Hello AIESEC EAFIT was born, in EAFIT University, more than 50 years ago in Medellin Colombia. Thanks to the visionary ideas of this university that is open to the world, AIESEC could open new opportunities not only for Colombia but also being a pioneer for IGN. AIESEC EAFIT is always striving for excellence and developing the leaders that Colombia needs to really generate a positive impact in the country. We want to welcome you, in a very special way, to our country, to our beautiful city (the city of the eternal spring) and to our local committee. We will work each day to provide you an unforgettable experience. You can count on every single member of our committee in order to live your exchange in the best way possible.
Index Introduction General information Living in Medellin What can I do with my salary? Transport system Importante places Universities Supermarkets Fair and festivals Subregions Map Consulates
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You will be amazed by the transformation of Medellin, an excellent city for tourism, investments and residence.
beginning of the twentieth century, Medellin began its industrialization, becoming the birthplace of many businesses and a main center of tourism and culture in nd the continent. g of the story
Another gleaming example of Medellin’s astonishing renovation is its selection as the host of a number of important international events, an achievement that would have been unheard of a mere decade ago. For example, the 38th General Assembly of the Organization of the American States, the 40th Assembly of Governors of the Inter-American Development Bank and the 9th South American Games were all held in and about the city of Medellin in the years 2008, 2009 and 2010, respectively.
onsidered a leader in the realms of industry, commerce
st-rate tourist spots that have a wide range of hotels ou. Furthermore, Medellin offers the best package of lable in all of Latin America to travelers and, for the icing has a host of warm and friendly people just waiting to el right at home.
d the transformation of the city that has been nothing raculous: the reconstruction of public spaces, the and beautifying of the parks and schools and the of the cultural offering of the Antioquian capital are just a s of this amazing makeover.
Medellin is also the hometown of many distinguished authors and writers such as Tomás Carrasquilla, Fernando González y León de Greiff whose writings have captivated the hearts and minds of readers all over the world. Medellin continues to be the crucial point of reference when one analyzes the rate of successful growth and progress in Colombia. So much so, that illustrious figures such as Pope John Paul II, the royal family of Spain, ex-President Bill Clinton and others have visited Medellin.
General information About MedellĂn
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Bordering Municipalities To the north:
Barbosa, Girardota, Copacabana and Bello To the south:
Envigado, Itagüí, Sabaneta, La Estrella and Caldas To the east:
Guarne and Rionegro
To the west:
Angelópolis, Ebéjico and Heliconia
capital of Antioquia, is known for its friendly and ted people who have played a very important role in areas of politics, economics, the arts, sports and on on a national and international level. You will feel nfluence in every corner of this wonderful city.
ellin has been the host to numerous international ts including the 50th Assembly of Governors of the American Development Bank and the ninth lment of the South American Games, among others.
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Things to consider: First of all, you is either â€œfurnishedâ€? (the basic otherwise, in wich case the respon entirely up to you. Also, utilities de of living in, and cleaning costs ca done and how often. Here it is assistant for cooking, cleaning an come in as often as you want ( o the 25.000 pesos daily fee. Sunda get anyone to clan your house in th you want to have drycleaned, the hlep you, but fees may vary, so it best company for you. *Also, now there is the new option transitional phase between living link to an AIESEC approved facility
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most important things you have to consider when visiting a foreign country is housing and living nts, which is why we have designed this section to give you accurate information about your en visiting Medellín. So, here goes; essentially you have 3 options: living alone, living with a ing with friends or roommates.
u have to pay rent for an apartment that cs: bed, closet and nigth table) or nsability of coming up with furniture is epend on which sector you are thinking an vary depending on what you want common to hire a female cleaning nd laundry arrangements, and she will r need) her to, assuming you can pay ays are “rest days, so don´t expect to hat time. If you have some clothes that ere are many establishments that can t´s better to ask and find which is the
n of staying in a youth hostel during the quarters, and this guide provides the y in its links page.
Living With a Family There is a monthlt payment envolved, but it usually incluides commodities such as food, room, laundry service, and utilities, as well as any additional services the house / apartment may provides (pool access, sauna, etc…) Cultural differences may be an issue here, since most Colombian families are quite conservative and often have rules on how to behave within the household. This is why it is important to be clear on the terms of the living arragements before committing to any contract.
Living With Friends/Roommates /Flatmates There is a monthly payment involved, and this incluides not only rent, but also the compounded utilities of the house ( divided by the number of people that are staying with you). it is a must to agree to pay only for yourself, or to share all the food in the house.
