Urban Gardening

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founded in 2013
Beyond South America
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Coordinator | Laurie
Coordinator | Laurie

High­lights

Find out about the importance of "lunchtime" in Cochabamba.
Visit the highest statue of Jesus Christ in the world (bigger than in Rio de Janeiro).
Learn and improve your Spanish while taking classes
Live in the city of eternal spring. Seriously, the climate here is awesome.
Be surrounded by national parks and protected arreas.
Help families and schools set up their own little vegetable garden, teach about recycling, sustainability and nutrition. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Singles
Couples
Groups
50+

Existing for over a decade, this organization is working in a variety of projects. At (primary) schools children and teachers learn about
and get assistance with the construction and maintenance of vegetable gardens. Depending on the space and the availability of water,
the schools sometimes have rather small gardens that serve primarily to practice and not so much to produce a lot of vegetables and
sometimes they do not go beyond making a salad with the classes once. At the families’ homes, the square foot gardening method is
used in garden tubs of 1.20 m x 1.20 m. The organization visits people's homes and supports them with gardening. The organization
works in other related topics such as healthy food, composting, fruit trees and there is a huge variety of projects to get involved in, but
expect to get your hands dirty. There is a great need for hard workers, volunteers and interns who can take initiative and responsibility
and are willing to work independently after a while. Together with the project, you will possibly develop your own assignment and little
project. Reasonable Spanish and a minimum stay of 2 months is required to start here.

Possible tasks:

  • teach about gardening
  • start little garden-projects in schools or with families with support of the organization
  • assist and support teachers by setting up school gardens
  • educating on healthy nutrition, composting and sustainable use of water.

Typical day

You might take Spanish classes from 8:30 - 12:30. You have to take a trufi - you will learn about that - to get to the school. After lunch you meet with a colleague at a school where you plan with a class a school garden. You explain to them what they can grow and educate them about the importance of local food supply.

In the afternoon you visit on of the families that already started building their own little garden. You bring organic fertilizer and seed and show them how to plant the vegetables. If not having Spanish classes you might be in a school helping with a project on reforestation, planting seedlings with them and give a speech on the importance of sustainable agorforests.

If you want and there is still some energy left, you work the photos you took earlier to post something about your work on the projects Facebook page. Other volunteers of the house come in from their work and you decide all together to go out for dinner in one of the many nearby restaurants, because you are all way to tired to cook. :D

Free-time activities

In Cochabamba you can find hospitals and western doctors, supermarkets,  good mobile signal and a vast cultural life. There are National Parks nearby, sportstudios, museums and music-schools and yoga studios. Hiking-trails in the nearby mountains and trips to Villa Tunari and other Bolivian Hotspots.
Swimming
Concert/
Music
Sightseeing
Shopping/
Souvenirs
Climbing
Hiking
Museum/
Opera
Sports
Yoga/
Meditation

Require­ments

In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level) or Spanish (basic level)
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
useful skills are: interest/experience in gardening and environmental topics, motivated to work independently, cooking, experience in working with kids and teaching skills, interest or education in agriculture or nutrition. Not sure if you have the right skills? Don’t worry – talk to us!
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

What's Included

Services by Beyond South America

We charge a one-time mediation fee

 

This includes:

  • search and mediation for a suitable project
  • preparation via Skype calls
  • search and mediation for accommodation (host family and/or volunteer house)
  • airport pick up and city tour
  • borrowed cellphone and SIM-card
  • donation to the project
  • support with visa
  • 24/7 contact to coordinator on site
  • emergency support and hospital transport
  • evaluation of the project

 

Additional costs for volunteers

 

  • flights
  • insurance
  • accommodation
  • food/meals and daily needs
  • Spanish classes (possible)

 

We will send you detailed information about the costs of living you can expect in Bolivia.

 

Please note, that all the profit of Beyond South America goes to the foundation "Casa de la Alegría" providing therapeutic workshops for children and adolescence in social projects in and around Cochabamba/Bolivia

 

Airport Pickup at J Wilsterman Airport

We will pick you up at Cochabamba Airport anytime and bring you to your accommodation on the day of your arrival.

Internet Access
Good access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees. Please arrange your own accommodation. Food, snacks or beverages are at extra costs.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is J Wilsterman Airport (CBB) in Cochabamba. We assist you to find cheap flights to Bolivia.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Bolivia provides security and is a plus to have.
Vaccines
If you are intending to volunteer in Bolivia you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Bolivia.

Dates & Fees

NO CREDIT CARD FEES

Details on arrival

You can work all year arround but have to keep in mind the holidays if you just want to work with school projects. Just ask us about the dates.

Availability
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Duration
4 - 24 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
4 weeks (min. stay)
$ 550
24 weeks (max. stay)
$ 550
Average fees
$ 80 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Beyond South America will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Beyond South America during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Urban Gardening

Help families and schools set up their own little vegetable garden, teach about recycling, sustainability and nutrition.

$80/week

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