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Volunteering is a remarkable act that helps humanity and instils hope at the same time. People all over the world look for opportunities to volunteer for a cause they consider important and worthy of investing the most valuable thing: time.
These causes can include anything from helping out during a natural disaster, to assisting in improving the quality of life for people who need it the most, people with physical or mental illnesses, victims of wars and prosecution, and many more.
Some of the most popular places to volunteer include Africa, Asia, and Latin America. A country offering plenty of opportunities to volunteer, as well as amazing experiences and a thriving society, is Colombia.
Where to volunteer in Medellín
Medellín is a city located in the central mountainous region of Colombia, in the Aburrá Valley of about 3 million inhabitants. The city has grown into a modern and bustling metropolis that seeks to progress and provide for the needs of all its citizens. However, this growth and other factors have also created people in need of help from volunteers. Many foreigners visit this city to find work, while others come for the sole purpose of volunteering and learning to live in a new country.
Below are some volunteer opportunities in Medellin:
- Language exchange programs with GLOT
- English and Spanish learning programs with Primed Community
- Help with building homes for The Emiliani Project
- Support ocean conservation with Blue Souls Colombia
- Support women’s economic development with Proyecto Florecer
- Teach English with Ciudad Refugio
- Join the Volunteer Medellin Facebook Group
- Find volunteer opportunities with Nomads Giving Back!
- Find volunteer opportunities on Workaway
There are many other volunteering opportunities in Medellin, however, some remarkable ones include Techo, which is active in a number of countries around the world, providing housing solutions for people in need. Another outstanding chance to help is provided by the Society of Saint Vincent os Paul of Medellin. This organisation focuses on helping people by providing services to improve their quality of life. The people included in the programs vary from the elderly to low-income children, women, and families.
Where to volunteer in Bogotá
Colombia’s capital, Bogotá, is a thriving South American city that leads the country in many aspects such as innovation, safety, growth, and progress. Nevertheless, it is also plagued by problems that are ever more common in cities around the world, including poverty, addiction, abuse, discrimination, violence, and disease.
The volunteers who work in Bogotá have the chance to live in a great city while doing something to make a difference. Companies to volunteer with include Medicancer, a place where volunteers assist patients and their families in coping with the disease and its treatments. The charity also gives courses and information to help people understand the effects of cancer. Another great option in Bogotá is Hands On Bogota. This NPO (Non-Profit Organization) helps children, women, and the elderly through teaching programs.
Other volunteer opportunities are:
- Volunteer at a soup kitchen with Fundación 3DC
- Volunteer at the local YMCA
- Offer cultural exchange with JustACause
- Volunteer at the Mandala Hostel Bogota
- Volunteer and help communities with the Moraci Project
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An important thing to note before volunteering – do your research beforehand and find an opportunity that will be beneficial for the people involved and you, the volunteer, as well.
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