Volunteer in Bolivia

Celebrating Winter Solstice and preserving the local traditions in Bolivia
Cochabamba       June 10 - June 22, 2019

Volunteer project: In Bolivia, with the New Plurinational State, 36 indigenous nations and cultures have been recognized that for some years have recovered ancestral practices and customs. An example is the Sun party or Inti Raymi that is celebrated on June 20 and 21 in the mountains, for which various cultural activities are performed. This is a good opportunity to get to know the local culture, to share and to collaborate with the local population.

The volunteers will be involved in different activities during the project:
• Promoting the cultural activities of the Winter Solstice.
• Participation in the Ritual and Fiesta al Sol (Andean New Year of the Amazon)
• Construction of an Eco Inca cabin with organic and recycled materials
• Agriculture and agroecology work
• Tours around the countryside and around Cochabamba

Language: English

Leisure time: During the free time, cultural activities or countryside visits will be organized in order to introduce volunteers to the history, traditions and pluricultural customs of the country. Volunteers will always be in contact with the local population.

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

Location: The project is located in the Central Region of Cochabamba.

Terminal: Cochabamba

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 240 Euro
Transportation from Cochabamba Airport and local transportation during the project are included.
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 and conservation of Torotoro National Park
Cochabamba       July 18 - July 29, 2019

Volunteer project: The Torotoro National Park, known also as Bolivia’s Jurassic park, is a spectacular place where thousands of dinosaur footprints, sweeping canyons, surreal rock formations and thrilling underground caves enchant the visitors. This project aims to support the promotion and conservation of Torotoro National Park and the self-management of the rural communities that are part of it. The project activities will be coordinated with the Community Guides of the Park and the Park Management.

Volunteer tasks include:
• Tourist promotion of the Park in the city of Cochabamba.
• Support for the Community Tourism Guides.
• Awareness campaigns about the conservation of the Park and keeping it clean.
• Participation in the tours in the Park.
• Work with the local population of the Park.

Language: English

Leisure time: During the free time, cultural activities or countryside visits will be organized in order to introduce volunteers to the history, traditions and pluricultural customs of the country. Volunteers will always be in contact with the local population.

Accommodation: Volunteers will be accommodated in community centers.

Location: City of Cochabamba and Toro Toro National Park, North of Potosi

Terminal: Cochabamba

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 280 Euro
Transportation from Cochabamba Airport and local transportation during the project are included.
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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Festival of Art, Culture and Alternative Tourism in Cochabamba
Cochabamba       August 6 - August 18, 2019

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. This year, we will organize the International Meeting of Art, Culture and Alternative Tourism "Pachamama" to promote popular culture in alternative spaces.

Volunteer tasks involve:
• Assisting in the organization of the Conference and the Meeting of Art, Culture and Tourism.
• 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

Leisure time: During the free time, cultural activities or countryside visits will be organized in order to introduce volunteers to the history, traditions and pluricultural customs of the country. Volunteers will always be in contact with the local population.

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

Location: City of Cochabamba and the municipality of Quillacollo

Terminal: Cochabamba

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 270 Euro
Transportation from Cochabamba Airport and local transportation during the project are included.
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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Heritage preservation and conservation in the Imperial City of Potosi
Potosi       August 18 - August 30, 2019

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 was declared Patrimony of the Humanity for its importance in human history. 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.

Special requirements: Interest in history, heritage and archeology are expected.

Language: English

Leisure time: During the free time, cultural activities or countryside visits will be organized in order to introduce volunteers to the history, traditions and pluricultural customs of the country. Volunteers will always be in contact with the local population.

Accommodation: Volunteers will be accommodated in a community center in the historic city of Potosi.

Location: Potosí, in the southern highlands of Bolivia

Terminal: Potosí

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 280 Euro
Transportation from Cochabamba Airport and local transportation during the project are included.
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 6 - September 18, 2019

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

Leisure time: During the free time, cultural activities or countryside visits will be organized in order to introduce volunteers to the history, traditions and customs of the country. Volunteers will always be in contact with the local population.

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: 290 Euro
Transportation from Cochabamba Airport and local transportation during the project are included. Transportation to Santiago de Chile is also included.
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 1 - January 10, 2020

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 organizations 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

Leisure time: During the free time, cultural activities or countryside visits will be organized in order to introduce volunteers to the history, traditions and pluricultural customs of the country. Volunteers will always be in contact with the local population.

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: 200 Euro
Transportation from Cochabamba Airport and local transportation during the project are included.
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 10 - January 20, 2020

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 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

Leisure time: During the free time, cultural activities or countryside visits will be organized in order to introduce volunteers to the history, traditions and pluricultural customs of the country. Volunteers will always be in contact with the local population.

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: 200 Euro
Transportation from Cochabamba Airport and local transportation during the project are included.
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 and Oruro       February 14 - February 26, 2020

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

Leisure time: During the free time, cultural activities or countryside visits will be organized in order to introduce volunteers to the history, traditions and pluricultural customs of the country. Volunteers will always be in contact with the local population.

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: 290 Euro
Transportation from Cochabamba Airport and local transportation during the project are included.
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 in Tarabuco
Cochabamba       March 5 - March 16, 2020

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. The carnival takes place in the municipality of Tarabuco where indigenous communities parade in multicolored dances. The party is the best opportunity to meet and admire this great community culture that maintains its multicolored ancestral fabric. It is important to make this great indigenous culture visible to the world with the help 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 the garbage recycling works in Tarabuco, generated by the carnival.
• Documentation of cultural events.

Language: English

Leisure time: During the free time, cultural activities or countryside visits will be organized in order to introduce volunteers to the history, traditions and pluricultural customs of the country. Volunteers will always be in contact with the local population.

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: 280 Euro
Transportation from Cochabamba Airport and local transportation during the project are included.
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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