Youth Employment

Find out about the laws relating to youth employment in Colombia...

According to law, children over the age of 14 can only work under the following conditions:

  • They have a written authorization from both parents, authenticated by a public notary
  • They have a written authorization from a Labor Inspector, issued by the Ministry of Social Protection
  • Teenagers aged between 15 to 17 years old are only authorized by law to work for up to six hours a day and 30 hours per week.
  • Children aged 17 and above are allowed to work for no more than eight hours a day and 40 hours per week
  • Children under 15 years old can obtain authorization to work from a Labor Inspector only if they are involved in sports, cultural, recreational and cultural activities, for no more than 14 hours per week.

Learn more about the labor laws for youth in Colombia (website in Spanish).

Volunteer Work

They are many volunteer programs available for young people willing to give something back to the community.

Information about volunteering and opportunities is also available from the YMCA Colombia website (in Spanish).