All our programs take place in Ibagué, which is located 200 km west of the capital of Colombia, Bogota. Its geographical location of 4º North latitude and 75º West longitude means it is ideally located almost directly in the centre of the countries three largest cities Bogotá, Medellin and Cali. Its attitude 1,248 meters ensures its climate is pleasant and warm all year round with an average temperature of 22ºCentigrade (or 79º Fahrenheit)
Ibagué is a peaceful and safe city (even by international standards), surrounded by gorgeous mountains in a beautiful valley. Blessed with great weather, Ibagué is warm but never too hot. It is the perfect place to study and spend some time. Since it is a mid-sized city of approximately 500.000 people, Ibagué is large enough to cater to the needs of travelers without suffering the stress and strains of large city living.
Ibagué is also the Cuidad de Musica (City of Music) and is well know by Colombians as the center of Colombian music and folklore. Its folklore festival in the last week of June is attended by Colombians from all over the world.
The most remarkable thing about Ibagué is the true friendliness of its people. The people of Ibagué are laid back, very accepting and extremely warm and social. Besides the beautiful landscape, there are interesting museums and great outdoors activities to do and see. The city is known as the musical city of Colombia; due to its excellent conservatory founded in the 1900s.
It is conveniently located 3 hours from Bogotá, 3 hours from the world famous Zonacafetera (Coffee Zone), 5 hours from Cali and 8 hours from Medellin.
The city's Perales Airport has domestic flights operated by most of the Colombian carriers. With 64 flights a week it means Ibagué is well connected to a wide range of destination. Likewise the bus terminal has connections to all major destinations throughout the country.
For someone like me trying to discover my Colombian roots the whole experience has had a real positive effect on me.
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.
I really feel like we were able to "make a difference" if only in the daily life of the kids by providing a healthy hot meal and being affectionate, fun and helpful.
It was great! I arrived on a Saturday, got a great tour of Bogotá, then came to Ibagué the next day. From the first moment I felt comfortable and welcome. I plan to come back and volunteer again.
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