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Coliving in Medellin

Feb 26 - Mar 26  | Apr 2 - Apr 30 

Coworking & Coliving in Medellin


February 2021, marks our fifth time back to the ‘city of eternal spring’ – one of South America’s top hubs for innovation, and of course, the remote work/digital nomad movement. We’ll be coming home to live in our favorite area of Medellin, El Poblado, surrounded by cozy cafés with amazing coffee and most of the best restaurants of Medellin…

(of course always with the COVID precautions in the back of our mind).


South America's Nomad Hotspot

Colombia! A place of magical surrealism, stunning natural beauty, and… coffee! The best start to discovering Latin America.

The ‘City of Eternal Spring’

Medellin earned its tagline for a reason; it just always seems to be spring. Many still know it best for its narco history, but Medellin is South America’s most spectacular turn-around story – not only in terms of safety, but also in terms of innovation and entrepreneurship.

Half City, Half Jungle

You can stand in the middle of El Poblado, surrounded by cafés and restaurants, but turn a corner, and you suddenly find yourself in the jungle. It’s a rare juxtaposition; a buzzing, high-rise city with veins of wild nature running through it.

The Land of Coffee

Colombia treats the world to some of the finest coffee. Last year, the Tribe visited plantations, and learned how Colombians do coffee; from picking the sweet berry, to removing the beans, washing, drying, roasting, and finally grinding them for that perfect cup of coffee.

World's Tallest Palm Trees

That would be the ‘Wax’ Palm Trees of the Valle de Cocora. It’s one of our favorite trips in all of South America. The view is breathtaking – something from Jurassic Park, just so surreal that it doesn’t seem like our planet… at least not in this era.

El Peñol de Guatapé

Just a day-trip out from Medellin, past rolling hills covered in palm trees and coffee plantations, you’ll find a peculiar rock, the icon of Antioquia. We hiked up and the view you see is one of the most iconic landscapes of Colombia (yes, that is our title photo on this page).

Colonial Cartagena

Cartagena is an old colonial town on the Caribbean coast of Colombia. It’s a wonderful, culture-packed place to get lost in and roam the cobblestone streets lined with colorful houses and flower-packed balconies. The music literally follows your every step.

Colombia's Caribbean Islands

Yes, Colombia even has Caribbean islands. This is another one of the Tribe’s favourite weekend trips – renting a boat and going from island to island, stopping by for some BBQ seafood lunch prepared by locals, and jumping in the water to cool off! 


Coliving Space: Our Home in Medellin

After seeing the positive effects of housing all members in the same accommodations during recent Chapters, we found a hotel in El Poblado that fit the bill. When previously we spread out in Medellin across multiple apartments, this time around we’ll all be together!


While the property is less modern, it makes up for it with spaciousness and the amenities we’re always chasing in Medellin. There are multiple large indoor and outdoor common spaces with fast internet, a sun-filled pool with a shaded area for afternoon work sessions, and the restaurant-sized kitchen to make family meals a breeze. The property has 17 rooms, each with an ensuite bathroom, and we’ll leave at least 1 room empty for any health needs.


After checking every box for safety and comfortability, it’s all about location, location, location. The hotel is situated on the edge of El Poblado. Close enough to walk to restaurants and cafes but removed enough to maintain our little bubble when we want to. This is the spot to be whether it’s your first or 400th time in Medellin.


You'll share your new home with a maximum of 21 inspiring people consisting of entrepreneurs, freelancers, remote workers. 


What Does the Tribe Say?

We asked a few of our most long-term Tribers to tell us about Medellín and Colombia. Lauren has traveled with WiFi Tribe for 11 chapters over the last 3 years, and Jess has done 3 of her 6 chapters in Medellín!


Ready to Join Our Tribe in Colombia?

Feb 26 - Mar 26 2021 - Fully booked, join the waitlist here

Apr 2 - Apr 30 - Fully booked, join the waitlist here

If you're not currently a WiFi Tribe member and  you're interested in our Colombia chapter, please apply here first.

Colombia is a Tier 1 chapter. 4-week prices start from:

Private Room: $1500
Shared Room: $900

Note: the rooms are allocated on a first-come-first-served basis. All shared rooms are between 2-3 people.


Fast WiFi

Internet speeds in our apartments are faster than in most places in the city, but the Colombian internet providers are known to have stability issues every now and then. We always have MiFi devices with mobile data as backups in all homes to make sure that we can keep working productively if there are any stability issues.


