Volunteer in Colombia with A Broader View Volunteers, our highly rated non-profit charity organization. The volunteer programs are based in the coastal city of Cartagena. Volunteers can choose between 7 programs options available throughout Cartagena Colombia.
Based in the city of Cartagena, the A Broader View volunteer programs have made immense improvements in the everyday lives of the Colombian woman and children we work with. The greatest commitment is to make radical change in the living conditions and focus on early childhood education. With ABV volunteers help programs such as the Learning Center, Elderly Care, Housing programs and cultural and sports have been able to expand and help fight extreme poverty in these vulnerable communities.
If you have a group of 5 or more interested in volunteering together, customized programs can be arranged. A Broader View Volunteers has extensive experience working with students and teachers providing tailor-made service trips for small groups.
Volunteering in Colombia is an exciting way to experience this tropical country with its fascinating culture, loaded history and coastal charm. Despite a continuously growing tourist economy there is a high poverty level, and many children are left the victims. High numbers of children do not attend school, lack proper nutrition, and find themselves peddling goods on the streets to survive.
Volunteers in Colombia will allow you to connect with poor and disadvantaged children. As a volunteer you will immerse yourself in the vibrant Latin American culture, help a local grassroots project and last but not least learn or improve your Spanish.
ABV Volunteer project focus on supporting the children of Cartagena, at a children's care center, and community welfare project.
- Project Length: From 2 week to 8 weeks
- Arrival Airport: Cartagena (CTG)
- Work Schedule: Monday to Friday 8 hours per day
- Requirements: Police Check/Clearance report
- Optional: Spanish Immersion Lesson.. read more
- Age Limits: Minimum 17 yrs or older for solo travelers.
- Minimum Age: 12 to 18 yrs if traveling with parents.
- Airlines: Avianca, Jet Blue, Spirit, Copa, American, United
- Vaccinations: Routine Vac, Hep-A and Typhoid wwwnc.cdc.gov
Are you ready to help people in need, immerse yourself in the sights, sounds and culture of a new country and have the experience of a lifetime? With poverty, disease and a lack of skilled providers putting a strain on important services such as health and childcare in developing countries across the globe, there are many corners of the world which rely on the help of volunteer travelers like yourself.
Volunteer in Colombia with A Broader View Volunteers a top rated non-profit charity organization, which works tirelessly to support our wonderful volunteers and serve the local communities where our volunteer programs are located. Placements in Colombia are based in the city of Cartagena. Program placements are tailored to the volunteers different interests and skill sets, but still allow volunteers time to explore the Central America local culture and activities during their free time.
The type of programs in Colombia vary widely, offering everything from education to health care. Volunteers can choose between 7 options in Cartagena. International volunteer help is not only appreciated by the local community, it is severely needed by the millions of Hondurans living below the poverty line. With thousands of children living and working on the streets, as is so often the case in developing countries like Colombia, our volunteer programs are designed to support the needs of local teens and children in desperate need of assistance.
Many of our volunteer abroad programs cater to underprivileged women and children’s care, education and health requirements. Our extensive range of social programs in Cartagena, Colombia includes: Elderly care, woman support, internships, teaching in primary and secondary schools and volunteering in orphanages and day care centers and many more programs. To help you settle into your placement, we also provide the opportunity to combine all of our programs with Spanish Immersion Lessons during your time in Colombia.
Volunteering in Colombia is an incredibly rewarding experience. We welcome volunteers of all ages and from all backgrounds to join us. Whether you’re seeking volunteer abroad programs for college students or voluntary work for over 60s, as a trusted non-profit organization which prioritizes the safety of our volunteers, we are the go-to for volunteers across the globe. We also offer customized programs with flexible arrival dates to best suit the needs of the remarkable volunteers we depend on to help us make the world a better place.
If you’d like to volunteer, Colombia is just one of the countries we’ve taken under our wing, supplying a steady flow of volunteers and providing year-round financial support to local projects in Cartagena. Wherever you decide to volunteer, A Broader View give you the opportunity to participate in meaningful community service work, learn a foreign language, make lifelong friends and discover that one person really can make a difference. Your search for the best volunteer abroad programs ends here – volunteer in Colombia with us and gain A Broader View of the world.
