The “City of Eternal Spring,” vibrant and sprawling across a valley in the Andes, full of cuisines to sample and causes to support. A growing, modern city—home to thousands of indigenous people. Cochabamba makes an impression that will not soon be forgotten.
For more than 20 years, Amizade volunteers have traveled to Cochabamba and returned transformed. The 4th largest city in Bolivia has a history of mobilization against corruption and a strong network of grassroots organizations working tirelessly to address a range of pressing issues. This wealth of activism combined with decades of service-learning programs makes Cochabamba a wonderful place to be an Amizade volunteer—we are proud to offer a wide variety of service opportunities. Choose a Fair Trade Learning or Asset-Based Community Development approach to service; assist on construction projects and visit an organization that provides education to children with disabilities; create home gardens and advocate for women’s empowerment. No matter which approach volunteers choose or organizations they work with, all will dive into Bolivian culture through community events, cultural and historical presentations by local experts, and sightseeing excursions.
Spend 1-2 weeks volunteering in Bolivia.
SHORT TERM & CUSTOMIZED
Facilitated in partnership with WVU.
Spend 9+ weeks interning at a local organizations.
For more information, contact our office.
JEAN CARLA COSTAS
FSD Site Director
The main themes associated with our programs in Bolivia.
Arts & Music, Construction & Maintenance, Cultural Heritage & Traditions, Disability Services, Education & Teaching, Environmental Sustainability & Conservation, Women’s Empowerment, Global Health, Indigenous Communities
Incoming Call with Jean Carla
Review the Amizade Bolivia Site Handbook.
Recommended Reading and Viewing
Even The Rain (También la lluvia), 2010 movie.
As a director and his crew shoot a controversial film about Christopher Columbus in Cochabamba, Bolivia, local people rise up against plans to privatize the water supply. Director: Icíar Bollaín
Writer: Paul Laverty
Water Rising, 2011
WATER RISING is a feature-length documentary about family, community, hope, and change in Bolivia during an era of water privatization. Filmed entirely in Bolivia, the film shares intimate portraits of people living in a ramshackle city where, despite an abundance of freshwater, they struggle for the right to access clear, safe, and affordable water.
Yashar, Deborah. 2005. Contesting Citizenship in Latin America. Cambridge University Press.
Lewis, Paul H. 2006. Authoritarian Regimes in Latin America: Dictators, Despots, and Tyrants. Rowman and Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Klein, Herbert S. 2003. A Concise History of Bolivia. Oxford University Press.
Illich, Ivan. To Hell With Good Intentions. Speech. April 20, 1968. Found in the Amizade journal.
Zemach-Bersin, Talya. “American Students Abroad Can’t Be ‘Global Citizens’.” The Chronicle of Higher Education 54(26): A34, 2008.
Esteva, Gustavo and Madhu Suri Prakash. “From Global Thinking to Local Thinking” in Rahnema, M. and Bawtree, V. (Eds.). The Post-Development Reader. New York: Palgrave, 1997.
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