Cost of Living in Medellin

Below are some sample costs you can expect staying in Medellin:


Dinner $4.32 (14K COP)
Coca-Cola (0.3L) $0.47 (1.5K COP)
Beer (0.5L) $1.57 (5K COP)
 Coffee $1.89 (6K COP)
Coworking $126/month (401K COP)

If you’d like to find out more about what it’s like to live in Medellin as a digital nomad, including internet speeds, cost of living, and coworking spaces, have a look at Nomad List’s guide.


I’m New to This – How Does It Work?

WiFi Tribe has an annual chapter plan model: Successful applicants choose how often they want to travel with the tribe within a year and decide what chapter plan they would like. You can find out more about chapter plan prices here.


Are there changes to Chapters due to COVID?


With borders starting to open up again, we collaborated with our community to decide what our first chapters should look like – both in terms of the fun, and the necessary adaptations. With over 100 responses, we've had a lot of feedback and great ideas to work with, so you'll see a few changes to adapt to the current global pandemic.


Most importantly, we all have a responsibility to the local communities that host us in their countries to keep them safe. Of course, we are also introducing new guidelines and policies to keep one another safe and healthy while we live here together.


As you read through our guidelines below, you will see a combination of all the local government guidelines, as well as additional measures to ensure safety for everyone as we travel and live together. In addition, there will be measures specific to each chapter that will be shared with the people attending that chapter during the 2-week online meet-and-greet.


Every Tribe member has been welcomed into WiFi Tribe because we felt that there was an alignment with our 6 values: Respect, Humility, Camaraderie, Curiosity, Passion, and Inclusion. Now, it is more important than ever that we choose to live by them every day. We will enforce the following protocols as necessary, but we are confident that every member on this Chapter will respect fellow Tribe members and the local community.


Last time updated, January 20th 2021:

Why did we choose this location?

In addition to all of our usual considerations, we are focusing on the following:

  • Lower rates of Covid-19 infections
  • Places with greater travel accessibility (e.g., no quarantine requirements upon arrival)
  • Larger properties a little bit further outside of main cities
  • Having enough space for everyone to be comfortable
  • Accessible local medical services
  • Beautiful surrounding nature for walks and adventures where it is easier to social distance
  • Properties that will allow us to be independent and, if necessary, limit our contact with the local community.

This means that chapter locations will more likely take on a more retreat style feel, similar to our iconic Bolivia chapter. 


For more information check out this article. 

Who is eligible on this chapter?

From 19 September 2020, entry to Colombia from abroad is permitted.

Following an announcement by the Colombian Government, direct flights to/from London have been suspended until further notice. As of 22 December, you also cannot enter Colombia if your journey began in the UK.

IMPORTANT:  While Colombia’s entry restrictions are based on your travel point of origin, not your passport, please make sure you double check your eligibility to enter the country by contacting your local Colombian embassy, regardless of your nationality or origin of travel, to confirm your continued eligibility.For more information:
https://colombia.travel/en/covid-19-lockdown
https://procolombia.co/noticias/en/colombia-announces-reopening-international-flights 

How many Tribers are going to join?

Our group sizes are already limited to 25 members whether there’s a pandemic or not. 


Back in August, we didn’t customize the size of the Chapter to the type of housing we secured. We made a blanket rule to have a maximum of 18 attendees on a Chapter. Since this decision, we’ve decided to now cap the number of participants depending on the type of accommodation and the location, instead. 


For example, if we have a property with ample space inside and outdoors, lots of ensuite bathrooms, and well-ventilated community spaces, then we can host a larger group. However, if our home is compact and missing key amenities, then we’ll reduce the group size to a number that’s appropriate for the space.

Who is going to love this chapter?

Our focus has and always will be, the building of a solid, amazing community made up of brilliant, kind, conscientious people. These new chapters moving forward are going to be great for those of you that really want to build amazing relationships and be somewhere beautiful, spacious and rich in natural beauty.  


If you feel like you need something more stimulating with a lot of events and people everywhere then it may be better for you to wait it out a little longer for chapters later this year or next year. 

New Prevention Protocols

Every Chapter has a protocol document tailored to the specific location we’re in. This document details everything about the local regulations, where to get tested, and what numbers to call if symptoms appear. It’s sent to everybody who is participating in the Chapter before we arrive. 


In addition to receiving location-specific information, we’ve created guidelines for what members can and cannot do while attending a Chapter. Using internationally recognized methods for mitigating the spread of Covid-19, members must ask themselves four questions to assess if an activity or situation is safe:


If I go there or join that activity...

  1. Can I wear a mask?
  2. Can I socially distance myself (at least 2m)?
  3. Is it an open and well-ventilated area?
  4. Will less than 50 people be in attendance? 

If the answer is “no” for any of these questions, that activity doesn’t pass the test and is discouraged. If any member participates in an activity that has made others feel unsafe, we also reserve the right to ask that person to self-isolate and take a PCR test at their own cost.

