Caring for the Elderly in Colombia from US$270

Company : International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ)
Activities: Community Volunteer Projects / NGO
Location : Bogota
Duration: 1 week to 6 months
Approx Costs: 250 to 1000 $ Dollars (US)

Apply to work with disadvantaged and ill elderly people at support centers in Colombia's capital city - Bogata.

In most Western countries the elderly have homes, centers and care workers readily available for them. However, in Colombia there is very little or no financial help from the government to help their own elderly people. Due to war, neglect, poverty and disease, families may find themselves living in homes with up 8, 9, 10 other people.

They cannot afford to feed every mouth and with about 70% of elderly folks suffering with one or more form of long term illness, the families simply cannot afford the medication either. This unfortunately leads to more and more elderly people being abandoned and left to fend for themselves on the streets of Bogota and when suffering from certain illnesses such as dementia and pneumonia, this is extremely difficult. 

With the help of our volunteers the local staff can increase the number of women they can look after. The volunteers can help with everything from medication to feeding and ladies receive love, food, shelter, and medication. Hogar de Cristo is a home where you might be working, the ladies suffer from a wide range of problems such as blindness, deafness, some are unable to talk, arthritis, dementia and general day to day illnesses such as the flu and colds. There is never a dull moment whilst volunteering here. 

The volunteers main job will be to keep the elderly company and to keep them entertained. There is not really a lot arranged for the elderly to do here and that is why the volunteers are required. They can play a wide range of games (such as bingo) and board games with the elderly, whilst also arranging drawing and painting activities and even reading to the ladies.

The ladies also love to dance which is a great form of exercise for them. You can bring your own music if they wish but the ladies prefer the traditional Colombian music of course. They need to exercise at least once a day so dancing is by far the most effective method of doing this as they enjoy it. Some of the elderly are in wheelchairs and thus are unable to dance but they need exercise too, the volunteers can take the ladies for walks but there are also physiotherapy facilities available. The ladies also have monthly trips to the doctors, the staff need as much assistance as possible from the volunteers here. 


Cost & How to Apply

  • This program is offered as part of a structured package with prices starting from US$270 (1 week) to US$3120 (24 weeks).
  • Included in this price is placements, in-country 24/7 support, information pack, airport pick up, orientation, program supervision, meals and accommodation for the duration of your stay.

Start Dates

1st and 15th of every month.


- Volunteers must be over 18 years of age at the beginning of the program
- Volunteers must speak fluent English
- Volunteers must present a recent criminal background check
- Spanish is not a prerequisite for the Colombia program, however on certain projects, the level of volunteer work will be restricted with limited Spanish. We recommend all volunteers, regardless of their Spanish language ability, take advantage of the very affordable Spanish lessons offered exclusively

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