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Volunteering in Colombia is not that easy!

Backpackers frequently stop by or email Hostal Tamarindo in Medellin offering to work as a volunteer in exchange for accommodation.  This is easier said than done. Colombian laws only allow volunteering if the visa the person is travelling on is for the purpose of volunteering.

Upon arrival in Colombia, your passport gets stamped.  The stamp has the number that corresponds to your type of visa and the number of days you may stay in the country before having to renew your visa.  Most travellers travel on a PIP-5 visa, which is a tourist visa.  This visa does NOT allow you to work as a volunteer.

If you want to volunteer, you must request a change to a TP-6 visa.  Visit the following link for additional information on this type of visa.

You may also want to check out the law that prohibits volunteering as a tourist (It’s in Spanish, sorry!):  Ley 720 de 2001

Having said all of this, you may still find hostels that are willing to hire volunteers and risk paying steep fines and or have their businesses shut down.



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Posted by on September 11, 2017 in Colombia, Hostels, Volunteering


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Indian Cream Cheese Recipe for Hostel Kitchens

Necessary Ingredients:
1 L. (4cups) whole milk
1.5 Tbsp. white vinegar

1. Boil milk on high and then reduce heat.
2. Add vinegar very slowly while stirring for 6 minutes. Turn off heat and let stand for 30 minutes.
3. Pour everything through a cotton cloth over a strainer. Squeeze out excess fluid.
4. Tie a rubber band or a string around the cloth and hang curd ball to drip for two hours. Squeeze out excess fluid.
5. Unwrap, knead, add salt and any other spices you want. Refrigerate for two hours and enjoy.

Note:  When I add the salt, I usually add diced red peppers, jalapeños and scallions.

“Mmmm, you’ll find tasty recipes like these in the Backpacker Recipe Guide.” 

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Posted by on October 18, 2011 in Hostels, Recipes, Uncategorized


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