Latin America → Colombia

Fundación Tiempo de Juego

Using soccer to promote values and formal education for vulnerable youth


Use soccer to promote youth leadership, social inclusion and education for vulnerable youth


During your COLOMBIA experience you will:

    • Play friendly soccer matches with local children in unforgettable locations
    • Visit Tiempo de Juego programming in both Santa Marta and Cazucá
    • Participate in Tiempo de Juego programming with local vulnerable young boys and girls
    • Experience the natural beauty of Colombia and its rich cultural traditions
    • Attend a professional soccer match*
    • Visit spectacular sites like Tayrona National Park, Guatavita Lake and the Thermal Baths of the Macheta Volcanoes
    • Make friendships that will last a lifetime

*dependent on schedules

Experience profile


Day 1

Depart for Bogotá. Arrival at Airport in Bogotá. Transfer to accommodations, Check in at hotel. Welcome meeting with Tiempo de Juego team. 

Day 2

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.

Day 3

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.

Day 4

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)

Day 5

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.

Day 6

Breakfast and workshop with local Taganga fisherman, learning to knit. Guided tour of Chinchorro with local Taganga fisherman, learning about traditional fishing culture.

Day 7

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)

Day 8

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 9

Day trip to Tayrona National Park, visiting beautiful mountains and beaches. Social and Emotional Intelligence Workshop 3: Poverty and Inequality in Colombia.

Day 10

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.

Day 11

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.

Day 12

Transfer to airport, fly home. Arrive home.


  • All required ground transportation throughout your trip (airport transfers included).
  • All soccer training sessions.
  • All community service and educational activities.
  • All cultural and sightseeing activities.
  • Use of training facilities for soccer practice sessions.
  • Water during all practices.
  • 2-3 soccer games against local teams.
  • Full board during your stay in Bogotá and Santa Marta (breakfast, lunch and dinner).
  • 11 nights accommodation.
  • A full time Tour Supervisor on-call 24 hours a day.
  • Cancellation and medical insurance.


A school backpack is ideal as it will be used for day trips.

Important reminders

  • Ear buds
  • Change of clothes
  • Reuseable water bottle
  • Medication
  • Additional community service forms
  • Outlet power converter
  • Consent to travel form
  • Emergency contacts
  • Passport
  • Photocopy of passport
  • Two passport photos (needed for Visa)
  • Wallet/money
  • Book and/or journal
  • Pen
  • Phone
  • Chargers
  • Camera

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.