2019 Lake Oswego High School Colombia Program

Dear Families, Friends, and Travelers – Welcome to the 2019 Lake Oswego Colombia Service Adventure! We have created two webpages dedicated to this once in a lifetime experience so that travelers are as informed as possible throughout the process. The first page, Pre-Enrollment, is meant to share exciting details, highlights, and pertinent info, that participants will want to know before enrolling. Once enrolled, the Post-Enrollment page is intended to prepare travelers for participation on the adventure ahead. Please be sure to review the information on the appropriate page thoroughly and get excited for Colombia!  
Travel Dates: June 18, 2019 - July 2, 2019
Group Organizer(s):
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Program Tuition: $2,745 USD
Airfare not included in program tuition
Confirmed Airfare: $1,232
Deadline(s): Enrollment deadline forthcoming

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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!

Service Adventures

Service Adventures

Service Adventures combine local homestays, adventure travel, and meaningful service projects. Students will be truly immersed in our host communities allowing them the time to reflect on their complex and important role as global citizens.

Program Highlights


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

The Itinerary


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. 

DayLocationDescriptionLodging
June 18Portland - MedellinToday will begin our overnight travel to Medellin.Airplane
June 19MedellinWe will be arriving just afternoon, then make our way to our guests house. We will have an early dinner, orientation meeting, then let our group get an early night's rest.Hotel San Pedro del Fuerte
June 20MedellinAfter a breakfast of buñuelos, coffee and other delicious local treats we hop on the bus and head into the center of Medellin. 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 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. We will also have a great community orientation to prepare our students for the big day tomorrow!Hotel San Pedro del Fuerte
June 21Medellin and surroundingsToday will travel about 1.5 hours outside of the city to visit the town of Guatape and the Piedra del Peñol. We will see the colorful zocalos, historic town center and bustling boardwalk of this lake resort.Hotel San Pedro del Fuerte
June 22Medellin - Calderas RiverRafting adventure in Calderas river! Today we will travel to the east of Medellin to the drop in on the Río Calderas, then enjoy class III and IV rapids that weave their way through the tropical canyon. We will return to Medellin ready for a our going away dinner and a good night's rest before our journey home.Hotel San Pedro del Fuerte
June 23Medellin - Jardin de AntioquiaToday we will go to our homestays in beautiful Jardin de Antioquia Village.

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 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.
Homestays
June 24Jardin de AntioquiaService projects, community activities, family time.Homestays
June 25Jardin de AntioquiaService projects, community activities, family time.Homestays
June 26Jardin de AntioquiaService projects, community activities, family time.Homestays
June 27Jardin de AntioquiaService projects, community activities, family time.Homestays
June 28Jardin de AntioquiaService projects, community activities, family time.Homestays
June 29Jardin de AntioquiaService projects, community activities, family time.Homestays
June 30Jardin de AntioquiaService projects, community activities, family time. Farewell Dinner!Homestays
July 1Jardin de Antioquia - MedellinEarly this morning we will make our way back to Medellin, this time headed to the extreme west of the city. Our destination is Parque Arvi, a lushly forested public park high above the city center. To get there we'll board an impressive gondola that not only serves to ferry tourists up the mountain and into the park but also provides people in the impoverished hillside communities an efficient mode of transportation down into the city. The group will spend the day hiking along the different trails, shopping in the market place run by local vendors that has sprung up at the park's center and enjoying a delicious barbecue lunch. Around mid-afternoon we'll head back down the mountain en route to our hostel in La Floresta.Hotel San Pedro del Fuerte
July 2Medellin - PortlandBoard your flight home in the morning.Your own bed, eventually.

Accommodations


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.

Travelers will always be grouped in rooms and/or sleeping areas by gender, and will never share rooms with people who are not associated with their Walking Tree group. Group Organizers and Program Leaders will be roomed separately from each other and from other students. Walking Tree partners with locally-operated, three star or equivalent hotels that are centrally located, clean, safe and wifi-enabled. 

 

Below are a few examples of our partner hotels. Although these are our preferred providers, they are subject to change based on availability. Your final itinerary will provide complete information on your accommodations in the cities you will be visiting.
Homestay

Staying with a host family allows our travelers to truly immerse themselves in the culture of their destination, and to build lasting friendships with local people in the host community.

Hotel San Pedro del Fuerte

Hotel San Pedro del Fuerte is a centrally located hotel in Medellín. Located just 10 minutes from Plaza Mayor, this hotel is the perfect location for our group. Students will be split between double or triple rooms based on gender and hotel availability. The hotel has wifi, air conditioning and includes breakfast each morning.

Safety and Support


 EASY FUNDRAISING & PAYMENT
EASY FUNDRAISING & PAYMENT
24/7 GLOBAL EMERGENCY LINE
24/7 GLOBAL EMERGENCY LINE
HIGHLY VETTED PARTNERS
HIGHLY VETTED PARTNERS
EXPERT LEADERSHIP
EXPERT LEADERSHIP
PRIVATE GROUP GUARANTEE
PRIVATE GROUP GUARANTEE
COMPREHENSIVE CURRICULUM SUPPORT
COMPREHENSIVE CURRICULUM SUPPORT
DEDICATION TO CULTURAL ENGAGEMENT
DEDICATION TO CULTURAL ENGAGEMENT
ALL-INCLUSIVE PRICING
ALL-INCLUSIVE PRICING

This was our daughter’s 2nd trip with Walking Tree. In 2016, she took her school’s first trip with Walking Tree to Ecuador, and absolutely loved it. Once again, the Walking Tree representative was excellent. My daughter said Ben really made the trip, and worked hard to keep the group happy. Other positives: communication before the trip, website outline, daily blogs and trip photos. Very professional organization. We feel very secure sending our student out into the world with Walking Tree.

Andrea
Parent of Olivia, traveler on California Cultural Journey

Your Adventure Includes

Estimated Airfare

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: Premiere Travel insurance, baggage fees, airline minor fees, passport/visa fees, laundry, souvenirs, and activities not listed on itinerary.

 

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Our travelers are provided with funding opportunities that are easy to implement and fun to take part in. Our flagship fundraiser involves selling fair trade, organic, shade-grown, carbon-neutral coffee from a women’s collective in Peru. There is no limit to the amount you can earn, so get started now by clicking the link below!

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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.

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