The goal of this program is to use sport as a vehicle for teamwork, wellness education, and personal growth. You will work with ISL partners to help children and youth hone their athletic
You will have the opportunity to visit with Colombian coaches and physical fitness experts. In the evenings, ISL will provide information sessions on health and nutrition, body mechanics,
Saturday, February 16, 2019 – Saturday, February 23, 2019
At the end of the Alternative Spring Break 2018 program, students participating in this experience will be able to:
Your team will be exposed to a true local Colombian experience. The ideal participant loves learning about new cultures, and has a well-rounded perception of healthy activities and a healthy lifestyle. Ideal participants are flexible, reliable, and committed to learning. During this experience, you will be challenged to lean into your discomfort, and go with the flow.
Total cost (subject to change) – $3,400 CAD
Day 1-2 (Orientation): After a long flight through and an overnight in Bogotá, you will arrive in Chinchiná and have some time to settle in, explore downtown through a scavenger hunt, and enjoy a welcome dinner. The morning of your second day will be all about coffee, with a tour where you will learn about the cultivation, harvesting, processing and preparation of your morning cup of joe. The afternoon will be spent focusing on professional orientation by the Coach and Physical Fitness Expect, and your evening will conclude with a Spanish and Latin dance class.
Day 3-4 (Team Formation): Your days will be spent visiting with local high schools and club teams to promote the sports camp. In the evenings, you will work with ISL in hosting a community event where teams and individuals can sign-up for soccer or basketball skills clinics, and can join a team for tournament play.
Day 5-6 (Skills Clinic): You will work with ISL on developing and implementing a skills clinic for the community. The evening will be spent working with local youth on a service project at a partner organization focused on either homelessness, the elderly, violence against women and/or special education.
Day 7 (Tournament Day): Your team will help with set up and facilitation of a community tournament, concluding with a banquet event, honouring the local student participants and featuring awards for team accomplishments, civic engagement, and leadership.
Day 8 (Recreation Day): You will conclude your week with a visit to Granja Pinares, where you will get to explore a sustainable coffee plantation.
PLEASE NOTE: Itinerary is draft, and subject to change at any point in time.
You will call Hotel Chinchiná Plaza home for your 8-day experience, and this is located in downtown Chinchiná, next to Parque Bolivar and the Cathedral.
Meals are prepared in-house by ISL staff or at approved local restaurants and reflect a variety of local foods. Students with specific dietary restrictions may wish to bring supplementary snacks.