Wed, Feb 26|
SOAR to Bogota - February
For our first SOAR of 2020, we volunteered in Colombia!
Time & Location
Feb 26, 2020, 10:00 AM EST – Feb 28, 2020, 7:00 PM EST
Ciudad Bolívar, Ciudad Bolívar, Bogota, Colombia
About the Event
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Our fist SOAR of the year is going to be in Colombia! We were blessed to have a real impact on the lives of the children in the locality of Ciudad Bolivar in Bogota!
Ciudad Bolivar is a locality in the south of Bogota, this urban area concentrates the poorest population in the city and is known for its rampant levels of violence.
From February 26th to the 28th, Caring Crew partnered with Vahum School to promote activities that impacted not just the local children of all ages, but entire families. And believe us, the families made just as big an impact on the Caring Crew team. When we unexpectedly needed more space for crafts, one family opened their home to our craft team. Parents always escorted activity groups to and from locations like the soccer field or different homes, making sure we were safe. And we were always welcome to a cup of freshly brewed coffee! We were fortunate to partner with Around the Worlds, Around the World, to promote activites for the kids such as soccer, crafts, science experiments, dancing, and puppet-making. One day, we took the children and some parents to the local Children's Museum, then back to our hotel for a special luncheon. Caring Crew and VAHUM had rented out the dining room for the private event. When one little girl asked, "Why is every thing so fancy?" We told her, "It's all for you!" Her eyes lit up with excitement and disbelief!
On our last day of SOAR, the VAHUM teachers and local residents invited Caring Crew to their neighborhood Community Center, nestled in amongst the rainbow buildings. There, the children showed off their skills by performing a dance for us! It was such a sweet production because we'd seen them working hard and practicing throughout our visit. Then, to our surprise, we were able to meet their grandparents! It was such a touching experience to have them so excited to meet us; we were all genuinely touched by their sincerity. The grandparents then each partnered with a volunteer and taught us a traditional Colombian dance! It was the perfect way to seal these special memories as we packed ourselves in our teal-colored bus, waving "See you later," to our new friends who treated us like family.
Please let us know if you have any questions