Location: Cochabamba, Bolivia
Duration: Minimum 1 week commitment
Start Dates: We accept applications all year round.
Cost: from €500 Euros for the first week.
- Support local teachers in the classroom, opportunity to run your own classes
- Providing educational support to children who need extra help
- Help run the after-school club
- Conducting leisure activities such as games, singing, painting, sports
Bolivia is a landlocked country in South America that borders the countries of Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay, and Peru. Located in the beautiful Andes Mountain with highland plateau and lowland plains of the Amazon basin, Bolivia ranges from dense rainforest to snowy mountains.
This project gets you right in with the Aymara and Quechua communities of Cochabamba, where you will be helping give kids from disadvantaged backgrounds a chance at a better start in life. You can choose from working in several different projects, best suited to your skill sets and requirements.
Volunteering in a School and Youth Club
Our project is with a school and afterschool club for around 200 children from disadvantaged families. There are formal school classes that provide a comprehensive education in all major school subjects. The centre also tries to support the children in their personality development and to convey ethical values.
In the mornings, you will be supporting local teachers in the classroom, specifically looking after children who are having trouble understanding their lessons or who simply need a bit more support. Some children may have physical or mental disabilities who need individual attention.
After an induction period, you will be welcome to teach your own class on any subject you feel able to, such as English, drawing/painting, sports or music.
After school is over, you will help at the afterschool club, doing recreational activities with the children and youth such as games, singing, painting and sports. You also support the children with their homework. You can also plan and implement projects and events (for example children’s camps, excursions or project work).
During the holidays from mid-December to the end of January, the centre is closed.
Travel & Accommodation
You will need to fly into Cochabamba airport to start your project. It is possible to get a connecting flight or overnight bus from La Paz or Santa Cruz. Full instructions will be provided on how to reach the project from Cochabamba, where you will be met by project staff.
Accommodation is in a shared house in the centre of Cochabamba. The house offers seven rooms, a fully equipped kitchen, and two shared bathrooms. You will have access to a washing machine and WiFi.
You also have the option to stay with a host family. You will have your own room and share meals with the family. This is a great option to get the most out of your trip, perfecting your Spanish and seeing Bolivia from the inside out.
- Age: 18+
- Minimum commitment is 1 week
- Passion and enthusiasm for volunteering in education
- Conversational Spanish. Lessons are available in-country.
- Full travel & medical insurance
- Necessary vaccinations
- Necessary flights & visas
Shared Apartment Accommodation
€500 for the first week + €75 for each additional week
Host Family Accommodation
€600 for the first week + €130 for each additional week
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** All payments incur a 5% bank transfer fee
*** Placements are confirmed with a €150 deposit
Project Fee includes
- Full preparation for your placement, including online resources and Skype session
- Full visa extension assistance
- Airport Pickup
- Orientation to Cochabamba
- 24/7 in-country support
- Local sim card
- Project completion certificate
- $50 contribution to the project + 10 seedlings planted on slopes of Kilimanjaro
What’s not included:
- All meals ($5-10 p/d) unless staying with host family.
- Medical & travel insurance
- In-country travel and excursions
We understand there’s a great deal to plan and organise for your trip. When booking a Placement, many of our participants choose to purchase our Premium Support Upgrade to benefit from the expertise, knowledge and experience of our Project Coordinators.
We can provide the personal advice you need to ensure your trip is organised with excellence and planned with efficiency; ensuring the very best experience possible. Read more about how we can help you.
Note: Map coordinates are approximate