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Education

Volunteers and interns working in our education program help improve the quality of learning for children in the rural schools of Minca, Bellavista, Vista Nieves, La Tagua.

Job description
Each volunteer/internship placement is designed to respond to specific and timely needs within the community, while making the most of each volunteers' unique skills and experience. These are examples of the work you could be doing.

  • Teach art, dance, theatre, English environmental studies and/or sports.
  • Develop after-school or free-time activities for children or youth that encourage respect, discipline, team work and creativity as well as other social and personal skills. 
  • Assist teachers in their regular classes and help kids with their homework.
  • Improve educational practices, methods and processes (ex: reporting, teacher evaluations, etc.)
  • Create training programs and tools for teachers.
  • Organize community events to present work realized with the kids.
  • Participate in community events with children for recycling and reforestation.

Skills needed
We're looking for someone who:
  • has experience teaching or managing groups of children and teens.
  • possesses a positive attitude, patience and lots of love to give.
  • is able to work with limited resources.
  • enjoys new experiences and is inspired by the challenges of working in a rural environment.
  • is eager to meet new people and be a vocal advocate for Misión Gaïa's work, both while volunteering and at home.
  • has an intermediate knowledge of Spanish. Improve your Spanish before your placement by taking one of our Spanish classes.

Locations
Minca, Bellavista, Vista Nieves, La Tagua.

Period and hours of participation
  • Minimum of 6 weeks. 6 months is recommended
  • 5 to 7 hours per day, 5 days per week
Dates
February to June and from July to November. We may be able to host volunteers/interns during other periods depending on ongoing projects and community needs.

Fees
  • One-time, non refundable $US 70 contribution from all volunteers. This fee goes directly to support organizational costs associated with recruiting volunteers, paying rent and utilities, staff and other administrative costs. 
  • All other costs may vary depending on the work you will be doing, how long you are staying, how many volunteers we are hosting, your work location, accomodation and other needs.
What is included (besides a once-in-a-lifetime experience)
  • Available teaching materials.
  • Accommodation.
  • Transportation from the airport.
  • Certificate of participation.
  • Food is not included

Application process
  1. Read the participation requirements below.
  2. Complete and submit the volunteer application form.
  3. Send your resume to voluntarios@misiongaia.org.
  4. Set-up a virtual or personal interview, depending on your location.
  5. Choose location and participation dates.
  6. Sign the volunteer/intern agreement.
  7. Apply for and receive a valid Visa for volunteer work in Colombia (we can help you with this process). 
  8. Pay program fees 45 days prior to participation.
  9. Complete a pre-departure information session.

Participation requirements
  • Be of legal age (over 18 years old for Colombia). Participants under the age of 18 must travel with their parents or a responsible adult (with approval from their legal guardian).
  • Accessing some work sites requires being in a good physical condition.
  • Do not abuse of any illegal substances or drugs. 
  • Be in possesion of valid travel and medical insurance during program participation.
  • Be in possesion of a valid volunteer Visa and have a clean legal record in Colombia and any other country.
  • Commit to starting and participating during the agreed dates.
  • Present all other required documents.
  • Receive all required vaccinations.
  • Confirm participation at least 6 weeks prior to start date.


Contact us if you have questions about our programs or the application process.