 

Will I need a health insurance?

Your safety is our main priority which is why travel health insurance is required to participate in this chapter. While not required, we strongly recommend that you obtain an insurance policy that will cover the event of contracting COVID-19. Our partner Safety Wings has a very comprehensive insurance.

Please note that it is your responsibility to double check your health coverage.

What about social distancing?

It’s going to be a little harder to social distance while living with others, so we need to be extra mindful to ensure everyone's safety and comfort. We require the following:

  • Don’t go in each other’s bedrooms if you don’t need to.
  • Reduce physical contact with other members as much as possible.
  • If you go out, please ensure that you wash your hands when coming back into the house. Routinely disinfect your hands with alcohol gels and antibacterial wipes etc.
  • After using communal spaces please make the extra effort to keep them tidy and disinfect the surfaces. Your chapter host will make sure that there is a healthy supply of high quality cleaning products to do this.
  • While on chapter, members cannot attend gatherings with 50+ people.

Please consider where you are going - if you individually decide to do an activity like go to a gathering, or crowded place, you could put your fellow Tribers and the local community at risk. Please think about going on adventures that keep you together with the Tribe and involve big open spaces with plenty of light and ventilation.

Will I need to wear a face mask?

  • Everyone should bring a supply of masks with them. Preferably masks that are washable and reusable so that it’s sustainable.
  • At home, you don’t need to wear masks unless you are cooking for others. 
  • All Tribers must wear their masks when outside the property, particularly in places like supermarkets, local shops or any public spaces where adequate social distancing cannot be maintained at all times.
  • While in restaurants and cafes, please wear a mask other than while eating.
  • Will the accommodation be cleaned regularly?

  • The properties will be professionally cleaned and disinfected once a week, including linens changed. In between cleans, please be extra mindful and considerate.
  • Be sure to be considerate. Cover your mouth when you cough and then remember to disinfect your hands afterwards. We will make sure there is alcohol gel stationed in as many areas of the accommodation as appropriate.
  • For people sharing a room - please be extra considerate of one another and keep things tidy as much as possible.
  • When you’ve finished working and you pack up for the day, if you’ve worked on a table, please give the table a wipe down ready for the next person.
  • What is the guest policy?

    Members can not bring external visitors to the Chapter accommodations. This includes any non-Chapter members as well as external visitors meaning dates, family, or friends who may be in the same city as the Chapter.

    Is Bonus Tribing available?

    To further ensure everyone’s safety, Bonus Tribing will not be available on this chapter.

    Weekend Trips

    An iconic part of any chapter are the weekend trips. We would want those to continue. But now we ask that we think carefully about where we go, the logistics around how we get there and where we stay. Please consider the following when planning weekend trips:

    • Can we get private transport? (e.g. hiring cars, hiring a private bus)

    • Can we avoid the use of the airport and still get there in a timely manner?

    • Is the property or accommodation set up to deal with the number of people going?

    • If someone starts to feel unwell, can we get to a local hospital? Can that local hospital deal with potential covid-19 infections?

    • Are there plenty of activities that make it easy to social distance?

    Health

    Are we expected to quarantine on arrival?

    As of October 21st 2020, you are not expected to quarantine upon arrival unless you test positive for covid-19. 

    COVID-19 testing on arrival

    All members attending this Chapter now need to provide a negative PCR test result up to 96 hours before arriving to the Chapter accommodations. 


    Members can complete the test in any country and must email proof of their negative test result to the Chapter Host prior to arrival. Due to differences in healthcare and currencies, the cost of the test will be member’s responsibility.


    Please email hello@wifitribe.co if you are currently booked on this Chapter and have question.

    Once in Colombia - Health measures

    General Measures 

    • Masks must be worn by adults and children over the age of six when outdoors, in public transport or in enclosed public spaces, except when eating or drinking, doing physical exercise and/or if you are disabled or have a respiratory condition.

    • You must keep an interpersonal distance (set at 1.5 metres).

    • You cannot smoke cigarettes, vape or use any other smoking device unless you can ensure that you are at least two metres away from other people.

    • The use of products for individual hygiene (hydroalcoholic gels and soap) is encouraged.

    • To operate, hotels and tourism accommodations must have a government issues biosecurity certificate.

    • The sale of alcoholic beverages is currently not permitted in bars or restaurants .

    Specific Measures https://colombia.travel/en/covid-19-lockdown 

    The local health number to call in case of Covid symptoms is 301 273 77 83. You can find here the full guide: https://www.minsalud.gov.co/salud/publica/PET/Documents/coronavirus-telefonos.pdf

    What if you feel unwell?

