"I have already recommended volunteering at the Colombia Kids Project to people I know. It was a great experience and I would do it again."
Rebecca is a British illustrator who volunteered for six weeks at the Colombia Kids Project in February and March 2016. Here she talks about her special time at the project.
I wanted a travel experience where I could work with local people in a different culture to my own. I chose Colombia as I found the Colombia Kids Project when researching my trip abroad online, and Globalteer came across as a professional and reliable charity. I like the way the charity works – they are very helpful, and they also require all the safety checks I would expect when working with vulnerable people.
Volunteering at the project
My overall volunteer placement was brilliant! The local staff was welcoming, kind and fun, and everyone at the project worked together really well. I was also able to use the Spanish lessons offered by Globalteer, which was a great help at the project and I continued practicing throughout my stay.
I most enjoyed taking the children out to the park and joining in on their dance lessons. The foundation made sure they had a lot of different experiences, and seeing the girls perform a traditional folk dance on a rooftop balcony in the city centre is one of my favourite memories.
I think the greatest impact I had was being able to tell them about different parts of the world. The children was so interested in this, and asked many many questions about where I’ve been and where I’m from.
I was definitely sad to say goodbye, as I had such a good time!
I think that Globalteer does some wonderful projects and they really look after you even before you travel. I had excellent support via email from Elena, their on-the-ground volunteer coordinator, who is based in Medellin, which helped me settle in before starting my placement.
This project was amazing – it teaches you a lot about the world and yourself, and you will meet some of the nicest people during your time in Medellin.
I have already recommended volunteering at the Colombia Kids Project to people I know. It was a great experience and I would do it again.