WEI Program Team #WEIColombia2017

COUNTRY: Colombia

ARRIVAL: December 23, 2017
DEPARTURE: December 29, 2017
DURATION: 7 Days
ARRIVAL CITY: Pereira
DEPARTURE CITY: Pereira
COST: $1995

Just 4 more volunteers to make this trip a 'go'!

WEI students will learn about urban development issues, experience Colombian culture, and gain perspective on the global landscape.

WEI Program/Community Enrichment Teams

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Wrightway Education has partnered with International Service Learning, a U.S. based non-governmental organization, to provide Community Enrichment programs for Chinese students and professionals. These programs are designed to encompass cultural immersion, educational and community service components which add up to a unique and valuable way to travel!

[:zh]Wrightway Education has partnered with International Service Learning, a U.S. based non-governmental organization, to provide Community Enrichment programs for Chinese students and professionals. These programs are designed to encompass cultural immersion, educational and community service components which add up to a unique and valuable way to travel![:]


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.

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
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

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.

Itinerary

*This itinerary is subject to change

Goal: To learn about urban development issues, provide infrastructure support, experience Colombian culture, and gain perspective on the global landscape.

Day 1

Meet ISL staff at the Matecaña Airport, Pereira; settle into Minga House (7-room traditional home next to the central park and Cathedral in Chinchina approximately 30 miles from the airport). Discuss tomorrow’s agenda and the itinerary of the trip.  Staff and volunteer introductions.

(Dinner provided by ISL)

Day 2

Morning: “Welcome to Colombia” Orientation

Afternoon: Professional Orientation (Discuss concerns, goal setting, orientation into the community geography and culture, learn to use tools needed for the projects, detailed team tasks planning; schedule review, team brainstorming); Spanish Class

Evening: Cultural activity: Learn a little bit more about Colombia; Group Reflection; discuss tomorrow’s agenda

(Breakfast & lunch provided by ISL; dinner paid by volunteers)

Day 3

Morning/Afternoon: Initial day of building and repairs to three sites; House, Park, Court.  This first day will be spent in preparing the sites for work, ensuring everyone knows what to do and understands their roles. First day goals will be established and completed. Students will be able to choose one of the three sites they want to work at and switch to another site each of the 3 days.  Each of the three sites will have technical skill supervisors and will have community members working alongside our ISL volunteers. Every evening we will share in a soccer game and celebration shared with the neighborhood community.  Pictures will be taken of each day to document progress. Each day will have a reflection period to discuss how each learned something, what they liked about each other working as a team, what differences they observed between their life in China & USA vs what they are experiencing in Colombia.

Evening: (Workshop: Dancing with Colombian teens in private dance class; Group Reflection; discuss tomorrow’s agenda

(Breakfast & lunch provided by ISL; dinner paid by volunteers)

Day 4

Morning/Afternoon: Same as 1st day of building; continued. (Workshop: Sharing with Community: Interaction with Colombian teens in 2nd activity TBD;

Evening: Group Reflection; discuss tomorrow’s agenda

(Breakfast & lunch provided by ISL; dinner paid by volunteers)

Day 5

Morning/Afternoon: Completion of

Evening: Dinner out; Group Reflection; discuss tomorrow’s agenda

(Breakfast & lunch provided by ISL; dinner paid by volunteers)

DAY 6

Recreation day at Coffee Farm & Granja Pinares located in Chinchina, a 15 minute drive from the hotel. Team members will first learn all about the cultivation, harvest, and processing of coffee. Then, team members will have option to ride horses, go on a zip line, go waterfall repelling, go wall climbing, and explore other recreational activities at a sustainable coffee plantation.

(Breakfast provided by ISL; lunch & dinner paid by volunteer)

Day 7

Depart – Matecaña Airport, Pereira

Hotel:  Minga House   www.MingaHouse.org   Carrera 8, 10-28 Chinchina, Caldas, Colombia 176020