2019 Lake Oswego High School Colombia Program (Santa Maria)
|Travel Dates:||June 15, 2019 - June 28, 2019|
|Program Tuition:|| $3,490 - or - $3,316 with discount if paid in full|
Airfare not included in program tuition
|Deadline(s):||Enrollment deadline forthcoming|
Our admissions team makes the payment process simple, offering multiple payment options and easy monthly payment plans.
Program Tuition: $3,490
Pay in Full
Pay in full at the time of enrollment and receive a 5% discount off your program tuition! Your program tuition with this discount would be:
Colombia Service Adventure
Long overlooked and too often underestimated, Colombia has made a triumphant return to the travel scene in the past few years thanks to a successful peace process that ended the country’s long running civil war. People should feel safe and be excited to finally be able to explore the beaches, mountains, jungles and cities that have always made Colombia a traveler’s paradise. We have been exploring the country for years now, building a network of contacts and providers for the day when we could return with student groups and we couldn’t be more excited that time has finally arrived! Viva Colombia!
Check out some of the possible featured experiences of your coming adventure! Each customized itinerary is unique, but these are just a few of the activities which may be available during your program.
Stay in the idyllic mountain community of Jardin de Antioquia, in the heart of Colombia's coffee country
Improve your Spanish by living with a host family
Explore the streets of Medellin, one of most famous cities in all of Latin America
Contribute to sustainable agriculture by working in the rural community
We work hard to create engaging, educational, and truly immersive itineraries for our travelers. However, we also know that travel can be unpredictable, so we always design our experiences to be flexible enough to allow for adjustments based on group interests, unexpected opportunities, and any weather or safety concerns that may arise during your program. Should changes to the itinerary occur, we will notify travelers and families as quickly as possible.
|Day 1||Friday||Portland - Medellin||We'll likely have an evening arrival, after which we'll head straight our hotel for dinner and some rest after the long day of travel.||Ram Hostel|
|Day 2||Saturday||Medellin||Our first full day in Colombia! After a breakfast of buñuelos, coffee and other delicious local treats we hop the modern metro and head into the center of Medellín. We'll take a short walking tour of the historical city center before checking out the Museo de Antioquia where many of Fernando Botero's paintings, sculptures and other works are housed. After a couple of hours in the museum we'll enjoy lunch of traditional bandeja paisas, a favorite in this particular department. |
In the afternoon it we'll check out an awesome tour of graffiti street art through Comuna 13, formerly one of Medellin’s most dangerous barrios. These days Comuna 13 is an internationally renowned example of how innovative urban regeneration projects can be used to transform and revitalize communities. Our guide will be a member of the Casa Kolacho community center, responsible for 90% of the graffiti art in Comuna 13. As you climb the outdoor electric escalators they’ll explain the controversial history of the transformation of Comuna 13 and the importance that graffiti & hip hop play in the community.
|Day 3||Sunday||Medellin - Jardin de Antioquia||The small town of Jardin is one of the most beautiful pueblos in all of Colombia and has remained virtually unchanged for more than a century. Located approximately 4 hours to the south of Medellin if traveling by car, it sits in the southernmost stretches of the department of Antioquia. The pueblo is famous in Colombia for its preserved and colonial appearance as well as its striking mountain views and lush green, garden filled landscapes. |
We will arrive in Jardin this afternoon and begin our homestays after a short community orientation. The days spent in our homestay community represent the heart and soul of the program as students will be volunteering on a selection of meaningful service projects during the day while also enjoying sufficient free time to hang out with their host families and fellow travelers, practice their language skills, play soccer, make friends with local youth, attend community gatherings and explore the surrounding area. At the end of our time in the host community we'll help organize a fiesta de despedida, or going away party, to celebrate the time with our new friends and family and say goodbye to the community that has become our home.
