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Build, Teach & Learn: The Bolivia Community Project

Program Number: 19639RJ
Start and End Dates:
4/6/2015 - 4/21/2015; 10/5/2015 - 10/20/2015;
Duration: 15 nights
Location: Bolivia
Price starting at: $2,648.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Service Learning Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 39; 13 Breakfasts, 13 Lunches, 13 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian; Gluten Free    

In the “City of Eternal Spring,” delight in breathtaking views of the Andes Mountains as you work to make a true difference in the education of Bolivian students. Lend a hand to help improve a community center or local school in a rural village and offer English language instruction to students of all ages. This special service learning opportunity leads you out of the classroom to experience Bolivian culture and daily life, and offers visits to local Inca archaeological sites and explorations of historic landmarks including the mansion home of one-time tin baron Simon Patino.




Highlights

• Join a learned anthropologist for an exploration of a newly discovered archaeological dig site of Inca artifacts in Quillacollo.
• Visit a center dedicated to the service of children and young adults with special needs and learn about its vocational programs.
• Explore the ruins of Incallajta — the largest Inca complex in Bolivia — including the Kallanka, living quarters and waterfall that served as a source of fresh water.



Activity Particulars

Work site terrain includes slab floors and dirt yard. Some optional excursions require walking over uneven terrain for about one mile with 200-300 feet elevation change. Short standing times at museums and archaeological sites. Elevations up to 7,000 feet.



Itinerary Summary

Arrival La Paz, flight to Cochabamba, coach to Vinto, 3 nights; coach to Cochabama, 3 nights; coach to Vinto, 5 nights; coach to Cochabamba, 3 nights; flight to Santa Cruz, departure.



Arrival Cochabamba
Coach to Vinto
3 nights

Immerse yourself in Bolivian culture and daily life as you lend a hand improving a new community center or local school in a rural village and teach English to community members of all ages. Early group orientation sessions offer instruction on the Spanish language, Bolivian customs and an overview of the past and current projects, while local students present a musical welcoming ceremony with traditional dances. Explore the colonial sections of Cochabamba and walk through the colorful local market in Vinto. Journey to the nearby city of Quillacollo to explore its cathedral that is home to the statue of the Virgin of Urkupina, and meet a local anthropologist who offers insight into recent archaeological digs that have uncovered Incan relics.



Coach to Cochabama
3 nights
Coach to Vinto
5 nights
Coach to Cochabamba
3 nights
Flight to Santa Cruz
Departure

Visit a center that specializes in services for children and young adults with special needs, and learn about its vocational training services. At the mansion of tin baron Simon Patino, walk through its beautiful gardens and explore the grounds before sampling the offerings of the open-air market in La Cancha. Make your way to Incallajta — the largest Inca complex in Bolivia — and explore the ruins which include the main building of Kallanka, living quarters and a waterfall that served as a primary water source. Enjoy a traditional Bolivian Sunday brunch, and ride a cable car to the top of the mountain to visit the Cristo de la Concordia statue. Delve into the purpose and history of the Inca ruins of Inkarakay with an archaeologist.




Bolivia

Though it has been a landlocked nation since 1879, Bolivia boasts an important array of ecological zones — the mountainous terrain of the Andes, the semi-arid Chaco Plain, sections of the Amazon Rainforest and Salar de Uyuni, the largest salt flat in the world. Bolivia’s border along Lake Titicaca offers visitors access to South America’s largest lake.



Accommodations
Vinto: Modern conference center with views of the Andes Mountains. Cochabama: Centrally located hotel built around small garden.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
Jean Carla Costas

