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Volunteer and Intern in Bolivia

Overview
Projects Abroad volunteer placement location in Cochabamba, Bolivia
Volunteer Bolivia A volunteer participates in a therapy session with a child at the Equine Therapy project in Bolivia Volunteer Animal Therapy in Bolivia with Projects Abroad Teaching in Bolivia Hanging out in Bolivia
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  • Location: Cochabamba
  • Accommodation: Host families
  • Local languages: Spanish, Quechua
Country Info

Despite its wealth of natural resources, Bolivia is one of the poorest and least developed countries in South America. Volunteer efforts are crucial, and Projects Abroad provides a platform for volunteers to work toward improving the lives of disadvantaged Bolivians. Our volunteer projects and internships are available for anyone interested in volunteering. Whether you are on a gap year, a summer vacation, or a career break, you will have an important role to play.

Volunteer travelling on her free time during her project in Bolivia

As in much of Latin America, wealth distribution in Bolivia is uneven and there are huge gaps between the elite and the average person. Two-thirds of the population is officially below the poverty line and many people depend on subsistence agriculture. Education is one of the areas where help from volunteers is desperately needed. A large proportion of the population are only educated to an elementary school level, and at least 15% are illiterate.

In economic terms Bolivia is a poor country. Its riches lie in its history, its geographic and cultural diversity, and, of course, its people. As a volunteer, you can immerse yourself in the local culture while giving pack on important projects, such as helping orphans with special needs or teaching English in public schools.

Staff Profile Carmen Herbas, Country Director
Carmen Herbas
Country Director
“Bolivia, my beautiful and enigmatic country, invites you with arms wide open to enjoy its fabulous landscapes, people, dance, music, food, and Andean rituals of good fortune. You will have the opportunity to travel from the impressive high plateaus to the warm valleys and the luxurious Amazon basin. You will meet kind people who will receive you with a smile and who will try to get to know you, no matter if you don’t speak Spanish at all. I can tell you that when you leave, you will see life from another perspective and you will come back again because nobody can forget and leave forever this beautiful and colorful country.”

Where You Will Live in Bolivia with Projects Abroad

Local girl selling artisan goods on the street in Cochabamba, Bolivia

Projects Abroad Bolivia is based in the university town of Cochabamba, a town over 2500m above sea level in the central highlands. Cochabamba is fairly developed commercially and the central parts of town are modern and well-kept. We work in disadvantaged communities in the outlying districts, where our volunteers can make the biggest difference.

Living in Cochabamba is a great way to improve or discover your Spanish language skills. You will stay with a host family in the town and can choose to take Spanish lessons before or during your volunteer experience or internship abroad. To get even more deeply involved, you can learn some Quechua, too. This language is indigenous to the area and is widely spoken, alongside Spanish, by the locals.

Travel and Sightseeing Opportunities in Bolivia

Landlocked Bolivia occupies the heart of South America. Its attractions include Andean Peaks, tropical Amazonian forests, bustling cities, and peaceful, traditional communities. Bolivia will give you a taste of this varied continent, usually a long way off the tourist trail.

Squeezed between five other countries, Bolivian culture is a melting pot of Amerindian and European. On any visit to Bolivia, you will encounter local festivals and activities, such as people might be throwing water-balloons at each other or there could be street processions full of color and enthusiasm.

Did you know? About ½ of Bolivia’s population is indigenous (native to Bolivia), and there are over 30 indigenous cultures, each with its own language & customs.

When you're not working, Bolivia offers a fantastic selection of places to explore. Cochabamba is a short trip from the National Park of Toro Toro. This primeval environment contains waterfalls, caves, beautiful landscapes, and dinosaur footprints. There are plenty more opportunities in the rest of Bolivia. You can trek in the Andes, relax by the shores of Lake Titicaca, visit volcanoes or salt lakes, or explore the tropical forests of the Amazon Basin, rich with distinctive jungle wildlife.

Projects for All Ages in Bolivia

High School Specials for Teens in Bolivia

Projects for professionals available in Bolivia



Most recent blogs from Bolivia

Week 1

Hola! I've almost finished my first week here volunteering with Projects Abroad in Cochabamba, Bolivia and it's flown! The first couple of days were really hard; I arrived at 4am Bolivian time and needed to fill out lots of forms in order to enter the country (shout out to my fabby boyfriend who had ...

Last Day

So today is the end of my journey in Cochabamba and with Projects Abroad. Tomorrow I will get up and catch a plane towards home. This has been one of the most amazing experiences of my life! I will never forget my time here in Bolivia or all the students I've been able to work with. Teaching abroad is ...

Week 5

So this last week was the last week for linguistics classes at the university. The tourism classes still have one more week which works prefect for me. So I finally got to visit La Canca on Friday with some of my students from the Projects Abroad Office. La Canca is this huge market thst has everything ...

Weeks 3 & 4

Week 3 I never got around to posting last weeks blog so I'm just going to take care of two weeks at once. So during week three the political unrest in Bolivia caused us to only get to work two days.  Monday was supposed to be a strike so we canceled classes and stayed home. On the brigt side i found ...

Week 2 in Cochabamba

So I finally got settled intoma routine at the university this last week.  I'm working with two amazing professors and some truly great students. I feel like I'm actually able contribute to the students. One of the professors I'm working with is helping to train students to be tour guides through their ...

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