450 (9 months)
Visa: 222 USD
First Month living expenses in Colombia: 450 USD (approx.)
Colombian ID: 62 USD

Additional costs: Air Tickets and Health Insurance.
The cost of international flights will vary depending on the country of origin/destination. See our Terms & Conditions to learn more about our bonus to support participants with the purchase of return flights. Depending on your destination, you might need to make use of savings to complete the amount needed to purchase the flight.

1st-month Benefits:
- Airport pick up
- Training
- 1st stipend: March 20, 2022 (1.800.000 COP)
What's Included
Some Activities Airport Transfers Some Meals
What's Not Included
Domestic Airfare SIM cards
Nov 09, 2022
Dec 12, 2021
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About Program

With the YMCA, the students of schools and universities of Colombia are given the opportunity to discover that English is a tool to gain knowledge, explore new places, meet new people, and learn about different cultures. The YMCA COLead3rs program brings activities based on experiential and integrated education inspired by the YMCA summer camps of Colombia and the world.

YMCA COLead3rs roles:

Cultural Agent: Placement at a school or university 30 hours/week, you will be the one in charge of planning an activity for each group that you will see weekly. The Colombian teachers will be your partners, you will learn from them and they will learn from you.
Camp Leader: Join the YMCA Camps, travel to new places, and receive a bonus for your travel expenses.
Volunteer:10 hours/week volunteering in other areas of the YMCA, community outreach, administrative, marketing, translations, education, and others.

Apply now! Start date: January 28th, 2023

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Program Highlights

  • Travel to the country of magic realism, amazing landscapes, delicious food, and the best part, Colombians!
  • Gain teaching experience and empower children and youth through exploring non-conventional teaching methods.
  • Improve your Spanish fluency by being immersed in the Colombian culture and connecting with YMCA Colombian leaders and staff.
  • Receive a montlhy stipend and cover your living expenses in Colombia.
  • Lead non-conventional activities in English in Colombian School 30 hours/week, and volunteer in other areas of the YMCA 10/hours week.

Program Impact

Empower Young People with the world’s oldest and largest youth-focused movements in the world. Founded in 1844, the YMCA operates in 120 countries around the world and has been in Colombia for 57 years.

The YMCA Colombia invites you to share your culture, volunteer and empower Colombian children and teens, express your creativity towards the development of new teaching methods, Gain TEFL Experience, and get involved with the Colombian culture!

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Program Reviews

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  • Impact 5
  • Support 5
  • Fun 4.85
  • Value 4.7
  • Safety 4.85
  • Benefits 5
  • Support 5
  • Fun 5
  • Facilities 5
  • Safety 5
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Yes, I recommend this program

AMAZING Experience!

I went with the COLead3rs program in 2015 after graduating college as a way to gain experience and travel. I was planning to stay 1 year, and I ended up staying 3 YEARS! Its that good! This is a program that allows you to develop your own skills, learn indefinitely, take responsibility and initiative, travel, and so much more. They cater to the participant's skills and always give support where needed. You have many opportunities to travel, both with work and independently. Colombia is an immensely beautiful country and the people are warm and welcoming.

I cannot explain how much I recommend this program. I made lifelong friends and Colombia is another home to me. If you have any doubts, just reach out. This is an experience you will never regret!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Take initiative and share your ideas. The YMCA staff is very open and is willing to work with you in many ways. This is a place where you can grow, try new things, and step out of your comfort zone.
67 people found this review helpful.
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COLead3rs experience

Nowadays most volunteers are afraid to go to Colombia and they are losing opportunities! You will be surprised how beautiful this country is. It is full of waterfalls, mountains, national parks, friendly people and dances. At first I was hesitating about traveling here, but after being here for 6 months, I decided to stay for one more year. And most of my friends did the same, no wonder why. I live near Bogota, so the temperature here is +20• C the whole year. No extra clothes is needed, just jeans, sneakers, a raincoat and a t-shirt are fine.

71 people found this review helpful.
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Wonderful life in Colombia

This is a great opportunity that can be as involved as you want it to be with opportunities to work on other YMCA projects across the country. You work m-f during school hours and lead English activities with kids. People from many walks of life participate in the program and can create lasting friendships and deep connections in Colombia. I met a Colombian roommate and we loved happily together in a beautiful apartment, went out to explore many cities near and far. There is SO much to get to know in Colombia, and Colombians are happy to tell you about it! Vibrant culture full of dancing, the culture is refreshingly not rat-racey. My job was light and fun, I could stay here much longer. My suggestion is to have a bit of money in a savings account, I spent around $800 over six months on top of my stipend to travel a lot. The truth is, however, the stipend is a normal Colombian monthly wage. The history, the nature, diversity, the friendly people, in general the lifestyle are just amazing. Many layers to get to understand such a complex and beautiful place!

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
I would invest in a Bicycle. After you get used to the roads, the freedom of a bike would have been huge since transport is often a bummer (traffic) in Bogota and would have allowed me to visit and explore more nearby places.
69 people found this review helpful.
Yes, I recommend this program

Loads of generosity at YMCA

Although my experience was rather brief, It was a pleasure working with YMCA, learning about the program and it's workers, and being able to meet all of those involved with the program. They made us feel like a part of a family even though our time in the program was short. Being a part of the schools in Colombia was also a beautiful experience, especially when it came to meeting all the teachers, staff, and students. It was first experience teaching, and I feel it will perhaps be my most memorable one.

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
The first moment when we taught with the Colombian children was nerve wrecking, but eventually I became accustomed to and enjoyed assisting with English and exchanging my culture.
69 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program


If you love traveling, working with kids, teenagers and youths then this one is for you. Oh! You'll learn spanish for free as well… The support from the YMCA team is 100%, they are there every step of the way.. you'll get a training for everything you'll need to do.

I loved it ! You will Love it.

I have visited a lot of places through this program, tried different things and activities.

Improved my skills in every aspect, challenged my abilities and a lot of other things

What are you waiting for now? Apply 🤩

What was your funniest moment?
Being out of my comfort zone and trying new things
72 people found this review helpful.
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Impactful and inspiring

It is very impressive that they always keep the values at the forefront. It's also a very reassuring feeling to know that they will always support you. They listen to you all the time and try to help. It is very impressive that they are guiding and instructive. The human centered programs are providing fun and giving you a unique experience. It is a very well-organized and well-planned organization in all its details. it won't be long before you'll feel like one of family members because they'll be doing their best to make you feel that way.

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
Everything was perfect just i would try to do everything same to get this precious experience again.
70 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

CoLeader GOAT experience

I spent a year in this program and it was the best experience of my life. I got to learn about culture, develop my Spanish skills, meet new people and build an everlasting relationship with them all. I definitely felt like I built a family with the YMCA and just Colombian people in general. This is a really immersive program and people should take an opportunity to explore yourself and enhance the ability to understand others. The YMCA of Colombia gave me so much opportunity to grow in myself and, most importantly, with others. Love you Colombia. Ósea una chimba. Ósea chevere.

What was your funniest moment?
Being with students from different schools and really learning about Spanish lingo and the Colombian culture. Students are hilarious. Despite a minor language boundary, we both understood each other and our jokes, etc.
79 people found this review helpful.

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