What Can I Do My Salary?
Pesos 50 0,025us Aprox.
Pesos 100 0,050us Aprox.
Pesos 200 0,050us Aprox.
50.000 25us Aprox.
Pesos Pesos 500 1.000 0,050us Aprox. 0,050us Aprox.
Currency of Colombia
The salary you receive will be enough to cover your accommodation and basic necessites in medellín. This would traslate into an amount of approximately $800.000 pesos a mouth. However, you will only be paid after the first month, so make sure you have enough resources to survive until then. It is up to decide how much money you think you’ll need, but we´ll give you an idea of how much things generally cost here so you can work it out work it out on your own:
Food at Restaurant
$1.500 - $3.000*
$3.000 - $5.000* for a box of 20 units
$5.000* for a pack of 3 units Shampoo
$20.000 to $50.000* Newspaper
$1.700* Cover disco
$5.000* $10.000* for men for women
$4.500* $5.500* for a box of 100 c.c.
Corresponds to one of the first experiences o transportation in Colombia. The Metro is part of the emblems of the city
You will cross the AburrĂĄ Valley through tw lines: line A north - south direction, starting f La Estrella, in the town of Bello, to the railwa municipality of ItagĂźi in the south, and Line B the center to the west of the city, starting at t station and ending in San Javier.
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Hours: Monday to Saturday 4:30 am to 11:0 and holidays from 5:00 am to 10:00 pm
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The Metrocable have at your disposal three lines, two of these are connected to the Metro system. This way, you'll meet new places as the Metrocable ascends and descends through the different seasons. tourist line You can enjoy the tour of the Metro line that will leave you a few steps from Parque Arvi, to be in touch with nature and enjoy its benefits. Transfer to this line is on the Santo Domingo station and goes to the El Tambo the village of Santa Elena, where you'll find the second and final season.
Bus Walking the city streets and public service buses that will take you through the neighborhoods of Medellin. Embark on a journey through the urban streets of Medellin. You will have more than 156 bus routes, vans and minibuses. Access the web page of the Ministry of Traffic and Transportation Medellin and find out the rates and existing public transport routes. Download also the map of the bus route and knows which are available 24 hours bus routes by area and the state of the roads.
Hours: Monday to Saturday 4:30 am to 11:00 pm, Sundays and holidays from 9:00 am to 10:00 pm Line L: them every day from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm except el primer working day of each week. Get more information visit www.metrodemedellin.gov.co
Bus / Minibus
$2.150 - $4.000
$1.800 - $1.900 $1.800
Come lose yourself in the most modern America with more than 300 interactive e One of the most modern parks in Lati Explora is a place where not only the k adults can also enjoy themselves with the has to offer.
Let out a shout of joy and excitement on the rides at Par will make your heart race! This park has something for the whole family: kids, adults alike. This is a great place for thrill-seekers who love to racing. Getting there is easy since it located in the newly res sector of the city.
MUSEO DE ANTIOQUIA
Come enjoy the work of Fernando Botero in this chamber with more than 100 creations by this Paisa artist. No trip to Medellin is complete without visiting the Museum of Antioquia, which houses the largest art collection in the region open to the public.
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PALACIO DE CULTURA
Visit a place full of history and architecture place where you view marvel at a landscape rich in forms and European styles. Marvel at a place from its architecture to its activities will transmit historical and cultural wealth.
Get an eyeful of the tallest building in Medellin that is at once an architectural wonder and an emblematic symbol of Paisa pride. In the historical downtown area of Medellín, you cannot miss the majestic Coltejer Building, an emblem of the city’s development and the strength and resolve of the Antioquian people.
Plaza Mayor promotes, develops and streamlines business, national and international events and exhibitions for excellence, innovation and competitiveness, creating memorable and successful experiences to make the heart beat of our stakeholders.
PARQUE DE LOS D
Learn about the moon, stars, and planets secrets that the Parque de los Deseos ha Observe the wonders of the sky through wish on a shooting star, and do many fascinating park.
Feel how the sand, water and grass relax your senses your feet. In the bustling downtown area of MedellĂn, there is a park in the sand and wading in crystal clear water is the norm an oasis in the center of all the hustle and bustle.
PLAZA DE LA LUZ
Thereis a one-of-a-kind place in the downtown area of MedellĂn where beams of light come alive and recreate the history of the city. With large columns of light that reach out to the sky and beams which point up from the ground, the Antioquian capital offers locals and visitors alike the Cisneros Plaza or, as it is colloquially known, The Park of Lights (Parque de las Luces).
