SDWAC- Colombia Citizen
Diplomacy Travel Program

Travel With a Purpose

Cultural Connections

This program will connect you with local citizens “in the know” that will proudly share the inside secrets about their community, providing opportunities to take a deep dive into culinary, musical and artistic landscape of the locale – all via direct and immersive experiences.

Educational Enrichment

Learning never ends and our program offers a unique opportunity to increase your fund of knowledge via personal experiences curated just for you! Enjoy behind the scenes access to local sources of knowledge and benefit from private lectures by specialists in their field.

Make a Difference

Always leave a place better than you found it. Get involved in local community-based initiatives and become part of the solution!


  • Multi-city Tour
  • Curated Lectures
  • Cultural Connections
  • Historical Tours
  • Food Tours
  • Cooking Class
  • Service Initiative
  • Fun & Camaraderie

Daily Itinerary

Program participants will be treated to a welcome reception at SDWAC Board Member Gina Ing’s Usaquen
colonial home, followed by a traditional Colombian dinner and a private Colombian dance and music

You’ll spend the morning discovering the colonial town of Usaquén during a guided, historical tour. In the afternoon visit the Gold Museum and be treated to an interactive lecture on the historical significance of gold in the region.
After breakfast, we’ll head to the headquarters of Colombia’s International Rescue Committee (IRC) for a behind the scenes tour of their facilities and a presentation with their leadership and staff before rolling up our shirt sleeves and getting involved in their work firsthand. Evening of unstructured free time.
After a morning visit to historical landmarks Monserrate and La Candelaria, program participants will be treated to an interactive Colombian cooking lesson and enjoy the fruits of our labor!
You’ll start the day learning about the history of U.S.- Colombia relations during a special meeting with faculty at the University of Los Andes. In the afternoon you’ll take a tour of Salt Cathedral of Zipaquira. Evening of unstructured free time. Evening dinner for the group will be at the renowned restaurant, Andre Carne de Res!
After settling into the hotel, you’ll visit San Felipe Castle, the largest Spanish fortress in South America. In the evening take a horse carriage tour of the colonial center before enjoying a dinner at Restaurante Gobernador.

You’ll explore Cartagena’s coastal wonders on a five island all day boating excursion with an evening of
unstructured free time.

Be the change you want to see in the world! Today you’ll engage youth and learn about the social and economic challenges that are impacting the community while serving at SOS Children’s Village.
The morning will be yours to continue your exploration of Cartagena on your own, relax, or enjoy some free time for shopping excursions. A special, surprise group “Farewell Dinner” is planned for the night!
Travelers should plan on arranging their own departure after the official close of the program at 11am.


Tax Deductible Portion: $1,350

  • Single Occupancy
  • Supplement: + $500*
  • Estimated Airfare: $900**
* Estimated cost per participant based on double occupancy hotel room. Single occupancy available upon request
**This is an airfare estimate only.


  • All lodging
  • All breakfast, lunch and six gourmet group dinners
  • 24/7 On-Site BLC Group Coordinator
  • In-country flight from Bogota to Cartagena
  • Medical and emergency evacuation insurance
  • All service project expenses
  • All cultural activity expenses
  • All ground transportation

*Bright Light Corporate does not cover visas, checked baggage fees, cancellation insurance, immunizations (if applicable), extra food (beyond meals quoted in program), or souvenirs.

Program Destination: Colombia

Program Dates: January 8th- 18th, 2025
School/Organization Name: SDWAC-colombia-citizen-diplomacy-travel-program

Participant Information:

Parent/Guardian Information (If under 18):

Emergency Contact Info:

Download PDFs

Download all Provided Documents

Kindly, select your choice of document, it will be forwarded to you after completion of this form. Note: You must fill the document and submit back to be a part of this program. Please send all the documents to [email protected]
Click or drag files to this area to upload. You can upload up to 5 files.
Pay in full now and receive $250 discount by entering the Code
Shopping Basket