|Day 4||Monday||Jardin de Antioquia||Service projects, community activities, family time.||Homestays|
|Day 5||Tuesday||Jardin de Antioquia||Service projects, community activities, family time.||Homestays|
|Day 6||Wednesday||Jardin de Antioquia||Service projects, community activities, family time.||Homestays|
|Day 7||Thursday||Jardin de Antioquia||Service projects, community activities, family time.||Homestays|
|Day 8||Friday||Jardin de Antioquia||Service projects, community activities, family time.||Homestays|
|Day 9||Saturday||Jardin de Antioquia and Santa Marta||This morning we will say our sad goodbyes to our new friends, then begin the journey back to Medellin. We'll fly from Medellin to the town of Santa Marta, the second oldest Spanish settlement in Latin America and the gateway to an amazing coastline of beautiful beaches and massive national parks! |
After landing we'll head to our hotel about an hour from the airport and settle in for a relaxing afternoon on the beach and around our hotel pool.
|Santa Marta Hotel|
|Day 10||Sunday||Santa Marta||Today we'll venture into the impressive Parque Nacional Tayrona. We'll ride horseback under a dense canopy of jungle on the the shores of the Caribbean and enjoy a delicious lunch of fried fish and plantains under shady palm trees. |
We'll spend the rest of the day exploring the hidden coves that dot the coast and the trails that wind through this incredibly bio-diverse national park.
|Santa Marta Hotel|
|Day 11||Monday||Santa Marta||Today we're off to the quite town of Palomino! We'll rent intertubes, motor up a mountain and then float our way down a pristinely clean and lazy river to the point where it meets the sea. |
Afterwards it's back to our hotel for a farewell dinner ahead of our flight home the following morning.
|Santa Marta Hotel|
|Day 12||Tuesday||Santa Marta and Portland (eventually)||Fly home||Your own bed|
In order to provide a safe and memorable experience for our travelers, teachers, staff, Program Leaders and Country Directors, we follow strict guidelines when deciding on lodging, making reservations, and assigning program participants to rooms.
Hostal Casa RAM
Casa Ram welcomes guests with Double Room, Junior Suite, Private Double Room and 14-bed mixed Dorm. The provision of high-speed internet, television, a patio, a mini-refrigerator and a seating area in the rooms makes Casa Ram comfortable for every guest. Rooms are furnished with double beds and sofa beds. Shared bathrooms come with showers and bidets. Bathroom facilities feature guest toiletries and bath sheets.
Safety and Support
EASY FUNDRAISING & PAYMENT
24/7 GLOBAL EMERGENCY LINE
HIGHLY VETTED PARTNERS
PRIVATE GROUP GUARANTEE
COMPREHENSIVE CURRICULUM SUPPORT
DEDICATION TO CULTURAL ENGAGEMENT
I was very concerned about my daughter who has a peanut allergy travelling to a foreign country for the first time without us. Walking Tree was very sensitive to my concerns and reassured me that this is something they could handle and they did! I would send her again in a heartbeat. Thank you Walking Tree.
Parent of Emilie, traveler on 2018 Service Program to Costa Rica
Your Adventure Includes
In order to give our travelers the best possible price, we break out airfare from the Program Tuition. We will still handle all booking and ticketing via our flight partner who has access to special fares not available to the general public. We will provide full transparency in cost so that families pay what the flight costs and nothing more. You will be invoiced for the flight once we are able to secure the group’s airline contract.
Program Tuition Excludes: Travel insurance, baggage fees, airline minor fees, passport/visa fees, laundry, souvenirs, and activities not listed on itinerary.
Need to Raise Money? We have you covered.
Our travelers are provided with fundraising opportunities that are easy to implement and fun to take part in. Our flagship fundraiser involves selling bird-friendly, fair trade coffee from our host countries. There is no limit to the amount you can raise, so get started now by selling coffee or referring your friends to earn credit toward your program!
Why should high school students travel abroad? What happens if a participant gets sick? How quickly do we need to enroll? We’re sure you have plenty of questions and we’ve got you covered! Visit our Resource Center to discover the answers to your most pressing questions and contact us anytime with additional questions.