How you experience life as a volunteer with Bolivia Digna will be different for each person and will very much depend on how much time you are able to spend here, what choices you make while you are here, what experience you bring and what preconceptions and expectations you have.
We can promise you that it will not be what you are expecting, whatever that is! Come with an open mind and a positive attitude and we can also promise that it will be intense, fun, stressful, exhausting, at times frustrating, emotionally challenging, but overall very rewarding.
- Impacts the lives of children and their families
- Help children who are less privileged than you and who often have no weight in society
- Gain confidence and self-esteem
- Meet new people and make friends from other countries
- Get to know the Bolivian communities of Cochabamba and discover another culture
- Acquire new skills, knowledge and experiences
- Develop your current skills and knowledge
- Use your professional skills to support our projects
We have been working in communities in Cochabamba since 2006. As a result, we have a lot of experience in education and child protection. Since 2006, we have developed our activities and partnerships with both local and international organizations. When you volunteer in Bolivia Digna, you are part of the team and participate in our daily work, you learn how the communities in which we work really live and their culture. As we are a small team, you will be able to take initiatives and change children's lives.
There are many ways you can help Bolivia Digna. It also depends on your experience, how long you will stay, and your interests. In general, your tasks may include:
Organize innovative projects which interest children and/or their communities (e.g. About the environment, hygiene, art, etc.)
Give a hand in planning and preparing activities
Create fundraising events
Promote Bolivia Digna's work on social networks and through local or foreign agencies or universities
Participate in the management and improvement of projects within Bolivia Digna
Oversee renovation projects
Support communication activities ...
Monday and Friday mornings : Team meetings from 11.00 am to 12.00 am. We expect you to be punctual.
7.30-9.30 Breakfast (Monday-Friday)
8.00 Volunteers working in the mornings leave Bolivia Digna or their host family with public transport
8.30-9.30 Volunteers arrive at the projects in the morning
12.30 End of the morning activities
10.30 For volunteers working in the afternoon: preparation of the afternoon activities at the house (Monday-Friday)
12.30 Lunch is served at the house (Monday-Friday)
14.15 Assemble outside ready to leave for projects
14.30 Leave by truck or by public transport for the projects
15.00 Arrival in the projects and start
17.30-18.00 Arrive back at house, tidy everything and put away equipment in the right location. Feedback with the educators and update the notes on the activities
We have volunteering opportunities in Cochabamba, Oruro and Santa Cruz. Bolivia, officially called the Plurinational State of Bolivia, is a country bordering with Brazil, Peru, Chile, Argentina, and Paraguay. The Republic has more than 10,500,000 inhabitants with about 53% of its population living in poverty. Bolivia has the highest proportion of indigenous people in Latin America. Located in the centre of Bolivia, Cochabamba is known as "the city of eternal spring" and "the garden city". It is almost always hot, dry and sunny and there are many parks, squares and flower avenues. It is also Bolivia's paradise with a wide choice of local, national and international dishes gastronomic in low-cost restaurants.
If you volunteer in Cochabamba, you will be hosted in one of our volunteer houses. Thanks to the generosity of one of our donors, we have at our disposal a large house in the city centre that is both the Foundation's office and where we host some of the team members and international volunteers. Since January 2018, we have been renting a small house not even 50m away in order to welcome more volunteers and ensure better comfort in the rooms. Most of the international volunteers decide to live here, especially for the central location of the two houses. But if you prefer another option, such as being hosted by a local family, this can also be done.
More information on accommodation and some pictures here.
More practical informations:
Bolivia Digna is a small, non-profit, non-governmental organization (NGO), fully supported by donations. Your donation to Bolivia Digna allows us to provide you an administrative and logistical support before your arrival in Bolivia and during your stay and covers your accommodation and food. In addition, these fees are used to purchase materials and support the communities we work with. 100% of the costs are re-invested in the NGO and support the long-term sustainability of the association. Our work would not be possible without the work and donations of volunteers. For more information on the fees, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. For Oruro and Santa Cruz, other conditions apply as the projects are managed by La Salle School and we are looking for long-term volunteers (one year).
No, you don't, everyone is welcome to join us, but you must be 18 years old to apply. We simply ask that volunteers to come with an open mind and be flexible! Volunteering at Bolivia Digna is a good opportunity for anyone interested in international development, NGO management, social change, education and the humanitarian sector.
Speaking Spanish is not required to volunteer at Bolivia Digna. In general, learning the basics of Spanish will increase your experience in Bolivia Digna, Cochabamba and the country, and you will have an easier contact with the people you work with. If you wish, we can organize Spanish classes for you with a local teacher.
Yes! We enjoy working with groups and have worked with many large and small groups over the years. Depending on the group size and the objectives, we will tailor a specific volunteer project. For more information or requests, please contact us at email@example.com
We offer short, medium and long term positions, from one month to up to one year. Due to the nature of the tasks, it is beneficial for the children if you stay as long as possible.
Volunteers at in Cochabamba Bolivia Digna volunteer every Monday and Friday morning from 10.30 to 12.30 (team meetings) and every afternoon from Monday to Friday from 2.30 to 6.00. You have the possibility to work on the morning in another partner organization.
Depending on your nationality and how long you wish to stay, you will certainly need a tourist visa. You can see the list of visa-free countries here: https://www.travisa.com/Visa_Search
. If you have any questions about visas, please do not hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Yes, Bolivia Digna receives volunteers all year round from all over the world. There are more volunteers during some periods than others, but you will always work with other volunteers, whether local or international. When you register, we can give you more details on the number of volunteers for the period you wish to come.
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