Volunteer in Bolivia

Heritage preservation and conservation in the historic city of Potosi
Potosi       August 17 - August 30, 2017

Volunteer project: Potosí was one of the most important cities in the world during the colonial period, called "Imperial Villa" because of the rich silver deposits in the Cerro Rico. During the 16th century it was considered as the largest industrial complex in the world. The extraction of silver ore was based on a series of hydraulic mills. The famous "Cerro Rico de Potosí" is a Cultural and Natural Heritage site recognized by UNESCO. The city of Potosí has been declared Patrimony of the Humanity for its importance in the history of the humanity.
It is an important historical center of World Heritage, whose well-preserved structures and buildings attest to the events that took place here and provide an atmosphere of history and cultural richness.

Volunteer activities and workshops:
• Inviting representatives of authorities, institutions, local youth groups to present workshops on world heritage and the characteristics of the "Ciudad de Potosí" heritage.
• Forming mixed groups for round table discussions, in which proposals for conservation, preservation and promotion of Potosi's heritage are presented.
• Directing discussion groups and work towards realistic proposals that include indigenous rural population, urban population, youth, etc.
• Summarizing the work done at the round tables and preparing a document of good practices on the subject.
• Sharing the work done with the press, radio and television.
• Reflective workshops and discussions on the theme of world heritage and the relationship between heritage and biodiversity with the participation of volunteers, local community, authorities and civil society organizations.

Language: English

Accommodation: Volunteers will be accommodated in the historic city of Potosí.

Location: Potosí, in the southern highlands of Bolivia

Terminal: Potosí

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 260 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.

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Promote solidarity and cooperation among the peoples of Bolivia and Chile
Cochabamba, Bolivia & Santiago, Chile       September 8 - September 20, 2017

Volunteer project: The project is a Social and Cultural tour of brotherhood and integration among the peoples of Bolivia and Chile. This solidarity initiative aims to raise awareness about Bolivia's claim for access to the sea. The project also aims to learn from the organizational experience of peoples in social, cultural, ecological and community self-management.

The volunteers will visit popular organizations, social centers, public libraries and social movements in Santiago, Chile for interviews, seminars, reports, photographs, etc. on the current social situation in Chile. They will also hear opinions on the proposal of Bolivia for sea access. The volunteers will participate in the Conference on Human Rights to be held in Chile in September.

Language: English

Accommodation: Volunteers will be accommodated in a community center in Cochabamba, Bolivia and in Santiago, Chile.

Location: Cochabamba, Bolivia and Santiago, Chile

Terminal: Cochabamba

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 280 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.

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In the footsteps of Che Guevara
Cochabamba and Santa Cruz       October 6 - October 16, 2017

Volunteer project: Each year many walk The Che Guevara Trail (The Ruta Del Che) in honor of the legendary revolutionary Ernesto Che Guevara and his guerilla army. The project aims to give a sense of community and solidarity, and to commemorate the 50th anniversary of his death.

The volunteers in this project will follow in the footsteps of Che Guevara and will get involved in community and solidarity work in different communities along the trail. International volunteers will interact with local communities in social and cultural actions. The group will visit different places and will join the activities of various organizations and institutions in homage to Che Guevara. The project includes activities in Cochabamba, Vallegrande and Santa Cruz.

The volunteers will help organize social and cultural activities, as well as projections and exhibitions of videos, films, photographs, fairs, etc. They will provide logistic support to conferences and seminars, and will assist in the organization of the World meeting of Che Guevara peoples in Vallegrande, Santa Cruz.

Language: English

Accommodation: Volunteers will be accommodated in a community center in Cochabamba, in Santa Cruz and Tarija.

Location: Cochabamba and Santa Cruz

Terminal: Cochabamba

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 260 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.

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Organizing cultural events in Cochabamba
Cochabamba       January 2 - January 11, 2018

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 be accommodated in a community 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.

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Environmental awareness and education work in Cochabamba
Cochabamba       January 21 - January 31, 2018

Volunteer project: The volunteers in this project will support the work of an Eco-social and Cultural Center in Villa Busch, in the west zone of Cochabamba, on the outskirts of the city. The Center was opened in 2014 and it has a public library, an organic garden and a hostel for volunteers. The project aims to sensitize the local population on issues of waste management and environmental protection, and to promote urban gardens in the community.