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FERROCARRIL DE ANTIOQUIA
Discover the history of this railway in its original station that also houses spaces for the appreciation of art. You can really get a sense of the importance of Medellinâ€™s patrimony by visiting the Old Railroad of Antioquia Building. It was declared a national monument in 1996 for its historical value in the city and country.
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It is the oldest bridge that remains standing on the MedellĂn River. It was built between 1878 and 1879 with bricks, mortar, lime and singing and is located near the center of Medellin and Nutibara. In December served to mark the beginning of the Riverwalk which is adorned with Christmas lights.
Where Great Music, Great Food and Great Cocktails Come Together. Lleras Park is a place that deserves to be highlighted because it is one of the contemporary icons of Medellin. Here, one can encounter a great influx of people from all walks of life: teenagers, adults, Colombians and foreigners all congregate here with the objective of partaking in the varied and special gastronomical and musical offerings.
UNIDAD DEPORTI GIRARDOT
Feel the sporting passion that comes Stadium, which is a historic place in th several sporting events of global proport Get in touch with your sporting spirit at t sports complex that houses several sp field, basketball, handball, cycling, foo five-man soccer, motorbiking, swimming
MUSEO EL CASTILLO
Discover the features of French colonial architecture collection of artwork from a variety of remarkable artists The Castillo Museum was built in 1930 and is conside outstanding architectural features that the city has to off which include vast gardens filled with Cypre trees brou from Adriana Villa in Italy, add to the cultural reference th has in MedellĂn.
MUSEO DE ARTE MODERNO
Discover the features of French colonial architecture and the vast collection of artwork from a variety of remarkable artists. The Castillo Museum was built in 1930 and is considered one of the outstanding architectural features that the city has to offer. Its grounds, which include vast gardens filled with Cypre trees brought all the way from Adriana Villa in Italy, add to the cultural reference that this building has in MedellĂn.
alive in the Atanasio Girardot he city and has been witness to tions. the Atanasio Girardot Stadium, a porting clubs such as track and tball, gymnastics, judo, karate, g, among many others.
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Come more about the “Three Rocks of Knowledge” as the building is colloquially known, a space for cultural and artistic activities. Visit this tourist attraction in Medellín that is made up of three giant “rocks” buried deep atop a high mountain in the Santo Domingo Savio neighborhood, located in the northeastern quarter of the city.
Come and explore the charm this living museum has to offer. It’s an ideal place for eco-friendly visitors as well as for those budding scientists. A family outing wouldn’t be complete without a visit to this breathtaking place which has been declared Cultural Patrimony of Medellín and is a member of the International Network of Conservation Gardens.
AEROPUERTO OLAYA HERRERA
The Enrique Olaya Herrera Airport is located in the southwestern sector of the city and its main objective is to attend to regional and national flights. Each week, more than 470 flights from more than 27 national destinations land there. The national airlines that operate out of this airport are Easy Fly, Satena, Aires and Aida. The Enrique Olaya Herrera Airport is the second busiest airport in the country and is considered the main regional airport in Colombia.
Important PARQUE JUANES
It has been built and offered to the pub public space in the city administration. T desires that medellinense singer Juanes the lower-income people and people wit of landmines.
Enjoy the wonders that nature has to offer just 20 minu MedellĂn. Breathe in pure fresh air, marvel at the grandiose fore immense trees, stroll alongside crystal clear creeks, sprawling green areas.
CENTRO COMERCIAL SAN DIEGO
Find exclusive boutiques of menswear and womenswear, a diverse array of shops, as well as delicious restaurants to tempt your taste buds all under the same roof. This mall was the first ever to be built in Colombia and houses 232 different shops under its open-air mall concept.
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CENTRO COMERCIAL UNICENTRO
Spend an afternoon shopping at this mall, which has over 270 shops offering clothes, perfume, accessories, and much more. One of the places to go to in MedellĂn is Unicentro. This mall, which has over 270 shops offering clothes, perfume, accessories, and much more, is well known in the city for its great taste and famous brand names.`
CENTRO COMERCIAL PUERTA DEL NORTE
Enjoy the natural surroundings that encircle this shopping mall, which is located in the northern sector of the city and has all the services and shops. Visitors will be able to find an array of goods at this one-stop center. Get clothes, shoes, accessories, home decorations and even get some good advice from the offices of financial services found there.