Welcome to Colombia (Bienvenidos a Colombia!). Our Names are Libary and Milena and we are your ABV coordinators while you are staying in Colombia. Our country has one big city, Cartagena. You will be working in Cartagena. We will be ready for support 24/7 in case you need to contact me urgently. We will introduce you to your volunteer location and staff.
You are most welcome to seek our assistance and don’t hesitate to ask us questions while in country.
Safety and Security
The safety of our volunteers is paramount for A Broader View Volunteers. The majority of ABV Volunteers travel and serve without major incident. However, programs are based in some of the least developed countries and in some of the most remote areas in the world, health, safety, and security risks are an unavoidable part of life and international service. To address these concerns and to safeguard the well-being of our program participants, A Broader View has safety protocols and security procedures for all programs:
- Security: All project sites, local in-country staff and accommodation sites have gone through a rigorous filter and have been hand selected. ABV has spent almost 11 years cultivating and strengthening of our local partnerships & host family relationships. In-country staff visits, daily research of local conditions, as well as weekly checkup of our host families and accommodations are conducted. Site selection is based on criteria including; access to medical, banking, postal, and other essential services; access to communication, transportation, and local markets; availability of adequate housing and living arrangements.
- Pre-Departure Guide: Your ABV account will have a detailed volunteer guide. Volunteers are provided country information, packing lists, customs and language information, and much more. ABV also provides information about visa requirements, vaccinations, climate, weather, and safety and security issues specific to the country.
- Volunteer Summary: A full month before traveling volunteers are provided a detailed account of their volunteer project (including supply/donation list), arrival procedures, emergency contact information, accommodation details and the full name, phone and email of their local ABV Coordinator.
- Overseas Staff and communication: Our local staff support is immeasurable in their professionalism and dedication to the volunteers under their charge. The majority of ABV staff coordinators have been involved since the very start (over 11 years) and are well experienced handling the unexpected such as situations where volunteer students become ill, suffer accidents, are the victims of pick pockets. ABV staff is trained to react in a responsible and levelheaded way when emergencies do arise. They will do whatever is necessary to assure this, whether this means obtaining prompt and appropriate medical attention, embassy intervention or local authorities.
- Host Families and accommodations: Our local volunteer guesthouses, onsite project dorms and host families have been hand-picked. A Broader View accommodation have specific standards for the hygiene, cleanliness, location and comfortable living conditions for our volunteers. Telephone access is available 24/7 and most sites have internet access. Volunteers have to follow the curfew of the host accommodation.
- Arrival Meeting/Orientation: ABV programs provide a customized arrival plan. We can arrange your arrival/pick up at the airport, bus station or local hotel. Start your program with peace of mind, having the local ABV staff meeting you when you arrive in-country. Volunteers are provided orientation before starting their program. Orientation schedules vary from country to country but will include acclimation tours of the local town/city, accommodation neighborhood, geolocation map description, program location, main interesting points in the city or area. Emergency and medical protocols will be discussed and also address safety and security issues specific to the community volunteers live and work in.
Every staff member of A Broader View is committed to providing volunteers with the support they need to successfully meet the challenges they will face to have a safe, healthy, and productive service. The success of each ABV volunteer is our prime goal. We rely on volunteers to exercise personal responsibility and demonstrate both a keen awareness of the world around them and a willingness to adjust their behavior in a manner that will enhance their safety and well-being. In the end, your efforts will be rewarded with an incredible, unique experience.
The emergency lines are staffed by an A Broader View:
- Communicate late/missed/flight connections during travel days
- Notify a Volunteer of an emergency (e.g. critical illness or death of a family member)
- Respond to family questions about a Volunteer's status (if problem occurring in-country)
Cartagena has a tropical wet and dry climate. Rainy season is from May until June and another rainy period from October to November. The weather tends to be warm throughout the year. From January until March it is extremely dry.
What's the best time to go to Cartagena in Colombia? Here are some annual weather facts we collected from our historical climate data:
- On average, the temperatures are always high.
