Latin America → Colombia
Fundación Tiempo de Juego
Using soccer to promote values and formal education for vulnerable youth
World famous for its breathtaking natural beauty and passionate soccer culture, Colombia also makes the news for its turbulent social and political scene.
Despite the dawn of a new era of peace in the country, there are many challenges facing the youth of Colombia. Over one-third of the population lives below the poverty line and this widespread inequality has resulted in a social climate characterized by conflict and a lack of access to education, employment, and healthcare for the nation’s poorest people.
As in many countries, these challenges disproportionately affect children. Without the benefits of formal education and employment opportunities, the next generation will be unable to break the cycle of poverty.
The top sport for young people in Colombia is soccer. You’ll join the world-respected, non-profit organization Tiempo de Juego, working with their projects in Santa Marta and Cazucá, using the power of the beautiful game to bring people together, teach values, and promote formal education.
During your COLOMBIA experience you will:
*dependent on schedules
Tiempo de Juego
Group of Focus
Area of Focus
Youth leadership, social inclusion and education
Vibrant and modern Bogotá and charming and historical Santa Marta
Beach soccer with locals, walking tour of La Candelaria neighborhood of Bogotá, Hike to the summit of Monserrate, attend a professional soccer match and much more
Depart for Bogotá. Arrival at Airport in Bogotá. Transfer to accommodations, Check in at hotel. Welcome meeting with Tiempo de Juego team.
Introduction to the third half and Tiempo de Juego. Experiential daylong soccer workshop using the ‘Tiempo de Juego’ methodology. City tour of Cazucá. Sightseeing in the historic La Candelaria neighborhood of downtown Bogotá, and visit to the Museo del Oro.
Workshop with young leaders on Positive Leadership. Cazucá soccer game on the semiprofessional field of Tibanica. Workshop on gender equality and social inclusion. Futsal game a local turf field. Record the tour song at Labzuca, Tiempo de Juego’s media creative lab. Social and Emotional Intelligence Workshop 1: Global Leadership and International Development.
Hike to the summit of Monserrate and return in Funicular. Bicycle tour through the traditional markets and neighborhoods of Bogotá. Pick up game. (*Depending on game availability)
Morning flight to Santa Marta. Afternoon tour of downtown Santa Marta. Beach soccer with young people from Barrio La Lucha. Social and Emotional Intelligence Workshop 2: Social Entrepreneurship and Design Thinking.
Breakfast and workshop with local Taganga fisherman, learning to knit. Guided tour of Chinchorro with local Taganga fisherman, learning about traditional fishing culture.
Responsible Tourism workshop and itinerary design. Tour of Barrio Pescadito, home to preeminent Colombian players like Pibe Valderrama. Attend a soccer match in the Santa Marta Stadium. (*Depending on game availability)
JINSO Social Innovation Game using Design Thinking and Human Centered Design to address a local issue. ‘Samaria’ urban culture and Hip Hop dance workshop. Friendly soccer game against Tiempo de Juego kids from Barrio La Lucha.
Day trip to Tayrona National Park, visiting beautiful mountains and beaches. Social and Emotional Intelligence Workshop 3: Poverty and Inequality in Colombia.
Morning flight to Bogota. Urban orchard workshop with mothers in Cazucá, learning about local plants and recipes. 5 vs. 5 mini soccer tournament with local kids.
Morning trip to the Thermal Baths of the Macheta Volcanoes. Visit to Guatavita Sacred Lake. Temazcal Ceremony and traditional lunch with local indigenous community. Farewell dinner and celebration with Tiempo de Juego and time for group reflection.
Transfer to airport, fly home. Arrive home.
A school backpack is ideal as it will be used for day trips.
Appropriate attire for service projects– students should be wearing Bermuda or basketball length shorts or pants. This is especially important to females. T-shirts should cover the chest and shoulders- nothing too low cut, and no undergarments should ever be showing.Appropriate attire for touring– students will be visiting temples and museums throughout their program. All students will be expected to have their shoulders and knees covered. Please be sure to bring at least one pair of lightweight capris and t-shirts that are modest (no v-neck/low cut tees).*Business casual outfit– a long sleeved collared shirt and lightweight trousers will work best for boys. A long skirt and appropriate shirt is ideal for girls.