Welcome to Goals for Peace
Goals for Peace (Goles por la Paz in Spanish) is a grass roots social and educational Foundation based in Bucaramanga, Colombia.
Since 2010 we have grown from twenty participants to more than 200. We have worked with hundreds of volunteers from all over the world.
We use sports training, educational and recreational projects to demonstrate that individuals and communities can achieve peace and success through positive values such as team work, respect, tolerance and self-discipline.
What We Do
The neighbourhoods in which we work suffer from some of the highest levels of unemployment, poor nutrition, school dropout, and a large number of ‘pandillas’ or gangs. Despite this we are constantly inspired by the positive attitude and progress made by the participants. We have a team of full time professionals including social workers, psychologists and physical trainers. Goals for Peace also has formal agreements with various local universities, including the Pontificia and the Santo Tomas, who send us psychology and physical training students. We also work with local and international volunteers. This mixed team delivers a full time programme to 200 at-risk youth. We are based in the neighbourhood Olas 2 in Bucaramanga, Colombia. Through an agreement with the local community leaders we have access to two football pitches, two communal halls and a community kitchen. We also have a permanent office space and a video and internet room. Since 2017 we have been supported by the Local authority and the Mayor of Bucaramanga and we have an agreement with the city to expand the programme to reach 250 participants in 2019.
Support and facilitate at-risk youth and children to initiate change towards a culture of peace in their communities, using the power and appeal of sport as well as activities such as music, arts, enterprise, language and nutrition. Promote children’s rights and improve educational achievement and access to employment.
To develop a full time programme of activities supported by local and international stakeholders, implemented by professionals and volunteers, with the goal of developing sustainable Creative Communities.
Dynamic projects and activities provide the ways in which we implement our mission and follow our vision. Full information about current projects can be found be clicking on the project titles below.
We provide volunteering opportunities allowing you to work directly with our Foundation in Bucaramanga.