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2018 colombia humanitarian trip

two service locations! march 21-26, 2018: bucaramanga | march 26-30, 2018: bogota




This year’s Humanitarian Trip is different form all previous years, with a complete change in venue.  We will be doing projects in two cities in Colombia with a combination of projects, tours, and lots of fun, activities and fellowship each day.  You can choose to go to either city or to get the most out of the trip by going to both Bucaramanga and Bogota.
Due to projects being widely dispersed, we will not be visiting the global grant projects and will visit projects within short driving distance.  Some projects will be presented to us either in Bucaramanga or Bogota during our local activities.

BUCARAMANGA | MARCH 21-26, 2018:

Our journey will start on March 20th or 21st, 2018 (depending on your trip option), for those going to Bucaramanga or visiting both cities.  Depending on your trip choice (one city or both) a flight will be assigned to you (if you choose the Group Flight option).  Bucaramanga is in the northern part of Colombia. The weather in Bucaramanga in March is warm with temperatures of 66°F and 79°F degrees, usually good for traveling and outdoors activity.  There are on average 11 days of rain in Bucaramanga in the month of March. We will be staying at the Hotel Punta Diamante. 
We will do six projects in Bucaramanga.  Four of these projects are Global Grants, three of which are water and sanitation projects and the other organic farming.   We will do two local projects- an after school project where we will 1) paint and upgrade schools, 2) provide oral hygiene (encourage self care), 3) provide school supplies and backpacks, and 4) teach organic farming. The second local project will includes providing soccer balls and athletic shoes to the community.

BOGOTA | MARCH 26-30, 2018:

For those only going to Bogota, their journey will start on March 25, 2018.  Bogota is in the central part of Colombia.  The weather in Bogota in March is comfortable with temperatures of 43°F to 64°F degrees.  There are on average 14 days of rain in Bogota in the month March. Time zone in Colombia is three hours ahead of PST. We will be staying at the JW Marriott Hotel Bogota. 
We will do seven projects in Bogota.  Four of these projects are Global Grants, which include: 1) water and sanitation project, 2) malaria diagnosis and prevention project, 3) technology training and audiovisual equipment project, and 4) Operation Smile.  We will do three local projects; 1) provide shoe making machinery and equipment to women in a rural community, 2) provide farming supplies and educational material and books, teach students vocational skills, and train adults ways to generate additional income, and 3) provide bicycles to students to encourage attendance to schools.
More information will be provided at the orientation meeting.


Registration opened on September 12, 2017.  Registrations are on a first come, first served basis. Limited space available. 
Note: While the "Group Flight" options often sell out quickly, we encourage you to sign up for the "Separate Flight" options as we work to secure more tickets on our Group Flights. Please contact the District Office to be placed on the waiting list for any sold out options. 
Trip Options:  Double Occupancy Single Occupancy
Bucaramanga ONLY- Group Flight (March 21-26, 2018) $1750.00 $2150.00
Includes airfare, hotel, transportation & most meals    
Flight info: Flight departs LAX on March 21st at 10:20pm. Overnight flight.    
Bucaramanga ONLY- Separate Flight (March 21-26, 2018) $1400.00 $1800.00
Includes hotel, transportation & most meals.     
You MUST arrange your own airfare.     
Bogota ONLY- Group Flight (March 26-30, 2018) $2050.00 $2400.00
Includes airfare, hotel, transportation & most meals    
Flight info: Flight departs LAX on March 25th at 10:20pm. Overnight flight.     
Bogota ONLY- Separate Flight (March 26-30, 2018) $1700.00 $2050.00
Includes hotel, transportation & most meals.     
You MUST arrange your own airfare.     
Bucaramanga AND Bogota- Group Flight (March 21-30, 2018)  $2900.00 $3600.00
Includes airfare, hotel, transportation & most meals.    
Flight info: Flight departs LAX on March 20th at 10:20pm. Overnight flight.     
Bucaramanga AND Bogota- Separate Flight (March 21-30, 2018) $2300.00 $3000.00
Includes hotel, transportation & most meals.    
You MUST arrange your own airfare.     


1. Cancellation by October 15, 2017: Full Refund
2. Cancellation between October 16-November 15, 2017: $200 Penalty
3. Cancellation after November 15, 2017: NO REFUNDS


Registration Questions: 
Rotary District 5280 Office | 310-670-9792
General Trip/ Project Questions:
2018 Colombia Humanitarian Trip Chairs:
Guity Javid | 310-890-5454
Mark Ameli | 310-666-8220
Travel Questions:
Arturo & Sandra Velasquez | 818-402-9808