Islas del Rosario: education and marine exploration

Project on teenagers education and marine fauna and flora exploration on a beautiful island on the Caribbean coast in Colombia

Be part of the workshops with teenagers to promote socioemotional learning and explore the marine fauna and flora around the island. Experience cultural exchange with the locals and enjoy daily life at this beautiful island, its nature and its crystalline water.

Isla Grande is located one hour away by boat from Cartagena, which the most iconic colonial city in Colombia. The island is a protected area that belongs to the National Park Islas del Rosario y San Bernardo. Most of the population live in the community of Orika.

A few years ago people used to fish with dynamite, which affected schools of fishes and coral reefs dramatically. However, this fishing method has been eliminated thanks to support given by different organizations that promote environmental awareness. Nowadays people know the importance of fishing responsibly and taking care of the sea.

Besides that, the tourism has grown in Colombia and has brought economic development to the island. However, this growth represents new social and environmental challenges for the community. Some locals have built ecolodges and have driven initiatives to promote responsible ecotourism. Additionally an association has been created by the ecoguides in Orika and work to develop a sustainable tourism that respects the environment. For this reason, we want to work with the teenagers so they see the importance of developing community projects and become aware of the ecotourism as a growth driver.

During the last few years we have been working with the community to promote sustainable tourism based on diving. Although we moved our dive shop to the Pacific coast, we still committed through the volunteers program with the tourism and community development and the environmental conservation.

The program is structured for people interested in having an experience working with teenagers and exploring the marine environment. The participants can be students of Education or Biology or just people who enjoy meeting new cultures, sea and adventure.

The participants will stay at a local ecolodge and will enjoy meeting locals and knowing their Caribbean culture. During their stay, they will interact with the teenagers during the workshops and will support a reef conservation project.

What is included?

  • Accommodation for in shared room
  • 3 daily meals
  • Workshop with the teenagers
  • Be part of a conservation project
  • CUE t-shirt
  • Certificate of participation

What is not included?

  • Flights to and from Cartagena prior to course commencement
  • Boat to and from Cartagena – Isla Grande – Cartagena
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Visa costs
  • Personal expenses
  • Health and travel insurance
  • Additional excursions


  • November 19 – December 3

Price: 2.700.000 COP (~ 940 USD)

  • Diving
  • Canoe trip
  • Kayak

Isla Grande, Islas del Rosario, Colombia