Construction & Renovation Volunteer Project in Colombia - Bogota
Ready to get your hands dirty on the Construction and Renovation project in Colombia - Bogotá? International Volunteer HQ’s Construction and Renovation project enables volunteers to gain experience and skills in building, renovation and maintenance at homes, schools and even hospitals in Bogotá where there is often little money for repairs and improvements. The community needs hands-on help so people can live and work safely and comfortably in a healthy environment.
- Programs start on the second and fourth Monday of each month
- Affordable fees from CA$403 for 1 week
- Includes accommodation, meals (monday to friday), airport pick up, orientation and 24/7 support
Make homes and community facilities safer, healthier and more functional
Explore Colombia’s incredible natural environment
Stay with other volunteers in the safe area of El Quirinal, Bogotá
Who is this program suited to?
What to expect and how you'll make an impact
Bogotá is an intensely populated city and overcrowding is rife. Homes, schools and hospitals are often bursting at the seams and unable to cope with the growing number of people who need them. There’s often little money or support available for crucial repairs, regular maintenance or improvements that would make the buildings safer, more functional and attractive.
As a Construction and Renovation volunteer in Colombia - Bogotá you’ll do volunteer work led by a local foreman on the projects that are a priority in the community at the time.
Construction volunteer work varies, but tasks may include:
- Light demolition
- Installing kitchens
- Repairing furniture or equipment
- Renovating roofs
Why do Construction and Renovation volunteering in Bogota with IVHQ?
While volunteering on the Construction project in Bogotá, you’ll be helping out local neighbourhoods while also developing personally and professionally by:
- Making homes and community facilities more safe and useful
- Practicing your Spanish
- Developing your communication skills
- Gaining construction skills and experience
- Immersing yourself fully in Colombian culture
- Exploring Bogotá, Colombia’s lively capital
- Volunteers need to be 18 years or over to participate in this program. If you are under the age of 18, IVHQ offers alternative volunteer opportunities for teens. Visit our High School Volunteer Abroad page to learn more.
- All volunteers are required to speak fluent English, have adequate volunteer travel insurance and provide a criminal background check to IVHQ before departure.
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”This was my 10th volunteer placement with IVHQ in a span of 5 years. I have never been disappointed with any of the places and projects I have been to. And I have never met any other volunteers or country staff personnel that I didn't like and become friends with. Working with the local team in Bogota and watching them interact with the Venezuelan refugees w...as a very rewarding experience that I will not forget. The meals were very good and our beautiful cook worked tirelessly to prepare everything for us. Thanks for sharing the love.” read more
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Bogotá is Colombia’s capital, its biggest city and home to several IVHQ projects.The sprawling metropolis is a hive of activity where you can find an interesting mixture of nature, history, culture and modern convenience. There are plenty of museums, markets and mountains to be seen and vibrant nightlife, shopping and delicacies to try.
Some projects are set in Bogotá’s surrounding neighborhoods rather than the central city.
Arrival and orientation
The program orientation begins on the second and fourth Monday of every month. Volunteers need to arrive in Bogotá the day before orientation.
After you have registered for the program, please book your flights to arrive at the El Dorado International Airport (BOG). Your airport pick-up is included in your Program Fee.
When you arrive, you will be greeted at the airport by a member of the local team and taken to the volunteer accommodation in Bogotá. Your accommodation is covered by your Program Fee and includes the night before your program orientation.
If you are traveling in Bogotá prior to your volunteer program, you will need to make your own way to the volunteer accommodation and the local team will provide guidance on this.
Orientation is taken by our Colombia team at the volunteer apartment in Bogotá. Orientation is held on your chosen start date and covers everything you need to know for your volunteer program in Colombia – an introduction to Colombia, Colombian customs, language training details, rules and expectations, safety, travel opportunities in Colombia, and an introduction to your project and placement. The orientation will also give you a chance to meet other volunteers and swap contact details for weekend travel and socializing.
Volunteer schedule example
On your first day of volunteering, you will be escorted to your placement by a local coordinator and introduced to the placement staff you will be working with.
Volunteers typically work in morning and afternoon shifts, but work hours are dependent on the project and placement. Volunteers on the Bogotá program can easily take part in a range of the projects if they would like to, this can be arranged with the local coordinators. A typical volunteer day is as follows:
|7:30 AM||Breakfast at the volunteer accommodation.|
|8:00 AM||Volunteers leave home and travel to their placements.|
|8:30 AM - 1:00 PM||Volunteer work and a lunch break.|
|1:00 PM - 3:30 PM||Spanish lessons and volunteer work.|
|6:30 PM||Dinner at the volunteer house.|
To ensure the safety of our volunteers and respect of others in the volunteer apartment, a curfew of 11:00 PM has been put in place from Sunday to Thursday and a 2:00 AM curfew for Friday and Saturday.