    If you start feeling unwell, the first thing you need to do is:

    • Contact your chapter host immediately. You should send a message on Slack and explain your symptoms. Please note that depending on your symptoms we might be required to follow the local health protocols. 

    • Regardless of the symptoms, please limit your contact with other people and wear your mask.

    • Your chapter host will assist you if you need to go to the hospital or we need to send for a doctor.

    • You will need to follow up with your insurance policy to deal with any costs but the host will be there to support and keep checking in to make sure you’re doing okay.

    We are a family, so be considerate and kind. If you can help with preparing healthy food or doing a little extra grocery shopping to help and keep your fellow Triber well fed and feeling loved, then let's do that and get through it together.

    Medication

    We recommend that you bring any medicine you may need with you to troubleshoot minor ailments. To prevent misunderstanding at customs, please ensure you bring them in their original packaging. For any medication that requires a prescription, please make sure you bring the original transcript. As a starting point we suggest to bring:

    • Paracetamol

    • Ibuprofen

    • Anti-Histamines 

    • Please bring a working digital thermometer so that your temperature can also be checked. 

    What is Colombia's policy when it comes to COVID-19?

    As of October 21st 2020:

    1. You must present a mandatory negative PCR (Covid 19) test. The test results cannot be older than 96 hrs before your trip. 

    2. You are required to fill out, the pre-registration 'Check-Mig' form, before entering the migration. You can find the Check-Mig form here: www.migracioncolombia.gov.co.

    3. You must download the Corona App and track your location for the first 14 days of your stay. You can find the app here: https://coronaviruscolombia.gov.co/Covid19/aislamiento-saludable/coronapp.html 

    Important: If you test positive, you will be denied entry. We strongly recommend you revisit their site periodically and 72-48 hrs before your departure. https://colombia.travel/en/reopening-international-flights-colombia 

    What happens if I or someone in the house gets infected with Covid-19?

    All of our Chapter Hosts will follow a robust process if someone in the group becomes unwell, needs to self isolate, or tests positive for Covid-19.  Our processes are taken from EU medical authorities and will work in combination with all local protocols. 


    At a high-level, if anyone tests positive we’re requiring all members to self-isolate until a medical professional can administer a new test at least 4 days from their last contact with the ill person. If a government provides separate housing for those with a positive test, we’ll work with local authorities to safely move them to the approved location. If governments don’t provide housing, we’ll help the ill member secure new accommodations immediately and arrange transportation that limits human contact as much as possible.


    Do these guidelines make a Chapter Covid-19 proof? No, they don’t. We recognize the impossibility of completely eliminating the risks. Our aim is to limit our exposure as much as we can and make decisions that protect local communities, our members, and teammates.

    What to do if you feel people are putting others at risk?

    If you feel that a member is doing something that puts you at risk, you have the following options:

    • Fill out the anonymous reporting form

    • Speak directly to your chapter host

    • Speak to the people involved and ask them to be more considerate. This approach is very much dependent on the situation and the people involved so this is not an expectation but an option.

    We would ask everybody to remember that when living in a collective situation, you have to be mindful of people around you. We reserve the right to ask people to leave if they are taking unnecessary risks and putting others in danger. So we ask that you don’t take these things lightly regardless of your personal views on the matter.


    This system also applies to any other grievances that pertain to any instances of things like harassment, bullying or other forms of abuse. Please see our Terms and Condition for more details.

    General Travel

    What happens if I can’t travel due to covid-related travel restrictions or cancellations?

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    What happens if Colombia experiences a surge in cases?

    We are constantly monitoring the number of cases and local governmental response. We will be evaluating the situation as things change and keep you informed of any changes to our current plans. For further information please look at our Terms and Conditions.

    What happens if Colombia experiences a sudden surge in cases and lockdown is enforced once more while we are on chapter?

    We are in a privileged position where, if needed, we can comfortably be quarantined in our location. If a quarantine was necessary, the properties are equipped to help us spend an extended period of time in lockdown agreeably. 

     

    In addition, we will be monitoring the country’s security measures and keeping Tribers informed. Any lockdown that Colombia has imposed in the past has limited people from coming into the country, but has not limited people from returning to their home countries. So, if people decide to leave, they should be able to do so.

     

    Logistics

    What is the check-in process like?

    We are aiming for a self check-in as seamless as possible. We will send you the instructions via slack a couple of days before your arrival with all the relevant details (which villa/house/apartment, bedroom etc). Your chapter host will be present to welcome you and answer any questions you may have.

    Who do I contact if I encounter any issues in the property?

    If there are any issues with the property contact your chapter host

    Bank & ATMs

    You will find automatic tellers. Most shops accept payment by credit card and some will accept USD cash.