Multiple Locations +3
  • Argentina
  • Guatemala
  • Zambia
1 to 24 weeks
Project Types
Elderly Care

Program Details

Short Term Spring Break Summer Winter Year Round


Starting Price
Price Details
Affordable fees from $350 for 1 week - includes accommodation, breakfast and dinner, airport pick up, orientation and 24/7 support
What's Included
Accommodation Some Activities Airport Transfers Meals
What's Not Included
Airfare Travel Insurance Visa
May 01, 2024
May 13, 2016
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About Program

Trusted by 136,000+ volunteers, IVHQ offers the world's #1 rated Elderly Care volunteer programs 3 destinations worldwide.

For the past 6 years, we've won the "Top Volunteer Abroad Provider Award" from GoOverseas, so you can trust that you're in the safest hands with IVHQ, wherever you choose to go.

Our affordable projects start from $22/day for your accommodation, meals, airport pick-up, project placement and local support. Projects run year-round, with durations from 1-24 weeks. Choose from 3 Elderly Care projects, suitable for caring and patient volunteers - no previous experience required. You'll brighten the lives of local elderly people by providing companionship and care. And get to learn from the wisdom and events experienced by elderly people in a different country.

With IVHQ’s superior pre-departure support services, you’ll gain exclusive access to your own Volunteer Travel Specialist, comprehensive preparation tools and volunteer training before you leave home.

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Program Highlights

  • Cheapest volunteer programs from $22/day for your accommodation, meals, airport pick-up, project placement & local support.
  • Volunteer for 1-24 weeks, year round start dates most Mondays.
  • 15+ years experience & only B Corp certified volunteer travel organization.
  • Get free changes up to 14 days before you start with our flexible booking policy.
  • Affordable way to earn college credit - gain 5 credits for only US$500!

Program Reviews

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

my best volunteer trip so far

i went to antigua not expecting much and not even knowing what i was going to do there or whether or not i was going to like it. With just one day of being there i fell in love with the city, i fell in love with it's colourful and colonial streets, and the amazing volcanoes and mountains all around. When i got to the project site, a retirement home "Casa Maria", i was a little in shock by knowing just how lucky and blessed i am that i don't live like the elderly at the retirement home and that i have a comfortable bed, and a place to eat, and family and friends who didn't abandon me. Then i realized i was there for a reason and to give back. I was there to help out even if it was just the tiniest difference. In my two weeks there we put the roof up for the new kitchen at Casa Maria, painted the rafters and started working on a cement counter top. But what i enjoyed most about my project was making new friends at the home, the residents are so happy to see the volunteers and every morning the say hola waving and smiling like they've known you forever. It's experiences like these that truly make us appreciate everything we have and the life we live.
I stayed at a volunteer house with six other girls from around the world and even though we were completely different we were there with the same purpose which made us a lot a like. In my time in antigua i also traveled and lived amazing experiences like hiking a volcano and roasting marshmallows at the top, i rode a boat in one of the most beautiful lakes worldwide, i took a Guatemalan cooking class which was worth every penny and overall i just learned so much. I learned more about myself, i learned a new culture, i meet a lot of people and learned about their stories, i learned we can make life awesome and i learned that there's always a way to help and to give back.

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Yes, I recommend this program

Things I Learned In Colombia

While I was in Colombia, I learned more about myself, the country, and people than I ever thought possible. The skills I gained will stay with me forever and impact the things I do for the rest of my life.

1. I learned how to communicate non verbally. I don’t necessarily recommend going someplace where you don’t speak the language well, but it is an amazing learning experience if you do. One, I did end up learning Spanish fairly well. What they say about being immersed in a language is true, you learn it fast. I’m also really good at charades now. Learning to communicate non verbally instills a certain sense of confidence. I was worried before I went to Colombia about not knowing the language. Now I’m not as worried about not speaking a language.

