Discover the secrets of the landlocked heart of South America. Behold the marvels of magically surreal salt flats, lofty cities perched on canyon sides and the juxtaposition of Amazonian and Andean landscapes. Bolivia has one of the most fascinating and varied cultures of the continent. The echoes of ancient civilizations resonate throughout the ruined cities, busy markets overflow with rainbow coloured textiles and chicken buses navigate their way along winding mountain roads. With such an abundance of experiences to offer, your time in Bolivia is sure to be unforgettable.
Bring light & laughter to disadvantaged children
Work to create a child friendly educational garden
Discover the local culture and delicacies
La Paz, Bolivia
Work with disadvantaged children
Create a productive working garden
Transport from the airport
Private Apartment or social hostel
Before you go
Travel & medical advice & documentation
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt (UK only)
Breakfast (hostel only)
Local orientation and training
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ backup
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WHAT DOES THE PROJECT DO?
The spectacularly diverse country of Bolivia lies in the heart of the South American continent and its capital La Paz is the highest capital city in the world! This project is based around community gardens that have the aim of educating local children about environmental sustainability through hands on experience in the gardens.
The gardens are adjacent to either orphanages or health care centres and the space is used for recreational purposes. The gardens need specialist care and design in order to ensure they are wheel chair friendly and cater to all users.
WHAT WILL I BE DOING?
You will get the chance to help shape the views of the children you work with in relation to environmental issues and teach sustainable agricultural practices. You will provide children with the chance to learn about the processes of planting and harvesting and you can help them to grow their own vegetables and herbs. Use your expertise to guide them through the entire process, from plant pot to dinner plate! It’s important to provide these underprivileged communities with easy access to a safe and relaxing outdoor space.
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WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I ARRIVE?
You will be picked up from La Paz airport by a friendly local staff member and transported to your accommodation. Once you have had time to rest the local staff will introduce you to your project and the local area. Your in-country coordinator will be more than happy to help you settle in and acclimatise and you'll feel at home in no time in this friendly and diverse country.
WHERE WILL I BE STAYING?
Throughout the duration of your project you will be staying at a centrally located and popular hostel, in a large mixed sex dorm room. The hostel is a social hub where you will have the opportunity to meet other volunteers and travellers. The accommodation will be simple but of course clean and comfortable.
Alternatively you may wish to upgrade your accommodation to a local private apartment situated in the city centre – an exciting chance to live like a true Bolivian! You will have your own ensuite room to relax in after a day volunteering. The apartment option includes a communal area that has TV and wifi access and a shared kitchen and laundry giving you plenty of opportunities to interact with other people living in the fun city of La Paz.
WHAT WILL I BE EATING?
If staying at the hostel you will be provided with a continental breakfast at the start of the day. All other meals will be your own responsibility. If you opt to upgrade to the private apartment then this project will be entirely self catered. Sourcing food in the capital is relatively easy with typical dishes including rice or potatoes, meat, plantains and eggs. Bolivian food is generally not very spicy but if you like a little extra kick, you may want to try la llajwa – a local spicy chilli and tomato sauce. Based centrally you will be able to venture out into the bustling markets, or enjoy a more relaxed meal in one of the many local restaurants.
HOW WILL I GET TO WORK?
You will be able to travel to your work location using the local bus services – a bargain at around 9p for a single journey!
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I really felt I was making a difference to their lives
11 Aug 2012
Bolivia...what a beautiful country! Staying and working in this delightful little community was s...
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There are many exciting and adventurous opportunities available in Bolivia, the dream-like vistas of the Salar de Uyuni make you lose all spatial perspective on these incredible salt flats, the vast open space providing the prefect place to take some classic photos! If your feeling daring why not take a spin on the "World's Most Dangerous Road" on a downhill mountain bike ride, or visit the thick jungle of the Amazonian pampas or even the notorious silver mines of Potosi. If you prefer more localised adventures why not visit the market in the Witches Quarter in La Paz or even take up Spanish lessons in your free time.
You may also like to try trekking through the Cordilleras, white-water rafting on the Yungas or even wildlife watching in the Amazon. A whole range of exiting activities can be booked through local providers which will not only help support the local communities in this developing country but help make your Bolivian experience one you will never forget!
To apply for this project, or to register your interest, just click on the orange "Apply Now!" button at the top of the menu. Fill out and submit a short application form and then one of our advisors will give you a call back to answer any questions and to progress your application if you wish to continue.
There is no obligation when making an application, and you do not need to pay anything at this point.