- Most rainfall (rainy season) is seen in May, June, July, August, September, October and November.
- Cartagena has dry periods in January, February, March and April.
- On average, the warmest month is August.
- On average, the coolest month is January.
- October is the wettest month. This month should be avoided if you don't like too much rain.
- February is the driest month.
Volunteering Projects in Colombia Cartagena
- Social Welfare / Child Support
- Child Care Center
- Language & Cultural Immersion
- Elderly Care
- Education / Teaching
- Women Support
- Children Support
Reviews & Multimedia
My experience has been amazing, the month has definitely flown by. I couldn’t have asked for a lovelier host family, Elena has really made me feel at home. Her cooking is excellent, once she found out all my favorite foods she really made an effort to cook them for me.
The host family and volunteer experience was incredibly kind and accommodating, even though I did not speak the language well. We did our best to communicate and often used google translate. Excellent! Very accommodating and made sure I was taken care of for my entire stay.
My month in Colombia was absolutely amazing. I loved everything about the program and didn’t have a single issue. The only part that I found difficult was dealing with the heat! My absolutely favorite weekend trip was to Tayrona National Park.
Prices for Colombia
Since A Broader View Volunteers is a 501c(3) charitable organization, You can fundraise (optional) for the expenses of the trip after you get confirmed in our programs. Prices are per person and in US dollars (US$).
|Length of program||Program Fee $USD|
|Country / weeks||1||2||3||4|
|Colombia - Language Immersion||$995||$1290||$1530||$1790|
- Accommodation: Host family
- Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily
- Arrival: Airport meet and greet by ABV Staff
- Orientation: Project Overview On-Site
- Support: Pre-trip written guide, In-country ABV staff available 24/7
- Departure: ABV Staff Escorted Airport Transfer
Extra costs: Flights to Colombia. Entry Visa (if applicable). Departure taxes. Vaccinations. Local Transportation. Travel & Health Insurance (approx. us$53). Laundry and Internet (us$10 and us$15).
Most of our programs run year round, you can start any volunteer/internship program on any day. When you apply you will lets know your start and end dates. Our programs run year round and have volunteers arriving almost every day from many different countries.
Since our programs sometimes depend on the local holiday calendar, there are brief occasions when normal programs work is suspended. For example, schools/daycares often close for long winter/summer vacations. During these times, we arrange for alternative work programs that are similar in substance to our ongoing programs, but address the short-term, direct needs of the local communities.
If you would like to arrange your start and end dates around the local holidays, please call us at 1.866.423.3258 or email us at [email protected].
A Broader View Volunteers work tirelessly year round to support our volunteers, and also to serve the local communities where ABV projects are based. As a tax-exempt 501 c(3) organization A Broader View receive 100% of our funding from volunteer contributions. Through your program fee contribution our non-profit charity organization can operate beneficial humanitarian aid programs which are successful and continuous supported year round.
Local, professional full-time coordinators, placement logistics, airport pick up and departure transportation, arrival orientation, food & local accommodations, are a major part of providing a safe, meaningful volunteer experience. When you join A Broader View, you will receive pre-trip visa and vaccination support, assistance with flights, fundraising planning, through our interactive online volunteer portal. Our local partners not only benefit from volunteers valuable contributions at the project, they benefit financially with year-round monetary support from A Broader View. In the last decade A Broader View has donated over 3.5 million dollars in international aid.
By joining A Broader View you are not only helping to make a difference during your own trip, your impact will last even after you go home.
Tour and weekend trips
Once in country our local coordinator can help you find the most reliable and safe tour agencies for weekend trips, you can pay in cash or in most locations with a credit card. These tours are not part of the ABV fees.
Cartagena City Tour
Experience all of Cartagena’s historical highlights on a comprehensive tour of one of Colombia’s most vibrant cities. Immerse yourself in the Caribbean color and cultural flair of the city as you visit revered museums, iconic fortresses, and impressive monuments. Admire the astonishing colonial architecture of the area, and explore the glittering exhibitions of the Cartagena Naval Museum, the entrance fee to which is included. Cartagena city sightseeing tour Visit Isla de Manga, the Catedral de San Pedro Claver, and the Cartagena Naval Museum Take a guided visit to Castillo San Felipe and Cerro de la Popa All entrance fees and round-trip hotel transportation included.
