• Colombia
    • 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:450 USD
Visa: 222 USD
First Month living expenses in Colombia: 500USD
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
- Overnight Training, with accommodation, meals, and transportation provided (2 to 5 days on the second week of the program).
- 1st stipend: Feb 20, 2022
What's Included
Some Activities Airport Transfers Some Meals
What's Not Included
Domestic Airfare SIM cards
Nov 17, 2021
Oct 21, 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.

By choosing to join the YMCA COLead3rs program you will have 3 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.

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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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  • Value 9.3
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Yes, I recommend this program

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.
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Yes, I recommend this program

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.
7 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.
8 people found this review helpful.

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