Social Volunteering in a Retirement Home in Colombia

Support Senior Citizens in Latin America

This retirement home is a local NGO established in the 1960s to care for senior citizens with lows earnings/pensions.

Volunteer in a retirement home - GlobAlongMost of the 120 seniors living in this retirement home have no other housing option.

Located in a small Colombian town, this centre is here to offer senior citizens a home, meals, clothing, medical treatment and therapy.

A senior citizens' day centre is located in a neighbouring village. You can join the 30-50 assistants who facilitate cultural activities and come to chat with senior citizens everyday.

Some residents at these centres do not have a family to look after them or even visit them. Volunteers play an important part in helping them socialise. Meeting new people, having a chat and sharing memories can bring a lot of happiness to these senior residents.

Support senior citizens in Colombia - GlobAlongYou could combine several social volunteering missions during your time in Colombia: for instance, you could help in the senior citizens' day centre in the morning and in the retirement home or the youth centre in the afternoon.
Please let us know if you wish to combine two social volunteering missions in Colombia!

As a volunteer, you may take place in the following tasks:

  • Organising and facilitating cultural and fun activities
  • Preparing meals and helping some residents during meal times
  • Senior Citizens' Day Centre in Latin America - GlobAlongHaving a chat and sharing a moment with the residents

All volunteers are welcome to join this programme but if you do have medical skills, this would be a plus!

If you are a nursing student, you could take part in this programme as an internship. You may take part in the following tasks:

  • Assisting the medical staff with health check-ups
  • Blood pressure check-ups
  • Weight and height check-ups
  • Supporting residents through their therapy sessions

Social volunteering in Colombia - GlobAlong Required qualifications:

  • To be over 18
  • To be motivated and willing to help
  • To be mature and independent
  • To be open-minded
  • Minimum stay of 4 weeks


This volunteering programme can be done as an internship.

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