Internship Team #COL1117RECINT-3

COUNTRY: Colombia

ARRIVAL: January 1, 2017
DEPARTURE: July 1, 2017
DURATION: 182 Days
COST: $9895

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Internship Teams

For 22 years ISL has provided short term service trips of the highest quality. We are excited to provide our volunteers with opportunities to further extend their travel, service and learning through immersive internship opportunities. We see international internships as an opportunity for individuals to develop their professional, intercultural, and language skills, all while assisting organizations that are doing important work in host countries.


Colombia is the second most biodiverse country in the world and is experiencing economic and cultural transition with its recently found civil peace and growing trade with the U.S.  Urban areas have made great strides in reducing poverty and providing health care, but rural areas are still in great need of health care, education, and development support.

Equatorial Colombia is situated at the meeting place of Central and South America, and is the only country on the continent of South America with coastlines on both the Pacific Ocean and Caribbean Sea.  Tourists are drawn to Colombia’s clean tropical beaches, lush rain forests, snow-capped Andean mountain peaks and fertile coffee plantations.  ISL teams serve in the heart of rural coffee plantation country in the central cordillera of the Andes, at an elevation of just under 4500 feet, where the yearly average temperature is a pleasant 78 degrees.

What ISL Provides

ISL provides internship placement at the local host organization, accommodation with a host family (or in some cases a hotel/guest house), most meals, and support. Our interns receive support meetings with our internship specialists before the trip, during, and debriefing after. Additionally, local ISL staff will be available at all times while in country, including regular check-ins.


What to Bring

Once you register for your internship we will provide you with a list of information documents, which includes a packing list. Additional items may be necessary depending on internship placement, as specified by the internship coordinator.

Meet the Staff

Glen Galindo - Colombia Country Coordinator
Glen Galindo
Country Coordinator

Glen says working with ISL as a Country Coordinator for Colombia is his dream come true. Glen has more than 20 years of experience in higher education and is a former US Marine Corps officer and director for a logistics support company. He enjoys facilitating safe & fun learning experiences for ISL volunteers and making a difference in the lives of the people of Colombia.

Stiven Lopez
Stiven Lopez
Bilingual Assistant

Stiven is a home-town talent from Chinchina as a gifted artist and actor.  He is a big fan of English music and movies. Within Chinchina, Stiven is known as an up and coming young leader engaged in various civic initiatives, primarily in music and theater. He is particularly excited to have the opportunity to share his beloved Colombia with our visiting volunteers.

Daniel Sterner
Daniel Sterner
Bilingual Assistant

Daniel graduated in Health Services Administration from James Madison University. He then worked for INOVA Health System for two years before coming to Colombia to teach English and master his Spanish. He plans on applying his background in health management as he grows within the ISL Colombia leadership team.  Daniel is an all-around athlete and enjoys sharing his passion for health and travel with ISL volunteers.

Aidee Ospina
Aidee Ospina
Co-Country Coordinator

Aidee grew up in the coffee region of Colombia, where ISL’s sustainable Colombian work sites are located. Her past experience organizing teams of youth and women to solve community challenges throughout Colombia makes her an excellent choice as an ISL Team Leader.

Dr. Ricardo Quintero
Dr. Ricardo Quintero
Medical Educator

Dr. Q is in his second year of rural medicine. He is passionate about providing medical care to Colombian coffee farm communities. He speaks English fluently due to his extensive studies in Australia.

Dr. Jorge Garcia Colombia Faculty
Dr. Jorge Garcia
Medical Educator

Dr. G is a faculty member at the Universidad of Caldas School of Medicine in Colombia, the faculty adviser for the Colombian Student Medical Association, and the founder of a healthcare insurance start-up providing low-cost healthcare services. His passion is teaching and he is responsible for the workshops provided for ISL volunteers. He speaks English fluently and has traveled extensively in Europe and Asia.

Dr. Angela Sarria
Dr. Angela Sarria
Medical Educator
Dr. Melissa Gomez1
Dr. Melissa Gomez
Dr. Derick Jiwan - Agriscience Educator
Dr. Derick Jiwan
Agriscience Educator
Jeison Chaparro - Assistant Team Leader
Jeison Chaparro
Assistant Team Leader
Diego Gutierrez - Bilingual Assistant
Diego Gutierrez
Bilingual Assistant
Jaidiber Castano - Bilingual Assistant
Jaidiber Castano
Bilingual Assistant

Activity Information

Once you register for your internship we will provide you with a list of information documents, which includes a packing list. Additional items may be necessary depending on internship placement, as specified by the internship coordinator.