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Yes, the program offers a monthly stipend that covers the fellow's basic needs (rent, food, and transportation). The stipend amount may vary depending on the program. It's essential to note that this payment is a stipend, not a salary, and it does not create an employment relationship between the fellows and Heart for Change (PrimeraHFC).

Absolutely, having international health insurance coverage is crucial for all fellows participating in the program, especially considering that healthcare services in Colombia may only cover certain emergencies and medical treatments. The international health insurance is requested to ensure that fellows are protected in case of any sudden illness or accident during their participation in the program. This provides them with peace of mind and helps them access appropriate medical care if needed.

Understood. While the local health insurance (EPS) does cover international fellows, the enrollment and activation process might be subject to obtaining the foreigner identification card (cédula de extranjería) and administrative procedures of each EPS. To ensure a quicker and more efficient response in case of any unforeseen circumstances, the international health insurance is requested. It is important to note that there may be pre-existing conditions and special treatments that the local EPS does not cover. Each fellow is individually responsible for reviewing the coverage provided by their EPS and the international health insurance to understand their healthcare benefits and limitations fully. This allows them to be well-prepared and informed about their healthcare options while participating in the program.

It's great to hear that PrimeraHFC will cover the expenses related to the visa and foreigner identification card (cédula de extranjería). It's important to note that each teacher is responsible for paying the money for the foreigner identification card, and this amount will be reimbursed in the following stipend. This approach ensures that the teachers can obtain the necessary documentation to work in Colombia while participating in the program, and they will be reimbursed for these expenses promptly.

Correct, the hours dedicated to teaching will be solely determined by the organization (PrimeraHFC). It is understood that these hours are established and clearly communicated to the participants before they sign the agreement of participation. By doing so, both parties ensure transparency and clarity regarding the teaching commitments, creating a mutual understanding of the expectations and responsibilities involved in the program.

Yes, fellows are welcome to bring their families along during the program. However, it's important to note that PrimeraHFC will not provide support for visa procedures or any financial or other benefits, such as flights to the teaching regions or accommodation, for family members. All the necessary arrangements and expenses related to the family members' participation and stay will be the sole responsibility of the interested fellow, without any collaboration from PrimeraHFC. This ensures that the program's resources and focus remain dedicated to the educational objectives and support for the fellows themselves.

Thank you for the clarification. I understand that the decision regarding the placement of each fellow is made jointly by PrimeraHFC and the program's sponsor, and it is not open to debate. However, the fellow does have the option to choose between participating in the nomad program or the community program. This allows the fellow to have some level of choice and preference in the program they wish to be a part of, while still respecting the decision made by the organization and sponsor regarding their specific placement.

That's wonderful to hear that PrimeraHFC provides support and assistance to the fellows in understanding cultural differences. With the level of English proficiency being relatively low in Colombia, the collaboration between the organization, tutors in educational institutions, and regional coordinators can be invaluable in helping the fellows navigate and adapt to the cultural context. This support not only enhances the teaching experience but also fosters a deeper appreciation and understanding of the local culture, which can lead to more meaningful and impactful interactions with students and the community.

Understood. The program covers accommodation for only a short period of days at the beginning of the program. After that, it is the responsibility of the fellows to secure their permanent housing in the development region where they will be volunteering. The regional coordinators of the program may provide guidance and support in finding accommodation if necessary, but it is ultimately the individual responsibility of each fellow to find their own place to live. This approach ensures that the fellows are actively involved in the process of settling into their new environment and taking ownership of their living arrangements during their volunteering period.

Apologies for any confusion. It's important to clarify that the migration status and responsibilities of each teacher are indeed individual responsibilities, especially after the program with PrimeraHFC has concluded. Once the program is over, the fellows must be aware of their rights and obligations and use appropriate channels to communicate with Cancillería (Ministry of Foreign Affairs) and Migración Colombia (Colombian Immigration authorities) regarding their visa or migration-related matters. This ensures that the fellows are compliant with the relevant immigration regulations and are taking appropriate steps to manage their legal status in the country.

No, the approved visa is solely for carrying out the specific activity it was intended for and with the organization that provided the documents for its issuance. Upon leaving the program, for any reason, the fellows have 30 days to leave the country or regularize their situation with Migración Colombia on their own.

This is not certain. Most of the institutions where classes will be held probably have very poor internet connectivity. It is important for the teacher to be resourceful and have the ability to download the contents onto their electronic devices to be projected or used.

Yes, our programs do not provide electronic devices to the fellows, so it is essential for each person joining the program to have their own computer.

Yes, the Government of Colombia is vaccinating all citizens who are legally established in the country. However, vaccination timelines are subject to the availability of doses and the operational capacity of each EPS (Health Promoting Entity).