Jean Carla Costas is the Bolivian site director for Amizade Global Service-Learning. Over the past decade-plus, she has managed more than 300 volunteers in service projects throughout Bolivia. These community development initiatives have included direct services to at-risk youth and school construction projects. Jean Carla holds a degree in business from the Universidad Mayor de San Simon, studied entrepreneurship at Boston University and is fluent in English, Spanish and Portuguese.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Casa de Retiros
  Vinto, Cochabamba Province, Bolivia 3 nights
   Hotel Anteus
  Cochabamba, Bolivia 3 nights
   Casa de Retiros
  Vinto, Cochabamba Province, Bolivia 5 nights
   Hotel Anteus
  Cochabamba, Bolivia 3 nights
 Casa de Retiros
Type: Conference Center
  Description: Beautiful direct view of the Andes Mountains including Mt Tunari, the highest peak in Cochabamba Provence at 16,500 ft.
  Contact info: Central Plaza Street
Vinto,   Bolivia
phone: +04/426-1143
  Room amenities: Large closet. Table and two chairs.
  Facility amenities: Large gated compound with landscaped gardens. Large dining room serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Several meeting rooms and a computer room for exchanging email. Laundry available.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Bathroom: Private bathroom. No tub. No hot water in the sink. Plenty of solar hot water in shower

 Hotel Anteus
Type: Hotel
  Contact info: Potosi Avenue No. 1365
Cochabamba,   Bolivia
phone: +59144245067
web: www.hotelanteus.com/english.htm
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Additional nights after: Bs. 250 Contact Hotel for more information


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
8:00 PM on Day 1 You will be staying at Casa de Retiros that night.
  End of Program:
12:00 Noon on Day 15 You will be staying at Hotel Anteus the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. An International Vaccination Certificate for yellow fever.
  Required innoculations:
Yes: See CDC website for most up-to-date information. Malaria not present in Cochabamba Province due to altitude.
  Parking availability:
N/A
Transportation (For Independent Travelers)
  Train or bus availability: N/A
To Start of Program
  Location:  Vinto, Cochabamba Province
  Nearest city or town:  Quillacollo
  Nearest highway: Major highway between La Paz and Santa Cruz
  Nearest airport:  Wilstermann Aprt, Cochabamba, Bolivia
  Transportation to site: A private van will transfer you from the airport to the hotel.
  From End of Program
  Location:  Cochabamba
  Nearest city or town:  Cochabamba
  Nearest highway: major road between La Paz & Santa Cruz
  Nearest airport:  Wilstermann Aprt in Cochabamba, Bolivia
  Transportation from site: A private van will transfer you from the hotel to the airport.


Required innoculations:

Yes: See CDC website for most up-to-date information. Malaria not present in Cochabamba Province due to altitude.

Elevation Note: Cochabamba, Bolivia and the work location are about 8400 feet above sea level

The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1:
(Monday, October 5)
   
 Depart From: Overnight flight to Bolivia

Day 2: Volunteers arrive throughout the day and are transported to Vinto. Welcome dinner and orientation.
(Tuesday, October 6)
   
 Arrive To: International flights to Bolivia arrive in La Paz or Santa Cruz. Several domestic flights will connect, arriving in Cochabamba throughout the day. If flying from La Paz, sit on the left side to get a stunning view of Mt. Illimani. If arriving as an independent traveler, please note that there are "official" airport taxis from the airport to downtown Cochabamba. The cost is around $5 - $10 per person.
 Afternoon: Volunteers are met at the airport and transported to the Casa de Retiros Conference Center. Volunteers are welcome to relax at the Hostal or explore the city. Volunteers who are interested can walk to the Monday market in downtown Vinto
 Dinner: Welcoming family-style dinner at the Casa de Retiros dining room with group introductions.
 Evening: Site Director, Jean Carla Costas will give a brief orientation and overview of Bolivia and the Cochambamba and Vinto region, some history and important current events including discussion of Bolivian customs; key spanish words and phrases. Orientation on the Amizade school project and service in Bolivia.
   
Accommodations: Casa de Retiros
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 3: After Breakfast at the Casa de Retiros transfer to the Mallcorancho work site. Children will have a welcoming celebration. Begin the construction and English teaching projects.
(Wednesday, October 7)
   
 Breakfast: Family-style buffet at the Casa de Retiros dining room.
 Morning: Transfer by private minibus to the small rural community of Mallcorancho, the site of the community center construction project. Begin work on the construction project or English teaching project.
 Lunch: Family-style lunch at the Casa de Retiros dining room.
 Afternoon: Enjoy a short siesta after lunch. Return by private minibus to the Mallcorancho projects.
 Dinner: Family-style dinner at the Casa de Retiros dining room
 Evening: Enjoy a presentation on the Bolivian education system by Vivian Schwarz, PhD.
   
