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Bolivia

July 4, 2014 to July 13, 2014

Travel to Cochabamba, where Habitat for Humanity Bolivia is based, and see how Habitat is transforming the country, one family at a time. You’ll share meals with national office staff and hear about how you’re helping them increase their impact to serve more Bolivians in need of decent shelter.

Arrive in the village, meet your partner family, and use honeycomb bricks to build a simple, decent house. You will visit homes built by previous teams, so you will see how families’ lives are changed by adequate shelter.

Plus, enjoy Bolivia like a local. Eat delicious local cuisine, take in a night of dance, and visit one of the largest markets in South America. You can pick up anything from fresh vegetables to a traditional Bolivian guitar.

Join other like-minded volunteers in Bolivia, and come home reinvigorated. 

Apply now to join this Global Village team, or email questions to team leader Krystal Matichak.

Trip highlights

• Learn to navigate Cochabamba like a local

• Help HFH Bolivia reach their goal of service 1,000 families this year

• Try a variety of Bolivian foods

Itinerary

  • Friday, day 1: Suggested departure for North American volunteers.
  • Saturday, day 2: Arrive in Cochabamba, meet up with your team.
  • Sunday, day 3: Habitat staff tells about their work in Bolivia, briefs your team on the project, and then takes you to visit a Habitat homeowner.
  • Monday-Friday, days 4-8: Build each day, with free time and cultural activities in the evenings, including an evening of Bolivian cultural dance and a visit to one of South America’s largest markets.
  • Saturday, day 9: Explore Cochabamba on a city tour
  • Sunday, day 10: Your journey in South America may continue independently, or you may depart for home. 

Program cost
US$1,880
This cost includes an important donation to Habitat for Humanity so that we can continue building safe, decent housing after you return home. For more details about what is included, visit Global Village program cost.

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Accommodations and food
Teams stay in double-occupancy hotel rooms with Internet access available. All meals, snacks and ample water are included. Enjoy traditional Bolivian lunches on the work site, and sample the range of local cuisine at dinner.

Types of work for volunteers
Volunteers will work on new construction under the direction of an expert mason. Habitat staff will supply full safety training and instruction.

Contact this team’s leader
Have questions? Ready to join the team? Krystal Matichak and Kristen Burke will lead this team in the field and would love to speak with you.

Krystal says about GV, “I can vividly remember stepping out of our team van after a trying eight-hour ride from Lusaka to Twapia, Zambia, and being surrounded by village women dressed in their best clothes to welcome our late night arrival. They sang to us from their hearts, hugged us like we were long lost siblings, and fed us an amazing meal. It still makes me wonder who ‘helps’ who more. Habitat builds are a daily inspiration to continuously serve our fellow mankind.”

Kristen says, “My favorite GV experience was from last year’s build in Kenya where the grandfather of the family we were building for greeted us every morning on the site with a strong handshake, the biggest smile, and a warm, “Hello.” His entire family was just as kind and gracious, so you couldn’t help but feel like your day started off on the right foot knowing you were helping such loving, grateful people and had his smile as a daily reminder.”


To apply for a GV trip, please follow the Application Instructions.

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