Live with an Indigenous Community

Volunteer work indigenous community in the Amazon
Program Facts
BO-VOL102
Bolivia
Volunteer Work
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Booking No.

BO-VOL102

Program Type

Volunteer Work, Community Work

Place

San Miguel del Bala, La Paz Province, Bolivia

Volunteer Responsibilities

Learn to work with agriculture, play with children, teach English to adults and children, assist in constructing and repairing cottages, help with visitors as a translator, clean and cook in the Eco-Lodge of the village

Work Hours

5-8 hours/day, 5 days a week

Program Start Date

Year round, on any day

Duration

Minimum 4 weeks, maximal 6 months

Minimum Age

18 years

Language

Intermediate Spanish skills. Also book your Spanish course in Bolivia with us.

Skills

No special skills required

Accommodation

Homestay with local family or shared room at Eco-lodge

Food

Full-board (3 meals/day)

Location

40 minutes boat ride from the town of Rurrenabaque. Close to the Madidi National Park. About 1 hour flight from La Paz to Rurrenabaque.

Climate

Tropical climate. Average daily temperature of 26° C (79° F). Most rainfall in the months of December to March.

Vaccinations

Yellow fever. Please ask your doctor for additional advice.

Internet*

No Internet available

Additional Information

You should be prepared to live a very simple life with an indigenous tribe of the Amazon Jungle.

In-country Support

Volunteer coordinator in Sucre

24/7 Emergency No.

With the booking confirmation, you will receive our 24/7 Emergency Number where you can reach us 24/7 in case of emergency.

Packing List

Very comfortable clothing, sun, rain and mosquito protection

Application

Application possible at any time, with at least 4 weeks’ notice.
(Download Registration Form)

Insurance

Travel Health Insurance for Bolivia mandatory


*We would like to point out that in South America, especially in remote areas where many of our volunteer work projects take place, Internet and/or cellular radio systems do not always work reliably.

For this project, your volunteer work will take place in a small village that is located on the Beni River in the Bolivian Amazon rainforest. Its nearest neighbor is the Madidi National Park, which is known to have some of the greatest biodiversity on Earth. You can only reach the village by boat, which takes about 40 minutes upstream from the town of Rurrenabaque. The indigenous community has approximately 235 inhabitants who are all Tacana Indians. They have historically lived along the shores of the Beni and Tuichi rivers. A couple of years ago, the community built an Eco-Lodge with funds provided by international NGOs. The Eco-Lodge has a restaurant and comfortable cabins for guests. The community uses the income from the Eco-Lodge to better their lives (e.g. education, health, etc.) and to preserve the incredibly rich nature in the Bolivian Amazon. When the Madidi National Park was first created, the community was absolutely against this project, but the many advantages of sustainable tourism have completely changed the opinion of the indigenous community. Instead of protesting against the national park, the Indians are now among its fiercest protectors and are proud to be nominated as honorary park rangers by the national park itself. Their way of living and the way they manage their lodge is completely sustainable, and it will allow their children and grandchildren to live in even better conditions in the future. The community lives in sync with the environment and is dependent on the surrounding nature for survival. It also has various small commercial ventures such as handicrafts, fishing, and agriculture. Nowadays, they also make a living from visits to their eco-tourism lodge. They are the perfect example of how one can live in perfect harmony without the use of modern technology! The Tacana Indians will warmly welcome you, allowing you to immerse yourself in the community's culture.

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During your volunteer program in Bolivia, you will live and work with an indigenous community, the Tacana Indians, who reside in the Bolivian Amazon rainforest. You will learn how the indigenous people plant rice and collect fruits and vegetables. In addition, you will learn how to fish and hunt, as well as how to make medicinal remedies from native plants using traditional techniques. Of the many things that the community is involved in, you will learn how to live like them through working directly with the community members. In addition, you will assist the community by teaching the adults and children English, and/or your native language if it is different. For the Eco-tourism project at the Eco-Lodge, foreign language skills are very important and beneficial. Volunteers also help attend to tourists at the Eco-Lodge. This can mean guiding them around, helping in the kitchen, or assisting with other household chores like cleaning and preparing the rooms. There are a lot of things volunteers can do, so you should be flexible to help wherever the community needs you! This is a unique opportunity that allows you to live closely with indigenous people who are open-minded and curious to learn about your culture while at the same time showing you their different traditions and lifestyle. The simplicity of their lives will change your perspective on the world and open your eyes to how life was before modern technology existed.

Please keep in mind that you will live a very simple life during this volunteer project. You need to respect the local people and their traditions that span several centuries. Your acceptance of their way of life will allow you to experience a unique and wonderful stay in one of the most pristine and diverse sites on earth. You will be one of few people that can say that they have lived with an indigenous community in the amazing Amazon jungle!

During your volunteer work project in Bolivia, you will either live with a group of tourists at the Eco-Lodge, or in the volunteer cottage that is taken care of by an indigenous host family. Your host family will provide you with meals, and you may even receive an invitation to stay in one of their authentic houses. You will be surprised to see that in the typical household, all family members sleep in the same room, which also serves as the kitchen and the living room. In their home, you will have the opportunity to learn and practice indigenous cooking techniques and try delicious recipes. This is a completely unique experience that is not offered to mere tourists. The meals provided by the host family typically contain the ingredients that the family grows, hunts, and fishes. Typically, they eat fruits, vegetables, fresh fish, corn, rice, and occasionally some red meat. Volunteers can also eat and live with other tourists at the Eco-Lodge. In the lodge, the meals are more international, so they may also include chicken and beef.

Volunteer Work with indigenous people in Bolivia includes:
  Consultation of our experienced staff
  Translation of application documents
  Volunteer Work Placement
  Round-trip flight La Paz-Rurrenabaque-La Paz
  Orientation session on arrival
  Orientation kit
  Local support
  24h-Emergency Number
  Room with local Host Family or in Eco-Lodge
  Full-board (3 meals/day)
  Advisery concerning adequate travel insurance
  Flight booking service (optional and for free)
  Certificate of participation

What’s not included:
  International flight
  Travel health insurance
  Local travels

 

Prices:

Program / Duration

4
weeks

5
weeks

6
weeks

additional
week

Host Family
(3 meals/day)

1,675 USD

1,955 USD

2,235 USD

280 USD

Application fee of 120 USD to be added. One week corresponds to 7 days and 6 nights.

 

Optional:

Travel health    insurance  

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