Foreign Language Teaching

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Coordinator | Laetitia
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Experience life in two different communities in Colombia !
Work with local communities and have an amazing intercultural experience
Make memories you'll never forget with international volunteers and the local villagers !
Join this mission in the indigenous community of La Piche and run foreign language workshops for the village children. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Singles
Couples
Groups
50+

The Lifetime Projects team in Colombia supports local grassroot organizations and co-develops projects in the field of children, interculturality and the environment. 

Vivac’t-LifeTime Projects Colombia has begun new activities in the small community of La Piche. 

The community of La Piche is a small, isolated village located about an hour from the Caribbean coast in the Montes de Maria at the foot of the Roca Madre Natural Park. The inhabitants live mainly from mining and agriculture. Thanks to the presence of the Roca Madre Eco-Park, some national tourists pass through La Piche, but tourism is not developed in the village. Today, the community wants to open up more to the outside world and develop activities related to tourism. In this context, the inhabitants have shown a strong interest in learning - themselves and their children - foreign languages, in particular English. At the same time, a challenge for the community of La Piche is to preserve their native Zenu language before it disappears. 

The Roca Madre Foundation is also developing a programme of activities for young people (languages, sports, music, environmental education). 

Thanks to our partnership with the Roca Madre Foundation, Vivac't-LifeTime Projects Colombia is developing its activities in the community of La Piche in order to respond to the strong motivation of the inhabitants to learn foreign languages. It is also about creating exchanges between different cultures through the presence of international volunteers in an isolated community. Furthermore, by being present in both Rincon del Mar (an Afro-descendant village on the Caribbean coast) and La Piche (an indigenous village inland), we are helping to develop links between two communities that are both neighbors and very different in terms of culture and environment.  

Presentation of the mission

Your main task will be to prepare and run language workshops (English and French) for the children of the community of La Piche. You will also participate in the creation of a Zenu language dictionary with the elderly to ensure the transmission of the native language to future generations. You may also be asked to support other cultural workshops set up by the Roca Madre Foundation. You will work at La Piche 3 days a week. 

On the other hand, this mission is coupled with our socio-cultural animation mission in Rincon del Mar (https://www.volunteerworld.com/fr/volunteer-program/creative-workshops-and-sports-in-colombia-rincon-del-mar-1). Thus, you will also accompany the local team of Vivac't - LifeTime Projects in Rincón del Mar in the preparation and animation of cultural and linguistic workshops with the children and young people of the village (2 days a week).

Typical day

8 am : a big healthy breakfast to start the day
9 am : go to la Pincha
10 am : start morning classes with adults
12 pm : lunchtime with the local community
14 pm : classes with children
16 pm : return to Rincon del mar 
17 pm : rest/freetime
18 pm : Dinner 

Free-time activities

In La Piche you can visit the Roca Madre eco park (do some walking, rock climbing, caving). In Rincón del Mar you can go snorkeling, diving or take a boat trip to one of the nearby islands, chill out, read books, meet new people, go for walks, trips to the mangroves.
Water Sports
Swimming
Sightseeing
Diving/
Snorkling
Climbing
Hiking
Sports
Riding
Yoga/
Meditation

Require­ments

In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (intermediate level) or French (intermediate level)
Criminal Background Check
required
Education Requirements
Teaching, languages etc at University level
Required Documents
An appointment with our psychologist before departure is mandatory
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Intercultural skills, patience and good communication skills. An B1 level of Spanish is required.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday

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;
  • Housing with equipped kitchen;
  • Food (breakfast and lunch + pocket money for dinners at a local restaurant or home cooking);
  • Medical and liability insurance for European citizens.
  • A donation to the project 
Accommodation
You will live in a 

guest house for volunteers. You may have to share a room with one or more other volunteers. A living room and kitchen are shared as well as outdoor living space (a terrace and garden). Washing is done by the neighbor, when there is running water (water shortages are frequent in Rincón del Mar !). 

Guest Family 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. An airport pickup isn't included within the program fees either.
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 all year round on any day from Tuesday to Saturday (Sunday and Monday are days off on our projects in Colombia)! You should arrive to Rincon del Mar (a 2.30 hour bus ride from Cartagena) where our team will wait for you ! 

Availability
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Duration
4 - 10 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
4 weeks (min. stay)
$1,506
5 weeks
$1,669
6 weeks
$1,831
7 weeks
$1,994
8 weeks
$2,156
10 weeks (max. stay)
$2,481
Average fees
$312 /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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Foreign Language Teaching

Join this mission in the indigenous community of La Piche and run foreign language workshops for the village children.

$287/week

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