• Colombia
    • Bogota

Program Details

May 31, 2016
May 31, 2016
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About Program

Immerse yourself in Colombian culture as a volunteer with Emerging Voices! Volunteer with various projects to improve the communities of Bogota. Emerging Voices offers a wide range of activities for volunteers in Colombia - from elderly care to education to health to community development. Whatever your interest may be, volunteering with Emerging Voices will be a life changing experience

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  • Impact 4.7
  • Support 5
  • Fun 4.35
  • Value 4.7
  • Safety 5
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Yes, I recommend this program

My Life Changing Experience in Bogota, Colombia

I am from the United States of America. I have been blessed with a life that is abundant in opportunity and choices. I live in a culture that is more about satisfying wants than needs. I have more than I need and wanted to do something for someone other than self and family. I signed up to volunteer in Bogota to help feed the homeless for a week. I admit, I picked Bogota because it was relatively close and I went for only a week, in case I did not like it, I figured I could survive almost anywhere doing almost anything , if it is only for a week. From the moment I arrived, it turned out that getting out of my comfort zone, was the right decision for me. I do not speak a word of Spanish, but that did not prevent me from making the most of this adventure. From the staff to the programs themselves, were all well organized and exciting in a spiritual way. Even though I had signed up to feed the homeless for the entire week, I was encouraged to experience the other programs, so I did. I was able to work in a school built by the UN, where we taught English to 1st; 2nd and 3rd graders. The kids could not have been more excited and appreciative. They were adorable, and despite their surroundings they were eager to learn and they touched my heart. Everyone should have a chance to work with children, who come from difficult backgrounds and are filled with love and curiosity. I was also able to work in the orphanage where I had a similar experience. The children crave attention and physical contact. I thought it would be depressing, but instead it was uplifting. Putting a smile on an orphans face, if just for a day, was worth the trip to Bogota. Finally, I worked with the homeless in two different programs. I was amazed at how much they appreciated, what seemingly little we were providing them, until I realized, that a hot meal and something cold to drink was not a small measure for them. Volunteering is easier than I ever thought. I haven't shared a room with others in 30 years, but learned that isn't so bad either. The biggest sacrifice for me was losing sleep, with six of us sharing a room. This however was a small sacrifice for the gratitude of those we helped, both the staff and the benefactors of our efforts. I plan to do this work every year. I hope to get others to start losing sleep over the thought of others in the world whom we are not doing more to help out. Thank you IVHQ and Emerging Voices for making my experience possible and enjoyable. The personal rewards of volunteering cannot be quantified.

What would you improve about this program?
By more people volunteering. But then you might need a bigger house.
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Life Changing

I came to Emerging Voices wanting to help and make a difference and I feel like the program, the coordinators, children, community and adults you work with have impacted me so much more than I ever thought possible. The coordinator, Monica and her assistant Beto were knowledgeable, helpful, supporting and encouraging. I could not have imagined a better team to organize and assist with the volunteers. The various projects had variety and some had instant gratification of the work you accomplished and others were slower to show but still just as amazing to see. Working with the kids at the Nelson Mandela project was the one I dedicated the majority of my time volunteering with. A typical day at this project included childcare in the morning, we taught various skills or concepts such as telling time in english. Working with the local schools' gym class teaching, practicing and playing volleyball and teaching the advanced english class in the afternoon. One of my highlights from the trip was spending the hundreds of dollars my community back home in Canada donated to this program. The coordinators were more than helpful with this, helping me figure out the best uses for the money. It was one of the most amazing opportunities I've gotten to do- for the soccer team at Nelson Mandela we purchased new soccer uniforms, balls, and other equipment to allow the kids to play in tournaments against local teams. We bought the girls volleyball team a new volleyball to practice with. At the project Marea, an alcohol and drug rehabilitation centre for youth, the money went towards fixing their old basketball court so it was useable and gave them two new basketballs, and a soccer ball. Seeing the kids, from each of the projects playing with the new sporting equipment was indescribable, I was without words and my heart felt full. The only difficulty I encountered was leaving; I wish I would have signed up for a longer period of time to stay in Cartagena and volunteer with Emerging Voices. I am so grateful for the opportunity I was given.

What would you improve about this program?
Some of the projects are only half days 8am to 12pm. So if you decide to do that specific project you're day is done early, it would have been awesome if you could go to another project after lunch until 3 so it would be a fuller day.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Emerging Voices is doing a great job!

The company I've been volunteering with is great with keeping communication open and solving any issues that arise. Bogota is a very fun, welcoming city with lots of opportunities.

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