Support the Youth Center and Special Needs Center

founded in 2014
Coordinator | Blanca
Coordinator | Blanca
Assistants needed at the Youth Center and Special Needs Center. Children in this community stay at the Youth Center while parents are at work support them to stay safe. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
A new project has come alive to volunteer helping at the Youth Center which offers after school support and activities for children so they wont be left in the streets vulnerable to many dangers. The center can hold up to 130 children but because of the lack of staff they can only hold max. 80. 

In Colombia people with learning disabilities or special need is care by their relatives whose find very difficult to cope as they get older. They do not go to schools or have the opportunity to socialize making their life more difficult. Nor they are thought to be independent.  Volunteers are needed to help them to become part of society teaching them new skills, languages, sports, communication skills so they can care more for themselves. In La Mesa Cundinamarca there is one day center where they can join together everyday for entertainment but we suffer of staff shortage and they are no qualify staff. Any qualification that can help with education will be very appreciated. A volunteer will help with entertainment, playful activities, sports, IT, English and Music lessons. homework and research support. Also some days they will help one member of staff to bring the activities into small villages for children that can not travel to the main center. The time of work it is  9 am to 5 pm with 2 hours break. this program can be combine with other programs like the day center for elderly or teaching at the school. 

Typical day

A typical Day is as follow

Take a minibus from the village where the volunteers house is it will take 20 minutes to town. Start at 9 am, Receive the children, start the activities according with the schedule at the Video room, playful room, IT room, gardening or class room. Lunch will be 12 pm to 2 pm. Then afternoon activities will be from 2 pm to 5 pm. 

Most volunteers prefer to combine working at the school in the morning and Youth Center or Learning Disabilities Center in the afternoon. This will allow volunteers to have lunch at the house. Otherwise volunteers will need to stay in town two hours have a packed lunch or eat out.

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.


Program 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 Spanish (basic level)
Criminal Background Check
Required Documents
Criminal background Check, CV, Vaccination, Travel Insurance and Photocopy of Visa.
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Any skills will help the children at the Youth Center, for those who wish experience with learning disabilities or special needs will be very helpful to have some skills in makaton, drawing, crafts, music, IT skills are welcome.Volunteers will work everyday only 6 hours a day.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 09:00 - 17:00

Included Services

Services by Volunteer In Colombia

What the fees pays for :  Accommodation in a single room if less than 6 volunteers or a bunk bed only two per room if more than 6 at once. Food: 3 meals M-F. 1 on Saturday, 0 Sunday. Orientation and first day guide to the project site.Donation for the project site.Internet, Laundry, fresh fruits from the gardens. Pick up from Airport. Platform fees.

Airport Pickup at El Dorado International Airport

We will pick volunteers up from The Bogota el Dorado Airport. 


Living accommodation is in a share bungalow for up to 10 volunteers at the VIC headquarters in San Javier Village.

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.

Guest Family
Food & Beverages

Meals provided are home cook food. Traditional dishes from Colombia. Drinks are provided but we suggest volunteers to buy their own water bottles as it is very hot in La Mesa. So they need to be hydratated at all times. Any extra food is not included in the price. Volunteers can make use of the kitchen and BBQ facilities. 

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

Volunteer arrivals can be every Sat/Sunday to start Monday Morning.

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)
$ 824
6 weeks
$ 1,043
8 weeks
$ 1,333
12 weeks (max. stay)
$ 1,988
Average fees
$ 186 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Volunteer In Colombia will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
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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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