- Placement Locations:Cochabamba
- Length of Trip:From 1 week to 3 months
- Typical Weekend Trip:Visit nearby Toro Toro National Park containing waterfalls, caves, spectacular landscapes and dinosaur footprints
- Prices:from £1395
- Projects Available:Medicine & Healthcare | Spanish & Community | Care and Community
Despite its wealth of natural resources, Bolivia is one of the poorest and least developed countries in South America. Projects Abroad can provide groups a platform in which to help improve the lives of the Bolivian people through crucial volunteering efforts. Our group trips in Bolivia are open to anyone with an enthusiasm for volunteering together in the developing world; including those at school, in a community group, at university or working together.
General information on Bolivia
Situated in the heart of South America and landlocked on all sides, Bolivia boasts beautiful contrasts; from its Andean peaks to its tropical Amazonian forests, and from its bustling cities to its peaceful traditional communities. Bolivia offers a unique experience to get a real taste of the South American continent away from the well-trodden tourist path.
Squeezed between five other countries, it’s unsurprising that Bolivia's history is full of border disputes. Consequently, Bolivian culture is a melting pot of Amerindian and European. On any visit to Bolivia you will encounter local festivals and activities; people might be throwing water-balloons at each other, or there could be street processions full of colour and vibrancy.
Although in economic terms Bolivia is a poor country, its riches lie in its history, its geographic and cultural diversity and, of course, its people.
Where we are based in Bolivia
Projects Abroad is based in the vibrant university town of Cochabamba located over 2500m above sea level in the central highlands. The town is a magnet for students from all over South America, not just for its history and its prosperity but also for the fact that the area is described as having the world’s best climate – dry, warm days and cool nights.
Groups will be staying in a hotel right in the heart of the town so that project work and free time can be arranged easily amongst yourselves. This also ensures that your group will really get to experience everything that the town has to offer, from its tourist hotspots to all of its cultural activities. Your group will also get the opportunity to learn Spanish, whether it’s just from the local people of whether it’s from including Spanish lessons into your project, but why not try and learn some Quechua, too? This language is indigenous to the area and is widely spoken, alongside Spanish, by the locals.
Travel and tourism in Bolivia
Groups will get free time in the evenings and at the weekends to spend as they please. The evenings may consist of unwinding and watching the life of the town pass you by, or even getting involved with all the cultural aspects that the town has to offer, such as the festivals, street processions, restaurants and bars.
At the weekends, groups can integrate trips into their project so that they can visit other parts of the country and really explore what Bolivia has to offer. 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.