Minga House Foundation is a non-profit Colombian foundation dedicated to the service learning engagement between foreign volunteers and our local communities by collectively meeting real-life service needs.
What We Need
Minga House Foundation has several volunteer roles available; they expand from the fields of health, education, and social work. Contact our volunteer advisor to determine what would be a great program for you specifically. Our immediate work sites with great need include childcare center for sex workers, a shelter for homeless elderly, dog haven, youth home for girls, permaculture project, art projects, emergency medicine for EMT's, and rural medical clinics for coffee farmworkers.
When & Who
What we Provide
Two options: a downtown hostel-like facility for volunteers only; or a 1980's mansion on 45-acres coffee farm with a pool & a view
$20/day USD includes your lodging and full program.
Refund Policy: There is no refund for the first 30 days of programming.
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More Services we Offer
Bilingual staff support 24/7
Full-time or Part-time programs available
Washer & Dryer
Access to additional programming
Other Ways to Help
The childcare center addresses the communities’ need for a safe place for the children of sex workers to be cared for while their mothers may be working. The center addresses the health, social, and recreational needs of the children. It provides shelter, food, recreational play, and will transport for medical care if needed. It is the only center providing services to this specific population. The mission is to provide high quality child care to the children of sex workers in the Chinchina, Colombia. Program operates from Friday at noon until Monday at noon.
Our project is important because it provides a space for mothers to leave their children outside of school hours and during a time when mothers may be working. Our program presents one solution to the problem of children potentially being left home alone, or in unsafe situations.
Program objectives include protection from malnutrition, sexual abuse, and neglect. The children in our program spend every weekend in a protected environment, where they feel love and safety.
We have up to 50 children in our program at a time, ages 0 months to 12 years.
We believe that our program has the potential to provide a better quality of life for the children that we work with, as well as potentially improved future health outcomes. Providing a safe and nurturing space for these children may prevent them from experiencing dangerous situations at home (abuse, neglect, exposure to violence, exposure to drug use, etc). May also change long-term health outcomes and prevent them from becoming involved in the sex trade in the future.
In addition to volunteering at the Childcare Center for Sex Workers, participants may volunteer at several public & private schools within the community. A custom volunteering program may be created to your desire. How busy do you want to be?
Tools & supplies, anything you want to bring to gift is welcome.
Additional Info about Us
All our staff is local & bilingual; young & energetic
Minga House Foundation is not a party hostel! Our volunteers are here to serve & immerse themselves into the community with the utmost integrity, respect, and appreciation for the opportunity to learn & share while serving the community. We expect all of our volunteers to be committed to their identified volunteer role(s), the agreed upon schedule, and represent Minga House Foundation in a dignified manner. Our staff has valuable advice and instructions which we expect you follow during your stay for your own safety, learning, and enjoyment. Failure to engage as directed may result in immediate termination of the service agreement without refund of your service fee. Your participation costs MHF staff countless hours of planning and coordination prior to your arrival. Please come ready to 'work & serve' with enthusiasm & much flexibility.
This is Spring-year-round! All activities are year-round.
Some roles are structured internships/externships and other roles are flexible volunteering spots. There is no better way to learn a new culture and to practice your Spanish than to immerse yourself in a well-defined role integrated into the community. Upon hearing your interest and understanding your professional background we can bring you the best experience and if you need our professional bilingual staff will ensure you are SAFE, LEARNING, and having FUN!