A Day in Bogotá

Today was our one and only day off from doing orientation activities, and I wanted to make the most of it. A group of us started out at the Museo del Oro (Gold Museum). The museum displays items made of gold and other metals that were made by indigenous peoples before the Spanish conquest of Colombia. It […]

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Bogotá’s Monserrate

The plan for today, our fourth day of orientation, was for all the volunteers to take a trip to the Cancillería (immigration office) to register for our cédulas (a Colombian identification document that would make us eligible to teach and use the Colombian national health insurance). We hopped on a bus in pouring rain at 6:30 am […]

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Orientation Day 2 and A Soccer Game

This morning started with a sort of activities fair. the Volunteers Colombia staff set up various stations in a meeting room at the hotel, and all the new teachers cycled through them. At the various stations we had our blood drawn (Colombian national ID documents, which we all will get, must list the holder’s blood type), signed […]

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Orientation Day 1

I was lucky to have a roommate, because my phone (aka my alarm clock) died in the middle of the night. Having gone to bed so late, I would definitely have missed the beginning of training if my kindly roommate hadn’t woken me up. Breakfast for all the new teachers was a buffet held in […]

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