Accommodations: Casa de Retiros
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: In the morning continue work at the Mallcorancho construction project and English teaching. In the afternoon, visit a nearby Inca archaeological dig site, the remains of Inca grain silos, and the cathedral on the main square in Quillacollo.
(Thursday, October 8)
   
 Breakfast: Family-style breakfast in the Casa de Retiros dining room
 Morning: Travel by minibus to the Mallcorancho service site and spend the morning in various construction tasks. Volunteers who wish to may spend time tutoring English.
 Lunch: Family-style lunch in the Casa de Retiros dining room
 Afternoon: Travel by private minibus to the nearby city of Quillacollo and visit the main square and the famous cathedral which houses the statue of the Virgin of Urkupina. Visit a newly discovered archaeological dig site of Inca artefacts in Quillacollo. Travel to the hillside outside of Quillacollo and see the remains of thousands of Inca grain silos. David Pereira, a well known professor, archaeologist, anthropologist, and one of the discoverers of this site will give a lecture on Quillacollo.
 Dinner: Family-style dinner in the Casa de Retiros dining room.
 Evening: The remainder of the evening after dinner is free for volunteers to catch up on email, or to relax and enjoy the free time.
   
Accommodations: Casa de Retiros
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Continue the Mallcorancho construction project in the morning and early afternoon. In the late afternoon, travel back to the city of Cochabamba for the weekend activities.
(Friday, October 9)
   
 Breakfast: Family-style breakfast in the Casa de Retiros dining room
 Morning: Travel by minibus to the Mallcorancho service site and spend the morning in various construction tasks. Volunteers who wish to may spend time tutoring English.
 Lunch: Family-style lunch in the Casa de Retiros dining room
 Afternoon: After a short siesta, return to the Viloma school construction project and work during the early afternoon. During the late afternoon, return to the Casa de Retiros and then travel by private minibus to the Hotel Anteus in the city of Cochabamba.
 Dinner: Dinner at a restaurant in the city of Cochabamba.
 Evening: Participants have the remainder of the evening free to explore more of the city of Cochabamba, or they may rest and relax at the Hotel Anteus.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Anteus
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Visit a center for handicapped children and young adults. Explore a huge open-air market filled with handicrafts, produce, and everything else you could imagine. See Palacio Portales, the home and gardens of 19th century tin baron Simon Patino.
(Saturday, October 10)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the Hotel Anteus dining room
 Morning: Visit a center for handicapped children and young adults. Learn how the center provides various services to handicapped Bolivians, and see the workshop area where they learn vocational skills and make handcrafts. Then visit the beautiful gardens and early 20th century mansion of tin baron Simon Patino - now a Bolivian culture and art center.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant in Cochabamba city.
 Afternoon: Visit the open-air market of La Cancha, one of the largest markets in Bolivia, where you will find beautiful handcrafts, as well as just about anything you could imagine shopping for. Participants may spend the entire afternoon at the market, explore other areas of the city on their own, or they may return to the Hotel Anteus to rest and relax for the remainder of the afternoon.
 Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant in Cochabamba city.
 Evening: Participants are free to explore more of Cochabamba on their own, or to rest and relax at the Hotel Anteus. If a concert is available, participants may choose to attend one.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Anteus
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Travel through the stark, but breathtakingly beautiful highlands of Bolivia to the spectacular Inca ruins at Incallajta. Visit the second largest temple in the known Inca empire.
(Sunday, October 11)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the Hotel Anteus dining room
 Morning: Enjoy the scenery from the window as your private bus travels from the cosmopolitan city of Cochabamba through the rural countryside. Pass through small villages and rural farms. In the fertile valley below the Inca ruins, see peach and apricot orchards. In the late morning, arrive at Incallajta - the largest Inca complex in Bolivia.
 Lunch: Enjoy a picnic lunch in the patio area of the Incallajta visitors' center.
 Afternoon: View a short video showing the history and highlights of the ruins. Take a small hike to the ruins area, and visit the main building (Kallanka) - the largest of all known roofed Inca buildings. See the remains of various other living quarters, and the waterfall which was their source of fresh water. This settlement was one of the easternmost settlements in the Inca empire. During the late afternoon, begin the return journey to Cochabamba.
 Dinner: Stop at a small empanada restaurant just outside of Cochabamba, for a dinner snack of fresh empanadas.
 Evening: In the late evening, arrive back at the Hotel Anteus. Participants who wish to explore the city sights and attractions may do so on their own.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Anteus
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Visit the statue of Cristo de la Concordia - taller than the Christ statue in Rio de Janeiro. Enjoy a relaxing Sunday lunch and afternoon Bolivian-style. Evening presentation on Bolivian traditions by Professor Camacho.
(Monday, October 12)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the Hotel Anteus dining room
 Morning: In the mid-morning ride the cable car up the mountain to visit the Cristo de la Concordia statue - higher than the Christ statue in Rio de Janeiro. Enjoy the views of the city of Cochabamba below.
 Lunch: Enjoy Sunday lunch Bolivian style! Spend a few hours at an outdoor restaurant in the suburbs enjoying the fine weather and fine food. Bolivian families spend entire Sunday afternoons relaxing, playing lawn games, watching their children on the playgrounds, and just enjoying being together at these restaurant "resorts".
 Afternoon: In the late afternoon enjoy a lecture about Bolivian traditions such as Mastaku (the Day of the Dead celebration in Bolivia), Wallunkas, and how some valleys are recovering ancient foods. The lecture will be by Professor Wilfredo Camacho, a well known anthropologist.
 Evening: The remainder of the evening after dinner is free for volunteers to settle back in to the Casa de Retiros, catch up on email, or relax and enjoy some free time.
   
