Bolivia

Yeah, Bolivia! We are in love with this fantastic country. Wonder why?

In the heart of South America lies one of the most diverse countries in the world: Bolivia. Although the country’s economy is one of the least developed on the continent, Bolivia is one of the richest countries in culture and nature. The largest part of Bolivia’s authentic indigenous culture is still preserved due to the country´s location. The official language in Bolivia is Spanish and the Bolivian currency is the Boliviano. Sceneries in Bolivia are unspoilt and very diverse: from snow-clad mountains, salt deserts, humid valleys, to tropical rain forests. There is so much to see and experience. A few possibilities include sailing across Lake Titicaca, going on anaconda hunts in the jungle or visiting Salar de Uyuni, the largest salt flats in the world.

All the special projects in Bolivia mediated by Beyond South America are located in Cochabamba. Cochabamba is Bolivia’s third largest city and has more than one million inhabitants. The city is situated in a valley in the Andes and is sometimes referred to as ‘the city of the everlasting spring’ due to its pleasant weather. Lovely image, isn’t it?

Furthermore, Cochabamba is known to be one of the most liberal cities in the country. There are several universities and there is a dazzling student nightlife. The restaurants not only serve delicious local dishes, but also Western food. Cochabamba is also home to La Cancha, the largest open-air market in South America which sells everything you could think of a visit to the market is really worth your time. The city also has an airport and a (international) bus terminal.

Conditions and possibilities

We can understand that a trip to Bolivia takes a lot of effort and is quite exciting, right? This is why we aim to help you with all your personal concerns. There’s a lot of relevant information on our website, but do not hesitate to contact us for further information or to have your questions answered. We do not put any conditions on volunteers or interns except for a flexible and proactive attitude and the willingness to learn Spanish (and for some projects a specific educational level is required.). To help ensure sustainability and continuity of projects, we prefer that volunteers stay for a minimum period of three months. If you’d like to volunteer in our organisation, then we’ll look for one or multiple projects that suit you, depending on your preference, interests and (educational) background.

                   Urban garden project, Bolivia                               Centre for abused boys, Bolivia                               Physiotherapy project, Bolivia

In addition to these projects, there are other interesting options. For example, join the vegetable garden project to support the local population in self-reliance and food security. Give English lessons to children who are rescued from human trafficking, emotionally support burned children by playing games with them during their hospital stay, help local female entrepreneurs improve their marketing plan for their handicraft shop or come up with games to mentally challenged monkeys and cats.

What we can all offer is too much to describe here. Let us know what you want and what background you have, then we will talk to you to find a suitable project! Is your dream project not described here? Let us know what you want and what background you have, then we will talk to you to find a suitable project!

Visa, insurance and safety

For a stay in South America, you need to have a passport that is valid for at least 6 months after arrival. For a stay shorter than 90 days, you do not need a visa. If you want to stay longer, we will put you in contact with a local lawyer that can support you with the visa process for a small remuneration. The (private) health care in Ecuador is generally of good quality. If you get sick in Ecuador and in need of a doctor or dentist, we will always be welcome to accompany you! It is important to have good travel insurance when you go for an internship or volunteering experience abroad. Our insurance partners would be glad to advice you about the opportunities. JoHo offers you the best-customized travel insurance! Most travellers say they felt save in Ecuador. Of course, it is always important to take into account the (obvious) precautionary measures that likewise apply in the big European cities. Bring as few valuable things as possible and hide important documents and money.

Costs

The mediation costs are €550, of which €50 go to the project where you will be active. These costs include:

  • Information package that we will send you before starting your trip preparations, visa application, travel arrangements etc.;
  • pick-up service from the airport;
  • welcome package;
  • finding a great host family or (volunteering) home for you;
  • finding a suitable volunteering job or internship;
  • orientation day on which we will guide you through the city and to your volunteering/ internship place;
  • an English speaking contact that is always available in case of emergency.

I am interested! What now?

Are you already starting to get excited? Then send us an e-mail without any obligation to: info@beyondsouthamerica.org  Within a few days, we will invite you to talk via Skype about your preferences. We will then come back to you with a proposal and costs scheme of a certain volunteering project/internship/language course and accommodation. If you agree with the proposal, you will have to transfer the mediation costs, after which we will send a confirmation.

Come and experience Bolivia together with us!