Most Affordable & Trusted Volunteer Programs in Colombia from $270

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Trusted by 110,000+ volunteers, IVHQ offers the most popular volunteer programs in Colombia and 50+ other destinations around the world.

You can choose from 5 volunteer project options in Colombia Bogota and give back for periods ranging from 1 week to 24 weeks. Your Program Fee includes airport pick-up, orientation, accommodation, meals and 24/7 in-country support. You’ll be accommodated in a volunteer house, with other like-minded, impact-focused travelers from around the world.

IVHQ is trusted to support the meaningful adventures of thousands of volunteers every year, so before you even depart for Bogota, you’ll receive outstanding personalized service from your expert Volunteer Program Manager and exclusive access to superior pre-departure volunteer training.

With IVHQ, you can expect to establish real connections within the local community while supporting projects that make a genuine difference.

Highlights
  • IVHQ’s Colombia Bogota program is available year-round, starting on the 1st and 15th of every month
  • Highly affordable program fees starting from $270 - IVHQ provides the most affordable and top-rated programs
  • You’ll be joining between 5 and 20 other IVHQ volunteers who start in Bogota each month
  • You’ll be traveling with IVHQ, the volunteer travel experts, and joining a network of 110,000+ volunteers. Our outstanding safety systems and track record set us apart, we are the world’s safest organization
  • Your efforts will have a positive impact because our programs are community-driven with a focus on supporting long-term local needs

Book With Confidence: Added Flexibility & Free Changes

IVHQ makes it easy to change your travel plans should you need to – or if you simply change your mind. As long as you cancel or reschedule at least 15 days before your program start date this year, it's free to change your dates, volunteer program or destination.

Questions & Answers

Yes the accommodation is included. Normally 3-4 people share one room in the same gender.

Reviews

9.41 Rating
based on 34 reviews
  • Impact 9.3
  • Support 9.2
  • Fun 9.4
  • Value 9.3
  • Safety 9.5
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Isabela
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Life Changing!

I spend 2 weeks there and I was able to participate in different programs. Most of them, teaching English to children's. But they also have programs with elder care, cancer victims that need a moment of joy and kindergarten assistance.

It was a immersive experience and we could connect with the communities and get to know the people who live there. For me, this was the top 1 reason why I loved this experience.

The children's were kind and respectful, eager to learn. So the teaching was natural and easy.

I felt home in our volunteer house. We had dinner together every day and spend weekends travelling together as well. I felt welcome by the city and by all the Colombians I met.

If I had the time, I would stay there at least 4 weeks. Two weeks was enough for me to leave with tears.

What would you improve about this program?
I would recommend the program to require Spanish speaking from volunteers, or at least intermediate level. Being able to communicate and connect with the community is what make this program so special for me, and it can be frustrating for the volunteers who can't.
Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Isabela - thank you for giving your time to a great program with IVHQ. We really appreciate your valuable contribution to the important work of the local team in Colombia. Acacia - IVHQ Program Manager.

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João
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

4 weeks in Bogotá

My interest on Colombia made me think of a way of visiting the country. I applied for this project looking for a more productive and fun way of spending my last month of vacations. Teaching English in Bogotá ended up being the solution, and it was such a great decision. I had no idea about what was coming and what to expect. Not only it was my first time doing volunteering, but it was also my first time in South America and my first time giving English Classes (notice that I am not a native speaker).
I feel that this experience was great in several ways. I improved my Spanish and also my English, I met people from all around the world and made such good friends in Colombia, inside and outside the volunteers’ house. The volunteering itself was a very eye-opener experience once I got in contact with such a different reality compared to what I am used to in Europe. Besides teaching English, I also had to opportunity to try other projects available in the foundation, they were pretty flexible on trying new stuff.
Colombia is beautiful safe! I had no problems with security on my 4 weeks stay in Bogota, neither did I in other cities. I chose to travel around Colombia with friends on most of my weekends. You can get pretty nice flight deals inside Colombia to visit cities like Medellin or Cartagena. Food is very tasty as I was expecting and most of products and services I bought were half/a third of the price in Europe.
I am definitely repeating a volunteering experience with IVHQ in a near future and Colombia will surely be a place to live a few years. NO JOKE, I’M FOR REAL. The only cons this experience has is actually leaving Colombia and coming back to the regular mainstream life. Good luck dealing with that.

Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Joao, Thanks for taking the time to review your volunteering experience with us in Bogota. It sounds like you had an eye-opening and incredible time - an awesome way to spend your vacation! We look forward to having you join us again soon! Charlotte - IVHQ Program Manager.

