Community Enrichment Team #COLCE17

COUNTRY: Colombia

ARRIVAL: February 8, 2017
DEPARTURE: February 21, 2017
DURATION: 14 Days
ARRIVAL CITY: Pereira
DEPARTURE CITY:
COST: $1695
Team #COLCE17 will be working in developing communities in Colombia to provide community services to those in need. While in Colombia, you will also have the opportunity to learn valuable skills and explore the cultural landscape in a meaningful way!

Community Enrichment Teams

ISL’s community enrichment teams participate in a number of projects that enhance quality of life in a developing community. From cleaning up a beach or a neighborhood, constructing or refurbishing schools, clinics, community centers or residences, to planting trees, flowers and vegetable gardens, the ways in which volunteers can contribute are numerous! In additional to lending a much needed hand, volunteers have the opportunity to expand their worldview by experiencing the language, art, cuisine, and customs of another cultural landscape.

Regardless of background, volunteers are able to receive an invaluable opportunity to travel, learn about another culture, and serve a developing community.


Colombia

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 24-hour accompaniment by professional, bilingual staff, airport pickup/drop off, all ground transportation, all lodging, two meals per day, safe drinking water, professional project guidance, instruction, supplies, cultural tours, and basic recreation.

What to Bring

Project supplies and donations of oral health supplies welcomed. Volunteers will need funds sufficient to cover one meal per day, premium recreation, personal spending, and departure tax.

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.

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
Faculty
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
Juan David Londono - Bilingual Assistant
Juan David Londono
Bilingual Assistant
Patricia Botero - Bilingual Assistant
Patricia Botero
Bilingual Assistant

Activity Information

Project supplies and donations of oral health supplies welcomed. Volunteers will need funds sufficient to cover one meal per day, premium recreation, personal spending, and departure tax.