Global Builders – Bolivia
The pandemic may stop us from traveling, but it doesn’t have to stop us from making a difference.
Help us raise $200,000 to build 80 homes by virtually traveling 50,000 miles this summer!
- Donate to support this specific partner. Houses cost money to build, so any donation is always helpful!
- Volunteer on one of our Bolivia Global Builders teams, which you can learn more about below. You’ll travel to
Bolivia and get to know the local people and traditions while you partner with families to complete a home.
- Join a virtual volunteer team, choosing to donate your travel costs instead of making the trip in person. This is the perfect way to stay involved and give back during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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.
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 are 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 is 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 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 typically 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.
Learn the Basics – Area Info
Spanish (Official) 60.7%, Quechua (Official) 21.2%, Ayamara (Official) 14.6%, Other 3.5%
0-14 years 32.36%, 15-24 years 19.55%, 25-54 years 37.08%, 55+ years 11.01%
10,969,649 (2016 est.)
|Life Expectancy:||69.2 years (Male 66.4, Female 72.1)|
Highs: 60s-70s, Lows: 30s-40s; Rainy Season: December-March
Bolivian Boliviano (BOB) $1USD = 6.91 BOB
95.7% (Male 97.8%, Female 93.6%)
Mestizo 68%, Indigenous 20%, White 5%, Other 7%
Roman Catholic 76.8%, Evangelical and Pentecostal 8.1%, Protestant 7.9%, other 7.2%
More Info – Learn more about what a trip is like
- 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
- 6:30 p.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 are building mostly new homes in the El Alto area. The homes are built with bricks and are typically around 750 square feet. Work typically involves helping the masons and carpenters. This work involves laying bricks, mixing/carrying cement and mortar, digging the foundation, and helping construct the roof. We provide necessary tools, but as with most build sites, it never hurts to bring a few small hand tools with you.
A small bus will be rented to transport the group throughout each day. The distance from the hotel to each work-site 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 7:00am, 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 sightseeing 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 sightseeing opportunities for you and your group.
Most seven day trips will cost between $900-$1,000. Two-week trips will cost more, ranging between $1,600 and $1,700. 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.
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!
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!
Note that US citizens must obtain a visa for travel to Bolivia. Visit travisa.com for information on required documents and talk with the Global Builders Coordinator or your Team Leader if you have questions.
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|
|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|
What happens after the trip?