We are thrilled to be members of Pack for a Purpose, an initiative that allows travelers like you to make an impact in the community at your travel destination. If you save just a few pounds of space in your suitcase and bring supplies for organizations in need, you’ll make a difference in the lives of the local communities.
As part of Pack for a Purpose, we are partnering with two organizations in Cartagena:
1. La Vecina Foundation helps underprivileged children, providing them with education; food; medical, psychological & social support so that they will have a better future. La Vecina Foundation is located in La Boquilla**, a small fishing village just 20 minutes north of the Walled City; this video will tell you more about the Foundation & the area (there is another one in Spanish here). The extremely poor living conditions for people there are in stark contrast to the beautiful highrise condos and hotels in which their neighbors live.
2. Cartagena Paws is a volunteer based organization dedicated to the rescue of the injured, abused and abandoned street animals of Cartagena, of which there are unfortunately many. These animals are provided with food, shelter, and medical treatment, with the organization’s ultimate goal being to find each and every one of them a loving and permanent home.
Looking for volunteer opportunities in Cartagena? Domino Volunteers can help!
**Want to learn more about the Boquilla area & culture, while supporting the community at the same time? Check out the tours offered by community based tour operator EcoTours Boquilla — learn how to throw a fishing net & dance like the locals, tour the mangrove ecosystem, eat great traditional dishes, and more! Hear from EcoTours Boquilla director, Rony Monsalve, and get a taste for the tours from this 2.5 minute video here (video in Spanish, although Rony speaks English & French too!).