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Volunteer opportunities in BOLIVIA

Celebrate Andean culture and Summer Solstice with the indigenous people of Bolivia and Chile
Cochabamba, Bolivia & Iquique, Chile        December 15 - December 22, 2015

Volunteer project: In the month of December, the ancient Andean culture celebrates the Summer Solstice. This is a very important month in the peasant agricultural cycle because of the beginning of the rainy season in the Andes and the Amazon.
It is in this context that an Annual Qullasuyu Summer Soltice Meeting is organized for Aymara communities and youth from Bolivia and Northern Chile. Historically, the Qullasuyu culture was shared by people in southern Peru, Bolivia, northern Chile and Argentina. This year the event will be held in the Aymara region of Arica, Chile.

The volunteers will be involved in different activities during the project:
• Preparing events related to the meeting.
• Participation in the preparation and celebration of the Summer Solstice.
• Participation in the Annual Youth and Community Meeting.
• Visiting the rural community Potrero to assist in an ecological project.
• Contacts with indigenous social movements in South America.

Language: English

Accommodation: Volunteers will be hosted at the school in the rural community Incallajta, Cochabamba Department.

Location: City of Cochabamba, Bolivia and Iquique, Northern Chile.

Terminal: Cochabamba

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 250 Euro (includes tickets to Iquique, Chile)

The extra fee is intended to support the hosting organization who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival on the project.

                                                                                                         

 

Organizing cultural events in Cochabamba
Cochabamba          January 1 - January 10, 2016

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 stay at the Social 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 hosting organization who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival on the project.

                                                                                                         

 

Environmental awareness and education work in Cochabamba
Cochabamba          January 12 - January 20, 2016

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 Euro

The extra fee is intended to support the hosting organization who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival on the project.

                                                                                                         

 

Building a traditional Inca hut and providing educational support for children in the Andes
Potrero          January 21 - January 31, 2016

Volunteer project: The volunteer project will support the Agro-Ecology Center in the rural community of Potrero in the region of Quechua, characterized by the production of vegetables, legumes, fruits and flowers, and small farming. The project has a great potential for cooperation and exchange with small farmers willing to learn and share their experiences and culture.

The volunteers will help complete the second part of the construction of a traditional circular Inca hut which is built with local natural materials (adobe, stone, wood, etc.). They will further improve the organic garden of the center.
The volunteers will also give educational support and organize games for the children of the community school.
In the free time, the group can visit the forest at the foot of the mountain Machu Tunari and enjoy the nature of the Andes.

Language: English

Accommodation: Volunteers will stay at the Cultural Center in Cochabamba city, in a hostel for travelers.

Location: The center is located in the rural community of Potrero, 18 km from the city of Cochabamba, at the foot of the Cordillera del Tunari mountain. It has a beautiful location with a panorama of the whole valley of Cochabamba.

Terminal: Cochabamba

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 180 Euro

The extra fee is intended to support the hosting organization who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival on the project.

                                                                                                         

 

Festival of Art, Culture and Alternative tourism in Cochabamba
Cochabamba          February 1 - February 15, 2016

Volunteer project: In February, 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.

Volunteers' tasks involve:
• Assisting in the organization of the Days of Art, Popular Culture and Alternative community-based tourism
• Promotion and dissemination of information about cultural events.
• Promotion of cultural and alternative tourism areas of Cochabamba.
• 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 a tour to Oruro which is home to the Carnival of Oruro, one of UNESCO's Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity dating back more than 2000 years.

Language: English

Accommodation: Volunteers will be accommodated in the Cultural Center in Cochabamba.

Location: City of Cochabamba

Terminal: Cochabamba and Oruro

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 250 Euro

The extra fee is intended to support the hosting organization who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival on the project.

                                                                                                         

 

Organic gardening, reforestation and environmental education projects in Vinto
Vinto          February 16 - February 28, 2016

Volunteer project: In the semi-rural area of Vinto, we are working to develop an Ecology Center with an organic garden, public library and rooms for workshops on waste recycling and environmental issues. It is still work in progress, but we are hoping to advance with the help of the international volunteers.

The volunteer team will help in the following tasks:
• Preparation and planting in the organic garden.
• Construction of a clay oven.
• Reforestation and clean up of Ch'ulla River.
• Painting murals and installation of signs at the site of the Center.
• School support and educational games for school children.
• Guided walks and clean up at the park and ecological farm Pairumani, as well as other places, in order to learn about local nature and culture.

Language: English

Accommodation: Volunteers will be staying in the Ecology Center in Vinto.

Location: The project is based in the municipality of Vinto, 15 km from the city of Cochabamba. It is a semi-rural area.

Terminal: Cochabamba

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 200 Euro

The extra fee is intended to support the hosting organization who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival on the project.

                                                                                                         

 

 

 

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