“Bolivia es la síntesis del cosmos.”/”Bolivia is the synthesis of the cosmos.” –Alcide d’Orbigny
Bolivia is one of the most culturally and environmentally diverse countries in the world. Explore it with us in Cochabamba, the “City of Eternal Spring,” as we make the dream of home-owning come true for deserving Bolivian families. We’re looking for a team of positive, open-minded adventurers who like to work hard and want to make a difference toward the vision of decent, affordable housing for all. No prior skills or experience is required. Our diverse, dedicated and energetic team will work alongside locals to build homes, the foundations for a more promising future. Join us to improve the lives of one Bolivian community and spread the hope of a better future across the globe.
Located in the heart of South America, Bolivia is a landlocked country of 424,165 square miles. The Andes mountains, which run north-south through the country, climb to more than 21,000 feet are permanently covered with snow. The famous Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable body of water in the world, lies on the north end of the Altiplano.
Bolivia’s population of roughly 9.2 million is growing at about 1.4 percent annually. About one-third of the population lives in rural areas. La Paz has more than 1 million people and Santa Cruz has about the same number. Nearly 60 percent of the total population is of indigenous ancestry, some 25 percent of the people are criollo (or mestizo), who are of mixed indigenous and European heritage.
Statistics also show that out of the total population, 58 percent of Bolivian families live in huts that do not meet the minimum living conditions, lacking basic services and sanitation. Thirty-one percent of homes accommodate three or more people per bedroom.
About Habitat for Humanity Bolivia
Habitat for Humanity Bolivia was established in 1985, in the Alto Beni community in La Paz, with the purpose of eradicating subhuman housing in Bolivia by building simple, adequate and affordable housing. Habitat Bolivia works in eight locations throughout the country: Alto Beni, El Alto, Oruro, Tarija, Cochabamba, Chimoré, Santa Cruz, Ichilo and San Julián.
For more information, visit www.habitatbolivia.org
Types of construction for volunteers
Volunteers will be involved in new construction and repair work. During construction days, the team will be trained in the use of construction tools and the types of housing solutions they are going to be working on. Technical supervisors and masons will be present every day on the work site to guide the construction.
To guarantee the safety of all team members, the national office will provide safety goggles and hard hats, as well as written emergency and evacuation plans at every work site. There will also be portable bathrooms with water and soap and designated resting areas with chairs and drinkable water near every build site.
Day 1 (Departure day, typically Friday): Departure day from home country.
Day 2 (Saturday): Arrival at Cochabamba.
Day 3 (Sunday): Welcome ceremony with Habitat staff.
Days 4-8 (Work days, Monday-Friday): Breakfast served before traveling to work site; work from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. with lunch on-site; free time after work to clean up; supper of typical Bolivian food; time for team activities.
Day 9 (Saturday): Cultural activities and tour to the city of Cochabamba.
Day 10 (Final day, Sunday): Departure from Cochabamba to home country.
Note: Trip includes including cultural experiences with affiliate staff.
HFH Bolivia will choose the team’s lodging taking into consideration our group’s size. Teams usually stay in basic, safe hotels, with team members staying 2-4 people per room, sometimes in dorm-style accommodations.
Breakfast and dinner will likely be served at the hotel or nearby restaurant. Lunch will be prepared by the hotel and eaten at the work site, where snacks and water will also be provided.
(For more details about what is included in this cost, visit Global Village program cost.)
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Habitat for Humanity International is challenging Global Village volunteers to make an even greater impact on the global issue of poverty housing. We are asking all GV teams to help us raise an additional $1.1 million in the coming year to support Habitat’s building projects worldwide. Take up the challenge! Join us in sharing our story and building a better world.
Rachel and her husband Michael went on their first GV build in Argentina on their honeymoon in 2011, and she was immediately hooked on Habitat. As a Spanish speaker, cultural explorer and social justice advocate, she can’t wait to engage in Habitat’s great work in Bolivia. Rachel is a proud resident of the District of Columbia, where she runs a clinic to give free legal help to people challenging D.C. government agency decisions about housing, public benefits and other matters. She is excited and very lucky to have veteran team leader Scott as her co-leader on this build, her first team leading adventure.
Scott is a civil engineer/project manager in the transit industry which provides mobility and access to jobs in an environmentally friendly manner. He started volunteering with Habitat more than 20 years ago in Atlanta and now supports Habitat of the Chesapeake in Baltimore. Just as Butch had a younger and more photogenic partner with the Sundance Kid, Scott is excited to co-lead what should be an amazing GV build to Bolivia with Rachel.
If you are interested or would like more information about this build, Rachel and Scott look forward to hearing from you. Please email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.