Volunteer in Colombia Part-1/ コロンビアでのボランティア活動 Part-1

September 2, 2017 — Leave a comment

From 08/31, I came to a small town called Pital in the district of Columbia’s Huila.

From the capital city of Bogota to the Neiva airport via the domestic flight. Pital is located  in southern Huila, 100 km further from the airport of Nea.
Approximately 3000 people live in this town. There is just 2 schools,  one is public and the other on is private school. This town are surrounded by mountains, and the nearest neighbor town is about 4 km away.

There is no Japanese, Asian people, even tourists are totally rarely visited.

I started to volunteer as a English teacher at the schools in this town.

I got here through the site called “workaway”.

The site called workaway is offering a system which is travellers such as a backpacker who provides a few hours of labor time and receive accommodation and meals for free from hosts.

When I was thinking about various things in Uruguay, I was searching for volunteer offers in Colombia by workaway and found the offer for this occasion.

A Colombian couple who are hosts of me, is a local Colombian English teacher. They want to give an opportunity to talk to English to people who speak English and from other countries for students whose English level is very low and luck of motivation about English, and keep students’ motivation up. The Colombian couple is trying to encourage local students to learn English for their future and country.

Personally, I want to see and learn various national education with this my own. For those my purpose, I thought that this is a very rare opportunity to be a part of member in the local school.

Some people may think volunteer is a kind of meaningful because no pay provided. But It’s really hard to observe a local school without connection in the community or country where you’re going, moreover if you are outsider for the community, that would be harder, because you are unfamiliar and don’t have trust from communities. In case you want to get pay for work at a public school, you would need to take a qualification of a teacher of that country.

In these days, you need to pay a high cost to a organization or management group for applying volunteer work. So this offer which is accommodation and meals provided is a quite lucky opportunity, I think.



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