Innovate Alongside Waste Management & Recycling Social Enterprises in Cartagena, Colombia

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Cartagena's pristine, Caribbean blue oceans are facing serious risks due to the city's lack of waste management and recycling infrastructure .
Cartagena's pristine, Caribbean blue oceans are facing serious risks due to the city's lack of waste management and recycling infrastructure .
Environmental conservation and waste management are especially critical issues in Cartagena, given the importance of the environment for the livelihood of coastal communities.
Environmental conservation and waste management are especially critical issues in Cartagena, given the importance of the environment for the livelihood of coastal communities.
Join youth groups to support or even plan community trash collection events.
Join youth groups to support or even plan community trash collection events.
Many of the local organizations we work with are in need of assistance with grant writing, research and communications.
Many of the local organizations we work with are in need of assistance with grant writing, research and communications.
Volunteer can work alongside social workers leading community campaigns to improve waste management and environmental consciousness.
Volunteer can work alongside social workers leading community campaigns to improve waste management and environmental consciousness.
Past volunteers with engineering and architecture skills have shared their skills to support local organization's innovation and designs with recycled materials.
Past volunteers with engineering and architecture skills have shared their skills to support local organization's innovation and designs with recycled materials.
Cartagena is a UNESCO protected world heritage site, with a diverse range of activities and cultural events.
Cartagena is a UNESCO protected world heritage site, with a diverse range of activities and cultural events.

About

A very small percentage of Cartagena households and businesses recycle, largely because there is a lack of information, infrastructure and organization in the city to do so. Lack of recycling, littering and poor waste management throughout the city create serious pollution problems — especially noticeable in low-income areas and coastal communities.

We work with local social enterprises and foundations with innovative programs that focus on new technologies, waste management and recycling in communities where there is little being done. These projects may involve doing door to door visits with community members, grant writing and research, working with students at local public schools, or a range of other tasks depending on your skills sets and schedule.

Highlights
  • Connect personally with impactful local organizations leading the way towards innovative, sustainable solutions to Cartagena's current waste management crisis.
  • Gain Spanish proficiency with the city's best Spanish teachers and a range of class options that best suit your needs and schedule.
  • Settle into life in Cartagena easily, thanks to our assistance with all aspects of your trip preparation to Colombia and continued, 24/7 local support throughout your volunteer experience.
  • Enjoy Cartagena's diverse range of fun activities with the local community, from movie clubs and zumba classes, to kitesurfing and scuba diving.
  • Bask in the vibrant culture and tropical surroundings of Cartagena, a beautiful historic city on the Caribbean coast.

Impact

We strive toward positive social impact and mutual benefit for both the volunteers and partnering organizations benefiting from the exchange. We get to know our volunteers and connect them to organizations where their skills are most needed and they will thrive personally. The organizations benefit from much needed physical and intellectual resources and our volunteers grow in empathy and global citizenship. Our connections have a domino effect of positive impact: local organizations have the capacity to reach more people and our volunteers spread new found empathy and global perspectives to their home communities and workplaces.

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