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Coffee and Sugar Cane Farms Support needed

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

Farmers in this area are struggling a lot with no human resources to help with the daily task to keep farming alive, farmers are losing their only income due to not being able to sow and harvest their crops or to process them on time, this is causing the farmers to stop farming and abandon their farms instead.

The solution for this big issue is with the helping hand of a volunteer, who will help with all agricultural tasks involved in the  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.There is always something to do in the farm all year round .

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 keep farming alive.

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. Volunteers in this project will be working 6 hours per day. 

- Volunteer will be helping the farmers with their daily 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- travelling- helping other projects

Details on Arrival

Start date and arrivals will be every Sunday to Start on Monday. 

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 16 years old on the program start date.
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

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On-site services

Services by Volunteer In Colombia

Pick up at the El Dorado, Bogota Airport. Orientation and guidance to the work place . Accommodation, 3 meals M-F , 1 Saturday , 0 Sunday,  Laundry, Internet, Donation to the project site.

Airport Pickup at El Dorado International Airport

We will provide pick up 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.

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.
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.
Costs (Prices in USD)
4 weeks (min. stay)
6 weeks
8 weeks
12 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees

You can volunteer at the project site in San Javier/Colombia between 4 weeks and 12 weeks. 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.
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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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