2. I learned how fulfilling it is to help those who need it most. Working with orphans or the elderly makes you prioritize your life. It helps you make decisions about what you need, versus what you want. It also increases gratitude multiple times over, which is a great thing. Now, being home, I make a point to stop for a few minutes a day and reflect on everything I have and give thanks for it. Colombia taught me just how fortunate I am.

3. I learned that beauty is everywhere. It was most certainly in the nuns and nurses I worked with at the orphanage and elderly home. It was in the markets and streets and faces of the people living in Colombia. Before I went to Colombia I thought I had become desensitized to beauty because I make a point to surround myself with it. For me, beauty is just a given. Colombia taught me that it’s not just in giant mountains and wildlife. It’s in little, everyday things!

4. I learned that it takes nothing away from a person to be kind. It was a little strange when I arrived in Bogota and random people greeted me on the streets. I wondered why they were saying hello to a gringa they did not know. It’s most definitely not like that in my country. I grew accustomed to the greetings and even started to enjoy them and greet people myself. It’s a little gesture, but it has the ability to brighten someone’s day. Along with learning to be kind, I learned that simplicity produces happiness. While working with the old women, their greatest joy was having their nails done. It was a simple act of kindness, but the joy it produced in them was great! We can all learn from that sort of simple joy.

5.I learned to be a more conscious traveler. How are my actions impacting the people? How are my actions impacting the environment? Am I contributing to something worthwhile? Am I doing something to better myself? I learned to start asking myself these questions whenever I did something. My service to others didn’t end when I left the orphanage or elderly home. My actions had a ripple effect wherever I went. I tried to spend my money with local vendors and not at the American chains which have made their way down to Bogota. I tried to walk as much as possible, or take a bus. Colombia is country of extreme natural beauty and I wanted to leave as little a carbon foot print as possible. Being a conscious traveler is something you can learn only by traveling. Leave your comfort zone! This conscious decision making followed me back home and hopefully it’s something that keeps building and I keep making better decisions about how my actions are impacting my surroundings.

These are the top five things I’ve learned in Colombia. I learned many other things, but these five are the ones that had the most impact and will continue to have the most impact.

What would you improve about this program?
Honestly, I really can't think of anything. It was great from beginning to end.
85 people found this review helpful.
Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Elise, It's nice to hear from you. Thanks for sharing a little from your experience in Colombia and we are glad that it was such a great learning experience for you. Great to have you as an IVHQer!

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Yes, I recommend this program

IVHQ- Bogota, Colombia Program Experience

The two months I spent in Bogota is some of my best time in my life. Many people believe Bogota is a very dangerous city, so as all volunteers I knew in Bogota. However, safety is not a big concern during the time I stay. The neighbour we stay is called El Polo. where is the safest area in Bogota. You will not feel dangerous even at night (although the coordinators will still suggest you ti take a taxi after you back from club). Plus, El Polo is only about 15-minute walking distance from the night life area Zona Rosa, where you can find excellent Salsa club, Shisha bar, cinema and really good cocktail.

The place we stay is in a flat. 3-6 people share one room, boys and girls use separate barthroom.

In Bogota you can take different programs everyday, means you can go to kindergarden to play with kids, teach English in primary school, prepare lunch for homeless people, go to military base to practice oral English with local soliders, go to take care old ladies with mental problem or even visit prison to chat with prisoner! It is a really good opportunity to breath culture with local people who has different background and age.

Anyways, the program is absolutely worth to try, you will gain much more than you think before you leave. (For myself, I have super high expection for this trip but I still feel it was far beyond my expection)

What would you improve about this program?
Generally speaking the program is excellent, if I have a chance to change one thing that is English teaching program. In one school we teach kids aged between 2-3 English, stay with kids has a lot of fun however I think teach them Egnlish is not a good idea. First, many of them are still learning how to speak spanish, secondly, little kids are really hard to concentrate for long time (maybe even 10 minutes). ALternatively, design some games will be a better idea rather than have a lesson.
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Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Zijie, Thanks for sharing your thoughts about your volunteer experience in Colombia. It’s fantastic to hear that your expectations were met and exceeded. We hope to see you on another IVHQ program soon.

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