Volunteer in Bolivia

Celebrate Andean culture and Summer Solstice with the indigenous people of Bolivia and Chile
Cochabamba, Bolivia & Iquique, Chile       December 14 - December 22, 2016

Volunteer project: In the month of December, the ancient Andean culture celebrates the Summer Solstice. This is a very important month in the peasant agricultural cycle because of the beginning of the rainy season in the Andes and the Amazon.
It is in this context that an Annual Qullasuyu Summer Solstice Meeting is organized for Aymara communities and youth from Bolivia and Northern Chile. Historically, the Qullasuyu culture was shared by people in southern Peru, Bolivia, northern Chile and Argentina. This year the event will be held in the Aymara region of Arica, Chile.

The volunteers will be involved in different activities during the project:
• Preparing events related to the meeting.
• Participation in the preparation and celebration of the Summer Solstice.
• Participation in the Annual Youth and Community Meeting.
• Visiting the rural community Potrero to assist in an ecological project.
• Contacts with indigenous social movements in South America.

Language: English

Accommodation: Volunteers will be hosted at the school in the rural community Incallajta, Cochabamba Department.

Location: City of Cochabamba, Bolivia and Iquique, Northern Chile.

Terminal: Cochabamba

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 250 Euro (includes tickets to Iquique, Chile)
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

Organizing cultural events in Cochabamba
Cochabamba       January 1 - January 10, 2017

Volunteer project: Since the Water War of 2000, the historic main square of Cochabamba September 14 is the place for various social and cultural activities. The September 14th Plaza receives hundreds of visitors, and community groups and organisations hold exhibitions, fairs and festivals, information and education workshops, film, poetry and book forums, etc. This is a good opportunity to demonstrate the cultural and participatory potential of the people in the square.

The volunteers will be providing logistic support for the development of cultural events in the square. They will participate in the organization of cultural activities, promotion of events and media coverage.

Language: English

Accommodation: Volunteers will stay at the Social Center in the west part of the city of Cochabamba, 15 minutes from the central square September 14th.

Location: The project is located in the center of Cochabamba and the activities will take place in the main square of the city.

Terminal: Cochabamba

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 180 Euro
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.