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Volunteer Music Projects in Bolivia

  • Placement locations: Cochabamba
  • Role: Working alongside a music teacher to help children develop their musical potential
  • Accommodation: Host family
  • Price: From Loading...
  • What’s included? Food, accommodation, transfers to and from our specified airport, transport to and from work where required, insurance, personal webpage, induction and orientation, 24/7 support
  • What’s not included? Flights, visa costs, spending money
  • Length of placement: From 2 weeks
  • Start dates: Flexible

As a volunteer on a Music project in Bolivia you will work alongside a trained music teacher in a care centre for children who have come from very difficult backgrounds or a school for blind children. Music helps the children learn new skills, discover their musical abilities and often acts as a form of therapy.

Bolivia is well known for its rich musical culture, so if you have a love for music or play an instrument then this project would be ideal for you. Whether you are on a gap year or career break you can share your musical knowledge and learn about music abroad.

Teaching Music with Projects Abroad

Children in a music class in Bolivia

The Music project is based in the town of Cochabamba, Projects Abroad’s main base in Bolivia. The project was founded by Projects Abroad and works with Sayariy Warmi and a rehabilitation school for blind children.

The centres provide a space for children who vary in age from newborns right up to 18 years old. The staff try their utmost to fulfill the basic needs of these children, however, as with any child extra curricular activities are vital for their personal development. This is also why music plays such vital role in the school for the blind children; by exposing them to different instruments and volunteers from all over the world the children learn how to adapt and build up important communication skills that are needed when they leave the school.

The music projects in both the centres and the school have been designed to focus on 3 major objectives:

  • Appreciation and awareness - Bolivian folk music has helped to form the culture and history of this country. It is important that children carry on this tradition and learn more about the unique country they live in.
  • Learning - it is important for the children to discover and develop their musical abilities.
  • Therapy - many of the children have had terrible experiences and come from difficult backgrounds. Due to this they can become frustrated and depressed which can develop into behavioural problems in the future. Music often allows these children to replace negative thinking with a more positive attitude. By learning a new skill they gain self-confidence and build their self-esteem.

The centres and school have a wide range of both traditional Bolivian musical instruments (panpipes, bamboo flutes, rainsticks) and more familiar instruments which are used throughout the world (drums, tambourines, guitars). These will be available for you to use with the children.

A local girl learns to play a musical instrument with the help of a volunteer in Bolivia

Volunteers will be working under the guidance of a professional music teacher, however, you will be encouraged to come up with new ideas and musical workshops for the children. The children will be split into smaller groups depending on their age and musical abilities. This will allow you as a volunteer to form a closer relationship with each child and focus on helping the children to develop their musical potential, enjoy themselves and have fun!

This is an enjoyable and worthwhile placement. Bring energy, creativity and an open mind and you will learn vast amounts and your help will be greatly appreciated. You can combine work at the centres with care work or you can divide your time between the centres and the school school for the blind depending on your preferences and how you would like to structure your time on this project.

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