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Let's Go VolunteerWhat you should bring with you


Pack and travel Light! Don't bring any unnecessary clothing or items of high sentimental or material value. Bring clothes that you might be willing to leave behind, to use up in work activities or to pass on to a needy person. Be prepared to wear the same garments often throughout your trip. You might also bring along a journal or notebook so that you'll be able to reflect upon and write about your experiences.

Here will give you a list of items that you might consider bringing:

  • A backpack
  • A smaller day pack
  • A rain jacket (it can rain very hard but never for long)
  • 1 formal pants/dress.
  • 1 or 2 jeans (comfortable)
  • 4 or 5 t-shirts
  • 1 or 2 shorts
  • Swim suit (there are lots of opportunities to swim)
  • 2 long sleeved shirts
  • 1 hat or cap
  • Sunglasses
  • 1 fleece
  • Socks and underwear
  • Sandals and sports shoes
  • Hiking shoes (if you hike)
  • Small flashlight
  • A journal
  • Spanish Dictionary (if you need it)
  • Camera (don't forget the cables)
  • Laptop, iPhone, iPad (although we do have computers here for your use)
  • Money belt
  • A guide book (though we have some here and you can make photocopies)
  • A padlock and cable lock (for your backpack, in case you travel and stay at hostels)
  • Sewing kit (for those emergency repairs)
  • An alarm clock or at least a watch with an alarm
  • A personal medical aid kit: (even though we are well prepared for minor problems, it better to be safe and sorry)
    • Sun block (a must)
    • Diarrhea pills
    • Band-Aids and bandages
    • Antihistamine
    • Aspirin
    • Insect repellent
    • Antiseptic cream
  • Photocopies of all your documents, and place them apart from the originals.
  • Note: Feminine hygiene items can be bought here.
  • Note: We provide bed linen but many volunteers find that bring a towel from home can be a good idea

Lesa, UK

Lesa, UK

All the children are lovely, polite and have big smiles - quite a contrast to some of the children in the UK who have so much more.


Richard, Canada

Richard, Canada

I am leaving with a greater awareness of how little it take to make someone else's life so much better. I have a ton of memories and 800 great photos.


Liliana, Canada

Liliana, Canada

The kids are so great and amazing. When we left they organized dances, poems, songs and made us beautiful cards.


Caroline, Belgium

Caroline, Belgium

I got a very good view of how locals live in Ibagué. I got to be in close contact with a lot of the kids, which has been a rewarding experience.


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