Global Builders – Bolivia

Bolivia is a country known for it outstanding beauty and deep cultural and historical richness. Due to its diverse mix of landscapes and cultural experiences it is a popular destination for adventure seeking tourists. Despite it being a popular place to visit, there is still a great need for housing as there are many families who still live in substandard homes.
 
We will be working with families who live just outside of the administrative capital, La Paz, in the city of El Alto. The two cities sit at an altitude of 12,000-14,000 feet and offer breath-taking views all around. Between the friendly locals, the amazing views, and the extremely dedicated staff, this is a place you are going to love visiting and building in!
 
There are several ways that you can get involved. Donate to support this specific partner. Volunteer on one of our Bolivia Global Builders teams, which you can learn more about below. Or join a trip as a virtual volunteer, choosing to donate your travel costs instead of making the trip. We make that fun — see virtual volunteering explained here.
 
House sponsorship cost: $15,000                               Donate to this Covenant Partner
 

 

Learn the Basics – Area Info

Language:
Spanish (Official) 60.7%, Quechua (Official) 21.2%, Ayamara (Official) 14.6%, Other 3.5%
Age Structure:
0-14 years 33.3%, 15-64 years 61.8%, 65+ 4.9%
Population:
10,631,486 (2014 est.)
Life Expectancy: 68.55 years (Male 65.78, Female 71.45)
Climate:
Highs: 60s-70s, Lows: 30s-40s; Rainy Season: December-March
Currency:
Bolivian Boliviano (BOB)  $1USD = 6.8 BOB
Literacy Rate:
91.2% (Male 95.8%, Female 86.8%)
Ehnic Groups:
Quecha 30%, Mestizo 30%, Aymara 25%, White 15%
Religon: 
Roman Catholic 95%, Protestant 5%

 

The Fuller Center Bolivia was started by two brothers, Carlos and Alex Aramayo, who had previously built 600-700 homes through an independent organization. They joined the Fuller Center so they could be part of something larger and have a greater reach. They will be building in the city of El Alto which sits at 13,600 ft but don’t let the altitude scare you as FCH Bolivia does an excellent job of helping you adjust.

About Volunteering in Bolivia

Each trip to Bolivia will be with a group of mission-minded volunteers – typically 8-20 total – who want to experience the world, meet new people, and make a difference. No skills required. Trips last 1-2 weeks and include sightseeing in this beautiful, mountainous nation. Our teams will work primarily with indigenous families who have been lured to the city of La Paz with hope for a better life, but find themselves living on the urban periphery in the city of El Alto. The families will typically be ones that consist of three kids and two parents as well as a number of single parent households. Many of the families earn their income through growing fruits and vegetables which they sell in the markets called ferias. Others work as laborers in the various industries located in La Paz and El Alto.


 

Pricing – What’s Included

Trip Length: 7-14 days (price varies depending on length)
Materials Provided:   In-depth Guidebook outlining what to expect, Pre-trip safety training, Fundraising guide, Option to create online fundraising page, T-shirt and hat
Trip Support: Yes – from trip leader and Global Builders staff
Clean Drinking Water: Yes
Food: Yes – 3 meals a day are provided
Transportation: Yes – to and from the airport and work-site
Lodging Accommodations: Hotel
Meaningful Work: Yes – led and coordinated by dedicated Bolivians
Travel Medical Insurance: Yes
R&R Opportunities: We’ll assist you in setting up sightseeing and cultural opportunities

 

Upcoming Trips

Click on the leader’s name to learn more about the leader and trip details. Click Join to apply for their trip. Have a spot reserved on a “Full” trip? Complete your registration here.

City Team Leaders Dates of Trip Cost Status
La Paz Mike and Trish Rodrique October 22-November 1, 2017 $1,470 Join

 

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More Info – Learn more about what a trip is like

Typical Day

Sample Schedule:

  • 7:30 a.m. – Breakfast
  • 8:00 a.m. – Depart for work site
  • 9:00 a.m. – Start building
  • 12:30 p.m. – Lunch
  • 1:30 p.m.-5:00 p.m. – Continue building
  • 6:30p.m. – Evening free for dinner and relaxation (Exact schedules can be discussed and set depending on the team’s preferences and length of stay.)

Type of work

We will be building mostly new homes in the El Alto area. The homes will be built with bricks and will typically be around 750 square feet. Work will typically involve helping the masons and carpenters. This work involves laying bricks, mixing/carrying cement and mortar, digging the foundation, and helping construct the roof. We will provide necessary tools, but as with most build sites, it never hurts to bring a few small hand tools with you.

Lodging

Hotel Sagarnaga: Offers double rooms and includes a basic breakfast. It is a very simple hotel located in a great area with a lot of street vendors that sell souvenirs. To learn more you can visit their website – http://www.hotel-sagarnaga.com/
 

Transportation

Bolivia

 

A small bus will be rented to transport the group throughout each day. The distance from the hotel to each worksite will vary, but on average it is about 30 minutes. Due to the busyness of the city groups will need to leave early in the morning, around 7am, to beat the morning rush.

Rest, Relaxation, and Sightseeing

Bolivia is a country full of beauty and breath-taking views which means there are a lot of sighteseeing opportunities. In La Paz, where groups will be staying, they have gondola’s that go high above the city that offer incredible views. Lake Titicaca is also close by and is a must see destination. There are also markets and other things to see around the hotel teams are staying at. We will work with you to set up cultural and sighteseeing opportunities for you and your group.

Costs

Most seven day trips will cost between $900-$1,000. Two-week trips will cost more, ranging between $1,200 and $1,400. More precise budgets are custom and are developed for each trip. The trip fee includes food, lodging, all in-country transportation, emergency medical and evacuation insurance, and a donation to the project.

Two project leaders Alex (far left) and Carlos (far right)

Next Steps

As trips with openings become available, we post them at the top of this page. To apply to join their trip, simply click “Join” next to the trip of your choice. To request more information or be put in touch with the team leader, click the “Request more information” button at the top. If you’re an experienced traveler or team leader, or if you have a group of your own (church, school, etc.), Propose a Trip to let us know what you might like to do!

Trip Preparation

Are you unsure of how to prepare for such an experience or just looking for some tips on how to be better prepared? If so, we suggest you take a look at our Trip Preparation page where you will find a lot of helpful information and links – Preparing For Your Trip!

What happens after the trip?

Even after you return, your trip can have a sustained impact on both you and the community in which you served! Learn how on our Country Champions page.  
 
Learn More
Fuller Center Bolivia has its own website at: www.fullercenterbolivia.org
 

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More Info: Housing conditions of the families we will be helping
 

 

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