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Jacqueline
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Bogota - a MUST volunteer experience

hello, I would like to leave a quick recommendation. I was enrolled first for the 1 month project in childcare, then loved it so much, I came home and enrolled in the 24 week project. I think that really speaks for itself how amazing the experience was!!! Colombia is one of the most incredible countries I have EVER been to. I wouldn't have known this, had I not had this experience. I was on the childcare project, mainly working with troubled youths and it was one of the most rewarding things I have ever done, it has made me explore a new career path now I am home. The local team are so, so, so supportive and the accommodation is in a really great area - close to supermarket, coffee, park and it is very safe. I met some amazing people volunteering and I am certain they are forever friends, as we speak nearly daily!!! I had so much fun on this project. It really was a 10/10 experience and I can't wait to go back next year. Thanks IVHQ for making it all happen!!!

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Tony
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Must Do, take the plunge.

Booked in 8 weeks volunteering in Bogota after completing 6 months travelling around South America. It was by far the best part of my trip, met some fantastic like minded people from various places around the world, the organisers were great and made sure everyone knew what they had to do and where to go so there were no surprises at all on that part of thing. The activities were very rewarding and you'll also have a lot of fun here as Colombians are the most welcoming people I've come across in my travels.

Colombia is by far my favourite country in South America and outside the volunteering there is plenty to do and see and it is just as safe as any other place you can travel to in the area so don't get put off by other peoples preconceived opinions of the country where they may have never visited.

Side note - also met my wife in Bogota during my volunteering so I have a permanent reminder of how much I loved the experience :)

What would you improve about this program?
Would love to see more construction projects.
Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Tony, Thanks for the awesome review and congratulations on meeting your wife while on the program - it sounds like a very worthwhile trip! Hopefully you can both join us on the next adventure! Charlotte - IVHQ Program Manager

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Georgia
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Volunteer in Colombia

The Cartagena program was fantastic. Good food, comfy accommodations, the nicest staff. The programs were very meaningful. I was only there for 2 weeks but felt like I was part of the family by the time I left. Monica the director of the program is the nicest, most caring woman. Our weekly meetings added value and a bond that is hard to describe. Colombia is a place of nice, warm people and the staff is a direct reflection of that. On the weekends, volunteers were allowed to travel to other parts of Colombia, and the staff helped us book flights and hostels, as well as give us safety tips on how to travel through Colombia. On my last night, Monica took us out for dinner and thanked me for my time down there. She made every volunteer feel special, as well as valued. For that, I am grateful.

What would you improve about this program?
Healthier food should be made available
Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Georgia, Thanks for taking the time to share about your volunteering experience in Cartagena. It's great to hear you were able to explore further afield in Colombia during your weekends and that you were well looked after by the local team! Until next time!

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hannah
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Colombia

I volunteered in Colombia for 4 weeks with IVHQ. The coordinators in Colombia were very helpful and always wanted to make sure you felt at home. The cost of living in Colombia is very cheap so you only need roughly $30 a week but if you are traveling on the weekends you need around $80. The programs were well organized and fun! The coordinators and volunteers were devoted on making a difference for the people of Colombia. I would recommend others to this program.

Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Hannah, Thanks for your lovely review! It's awesome to hear that you felt well supported by the local team in Colombia and we look forward to having you on another program soon!

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Kathleen
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

A week in Bogotá with IVHQ

I stayed a week in Bogotá, Colombia and did the childcare program where I spent time at an orphanage with children between 2-5. There are younger as well as older children as well, but the babies were on quarantine so our volunteers were unable to work with them. We also worked with an organization feeding Venezuelan immigrants and refugees. There were about 12-15 volunteers in the house, and I paid an extra fee to be in a private room. The women in charge of the projects are kind and compassionate and the House was run very efficiently. Over the course of the week/weekend the volunteers also went to various local sights and participated in tourist experiences

Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi, Thanks for sharing a snippet from your time in Bogota. It's great to hear that you were able to volunteer across a range of placements and check out some of the sights with other volunteers. Until next time! ^Charlotte - IVHQ Colombia Program Manager

Sean
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Cartagena is a MUST SEE

My fiancé and I did the Cartagena program for two weeks. I absolutely loved my time in Colombia and I feel that I made a difference in the kids lives that I worked with. Our coordinator Monica is an excellent leader and loves her volunteers. She even bought all of the volunteers ice cream one night.

My fiancé got hurt one night and needed to visit the hospital. Monica sat in the hospital with us for 8 hours and helped us pay a better fee for my fiancé’s procedures.

Overall, there is a lot of sights to see in Cartagena and other cities. The program and the volunteers make the price we paid well worth it!

What would you improve about this program?
The program can be improved by letting volunteers know about how much they will pay in taxis to and from work.

Also, we had a private room but it was a waste. We didn’t even get to sleep in the same bed. Would have been better off in different rooms.
Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Sean, Thanks for your lovely review! It's great to hear that you felt well supported by the local coordinator while on the program and enjoyed your time teaching sport to the children in Cartagena. We hope you will both join us on another program soon! ^Charlotte - IVHQ Colombia - Cartagena Program Manager