The volunteer activities include:
• Raising awareness through campaigns for recycling and reusing waste.
• Building a room with natural materials.
• Environmental education workshops for children, youth and adults.
• Cultural and educational activities will be held in the central plaza of Cochabamba in the evening.

Language: English

Accommodation: Volunteers will be accommodated in the hostel of the Eco-social and Cultural Center in Villa Busch.

Location: The project is located in Villa Busch, a popular district on the outskirts of the city of Cochabamba, 15 minutes from the city center.

Terminal: Cochabamba

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 180 to 200 Euro (200 Euro for the project starting July 18; 180 Euro for the project starting January 21)
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

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Celebrating local culture at the Carnival of Oruro
Cochabamba       February 1 - February 13, 2018

Volunteer project: The Carnival of Oruro is the most famous festival in Bolivia. It is one of UNESCO's Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.
In Cochabamba, we'll organize cultural and educational activities before the Oruro Carnival. Then we'll participate in the Carnival of Oruro, in the "Anata Andino" which is an indigenous dance of gratitude to Pachamama or Mother Earth. In Bolivia the Carnival is associated by indigenous influence to the festival of the harvest received from Pachamama.
It is in this context that we organize alternative, cultural and educational tours in Cochabamba as well as in Oruro, so that the volunteers can understand and share the local culture.

Volunteer tasks involve:
• Assisting in the organization of the Days of Art, Culture and Alternative community-based tourism
• Promotion and dissemination of information about cultural events.
• Promotion of cultural and alternative tourism areas of Cochabamba and Oruro.
• Participation in the popular pre-Carnival party.
• Logistical support to cultural events.
• Participation in tours to alternative tourism communities near Cochabamba to enjoy nature and interact with the local population.
• Participation in the Carnival of Oruro.

Language: English

Accommodation: Volunteers will be accommodated in a community center in Cochabamba and in a youth hostel in Oruro.

Location: Cochabamba and Oruro

Terminal: Cochabamba

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 280 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.

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Promotion of culture and tourism for local development in Cochabamba
Cochabamba       February 13 - February 28, 2018

Volunteer project: At the end of February and early March, the city of Cochabamba and its suburbs host extensive socio-cultural activities. Cultural events are organized in alternative locations and spaces, such as plazas, cultural centers and streets. During the summer holidays in February, we will organize Days of Art, Popular Culture and Alternative tourism to consolidate new alternative spaces and explore multiculturalism and interaction with the local population.

Volunteer tasks involve:
• Promotion and dissemination of information about cultural events.
• Promotion of cultural and alternative tourism areas of Cochabamba.
• Participation in the popular Carnival party “Corso de corsos”.
• Logistical support to cultural events.
• Participation in tours to alternative tourism communities near Cochabamba to enjoy nature and interact with the local population.

Language: English

Accommodation: Volunteers will be accommodated in a community center in Cochabamba.

Location: City of Cochabamba

Terminal: Cochabamba

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 220 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.

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Celebrating indigenous culture at the Pujllay Festival of Tarabuco
Cochabamba       March 7 - March 19, 2018

Volunteer project: In 2014 UNESCO declared the Tarabuco carnival, known as the "Pujllay" as Intangible Heritage of Humanity for its originality and indigenous cultural richness. This cultural manifestation belongs to the Yampara culture of the Quechua Nation which is one of the strongest and most warlike for its cultural resistance. It is important to make this great indigenous culture visible to the world with the collaboration of volunteers and local community.

Volunteers will be involved in the following activities:
• Promotion and media coverage of the Pujllay festival in Tarabuco.
• Eco construction work in the field.
• Visiting places of alternative tourism in Cochabamba, Sucre (World Heritage) and Tarabuco.
• Support to the garbage recycling works in Tarabuco, generated by the carnival.
• Documentation of cultural events.

Language: English

Accommodation: Volunteers will be accommodated in a community center in Cochabamba and in youth hostels in Sucre and Tarabuco.

Location: Cochabamba and Tarabuco

Terminal: Cochabamba

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 240 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.

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