Volunteer in Bolivia


Festival of Art and Culture in Cochabamba
Cochabamba       August 2 - August 16, 2016

Volunteer project: In August, the cities of Cochabamba and Quillacollo host extensive socio-cultural activities. Meetings and cultural events are organized in alternative locations and spaces, such as plazas, cultural centers and on the street. In 2016 we will organize the International Meeting of Art and Culture "Pachamama" to promote popular culture in alternative spaces.

Volunteers' tasks involve:
• Assisting in the organization of the conference and the Meeting of Art and Culture.
• Promotion and dissemination of information about cultural events.
• Promotion of cultural and alternative tourism places of Cochabamba.
• Participation in the traditional Festival of Urkupiña - one of the largest religious festivals to take place in Bolivia.
• Logistical support to cultural events.
• Touring areas near Cochabamba to enjoy the nature and interact with the local population.

Language: English

Accommodation: Volunteers will be accommodated in the Cultural Center in the city of Cochabamba.

Location: City of Cochabamba and the municipality of Quillacollo.

Terminal: Cochabamba

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 250 Euro
The extra fee is intended to support the hosting organization who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival on the project.

Preserving the heritage and biodiversity in the Historic City of Sucre
Sucre       August 18 - August 30, 2016

Volunteer project: The Historic City of Sucre is the capital of Bolivia. The city gave "The first cry for freedom in America" during the Spanish colonial era. Many important events in the history of the liberation and independence of Bolivia and South America took place here. The city is steeped in history. It is an important historical world heritage center, whose structures and well-preserved buildings testify to the events that happened here. Sucre is an agricultural living city, whose agricultural biodiversity allow food self-sufficiency.

Volunteer activities and workshops:
- Raising awareness among the local population, authorities, youth groups, and international volunteers about the cultural value of this heritage site and the need to protect the biodiversity around it.
- Facilitating mutual learning between volunteers and local people about basic tools for protection, heritage conservation and biodiversity around the site using non-formal education.
- Facilitating communication spaces and meeting local organizations, young people, local residents, authorities and institutions, and the rural population living around the heritage site, with the goal of building long-term relationships that enable sustainability, heritage protection and biodiversity.
- Spreading information about the cultural heritage of the Historic City of Sucre and the importance of conservation of the site and the surrounding biodiversity, alternative development, workshops and exhibitions for the local community.
- Visiting a traditional agricultural farm.

Language: English

Accommodation: Volunteers will be accommodated in City of Sucre.

Location: Sucre, the capital of Bolivia

Terminal: Sucre

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 250 Euro
The extra fee is intended to support the hosting organization who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival on the project.

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 Soltice 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 hosting organization who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival on the project.

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 hosting organization who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival on the project.