Colombia is the second most biodiverse country in the world, and Cartagena in particular offers a variety of thriving natural habitats including coral reefs, mangroves, islands, and lush tropical hills. However, a lack of environmental education, infrastructure, protection policies, and structural poverty result in Cartagena’s beautiful natural environments taking a hard hit, which in turn makes low-income communities that rely on the natural resources all the more vulnerable.
We work with several projects that focus on protecting coral reef, mangrove, or other tropical ecosystems in Cartagena through a community-based approach.
Possible Volunteer or Intern Responsibilities:
Help social workers and teachers from environmental groups, create and teach environmental education at local high schools to select groups of students or environmental clubs.
Work alongside environmental groups to organize school and community-wide events.
Assist in community trash and recycling projects.
Work alongside local businesses that are located in or near the mangroves, in order to teach them best practices and the value of their local ecosystem.
Train a group of island locals to become professional scuba divers and coral reef monitors.