HELP EDUCATE UNDERSERVED YOUTH IN ONE OF THE BEAUTIFUL AND DIVERSE NATIONS ON EARTH
From snow-capped mountains to tropical jungle and unspoilt beaches, Colombia boasts some of the world’s most diverse natural beauty. You’ll experience all this and more as the third half takes you to a country that can claim to be among the world’s most passionate soccer nations. You’ll experience the culture and history of Bogotá, high in the mountains with world famous landmarks like La Candelaria and Montserrate, before traveling to stunning Santa Marta on the Caribbean coast.
After almost five decades of civil conflict, Colombia is entering an historic new period of peace. Many people displaced by violence in the rural areas moved to cities like Bogotá and Santa Marta, where they still face many problems. You’ll see first-hand how soccer is helping bring education and hope to vulnerable youth and experience a level of soccer passion you have never seen before!
Bogotá is the capital and largest city of Colombia, with a population of about ten million. Nestled among three different ‘cordilleras’ (mountain ranges) in the center of the country, Bogotá offers vibrant culture and breathtaking views. Climb to the top of Monserrate and see the old world charm of the cathedral that rests on top. Enjoy a bike ride through downtown Bogotá, taking the city’s spectacular street art. Stop for typical ‘Bandeja Paisa’ dish for lunch, shop in the Zona Rosa or enjoy the cobblestoned charm of La Candelaria.
Framed by the stunning Sierra Nevada mountains and lined with tropical white beaches, Santa Marta lies on Colombia’s northern, Caribbean coast which is lined with beaches of white sand. Founded in 1525, it is the oldest surviving city in Colombia, and the second oldest in all of South America.
Everywhere you go in Santa Marta – from the beaches to the streets – you will see soccer being played. You’ll join pickup games with local kids, play matches against local teams and help Tiempo de Juego deliver their lives skills programs to children in the barrios that have given birth to some of the world’s greatest soccer players.
You’ll also learn about local craftsmanship and industry both old and new, from visiting a mochilla maker’s workshop to snorkelling with local Taganga fishermen on Monocuaca Beach and learning how to knit fishing nets, to taking part in a hip hop workshop run by local youth and tasting the freshest coffee at a farm in the mountains.
Santa Marta is also a wonderful place to experience the best of Colombia’s natural beauty and vibrant, welcoming culture. In nearby Tayrona National Park you’ll find soaring mountains and secluded beaches, perfect for enjoying a beautiful sunset at the end of another thrilling day.
This destination offers a range of soccer activities that we can use to create experiences from BEGINNER to ELITE level.
Experiences available include*;
- Experiential, day-long workshop in the Tiempo de Juego methodology in the Cazuca community of Bogotá
- Learn football3 – a unique way of playing football that is changing lives across the world. It is based on the principle that the basic values of fair play, gender equality, teamwork and respect
- Beach soccer with local young people from Barrio La Lucha in Santa Marta
- Friendly full-sided match v a local youth team
- Pick-up futsal in the streets of La Candelaria, Bogotá
- Attend a professional soccer game in Bogotá or Santa Marta (subject to availability and additional cost)