Location | Andes Mountains, Bolivia
Photos | Found here
Blog | Read more about Amizade in Bolivia
Support | Community Initiatives in Bolivia
Service Opportunities | Construction at a school, tutoring children, assisting at-risk youth, seniors, and public health projects
Cultural and Recreational Highlights | visiting El Cristo, La Cancha (the largest open air market in the Americas), Inca Ruins at Incallajta, Indigenous Parades and Festivals, salt flats, and sometimes Lake Titicaca
You will stay in or near Cochabamba, Bolivia (the third largest city, encircled by the breathtaking Andes Mountains); work with children or the elderly, or help a rural community build classrooms; and explore the culture through recreational activities and community events. Your volunteer service immerses you in the local community and offers you the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of the region’s most vulnerable people.
Cochabamba is located in a highland plateau and boasts a perfect climate with a daytime seasonal average of 72 F with no humidity. Cochabamba is a bustling city of 400,000 people, home to many beautiful plazas, fountains, churches, and the largest open-air market in the Americas. Despite the beautiful scenery and perfect climate, Bolivia is one of the poorest countries in all of the Americas and faces a variety of social and economic challenges.
Lodging | Guest houses and homestays
Food | Vegetables, rice, beans, chicken, beef
Flights | All flights go via La Paz or Santa Cruz
Visa | Yes, obtained at the border or embassy
Communication | Cell networks, internet, etc.
Closest Airport | Cochabamba, Bolivia
Our Community Partners
For more than ten years, Amizade has partnered with several effective community-based organizations, each working specifically to improve the well-being of people in the region. We try to match volunteers’ interests with community needs.
Ceoli provides education and healthcare to low-income children with disabilities and works with those children to develop self-sufficiency. Many Ceoli employees speak some English, so volunteers may begin serving immediately after arrival. Volunteers work in a number of areas, including health-related care, school administration, and student art projects.
Asilo de Ancianos “Buen Pastor”
Asilo de Ancianos “Buen Pastor” is a nursing home for men and women run by Roman Catholic nuns. In collaboration with many institutions and individuals, the sisters build small stores to rent to generate income to cover the costs of the residents’ care. Volunteers help care for the residents, and read and converse with them. They also help with construction. Basic Spanish skills are required to communicate with residents.
Pedacito de Cielo
Fundacion Niños con Valor – Pedacito de Cielo (Little Piece of Heaven), Amizade’s newest partnership in Bolivia, is located in the city of Cochabamba. Pedacito de Cielo is the first orphanage/daycare in all of Bolivia that has been specifically designed to serve the many needs of children living with or affected by HIV/AIDS. This orphanage serves the immediate needs of children who have lost their parents due to AIDS, or are HIV+ and have been abandoned. In addition to childcare services, Pedacito de Cielo provides family counseling and is opening up economic opportunities through a micro-loan program catering to the HIV/AIDS community. Both the orphanage and daycare also act as models of integration for existing centers that currently lack proper considerations in regards to hygiene and health care, or discriminate against these children due to their connection to HIV/AIDS.
Viloma High School
Viloma is a rural community outside of Cochabamba, Bolivia. The current school is a small converted cow stable. Local masons supervise and teach both the Amizade volunteers and local community members during every part of the construction project. No special skills are needed to work on this project. A basic understanding of Spanish is helpful but not necessary in order to communicate with local workers and residents. Amizade volunteers have helped add several classrooms to the school building.