Aviary trip from Cartagena
Colombia’s topography goes from windswept beaches to rugged mountain tops. The resulting biodiversity is among the highest in the world. During this round trip half-day, bird-lovers tour in Cartagena, you’ll witness that diversity first hand by exploring the National Aviary of Colombia.You’ll learn all about their ongoing research and conservation efforts while marveling over the incredible diversity on display in their various habitat zones.
Mud Volcano from Cartagena
The mud baths at Volcan de Lodo El Totumo are a popular day trip from Cartagena, known for their rejuvenating properties. Booking a tour makes it easy to visit the baths without planning your time, researching costs, or figuring out transportation for the 45-minute drive. Plus, this tour includes a stop at the Caribbean beach Manzanillo del Mar and a typical Colombian-style lunch for a relaxing tour at great value.
Cartagena Sensational Salsa Tour
Included: hotel pick up and drop off - private car with bilingual driver and ac - traveler‘s insurance – entrance to main salsa bars – local taxes - parking fees - fully narrated tour. Not included: alcoholic beverages - tips to driver/guide
Full Day Trip to Rosario Islands from Cartagena
Escape the city and head out to the Rosario Islands on this all-day trip from Cartagena. Arrive at Isla del Pirata, one of the islands that makes up the Caribbean archipelago. There, you’ll be able to relax on the beach, cruise around on a paddleboard, snorkel off the main island of Isla Grande, and more. The trip also includes lunch.
Festivals and Festivities
The November 11th festivities celebrating the Independence of Cartagena and the Indigenous Bagpipe Festival in San Jacinto are but two examples of the joy you can experience in this part of the country.
CLASSICAL MUSIC FESTIVAL OF CARTAGENA (Jan6 – Jan 16)
The hill of La Popa, the castle of San Felipe, the Adolfo Mejia Theatre, and the Gethsemane auditorium are some of the venues where the musical works of the most renowned composers in history are performed for residents and visitors of Cartagena (nicknamed “La Heroica”) every January, during the Cartagena International Music Festival. Invited artists give concerts and talks throughout the duration of the festival.
INDEPENDENCE DAY AND NATIONAL BEAUTY PAGEANT (Nov 13-16)
Every November, Colombia becomes a huge party thanks to the National Beauty Pageant, which has been held in Cartagena since 1934 in order to unite Colombian regions around the beauty of Colombian women. Numerous events are held during the Pageant and women from all around Colombia participate.
INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL OF CARTAGENA DE INDIAS (Mar 1 - 6)
The Cartagena de Indias International Film Festival (FICCI) is held every year in March. This event, which shines a spotlight on Latin American cinema, began in 1960, when it was held in the Teatro Cartagena and featured productions from 30 countries and artists such as Rita Hayworth.
11TH OF NOVEMBER CELEBRATIONS (Nov 11 - 16)
The City’s Independence is celebrated on November 11th in Cartagena, which was the first province to declare itself free of the Spanish crown. The celebration includes festivals and colorful float parades, where people enjoy music and dance performances inspired by African and Caribbean rhythms.
INDIGENOUS BAGPIPE FESTIVAL SAN JACINTO (Aug 13 - 16)
One of the main expressions of Colombian folklore can be enjoyed every August during the San Jacinto Bagpipes National Indigenous Festival. San Jacinto is located 71 miles from Cartagena, and is well-known as the birthplace of many great musicians and jugglers. The event serves to rescue and preserve the cultural values of the Colombian Caribbean region.
SWEETS FESTIVAL (Mar 19 - 27)
Cartagena hosts the Sweets Festival every Easter as a way to keep folk traditions alive in the city. This event features homemade sweets in public squares, streets, and shopping centers; sweet makers participate by preparing samples to delight festival goers.
FEAST OF OUR LADY OF LA CANDELARIA (Jan 29 – Feb 3)
During the festival of Our Lady of La Candelaria, faith is on display when a large crowd process toward La Popa Hill, worshipping the image of the patron saint of Cartagena.