Visiting Colombia with Conviventia:
Our Work Teams initiative
Our Work Teams Initiative immerses groups of caring individuals in a one-week or two-week charitable experience in Colombia. For these trips, we offer 5 categories: Enrichment, Construction, Ministry, Training, and Outreach.
Who are work team trips structured for?
Though they typically function as a springboard for church groups, schools, colleges, and universities to commit good works, we encourage any group of like-minded, compassionate individuals wanting to contribute to positive change to connect with us!
How many people make up a work team?
We usually manage groups of 6-20 enthusiastic, hard-working, open-hearted individuals.
What does a work team do?
Work Teams support ongoing projects in the areas of Education, Child Protection, Income Generation, Community Development, Housing, Health, and Humanitarian Aid, so your team has an array of opportunities to choose from. Your group might already have clear goals and objectives in mind, but pairing up open opportunities will always contribute to improved results.
How does Conviventia support your group during your visit?
Conviventia will host and coordinate all aspects of your mission trip in the field, assisting in preparations to tailor-make an experience best suited to the skills and interests of your group. Our staff will plan each detail of the mission trip with you, considering all options well in advance of your trip. During this process, Conviventia will supply resources and helpful information for you to train your team, as it is our desire that your group has a life-changing experience. Our professional member organization and associates will receive your group in-country and accompany you on outreach, overseeing all logistical aspects of your trip; so that team leaders can focus on the personal needs of the group and participants can focus on their own crucial work.
What kinds of trips does Conviventia offer?
We offer 5 different Work Team categories, so your group can decide which one aligns most with your interests and objectives:
- Enrichment (a gift of presence)
- Ministry and Evangelism
Assist in bringing music or the arts to those working to expand their abilities, teach a holiday ESL course to eager learners, or help organize and run youth leadership training for our students.
Conviventia strives to help both students and their families, and we welcome help from those willing to provide business seminars, workshops for emerging micro-entrepreneurs, guidance for family seminars, or other instruction in areas of enrichment which bring stability and joy to our students and families in Colombia.
Conviventia always needs support in the building or upkeep of its facilities, where hundreds of boys, girls, men, and women access education, training, and other vital services. Construction trips could include, besides actual construction, direct assistance with light maintenance, repairs and/or the painting of facilities, furniture, and equipment. Alternatively, the work team can participate in our Housing Project, improving the condition of life for families living in small shacks usually made of cardboard, plastic, tin, wooden pallets, or any material they can find.
Help provide lasting hope by visiting with families living in our target communities. If you are a doctor, nurse, dentist, or other health professional or technician, your medical support, whether during times of crisis or disaster or simply when functioning as regular care, remains invaluable to families with limited access. Medical efforts focus mainly on disease prevention and the promotion of health. We try to ensure that every person that gets medical attention gets prayed over and get to hear the good news of the ultimate healer, our lord Jesus.
Is there an age limit to participate?
No! We arrange all kinds of trips with people of all ages; however, any individual that is underage must have a responsible guardian accompany them at all times throughout the duration of their trip.
How much does it cost?
Price varies depending on a variety of factors, such as time of year, airline ticket prices, the duration of stay for a specific trip, and the destination(s) of your trip; for example, pricing can vary between a work team that only visits Bogota and one that visits Cartagena as well. Considering the above, you can expect expenses to average between US$1,725 – $2,025 for 2021.
Travel or budget restrictions?
We have recently begun carrying out Virtual Work Teams that connect our staff, families and communities with your group without you having to leave the country. Although nothing compares to an in-person experience, the amazing upside of these virtual encounters is that what would normally cover expenses for a physical trip can instead be donated directly to our communities, programs and projects. These virtual encounters can be zoom home visits, prayer calls/meetings, seminars or virtual workshops with our team and families in Colombia, and much more. The opportunities are endless! If God has placed an idea in your heart for a Virtual trip, a desire to participate, or you would simply like to learn more about what these virtual trips entail, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 281-994-7844.
What can visiting Colombia with Conviventia do for you?
Who better to answer this question than your peers! Some of our awesome partners who have participated
in our Work Teams Initiative have decided to share their stories with you:
Work Teams Testimony from Carlos Toscano
Over the past five years I have been to Cartagena on several missions and there have been many memorable experiences that have enriched my life.
Work Teams Testimony from Brigitta Diaz
Short term mission trips are awesome in two ways. It blesses the people and workers in the places where the mission trip takes place, and it blesses the person who is going.
Conviventia partner testimony from Connie
Hi! My name is Connie. I’m an APRN and midwife with a busy practice, and a fierce love of God. I have had the privilege to go to Colombia with Conviventia as part of a team for 8 years now!