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.
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.