School Teacher Assistants

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Coordinator | Blanca
Coordinator | Blanca
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Experience life in a small Colombian village
Gain Spanish fluency living with a host family and immersing with the local culture
Enhanced your curriculum vitae and career with International experience
Make memories at the weekends with your fellow participants
Visit Cartagena, Medellín, Bogotá, Santander, Boyaca, and lets to know the most beautiful places of Colombia.
Teaching children will improve their aims and goals in life. By teaching new skills and a new language volunteers are making a big difference for them. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+

Children population is being hardly hit by the constant recession and social problems.And in the country side and small villages there is not difference. Volunteer in Colombia Education project at the Schools is the opportunity to help to improve this children aims and goals in life, helping them to have a broader view of the world, to open their minds, they will have better chances in higher education and jobs opportunities, help them to understand why they should consider staying in the countryside helping their community to move on,  by teaching a foreign language and other skills we can make a difference for them.

Volunteer teachers and assistants needed for school age children. *Schools are closed in Easter time and October 1 week, June  and  December to mid-January winter holidays two weeks, and every bank holiday weekend. Schools are open to attend every day from 7:00 am to 1:00  or 3:00 pm.

Volunteers will help to teach English and sports, creative lessons like painting, drawing, crafts, dance, singing sessions and lessons on the environment and nature, prevention of child abuse, child trafficking, drug abuse. And also to help the older children in their technical careers or entrepreneurship projects. This program can be combined with day centers for children with learning disabilities or the Youth Center.

Typical day

A daily routine for Volunteers depends on the School and volunteers but can be as follow:

6-6:30 am Get up and have breakfast

6:50 am Arrive to the reception office to sign entrance. Start either at the San Javier School which holds 260 students only 15 minutes walking from the accommodation or Francisco Julian School at the town La Mesa which holds 2000 students in 4 blocks around the town, 30 minutes from the accommodation by minibus.

7:00 am to 1:30 pm Teaching 

Break lunch is at noon 

Some grades finish at 5:00 pm 

Late afternoon sightseeing. 

Some volunteers prefer to combine this project teaching at the school in the morning and assisting at the youth center in the afternoon. 

Free-time activities

The La Mesa town offer a variety of activities as it is surrounded by Mountains, Rivers, Lakes, Waterfalls. Volunteers can visit the : The Orquid Sanctuary at the Tequendama region, The Waterfall La Monja, Hill Walking to the La Cruz Peak, Trekking by the River Apulo, Bird Watching, and small towns around La Mesa like Anapoima, San Antonio del Tequendama, Mesitas del Colegio and The Tequendama Waterfall. The cercanity to the Capital City of Bogota offer the opportunity to visit Museums, restaurants, bars and discos. For the weekends we offer organised tours to go caving or visiting other Colombian Counties like Santander or Boyaca which offer a lot more to do like visiting waterfalls, lakes, caves, extreme sports. Other volunteers have managed to visit the Tayrona Park in Santa Martha, Cartagena, The Caño Cristales in The Macarena, Palm Trees farms in Armenia, Coffee and Sugar Cane farms around. . There is plenty to do in here, also we are blessed with hot climate. So be prepared.



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 Spanish (basic level)
Criminal Background Check
Required Documents
CV, Criminal Background checks, Vaccinations, Photocopy of Visa and Insurance.
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Children of this community lives in the countryside and one of the nearest touristic town near Bogota. So skills in agriculture, livestock and tourism will be very handful.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 07:00 - 13:00

What's Included

Services by Volunteer in Colombia

What is included in the price: 


2 meals per day M-F.  1 Saturday. 0 Sunday.  

Tour, Orientation and guidance to the work place. 

Donation to the project site.



Fresh fruit from the garden trees. 

Pick up from the Airport. 

Administration costs are included.

Airport Pickup at El Dorado International Airport

We provide Airport pick up at the El Dorado, Bogota Airport.


Living accommodation is in a share bungalow for up to 10 volunteers at the VIC headquarters in San Javier Village. It is located in the countryside surrounded by Mountains, a River, many birds, mosquitos and dust.

Single rooms only if request or less than 6 volunteers at one time.

Only two volunteers per room share a bunk bed

Bed linen is provided.

Common areas will be at the main house.

The Bungalow rooms are well decorated. With desk, Lamp, electricity, hot and cold share shower,two share toilets.

For hot climate and the country side volunteers need to be prepared: with very light and long sleeves shirts and trousers at all times
Repellent, Sun Creams, Hat, torch to walk in the evening to the accommodation site if the volunteers decide coming late.

Books and videos for entertainment.

Guest Family
Food & Beverages

Breakfast is a traditional home cook meal, that can vary everyday, includes: 

Breakfast: eggs, chocolate or coffee, bread, butter, juice and or cereal. 

Lunch / dinner vary every day, and is a home cook meal which includes: vegetable, tuberculous like potatos or yuca, rice or pasta, chicken or meat, soup.

Sometimes volunteers decided to eat out at the restaurants, that is not included.

Internet Access
Good 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 El Dorado International Airport (BOG) in Bogota. 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.
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


Details on arrival

Arrivals is every Saturday/Sunday to start Monday. 

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
4 - 12 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
4 weeks (min. stay)
6 weeks
8 weeks
12 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees
$225 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated. Volunteer in Colombia 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 Volunteer in Colombia during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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School Teacher Assistants

Teaching children will improve their aims and goals in life. By teaching new skills and a new language volunteers are making a big difference for them.


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