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How we found the heartbeat of the authentic Colombia during our Volunteer Adventure

Updated: Apr 26

Text by Johnny & Jan, April 2024

Are you looking for a way to discover a Colombia without crowds of tourists? Do you want to enjoy a lunch cooked by a colombian grandmother in her house? Do you speak little to no Spanish but still want to have the most authentic journey through this beautiful country known as „the gate to South America“? Then we hardly recommend you to check out Bucaravoluntours!✨

Although Simon and Laura did not hesitate to come up with a suggested programme during our stay, we were much involved in the preparations so we could express our personal wishes and interests. Personalization is key to their offer, which made our stay even more memorable and truly exceeded our expectations.

Right on our first day we were warmly welcomed with a feast of colombian traditional food, which was lovely prepared by a colombian grandmother. We felt her joy and happiness as she welcomed us in her house, but don‘t you dare to not finish your plate! 😜

The following days, we had the chance to get to know Bucaramanga from different angles. From playing with local children and learning some traditional dances to deep dive into the history of the city (trust us, you‘ve never experienced such a city tour which included some theatrical aspects!🎭).

Despite speaking just little Spanish, we did not miss any information as Simon and Laura made great efforts to translate everything to English and German (muchissimas gracias!)

One of the highlights was definitely our visit of a local prison, where we engaged with the inmates and even received a dance performance from them 🕺🏽 Even though we didn‘t know their past, we genuinely felt their regret, their energy and hope for a second chance. Undeniably a once in a lifetime moment, which will last with us for a lifetime.

Once we were soaked up with knowledge, it was time for a change of scenery. We finished our stay with a two days tour to San Gil, the second largest canyon in the world. The tour was packed with adventurous activities such as river rafting and ziplining.

This project exceeded our expecations by far. We would like to thank Simon and Laura for their exerted tremendous effort and for the unforgettable memories we made during this amazing volunteer adventure in Colombia. Besides the many different tours and activities we made, it was also always about helping the locals and to do good for ALL people of Bucaramanga. The devotion and dedication Simon and Laura have for this project is truly inspiring. Muchas gracias!❤


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