Thursday, December 13, 2007

The Kids 'R All Right - Volunteer in Colombia

The "Holiday Season" has arrived and many people take this time to spend with family and friends celebrating. It is a special time where so many people get the opportunity to spend some quality time with loved ones, even if they happen to be your family.


But for so many others, it is one of the most difficult times of the year because they do not have friends and families to share the holidays with, they are not as lucky as some of us. I wanted to take this time and inform everyone of a great opportunity to make a difference in someone's young life. There is a program in Medellin that can provide you with such a life changing opportunity. I've included some informaton regarding the Globalteer Volunteer Program in Medellin, Colombia

Globalteer is a registered charity in providing ethical and affordable volunteering with the amazing children of Colombia. The Colombia Kids project is based high in the Andes mountain range in the vibrant city of Medellin.

The project includes an outreach programme for the street children, free education and day centres providing a safe retreats from the many temptations of the city.

The children are provided with English classes, lessons in Spanish, arts, music, sports and various vocational training. We support a health programme, psychologist as well as providing all the nutritional needs of the children.

The project focuses on the young and vulnerable to assist them in finding a way out of the trap of poverty and to train them in vocational skills so that they can become contributing members to their families and society.

Day centres - Throughout the city we work with many day centres that provide a safe location for the children to attend classes and enjoy fun activities. The children would otherwise be on the streets and vulnerable to its many temptations and too young to understand the dangers they could encounter. The children are usually from very poor families whose parents work long hours and are unable to care for their children throughout the day. The centres provide food, healthcare, psychological help, as well as trips to the park and soccer lessons. The day centres support children from 2 years to 16 years old.

Volunteers - Assist the local staff, teach English, play sports, art projects, music and play.

Outreach Programme - Local staff go out onto the streets to engage with the many street children that spend their lives begging, juggling and surviving outdoors in the city. The children are offered help in various forms depending upon their needs. The most important thing is that they know support is always available to them and that someone does care. Some continue to live on the streets, some attend the day centres and those who would benefit the most are given the opportunity to go to the farm.

Volunteers - Depending upon Spanish language skills and duration at the project, volunteers can join the local staff on the outreach programme.

Fun excursions - Throughout the year various trips are arranged for the children. The objectives of the excursions are to be fun but more importantly to open the eyes of the children to possibilities in the world and for their future beyond the city streets. The trips include camping, walks and beach trips. Most of the children have never left the city and have no concept of the beauty in the mountains just thirty minutes from their lives. Even more amazing to the children who live in a valley surrounded by mountains is a trip to the beach. For the first time in their lives the children can see long distances across the ocean and maybe there is something out there for them.
Volunteers - Join the children on the trips and see the amazement in the faces as they see things they have never imagined.

Highlights: By volunteering you will be giving the kids a chance of a future. The enthusiasm and resilience of the kids who would otherwise be begging on the streets or have no chance of a decent future is something that will stay with you always.

Qualifications: None

For more information visit - Globalteer Website

Check out the slide show below, where a friend participated in "Volunteer in Bello" program, a small town outside of Medellin in Antioquia.

Merry Christmas! - Feliz Navidad!

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the info about this program.

    Also, just wanted to say that I really enjoy your blog and its positive, refreshing news from Medellin and Colombia. Keep up the great work!