"I would recommend a volunteer placement with Globalteer if you are looking to make an international holiday more fulfilling, if you are seeking out a worthwhile life experience, or if you just fancy doing something different that benefits others."
Joe is from the UK and volunteered at the Colombia Kids Project for three weeks in January and February 2016. Here he tells us about his “joyful and worthwhile” experience in Medellin.
Despite having a friend that lives in Medellin, all I heard from my friends and family in England about Colombia were stories of crime and drugs. What I experienced in reality, however, couldn't have been more different to these stories. Medellin is a beautiful city with a warm and welcoming people, and a culture that prioritises friendship, family, community and fun. I was embraced by Medellin wholeheartedly and left feeling as though I had found a second home. It is certainly a place I want to return to many times.
Aside from helping with classes and extra curriculum activities, I was also given responsibility to create a series of activities to teach the children about England. Language, traditions, landmarks, music, sayings, food ... we explored many aspects of British culture through art, baking, shadow puppetry and presentations. I thoroughly enjoyed delivering the classes and the kids were eager to learn more (many of the children do not know the world beyond Medellin). They were also engaging, intelligent and willing to try anything. I left the project every day with a huge smile on my face.
Globalteer made the entire experience effortless for me. It was easy to pay for my placement throughout the year and I was in regular contact with the Medellin volunteer coordinator. I was met on the first day and my progress was monitored throughout, and if I had any problems (which I didn't!) I was left with no doubt that they would be dealt with promptly. The staff at the project couldn't have been friendlier, and I felt as though I had joined one big family.
A life changing experience
The entire experience was a joyful one, and one that I have taken a great deal from. It made up my mind that I want to work with children and I am taking myself back to school as a result. I would recommend a volunteer placement with Globalteer if you are looking to make an international holiday more fulfilling, if you are seeking out a worthwhile life experience, or if you just fancy doing something different that benefits others. I promise you won’t regret it!