Eco citizenship

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founded in 2014
LifeTime Projects
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Coordinator | Laetitia
Coordinator | Laetitia
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High­lights

Expérience life in an afro carribean village in Colombia !
Work with the local community on amazing eco conservation projects !
Meet like minded people over the other side of the world !
Have a snooze in one of our outdoor beds !
Go snorkeling or canoeing in your free time !
Protect the local environment through beach clean ups, recycling projects, mangrove reforestation and other community based eco projects (eco lodges, dry toilets ... etc) This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 17+
Singles
Couples
Families
Groups
50+
In Rincon del Mar, environmental protection is a priority pointed out by all local actors. Indeed, the increase in tourism and the village's limited resources have resulted in poor environmental management. The village is a victim of an accumulation of massive plastic waste that pollutes the soil, mangroves and sea, and dangerously threatens the balance of the ecosystem as well as the village's resources. Local opinion is unanimous: we must find ways to act together to protect the environment in Rincon del Mar! To meet these challenges, LifeTime Projects has co-developed an ecological project with its local partner Vivac't.

Presentation of the mission
Through this ecological mission, LifeTime Projects allows you to take part in change by participating and leading activities for different audiences (children, residents, tourists). Thanks to an awareness-raising approach, the local association Vivac't acts daily for the protection of the environment. The actions in which you can take part are structured around 4 main themes:

- Awareness and education for environmental protection 
- Improvement of waste management in the village 
- Mangrove Reforestation 
- Water conservation in the village 

During this ecological mission, Vivac't gives you the opportunity to live in an ecological house where all daily tasks are carried out with awareness and eco-responsible attitudes. In a soothing setting, this mission is ideal to recharge your batteries and discover an alternative and ecological way lifestyle. In addition to the eco-citizen activities carried out with our local partner Vivac't, you will be led to share the daily tasks of the house, such as gardening, agriculture or construction, essential for life in the community.





Typical day

9 am : wake up and shared breakfast with the other volunteers

9h30 : Work with the local to plant trees from seed
11h00 : Plant trees in the nearby mangrove
12h30 : Back to our ecolodge to prepare lunch

14h : Visit a local school to carry out awareness activities for the children
15h30 : Beach clean up with the local community
17h : Debrief
19h : Dinner with the other volunteers 

Free-time activities

Visit the local islands, go snorkeling or scuba diving, canoeing in the mangroves, beach walks, discover local music and beach parties 

Water Sports
Swimming
Diving/
Snorkling
Sports
Yoga/
Meditation

Require­ments

In order to join the program you need to be at least 17 years old on the program start date.
Language Skills
You need to speak Spanish (basic level)
Criminal Background Check
required
Required Documents
A psychological test with our psychologist
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
No specific skills requires but a love for the environment and an open mind. Team work and multicultural skills are a must.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 09:00 - 17:00

What's Included

Services by LifeTime Projects
  • Your LifeTime Projects membership (mandatory);
  • A personalized and quality project;
  • Personalized preparations for the departure;
  • Organization and supervision of your project 24/7;
  • A guided tour of the village;
  • Transfer from the airport of Cartagena to your accommodation;
  • Housing;
  • Food (breakfast and lunch);
  • Medical and liability insurance.
  • A donation to the project 
Airport Pickup at Rafael Nunez International Airport
We pick you up in Cartagena in the morning and take you to our project by bus and then by motorbike (so please do not bring suitcases but rather backpacks !). Please note that if you arrive at night you will have to arrange your own hotel for the first night in Cartagena.
Accommodation
You will live in a guest house for volunteers. You may have to share a room with one or more other volunteers. Mosquito nets are provided, outdoor beds are also available to make the most of warm, starry Caribbean nights if you wish. A living room and kitchen are shared as well as outdoor living space (a terrace and garden for those of you with green fingers). Washing is done by hand, the local way or with our washing machine when it is free and when there is running water (water shortages are frequent in Rincon) ! 
Guesthouse
Food & Beverages

Vegetarian and other dietary requirements available upon request

Volunteers take turns to prepare breakfast (from local fruit and produce)

Lunch is provided and you can cook your own dinner or try out a local restaurant (prices vary from 3000 pesos to 35000 pesos) 

Internet Access
Limited access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Rafael Nunez International Airport (CTG) in Cartagena. We assist you to find cheap flights to Colombia.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Colombia provides security and is a plus to have.
Vaccines
If you are intending to volunteer in Colombia you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Colombia.

Dates & Fees

NO CREDIT CARD FEES

Details on arrival

You can arrive at any time except Christmas Day or new year. Please arrive in the morning as out team cannot pick you up from Cartagena in the evenings. If you do arrive late in the day, you must organise your own accommodation for one night at Cartagena and our team will pick you up the next day. 

Please do not bring suitcases but only backpacks as the last bit of your trip to Rincon Del Mar is by motorbike. 

This program is paused due to COVID-19 and reopens September 2020. Apply Now!

Availability
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Duration
3 - 10 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
3 weeks (min. stay)
$1,289
4 weeks
$1,446
5 weeks
$1,601
6 weeks
$1,757
7 weeks
$1,913
8 weeks
$2,069
10 weeks (max. stay)
$2,380
Average fees
$334 /week

The organization charges its fees in EUR. The price table in USD is subject to currency fluctuation. LifeTime Projects will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with LifeTime Projects during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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