Accommodations: Casa de Retiros
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 9: Travel by minibus to the Mallcorancho service site and spend the morning in various construction tasks. Volunteers who wish to may spend time tutoring English.
(Tuesday, October 13)
   
 Breakfast: Family-style breakfast in the Casa de Retiros dining room
 Morning: Travel by minibus to the Mallcorancho service site and spend the morning in various construction tasks. Volunteers who wish to may spend time tutoring English.
 Lunch: Family-style lunch in the Casa de Retiros dining room
 Afternoon: After lunch, volunteers can opt to visit the local Vinto farmers' market, or they may stay at the Casa de Retiros for a short siesta. In the early afternoon, volunteers will travel back to Mallcorancho school to continue working on the construction and English teaching project.
 Dinner: Family-style dinner in the Casa de Retiros dining room
 Evening: The remainder of the evening after dinner is free for volunteers to settle back in to the Casa de Retiros, catch up on email, or relax and enjoy some free time.
   
Accommodations: Casa de Retiros
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Travel by minibus to the Mallcorancho service site and spend the morning in various construction tasks. Volunteers who wish to may spend time tutoring English.
(Wednesday, October 14)
   
 Breakfast: Family-style breakfast in the Casa de Retiros dining room
 Morning: Travel by minibus to the Mallcorancho service site and spend the morning in various construction tasks. Volunteers who wish to may spend time tutoring English.
 Lunch: Family-style lunch in the Casa de Retiros dining room
 Afternoon: After a short siesta, travel back Mallcoranchol in the early afternoon and work on the construction project and English teaching. Return to the Casa de Retiros in the late afternoon.
 Dinner: Family-style dinner in the Casa de Retiros dining room.
   
Accommodations: Casa de Retiros
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Continue working on the Mallcorancho construction project and teaching English. Experience the Pairumani ecological park and the country home of tin baron Simon Patino.
(Thursday, October 15)
   
 Breakfast: Family-style breakfast in the Casa de Retiros dining room
 Morning: Travel by minibus to the Mallcorancho service site and spend the morning in various construction tasks. Volunteers who wish to may spend time tutoring English.
 Lunch: Family-style lunch in the Casa de Retiros dining room
 Afternoon: In the late afternoon travel by private minibus to Pairumani, the country home of tin baron Simon Patino. Visit the Villa Albina mansion, and wander the easy the trails in this eco-tourism park.
 Dinner: Family-style dinner in the Casa de Retiros dining room
 Evening: The remainder of the evening is free to volunteers to catch up on email, prepare to return to Cochabamba the following day, or to relax and enjoy the free time.
   
