In August a group of EU AID volunteers in Colombia traveled to Cali to attend the Petronio Álvarez, a festival dedicated to the Colombian folklore music from the Pacific. We wanted to discover this festivity that is well known for its good atmosphere. The festival...

When I applied to come to this region I could not know that armed conflict would worsen that much to the date I arrived, and the trip was finally delayed because of these incidents. First, unrest in Jerusalem made the trip to be postponed one...

  Since I was a student I’ve been interested in volunteering and participating in NGOs and associations activities because I have always thought it was important to contribute to local and international projects. At first I collaborated in my spare time with NGOs taking parting in...

It is said that the happiest pages in history are white pages which have never been written down. In this World Humanitarian Day I would like to recognize many volunteer actions which are being unnoticed and silently undertaken and that usually do not have the...

Today is a good day to talk about humanitarian action, because the 19th of August we are celebrating the World humanitarian day. Let’s do it #WHD2014! But, what is humanitarian action- HA? Relief by itself is not necessarily humanitarian. Humanitarian action is not only about providing...

On my first mission on the field with Alianza por la Solidaridad we could briefly visit the Eperara Siapidara indigenous community that lives in “vereda” of Naya River, nice people and wonderful countryside. Eperara Siapidara is one of the 102 indigenous peoples in Colombia. For indigenous...

“Colombia es dos países en uno" (Colombia is two countries in one) was one of the first phrases we heard when Carmen, Laura, Jorge, Carlos, Carlos and I arrived in Colombia to start our volunteering work with Alianza por la Solidaridad (APS). This was how...

During our first mission at the Afro-Colombian communities at Naya and Mayorquín rivers (Buenaventura) with APS team, my college Laura Sancho and myself had the opportunity to enjoy a life concert of currulao music performed by women and men from the communities with which APS...