In Dec 2013, Glen Galindo founded Minga House Foundation as a facilitating organization for short-term international volunteers in health careers to have safe & fun learning experiences in beautiful Colombia. Then, in 2017, Bart Taylor, his life-long best friend, decided to check-out what Glen was doing in Colombia. Bart had already traveled the world during his 25-yr career in the U.S. Army, but had not been to Colombia. So, when Bart arrived, they teamed up on building a retirement home for themselves acquiring this beautiful 1980's style mansion on a 45-acre coffee farm in Chinchina, Caldas. But both, being military veterans, understanding the needs of many others like themselves, they decided to share the property in supporting other veterans who may need relief from Combat Trauma or Stress Fatigue (PTSD); as well as may be seeking a new mission in life in service to others. This property will not be a 'clinical setting.' The property simply offers a wonderfully peaceful setting to live which Glen & Bart wish to share with other veterans, as their home too.
"The property will be an oasis for relaxation, healing, recovery, and peace! Residents and visitors will experience a calm & beautiful setting as well as be able to experience educational seminars, recreation & cultural activities, a healthy life style, and participation in Minga House Foundation's existing local volunteering program." - Glen Galindo co-founder
The initial 'renovation phase' will require much time & effort from residents and visiting volunteers. If you wish to contribute to this project, you are very welcome to do so! In fact, we do need your help! You may help us reach operational level faster by making a financial contribution to purchase supplies, equipment, and furniture, and/or by throwing-in with us with your labor and brainpower. Professionals with the following skills are especially welcome to volunteer:
- Trade Professionals: Electricians, plumbers, roofers, painters, cement & tile, wood craftsmen, gardeners & landscapers
- Service Professionals: Housekeepers, chefs, marketers, event coordinators, fundraisers, life coaches, etc.
- Healthcare Professionals: Doctors, nurses, massage & physical therapists, yoga instructors, nutritionists, etc.