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Program #19639RJ
16 Days | 15 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Ann from Fenton, MI Number of programs attended: 5
Date attended: 10/06/13 - 10/21/13
While there was food, electricity, solar hot water for your shower (if it didn’t rain), and Internet much of the time, there was some discomfort because Bolivia is a progressing country. That said, the accommodations, meals, transportation and related tours were done with just the right mixture of cultural, adventuresome, and social activities. The elevation is about 8,000 feet, which can be uncomfortable, so you would need to plan for that. Several of us got either digestive disturbances or colds, so bring remedies. There are problems with the teaching service portion of the tour. Road Scholar and Amizade are not clear on what they want to accomplish with the English teaching activities the volunteers conduct. We were told to work on “pronunciation” but of what, no guidance. The book we were given after we arrived is a good reference, but not a teaching tool. The classes, as scheduled the first two days of teaching, were incredibly uncomfortable for the teachers. The Amizade staff, Jean Carla and Ariel, listened to our concerns and made adjustments-- 30-minute classes with younger children, older students who wanted to be there, and a teacher present to help with behavior. If you are not trained in teaching ESL, you may not feel successful. The classes are big--about 40 in crowded classrooms. The regular teachers sometimes disappear leaving you with difficult students whose names you don’t know and whose language you don’t speak. Plan to bring simple songs and games, which can save the day. There is no electricity in the classrooms, so bring battery-powered equipment. If you get beyond the problems, those students who enjoy the experience give wonderful hugs and beautiful smiles. By the end of the week they are greeting you in English.

Marvin from Bay City, OR Number of programs attended: 7
Date attended: 10/06/13 - 10/21/13
I found the trip to Bolivia to be very interesting and it broadened my awareness of the Bolivian people and their culture and present and past circumstances. I find it difficult to be anything but positive because any problems presented by visiting a third world were made up by the organized staff and welcoming people of Bolivia. If you like a challenge and chance to get up close to the people and the conditions they live in then please sign up with an open heart and some flexibility for what you encounter. I do recommend that you speak some Spanish if you plan to work in the classroom teaching English since the students speak little English and the Staff at the school have few English speaking members. The program leaders, Jean Carla and Ariel, translated for me so I could communicate with the people at the school when I was doing construction. Go help and enjoy a wonderful country and wonderful people!


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