Minga House

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About Us

Minga House is a service volunteers guest house and headquarters to non-for-profit Fundacion International Service Learning Colombia (FISLC). All guests at Minga House are service volunteers! To stay in our CHINCHINA facility, you must participate in community VOLUNTEERING OPPORTUNITIES. However, the Manizales facility does not require its guests to participate in a volunteer experience, but they are welcome to participate.

Who we are:  Fundacion International Service Learning Colombia (FISLC) was founded in 2014 by Glen Galindo who has 20+ years experience in U.S. higher education, is former U.S. Marine Corps Officer, and the former national director for a U.S.-based logistics company responsible for operations in Latin America. And our staff team is composed of local bilingual professionals. There's nothing our team can't handle!

You may volunteer in the following areas: LIST

  • Health - Nursing/Medical, Physical Therapy, Pharmacy, Natural Medicine, Nutrition, Public Health, and Global Health Teams.
  • Education - K-12, Public, Private, ESL/ELL
  • Agriculture: - Coffee, Cacao, Avocados, Citrus, Tomatoes, Ecology, Crop Production, Natural Pesticides, Animal Science
  • Recreation & Leadership - Facilitating teams as Assistant Team Leader
  • Arts - Music, Vistual Arts, and Theater

Minga House staff will be involved with you during the planning, in the site introduction, with daily support, and periodic review & reflections. We will be your guide and we'll introduce you to many people in the community! Our goal is that you be fully engaged, SAFE, LEARNING, and having FUN! You'll return home with lots of new friends!

Often times, individuals find themselves exploring Colombia independently wishing they would be having a more 'real' experience engaging with communities in their daily lives and playing a more defined & significant role; perhaps either related to their professional background or something entirely new. Yet, it is difficult to have such a rich experience in a safe and efficient manner in a limited amount of travel time & budget as a stranger in a foreign community. Minga House has professional educational staff and active relationships with many NGO's, government entities, and private companies that welcome Minga House guests as volunteers. So, if you wish to join us in service, simply make your reservations and reach out to us to tell us about yourself, your skills, what you'd like to learn, and how you feel both an organization and yourself will benefit from the shared experience. We want to hear what you what believe would be the perfect experience for you. Challenge us! We dare you not to FALL in LOVE with the Colombian coffee region and our wonderful Chinchina community. Come MINGA with us! Stay a week, stay a year! Check out the Coffee Region.

No one grew culturally by staying at fancy resort hotels filled with foreign tourists where the locals are often not even allowed to stay. Minga House Chinchina is a traditional Colombian home built with high ceilings, open spaces, and wooden floors. Yet, we have all modern appliances, warm water, and WiFi throughout the facility. We are in the middle of downtown next to the plaza and Cathedral; you'll be the middle of all! We guarantee that you engage with locals in a safe & richly educational manner. Form relationships, perform community service and practice your Spanish. Both Minga Houses (Manizales & Chinchina) are strategically located in beautiful picturesque settings symbolic of the central Colombian coffee culture.