Use your talent and interest in watersports
Practise a nautical sport such as surfing, kitesurfing, windsurfing, paddle boarding, skimboarding, snorkeling or swimming, and learn how to teach others
Teach children the techniques and patience required for sports
Support the soccer club
Teach technical soccer skills and soccer theory
Run physical fitness training and/or nutrition workshops
Help organize games and/or tournaments for the island community, travel to play against other teams in Cartagena or invite others to play on the island
Help and support with activities like arts and crafts, recycling, sports, dance, music, or share and teach a special skill you have.
Other activies could include teaching English and building/painting buildings
Volunteers work on average 4 hours per day from Monday to Friday, but the time frame is very flexible depending upon what you are doing on the project. Volunteers either eat with their host family or on the island at the project. You need to make your way to the port that is located in Boca Grande (10 min by taxi, less if you are living closer to Boca Grande) and take a water taxi to the island, which takes another 10 minutes. From here it is a short walk to the project. The last water taxi goes back to Cartagena at 17:30. If you wish to work more hours, you can go to the island earlier. In this case lunch will be provided on the island. Weekends are free, although many volunteers choose to participate in classes and activities on weekends as well.
The work and daily schedule depends on the project and the volunteer's interests. The foundation will support and guide the volunteer, but this is typically a project that needs independent and pro-active volunteers who like having a flexible schedule and want to plan and organize many of their own activities.
If you wish to learn Spanish and thus add to your volunteering experience, you can choose either the Group Spanish Lessons and Volunteering package or the Private Spanish Lessons and Volunteering Package.
Group Spanish Lessons:
This program is combined with a standard level Spanish course for you to brush up your language skills. Join the group Spanish lessons in the morning from 09:00 to 12:00, and after lunch continue to the project for the afternoon. The lessons finish normally at 12:40, but as this is too late for you to get to your volunteer project, you can have 2 additional private lessons per week from 8 til 8:50 to catch up. If you're starting your Spanish studies at beginner level, we recommend a minimum of 3 weeks of language classes in Cartagena before joining the project while continuing your Spanish studies alongside.
The teachers are highly qualified and experienced, and motivated to offer our students quality language tuition. All the learning materials are included containing different aspects of the language with a focus on Colombian culture. The groups are very small (maximum 6 students) in order to ensure that the students can actively participate, interact with each other and the teacher, and receive individual attention.
On arrival students take the entry test and after being accurately analyzed, the students join the corresponding level. This course is specially designed for students to learn to communicate efficiently in everyday life situations. There is focus on grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation, reading, writing, oral and written comprehension.
On the first Monday, we ask our students to be present at 8:15 (45 minutes earlier than normal start time). You will be given a brief presentation of the school followed by a personal interview with the teacher who will take the level test to make sure you're placed in the right study group. This also allows some time for the teacher to answer any questions you may have.
Private Spanish Lessons:
This program is combined with a standard level Spanish course for you to brush up your language skills. Join the private Spanish lessons in the morning or in the evening. The lessons take two hours from Monday to Friday and the schedule is coordinated considering your volunteering work. If you're starting your Spanish studies at beginner level, we recommend a minimum of 2 weeks of language classes in Cartagena before joining the project while continuing your Spanish studies alongside.
The teachers are highly qualified and experienced, and motivated to offer our students quality language tuition. All the learning materials are included containing different aspects of the language with a focus on Colombian culture.
On arrival students discuss their needs with the teacher, the level of Spanish they have and also how long they will be staying, so they can make a plan together for the classes. This course is specially designed for students to learn to communicate efficiently in everyday life situations. There is focus on grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation, reading, writing, oral and written comprehension.
Volunteers are required to work on public holidays. Please also note that public services like transportation may be affected on these days.
Airport pick-up and drop-off
2 meals (breakfast and lunch) daily
24-hour in-country support
Personalized project placements
Cell phone, SIM card and credit for emergency phone calls
Local knowledge and connections for cultural and recreational activities
Airfare and travel costs
Minimum age 20 years
Volunteer application form
Screening meeting via Skype with the volunteer organization *
Police clearence certificate/Criminal backround check
Ability to swim
Fluency in English and a solid base of Spanish are needed. Since the program is social, volunteers need conversational Spanish. However, your Spanish can be less advanced if you take a language course before starting work at the volunteer project.
This program has a loose structure and is suitable for volunteers who are able to take their own initiatives, volunteers who have skills like football coaching, water sports experience or any other sports or practical skills are welcome. Tierra Bomba is a vibrant, welcoming and beautifully located community, but isn’t a place you would normally visit as a tourist, so this project gives you a unique insight into a local community. You will be welcome on the island as this is a respected project and the islanders appreciate the initiatives and opportunities the project has created for the local children. You will need to be able to speak intermediate Spanish to participate. This project is not suitable for Spanish beginners.
* The Skype Meeting
You will be contacted by Agostina Rinaldi who is the volunteer coordinator in Latin America. You will define the time for the meeting together with her. The idea of the meeting is to get to know you and your expectations and it will give you a chance to ask her as many questions as you may have about the project you have chosen or anything else related to volunteering on this project. If Spanish is required, you will be asked to speak a bit in Spanish if you have informed in your application that you have these language skills.
Volunteers need to be flexible and keep an open mind concerning their placements as situations can arise beyond our control which could require you to be placed at a different project than the one you have initially chosen. We will of course always do our utmost to fulfill your initial wishes but do remember that where you are going is quite different from where you are coming and as such one should be prepared for things not always going according to plan.
Volunteering and intercultural travel share a common trait: the more you put into it, the more you get out of it. This program is designed for proactive individuals and groups that are prepared to adapt to the local environment and its current needs. Naturally, the scheduling and activities of our program are subject to change. Alterations in activities are mainly due to changes in local conditions, which we believe is part of what makes overseas programs the interesting adventure and incredible learning experience that they are.
Our projects range from 1 week up to approx. 30 weeks. Projects have a specified minimum stay, then it’s up to you how long you can commit. In our experience the longer you stay the more you will gain, as your understanding of the project broadens and you take on more responsibilities.