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¡Bienvenidos a Colombia! A country known for its welcoming attitude, intersectional cultures, and abundant natural wonders, Colombia offers a host of opportunities to expand your world view. Here in the second most biodiverse country in the world, a vibrance for life is reflected in its people, history, and environment. This two week programme takes you off the tourist track to experience an authentic view into the culture through the eyes of a host family in the mountains of Popayán.

You’ll get a chance to explore the city of Popayán, which is a small-town famous for its chalk-white facades. The town was founded in 1537 and is popular for the variety of churches, museums, Pueblito Patajo, and monuments. There’s also the opportunity for horse back riding and salsa dance classes!

You will also Tour of the Puracé Natural Park, guided by the indigenous Cabildo of the region. There will be a possibility of watching and feeding Andean Condors that live in the area. These are one of the world’s largest flying birds, with wingspans over 11 ft! Following on, you’ll continue towards the viewpoint of the Laguna San Rafael, after that there will be a visit to the waterfall of Bedon, and visit the geothermal pools of San Juan. This is a place of a renowned natural beauty. Finally, hike to the volcano Puracé for an unforgettable experience.

Visit the homes that are part of the Great Corn Route. Here participants will meet, experience, and participate in the production of corn, such of arepas, tortillas, and other products made with coffee (cookies, Arequipa truffles). You’ll have the opportunity to visit a coffee farm and learn about the process.

What's included in your experience

  • Airfare
  • Airport Pick-up
  • Host Family Placement
  • Housing
  • Meals
  • Medical Insurance
  • 24/7 Emergency Support
  • Field Trips
  • Cultural Tours
  • Assistance with Application Process
  • Visa Application Assistance
  • Continuous Support
  • Worldwide Presence
  • 70 Years Experience

What you are responsible for

  • Vaccinations
  • Visa and Passport Fees

Let AFS guide your intercultural adventure

Kick-start your future with AFS and discover who you really are, make new lifetime friendships and immerse yourself in a fascinating intercultural experience.

This programme begins at your home country with a pre-departure orientation and continues with orientations, other supported learning activities and facilitated conversations which will help you maximize your experience, cope with the challenges of navigating a new culture and community as well as gain knowledge, skills, and a global understanding throughout your time abroad, and as you return to your home country. AFS volunteers will be there to support and guide you and your host family the whole way through.

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