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Newsletters from Bolivia

Up until September 2014 our staff in Bolivia regularly put together a newsletter, sent to volunteers working in Bolivia at the time, those signed up to join a project in Bolivia, and to previous volunteers. The newsletters contain information about the country and our projects, stories written by volunteers, advice on what to expect when volunteering abroad in Bolivia, and much more. These destination newsletters are now replaced by a country blog, within If you're considering volunteer work abroad in Bolivia the newsletters and the blog are a great way to gain more information.

634KB Bolivia Newsletter - September 2014
There are a few things that are very rare to find in care centres, no matter where it is located. One of these is silence and with so many children around, this is understandable. Quietness is only achieved with the intervention of a grown-up able to restrain the outbursts of life, typical of such places.

780KB Bolivia Newsletter - August 2014
Drums and trumpets can still be heard around the corner. It’s a celebration day in Bolivia. Students, professionals, traders, unions and all sorts of people are taking to the streets today in a civic parade to commemorate another year of Independence in Bolivia.

1,46MB Bolivia Newsletter - July 2014
Alice Jamison, a volunteer from US that worked as line referee, says:” I’m really surprised about the level of the children. When I was their age, I used to kick around the ball and run after it. That was all, but they are really good!”

1,17MB Bolivia Newsletter - June 2014
Besides completing the plans of work in every placement of ours, we’re always trying to find new ways to give something back to the community. So when we heard that Nutrition Day was approaching, we decided to ask our French volunteers that were working on a care project, if they would like to carry out a nutrition workshop in one of the care centres that we work with.

1,55MB Bolivia Newsletter - May 2014
The difficult task of getting people to contribute and be more concerned about mother earth has one crucial component: information. As a part of the Cocha-Banner team here at Projects Abroad, the volunteers are able to directly reach out to the citizens of Cochabamba, and in that way indirectly contribute to the conservation of our earth. After all; knowledge is power, and writing for Cochabanner enables the volunteers to give people the knowledge and the power they need to help make the world better.

2,24MB Bolivia Newsletter - April 2014
This month we decided to visit San Jose Nursing Home as our social activity of this month. Playing games and sharing volunteers and staff had so much fun with the grandfathers and grandmothers. “There is little difference in people, but that little difference makes a big difference. The little difference is attitude. The big difference is whether it is positive or negative”.

2,27MB Bolivia Newsletter - March 2014
Lea Tischer (from Germany) is one of the volunteers who is working on this project three times a week. She is a singer herself and also masters the guitar, drums, piano, flute and trumpet - a real musician! During her time here she also wanted to learn how to play traditional Bolivian instruments

1,84MB Bolivia Newsletter - February 2014
One of our most successful teaching programs in Bolivia is our Japanese Teaching Program, thanks to the volunteers from the land of the rising sun that we’ve worked with during the past few years. The program has been growing to reach more and more young people eager to learn this language.

2,34MB Bolivia Newsletter - January 2014
Welcome to the January edition of our Newsletter for Projects Abroad Bolivia. This newsletter aims to inform all ur volunteers with news and information about the latest happenings in Projects Abroad Bolivia, and the country in general.

2,01MB Bolivia Newsletter - December 2013
Receiving first volunteers for a project is always an adventure, not only for the volunteer, but also for us as we together discover many things that we could not have imagined.This is the case of Ria Dam, the first Equine Therapy volunteer in Bolivia.

2,86MB Bolivia Newsletter - November 2013
It’s a sunny day and the room is full of music. There are girls laughing and dancing in time with catchy Latin dances that come one after another from the speakers in the corner. It’s the last day of Juliane Lund, a 19-year-old volunteer from Denmark, at Sayari Warmi, a centre for female teens that have been victims of domestic violence, and sexual exploitation in Bolivia.

2,99MB Bolivia Newsletter - October 2013
There are decisions that take you to unexpected places and change the way you see life without noticing it. This was the case of Jessica Berger, a 19 year old girl from Germany that decided to see a little bit of world before going to college in her home country.

2,04MB Bolivia Newsletter - September 2013
There are always some people that leave their mark wherever they go. This was the case of Nacera Assas, a dance teacher from France that decided to swap Paris for Cochabamba for one month to work as a care volunteer in Bolivia.

2,39MB Bolivia Newsletter - August 2013
It’s said that joy may be found not only when receiving, but also when giving. Thea Tandberg, an 18-year-old Norwegian volunteer experienced this first hand when working at the Projects Abroad Care Project at Villa Esperanza Care centre in Bolivia.

2,19MB Bolivia Newsletter - July 2013
21-year-old Davied Meerstra, an Arts & Technology student at Saxion University in Enschede, decided to leave the Netherlands for five months for a different kind of life in Cochabamba, Bolivia. Davied set out to complete his internship in Photography and Media Strategy and gain some professional experience by volunteering at the Projects Abroad Journalism Project.

2,56MB Bolivia Newsletter - June 2013
It’s funny how some things work out! A few months ago, we were informed that one of our placements was about to inaugurate a new hydrotherapy pool to work on the motor skills of the special needs children that attend to that institution.

1,42MB Bolivia Newsletter - May 2013
The first week at Maria Christina was really hard. To see how these kids live broke my heart. It was also really hard with communicating, because they don’t speak very clearly and I also didn’t know how I could help them best at first.

1,77MB Bolivia Newsletter - April 2013
Welcome to the April edition of our Newsletter for Projects Abroad Bolivia. This newsletter aims to inform all ur volunteers with news and information about the latest happenings in Projects Abroad Bolivia, and the country in general.

1,07MB Bolivia Newsletter - March 2013
A few days ago we said goodbye to a group of 23 college students that came all the way down from Canada in order to participate in a special Building and Construction Program.

1,50MB Bolivia Newsletter - February 2013
When you talk about Carnival with a local in Bolivia that person will probably tell you, with a big smile on his face, that this is a one month celebration that changes the whole country’s mood for the better.

1,71MB Bolivia Newsletter - January 2013
When I finished university in June, I decided that I wanted to do something a bit different before starting a job in October, so I decided to volunteer to do a Care Project in Bolivia.

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