During the weekends, volunteers have free time to relax or take the opportunity to explore Bogotá and wider Colombia. You can ride the cable car to Cerro de Monserrate, boasting breathtaking views of all of Bogotá, or in the center of the city, walk the cobblestone streets of La Candelaria as you explore the Botero Museum, Gold Museum and Emerald Museum. At the Usaquen Flea Market, pick up souvenirs for friends and family, listen to live music, and stroll down more cobblestone streets set amid colonial architecture. Further afield, explore the coastal paradise of the Caribbean, the numerous hiking adventures of the Andes, or the natural wonders of the Orinoquia region.
Accommodation and WiFi
You’ll stay in a volunteer house in the safe neighborhood of El Qurinal. Bedrooms have bunk beds and volunteers can expect to be sharing a room with up to six other volunteers of the same gender. Bedding is not provided, so you’ll need to bring your own sleeping bag and fitted single sheet, towels and toiletries.
Living is comfortable and the volunteer apartment has electricity, running water and western bathrooms, generally with hot water. For couples or those wanting more privacy, private rooms in the volunteer apartment are available for an additional CA$33 per night. Private rooms are subject to availability.
WiFi is available at the volunteer house, although this can glitch out at times. You can purchase a local SIM card with data for an unlocked mobile phone to keep connected.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served at the volunteer apartment Monday through Friday.
Breakfast is varied and can include pancakes, fruit, eggs and arepas (corn bread). Lunch and dinner include a range of traditional dishes like Ajiaco - a chicken soup or stew - and Bandeja Paisa - a platter of various foods including beans, rice, meats, egg, avocado and lemon.
During the weekends, volunteers can prepare their own meals using the ingredients provided, or can eat out at one of Bogotá’s many restaurants.
Tea, coffee, fresh juices and toast are available in the volunteer apartment throughout the day. Purified water is available in the volunteer house, however it is recommended that volunteers buy bottled water for drinking at their placements.
If you have any special dietary requirements, please let us know when you apply for the program so we can make arrangements for you.
Due 30 days before you start, or within 48 hours if you register inside of 30 days. Covers the cost of hosting you.
|1 week||CA$403 Equivalent to CA$58/day|
|2 weeks||CA$635 Equivalent to CA$46/day|
|3 weeks||CA$854 Equivalent to CA$41/day|
|4 weeks||CA$1059 Equivalent to CA$38/day|
|5 weeks||CA$1264 Equivalent to CA$37/day|
|6 weeks||CA$1469 Equivalent to CA$35/day|
|8 weeks||CA$1946 Equivalent to CA$35/day|
|10 weeks||CA$2423 Equivalent to CA$35/day|
|12 weeks||CA$2912 Equivalent to CA$35/day|
|16 weeks||CA$3892 Equivalent to CA$35/day|
|20 weeks||CA$4872 Equivalent to CA$35/day|
|24 weeks||CA$5852 Equivalent to CA$35/day|
- Meals (Monday to Friday)
- 24/7 in-country support
- In-country program orientation
- Pre-departure support from your Program Manager
- Airport pick-up
- Personalized preparation tools, guides and check lists
- Access to IVHQ’s preferred insurance and flights partners
- Certificate of International Volunteering
- All programs attract a Registration Fee of CA$395 in addition to the Program Fee. This covers all pre-departure support services. IVHQ fees are priced in USD but you may elect to pay in CAD.
- A 5% international banking fee is added at point of payment.
- Additional things to budget for include: Visa, flights, travel insurance (mandatory), vaccinations, criminal background check, public transport to and from your placement each day and return to the airport when your program finishes.
- Recommended spending money: Volunteers in Bogota generally find US$60 to be sufficient for basic weekly expenses.
Spanish language lessons
Spanish language lessons are available for all volunteers regardless of their ability. IVHQ recommends these lessons for all volunteers unless they are fluent in Spanish. Volunteers with a basic level of Spanish should strongly consider these lessons to allow them to work and communicate more effectively during their program. These language lessons are organized upon your arrival in Bogotá during your program orientation. The language course is tailored to each volunteer’s current level of Spanish. The cost is very affordable and offered exclusively to IVHQ volunteers at US$15 per 90 minutes. There is also ample opportunity to participate in conversation exchanges if your Spanish is at a more advanced level.
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Safety and support
IVHQ follows best practice and industry-leading health and safety procedures, which are regularly reviewed and optimized as part of the B Corporation recertification.
- All volunteers encouraged to complete our interactive pre-departure training.
- All local teams trained on best practice volunteer management & First Aid.
- All IVHQ programs are required to adhere to IVHQ's Risk Management Policy.
- All volunteers have access to 24/7 in-country support from our local team.
Protecting against COVID-19:
Volunteers tested for COVID-19 within 72 hours of travel
Health & safety information provided during orientation
Strict disinfecting standards for programs & accomodation
Greater physical distance between volunteers
Essential country information
|Currency||Colombian Peso (KES)|
Weather and climate
Given Colombia’s proximity to the equator, the country experiences little variation in temperature throughout the year. However, the climate does vary greatly with changes in altitude, creating various climactic zones from hot, coastal lowlands to freezing, mountainous peaks. Bogotá has a mild climate that is generally characterized by frequent cloudiness and occasional drizzling rains throughout the year. Days are cool (averaging 19°C/65°F) and nights can be cold, due to the altitude (average 5°C/40°F).