Accommodations: Casa de Retiros
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: Continue work project at the Mallcorancho and teaching English.
(Friday, October 16)
   
 Breakfast: Family-style breakfast in the Casa de Retiros dining room.
 Morning: Travel by minibus to the Mallcorancho service site and spend the morning in various construction tasks. Volunteers who wish to may spend time tutoring English.
 Lunch: Family-style lunch in the Casa de Retiros dining room.
 Afternoon: After lunch, volunteers can opt to visit local Vinto farmers' market, or they may stay at the Casa de Retiros for a short siesta. In the early afternoon, volunteers return to Mallcorancho to continue working on the construction project and English teaching.
 Dinner: Family-style dinner in the Casa de Retiros dining room.
 Evening: The remainder of the evening after dinner is free for volunteers to catch up on email, relax and enjoy the free time.
   
Accommodations: Casa de Retiros
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13: Finish up the Mallcorancho projects and enjoy a farewell celebration with the school children and school officials; visit a soap factory/day care center project in Cochabamba city; attend a concert if available
(Saturday, October 17)
   
 Breakfast: Family-style breakfast in the Casa de Retiros dining room
 Morning: Travel to the Mallcorancho to finish up projects. Enjoy a farewell celebration with the school children and school officials.
 Lunch: Family-style lunch in the Casa de Retiros dining room
 Afternoon: Travel by private minibus to Cochabamba city. Visit the Warmi soap factory and daycare center project in the outskirts of the city.
 Dinner: Dinner at a local Cochabamba restaurant
 Evening: The remainder of the evening is free for participants to explore more of Cochabamba, or to rest and relax at the Hotel Anteus.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Anteus
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14: Lunch at a famous restaurant with panoramic views of Cochabamba. Visit a 17th century church and convent; tour the archaeology museum.
(Sunday, October 18)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the Hotel Anteus.
 Morning: travel by minibus through the colonial sections of Cochabamba, arriving in central downtown for a stroll.
 Lunch: travel by minibus to a locally famous restaurant, with sweeping views over the city of Cochabamba and its broad valley in the Andes.
 Afternoon: Tour the 17th century Santa Teresa church and convent; then tour the Museum of Archaeology.
 Dinner: Participants will enjoy a farewell dinner with the Bolivian masons, other construction crew members and their families in a popular buffet-style Cochabamba restaurant.
 Evening: The remainder of the evening following the farewell celebration is free for participants to enjoy.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Anteus
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 15: Time for last minute shopping, exploring, and relaxing. Enjoy a farewell dinner with the Bolivian work crew.
(Monday, October 19)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at Hotel Anteus.
 Morning: Arrive in Santa Cruz. Travel to hotel to check in and get settled. Walking tour of historic downtown Santa Cruz including visit to the Plaza 24 de Septiembre (Principal Plaza). The city's main plaza, where locals and tourists alike gather to hang out and observe each other. There are benches and small tables to play chess at, there are numerous pidgeons to feed, and several cafes/restaurants surrounding it. The city's main cathedral is here and is quite beautiful. During the day you can pay to enter the cathedral's small museum and climb to the top of the belltower, where you can get a nice view of the plaza from above.
 Lunch: lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Take a city tour of Santa Cruz (one of Bolivia's most populous cities) in a traditional open air bus.
 Dinner: Farewell dinner at a restaurant in Santa Cruz
 Evening: evening is free for participants to explore Santa Cruz, pack, and prepare for an early morning departure.
 In Transit: Early morning flight to Santa Cruz
   
Accommodations: Hotel Anteus
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 16: early morning departure for airport.
(Tuesday, October 20)

Note: Group will fly together from Cochabamba to Santa Cruz. Most participants will fly to Miami on an overnight flight.



   
 Depart From: Early morning departure from Santa Cruz.
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