CENTRO COMERCIAL EL TESORO
El Tesoro will amaze you with its 10 movie theaters, fun park, shops, gym, and three restaurants. El Parque Comercial El Tesoro is a landmark in the city for fashion, design, and great taste. Housed under its roof are 278 shops which sell the most exclusive national and international brand names.
Important Places CENTRO COMERCIAL OVIEDO
Enjoy the fine pleasures that the myriad shops and movie theaters offer at this shopping center, located in the heart of the Milla de Oro. The Centro Comercial Oviedo offers an extensive variety of products and services across 95,000 square meters and houses 320 shops, seven movie theaters and 1,500 parking spaces.
CENTRO COMERCIAL MAYORCA
Stroll around this vast shopping center and window shop at its different stores. This shopping center houses more than 250 different shops as well as seven movie theaters, a supermarket, a casino, a gym, a fun park, and a vast food court with a variety of options.
Universities Universidad EAFIT Carrera 49 N° 7 Sur - 50 Medellín (4) 2619500 www.eafit.edu.co
Dirección: calle 6 (4) 219 8332 www.udea.edu.c
Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana Campus de Laureles Circular 1 No. 70-01 (4) 4488388 www.upb.edu.co
Calle 59A No 63 (4) 430 90 00 www.medellin.u
Universidad de Medellín Dirección: Carrera 87 N° 30 - 65 (4) 3405555 www.udem.edu.co
sidad de Antioquia
67 No. 53 - 108
3 - 20 MedellĂn, Colombia - NĂşcleo El Volador
Supermarkets the Almacenes Ă‰xito and jumbo stores are the most recognized and biggest supermarkets in the city, since they can find food or drinks to clothing and technology
The Festival o Flowers: An Element and Tradition
Flowers, one of the most representative elements o been the centerpiece of an event that is celebrated 1957. The first Festival took place on March 1st of passed, it has grown into one of the most importan and international tourists to the â€œCity of Eternal Spr
This important initiative started thanks to the hard of the Tourism Office Board at that time. Although nothing like the festival as we know it now, it dr enjoyed the charm of flowers and the way they brig
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work of Arturo Uribe, a member the first version of the Festival is rew the attention of locals who ghtened up social spaces.
Christmas in Medellin Custard, buĂąuelos and Hojuelas, these delicious products that always accompany christmas. Discover how Medellin says good-bye to the past year, and receives the New Year. The day of the candles is a ritual for all ages and one of the largest and most traditional events in Colombia. Here are some games that help make Christmas a space full of presents and fun. Famillies meet in Medellin to enjoy a time of celebration and holiday spirit singing carols with the rhythm of bells and tambourines. The lyrics and songs that are listened to in the streets in the entire city are unique during the holidays in the Paisa capital.
Be swept away by the purity o of the Eastern zone of Antioq energy and excitement.
Soar high over southeastern An the land of adventure and the with nature.
of the rivers and waterfalls quia, a place that exudes
Take a trip through the western zone of Antioquia and learn about the history of its towns while you stroll through the town squares.
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Take a trip through the western zone of Antioquia and learn about the history of its towns while you stroll through the town squares.
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Universities Universidad EAFIT Universidad UDEA Universidad UPB Universidad Nacional Universidad de Medellín
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Cerro El Volador
Malls Centro Comercial San Diego 29 Centro Comercial Unicentro 30 Centro Comercial Monterrey 31 Centro Comercial Puerta del Norte 32 Centro Comercial El Tesoro 33 Centro Comercial Oviedo 34 Centro Comercial Mayorca 35 Centro Comercial Santa Fe
Metro Line B
Tourists sites Edificio Coltejer Plaza Mayor Parque de los Deseos Pies descalzos Plaza de la Luz Ferrocarril de Antioquia Puente de Guayaquil Parque del Poblado Parque Lleras Unidad Deportiva Atanasio Girardot Jardín Botanico Parque Explora Parque Norte Unidad Deportiva de Belén Aeropuerto Olaya Herrera Parque Juanes Parque Arví
Palos Manrique Verdes Las Esmeraldas Gardel
Culture sites Museo de Antioquia Museo El Castillo Museo de Arte Moderno Biblioteca España Palacio de Cultura
Metro Line A
Trasport terminals 36 Terminal de Transporte Sur 37 Terminal de Transporte Norte Retails Almacenes éxito Supermercados Jumbo
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Cerro La Asomadera
3 Metro Line
Parque Belén Envigado La Palma Me
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Metro Cable Line J Metro Cable Line K Metro Cable Line L Metroplús
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