At a Glance
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- Tour Dates: 2016
- Cost: $1,500 + airfare (what the price covers)
- Tour City: Santa Cruz, Sucre, Potosi
- Service Projects: Hospital renivations, Orphanage Visits, building projects, and more!
- Tour Director: Ryan Ogden
About the Tour
Although culturally rich, Bolivia is currently the poorest country in South America and is always in need of helping hands that are willing to open their arms and hearts to willingly serve. Many of the native Bolivians cannot read or write and many only speak their native language of Quechwa with lesser fluency in Spanish, so if your Spanish language skills are limited do not feel discouraged. There is a lot for you to do! If you have a desire to experience a one of a kind culture and serve those in need, Bolivia will exceed your expectations.
Projects and Activities
Day 1 (Dec 26th) FLY TO BOLIVIA / ORIENTATION
Today we fly to the most poverty stricken country in the entire continent of South America; Bolivia. We arrive in Santa Cruz and go directly to our hotel where we will enjoy some orientation activities and introductions. We overnight in the Hotel Cortez in Santa Cruz.
Day 2 (Dec 27th) ORPHANAGE WORK WITH CHILDREN / TALENT SHOW
Our Service Tour begins with an unforgettable visit to a local orphanage in Santa Cruz. This orphanage is underfinanced and needs a lot of maintenance. The children are also in need of some quality time from someone who cares. The first day we’ll spend playing with the children and getting to know the staff. The orphans will rotate through each of our stations playing games, doing activities, and making crafts. At the end of the day we will pull everyone together for a small talent show! We again overnight in Santa Cruz.
Day 3 (Dec 28th) WORK ON THE ORPHANAGE / CATHEDRAL
After breakfast today we will head back to the orphanage for a day of manual labor. The orphanage is in need of some maintenance repairs and we will be able to provide them with one of the biggest projects and needs; new paint inside and out! We will have the manpower and the time to address other small repairs, but most of our day will be spent wiping down the walls and painting the exterior and interior of the orphan’s school. At the end of our day we will say our good byes and head to the Main Square of Santa Cruz. We will have dinner and those who are interested can visit the local Museums and Cathedrals.
Day 4 (Dec 29th) CHURCH SERVICE / MEMBER VISITS IN HOMES!
Today we have the unique experience of attending Church in Bolivia. The language and culture will be different, but the format and Spirit will be familiar. Following Church Services we will transfer to the airport for our flight from Santa Cruz to Sucre. When we arrive we will go directly towards the southeast of Sucre to the indigenous village of Candelaria. We visit some local Church members in their homes where we will share gifts and songs. Experiencing a family in their own home and element is a fantastic experience that will last a lifetime! We will enjoy a unique dinner experience at the Hacienda Candelaria where we overnight.
Day 5 (Dec 30th) COMMUNITY EDUCATION PROJECT / ‘CULTURAL EXCHANGE’
Today we will team up with a local non-profit organization that is working on a community education improvement project. Upon arrival we will meet the local leaders and workers for a full day of community work with local people. We will enjoy some local cuisine at the place of work within the community. This evening we will engage in an unforgettable ‘Cultural Exchange Activity’ where some of the local students will present some music and dancing that display the unique traditional culture of Bolivia. We will also in turn have the opportunity to share a few cultural numbers for them as well. We overnight in Hacienda.
Day 6 (Dec 31st) HOSPITAL VISITS / NEW YEARS EVE!
Today we enjoy more of the local culture as we will experience New Year’s Eve Bolivia style! Being the poorest country in South America the needs are tremendous virtually everywhere you go. During the next few days we will focus our efforts on the health care industry and provide as much help and support as we can. During the day today we will spend some quality time visiting a local hospital. We will be working with local physicians in their very basic hospital. We will visit patients and deliver the gift baskets we have assembled and brought over for them. This evening we will join the locals in Mooy as they bring in the New Year Bolivia style. This will prove to be a memorable New Year’s Eve celebration. We overnight at Hostal España.
Day 7 (Jan 1st) NEW YEARS DAY / HOSPITAL VISITS
This morning we transfer to the airport and fly from Sucre back to Santa Cruz. Our afternoon and evening will be spent at a local hospital where we will not only get to visit the patients, but will also help with the maintenance of the physical facility they are currently using to treat these patients. We will split into groups and address the various needs of the facility by working on different projects and improvement activities throughout the hospital. This evening those interested can participate in a cultural bonfire experience. We again 0vernight at Hotel Cortez.
Day 8 (Jan 2nd) BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT AND IMPROVEMENTS
For the next few days we will turn our attention to the local businesses and do our best to contribute to their economic environment and development. We will spend our day in Tarabuco where we will attend the indigenous market of Tarabuco. This market is one of the purest and most colorful in the world. Inhabitants from all surrounding villages attend this market once a week, wearing their best hand woven garments, to buy, sell and still barter their products and handcrafts. We will not only come to appreciate their means of earning a living but will assist many of them in improving their business locations and environments. This takes on many different forms from repairing their selling booth to aiding with needed shop and tool maintenance and repairs. This evening we will spend time with locals where they will be teaching us how to make local crafts. This will be a perfect souvenir for your mother back home J
Day 9 (Jan 3rd) SERVE IN CORN & YUCCA FARMS / CONSTRUCT BUILDING
Today we wake up for an early breakfast and then head to a small town that has around 169 inhabitants. The village’s main income stems from their corn and yucca farms. In the morning we will help in the fields and then after lunch we’ll start construction on a small building where the villagers can sell local handmade crafts. We will go into the jungle and get the raw materials and help them build this from the ground up. The families in the village will then use it as a community store where they can sell products they’ve made at home. We will have dinner with the locals again tonight.
Day 10 (Jan 4th) FINAL DINNER & PROGRAM
After breakfast we will start our drive back to Santa Cruz in preparation for our return home. On the way there is a lot of beautiful scenery and sights that we will enjoy. When we arrive in Santa Cruz we will enjoy our final dinner and program together as we reminisce and do our best to internalize our experience together.
Day 11 (Jan 5th) FLY HOME!
Today we make our way back home to be reunited with our country and our loved ones!
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