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Volunteer Colombia LPDLM

Coffee and Sugar Cane Farms Support needed

Volunteer with us and help the coffee and sugar cane farmers to harvest their products and keep alive farming in this community.

A volunteer will help with agricultural tasks that help with processing of products such as sugar cane (Panela) and coffee.

In a sugar cane farm a volunteer will help with: the cleaning of the land, planting and crop growing, harvesting the sugar cane, transporting in mules the crops to the “Trapiche” or grinder to process the product into Panela in the same farm, packaging. Although there is always something to do in the farm all year round the harvesting season are from Jan-March. 

In a coffee farm volunteers will be helping with cleaning of the land, planting and crop growing, fertilization, harvesting the right crops, taking the coffee beans to the “beneficiadero” to be washed, skinned, selected, dry, and packed to send them to the next process of coffee production. Although there is always something to do in the farm all year round the harvesting season are from Apr-May and Oct-Nov. 

Volunteers will also help with some research to create new products, increase the production and market them.  To help to educate local people into becoming self-sufficient and use ecological techniques to improve the quality of crops and farming living standards. 

No previous experience is needed and a can do attitude and motivation will be really appreciated. Volunteers will have the opportunity to share experiences with farmers and their families and will play a big role to empower this community into stay together and help farming alive.

Suitable for


Typical day

Walking to the Coffee or Sugar Cane farm

Some days it will be an early start as it is very hot in here.
Volunteer will be helping the farmers with their activities like cleaning the land, planting, harvesting, transporting in Mules, packing, processing the sugar cane or drying or pulping the coffee, fertilization etc according with a schedule.
Lunch will be at noon
Afternoon for sightseeing or travelling

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). Of course, there is an exception for children that are accompanied by their parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak Spanish (basic level)
Health Declaration
Required Documents
CV, Insurance, vaccinations and photocopy of visa.
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Any relevant experience related to farming and or Food engineering to create new products, best way to improve the quality of crops, Eco practices and how to become self-sufficient, will help.Marketing. Exports.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 07:00 - 12:00

Any questions? Just ask. We at Volunteer Colombia LPDLM are happy to help you.

Free-time activities

The La Mesa town offer a variety of activities as it is surrounded by mountains, rivers, lakes, waterfalls. 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. The Orquid Sanctuary at the Tequendama region and small towns around La Mesa. There is plenty to do in here, also we are blessed with hot climate. So be prepared.


Included Services

What's included?
Pick and drop off at the El Dorado, Bogota Airport. Orientation and guidance to the work place . Accommodation, Food, Laundry.
Airport Pickup at El Nuevo Dorado International

We will provide pick and drop off at the El Dorado, Bogota airport.


Living accommodation is in a share bungalow for up to 10 volunteers at the LPDLM 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.

Volunteers will need to buy toiletries.

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.

Unfortunately, the internet connection at the host family's house is not always stable. But you can go to the main town center of La Mesa to connect to the internet very easily. Is only 20 minutes by minibus.

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 are traditional home cooked food. Breakfast will include coffee or chocolate, bread and butter, eggs, juice and /or cereal. Lunch/dinner will include: salad, soup, rice or pasta, tuberculos like potato or yuca, juice, vegetable. meals will vary everyday.

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.

No worries, Volunteer World supports you in raising funds, checking your visa regulations and travel insurance. We also assist you in finding the cheapest flights for your journey.
Costs (Prices in USD)
1 week (min. stay)
2 weeks
3 weeks
4 weeks
6 weeks
8 weeks
12 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees

You can volunteer at the project site in La Mesa/Colombia between 1 week and 12 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Volunteer Colombia LPDLM 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 Colombia LPDLM during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

Get ready to volunteer in Colombia

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Visa Regulations
Depending on your nationality, you have to arrange your visa for Colombia. Please check the visa regulations for Colombia.
Travel Seasons
Find out the best time to volunteer in Colombia and receive information on weather and climatic conditions.
Living Costs
Living costs vary with each destination. We give an overview of what you should plan as an estimated budget to volunteer in Colombia.
Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in Colombia.

What's next?

The nearest airport is El Nuevo Dorado International (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.
Vaccine Checker
If you are intending to volunteer in Colombia you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Colombia.
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San Javier, La Mesa, Colombia

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