CANCELLED | Colombia: Community Meeting Space

Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, Colombia

CANCELLED | Colombia: Community Meeting Space

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It is with great sadness that we report we are cancelling the Colombia trip due to the protests that turned violent this past weekend.  While Santa Marta and the Carribean coast of Colombia remain safe and quiet, all flights transit through Bogeta.  We hope to return to this amazing country and to our project partners as soon as safely possible.

Minimum Fundraising Commitment: $2,500 including $150 non-refundable deposit

Each week needs 5 volunteers to run the trip.

Preserving the traditional ways of life is important to the Kogui indigenous community that live in the highlands of the beautiful Sierra Nevada Mountains of Northern Colombia.  In 2019, Surf For Life volunteers worked side-by-side with the local community to renovate a classroom space where students now participate in cultural classes. This year, Surf For Life volunteers are being asked to help build a Maloca - a comfortable meeting space for teaching, playing, and strengthening the social fabric of the community. As shared with us, the Maloca is a space where the spirit is liberated; stories, myths, rites and customs are shared orally to children, youth and adults.  Join us for the next phase of this project in an inspiring location!

How You Can Help

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Feb 2 - Feb 9
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Project Details

Minimum Fundraising Commitment: $2,500

Location: Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, Colombia

Project: Classroom Renovation

Community Partner: Alto Don Diego Community Action Board

Community and Project Description:

Located on the site of an ancient Tayrona city, Taironaka Ecolodge has preserved the archeological remains that include stone paths and terraces and serves as the location for the community project. The Kogui indigenous community (approximately 1500 people, with 1000-1200 between the ages of 3rd and 11th grade) that live in the highlands come down from their mountain home twice a month for cultural programs including music and art.  

Our local partner, Alto Don Diego Community Action Board, is a social organization that serve the indigenous communities of the Sierra Nevada Mountains of northern Colombia, and focused on community development and increasing access to education. Working with the community they have identified the need to add an outdoor meeting space to enhance the classroom space.

Taironaka offers you a unique experience of immersion in the abundant flora, ancient history, and where you can learn and share the Kogui indigenous culture.

Travel Details:

Please note that this is a Sunday to Sunday trip. Depending on where you are traveling from, flights may require leaving your destination on Saturday to arrive in Santa Marta for the first gathering on Sunday night. Please check flights and your work schedule before registering.

The hotel is located on the Caribbean Sea in the town of Palomino, and 30 minutes from the work site. Volunteers will travel into the mountains to the project site to work with the indigenous community to build the community space, participate in local cultural activities and enjoy the wildlife along the Don Diego River.

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