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Performing Life Bolivia

Financial Literacy Teacher & Microloan Supporter

Cochabamba, Bolivia

The rungs on the ladder out of grinding poverty are land ownership, a safe and healthy home, education, and a stable business.

About the Program

Bolivia has one of the lowest per capita incomes in the Americas, which has resulted in high levels of extreme poverty. Land, resources and wealth remain concentrated in the hands of a small number of families, giving the country one of the highest levels of inequality in Latin America. We strive to give a chance to local communities, and especially young people so that they can secure a bright future economically and in terms of self-development. 

During this volunteering experience you will have the opportunity to transfer your knowledge and skills to the local people and thereby leave a lasting impact. We expect that once you leave the project, the local communities and families have developed skills in personal finances and the local people are able to continue your work once you are gone. You will also get to know much more of the local culture and share experience with the youth and families.

Field work includes family home visits and assessments of their current financial and business knowledge. Initial development of financial literacy course that is culturally-relevant and engages people with what they know, building on the present to create a more sustainable and stable future.

Concurrently, the Microloan Program structure includes financial literacy classes, application requirements, documentation, loan management, technical assistance, and other components to ensure success with dignity. Understand Bolivia’s informal economy and be able to explain its advantages and disadvantages, both for families and the society. Help people arrive at thoughtful decisions about what is best for the long-term, rather than what is easiest in the short-term.

Typical day

During a typical day at the NGO, you would discuss and plan with the families of participating youth how to manage their finances in the most efficient way. You would then brainstorm about the microloan program and design its implementation. Use your expertise and imagination to help these people in their quest for economic well-being. 

In a typical day you would work 3-4 hours in the morning and 3-4 hours in the afternoon.

Specific activities include:  

Teach culturally-relevant financial literacy to youth and families; develop microloan procedures, including applications, decision-making, repayment plans, etc.; work with youth and families to create realistic, appropriate, and self-determined business plans which they use to apply for microloans; provide technical assistance to microloan recipients to implement business plans, evaluate short- and long-terms outcomes, and reach their self-determined goals; apply financial principles to improve socio-economic well-being.

Free-time activities

Entertainment and Socializing

Cochabamba is a very interesting, lively place. There are plenty of sports and outdoor activities for those who like to be physically active. There are nice restaurants, interesting public markets, and well-stocked supermarkets for those who enjoy cooking. There are clubs for those who like dancing and nightlife. And there are lots of other activities such as lectures, films, games nights, poker tournaments, dance classes, and concerts presented by local groups of all kinds. Several countries maintain centers in Cochabamba, offering regular programs and opportunities to meet new people. There are numerous museums and cultural exhibits that are a good introduction to the region. The surrounding villages and countryside offer beautiful places to visit. 

Volunteers frequently organize weekend trips to towns, national parks, and other attractions nearby. For example, Toro Toro features caves, waterfalls and dinosaur footprints; Chapare offers rainforests with monkeys, birds, and other wild animals; while La Angostura has a beautiful lake with cabins for rent.

Water Sports
Winter Sports

Program 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).
Language Skills
You need to speak Spanish (fluently) and English (basic level)
Health Declaration
Education Requirements
Latin America political economy; mirofinance history and research; unconditional cash transfers at University level
Required Documents
CV, " language proficiency, " references and " experience working with youth & families & communities in community development
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
- Financial education
- Financial literacy for youth and adults
- Designing business plans
- Managing microloan programs
- Providing appropriate technical assistance to loan recipients
- Rural and urban community development
- Ability to help people realize their dreams
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 08:00 - 18:00

Suitable for


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Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees. An airport pickup isn't included within the program fees either. 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.
If you are intending to volunteer in Bolivia you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Bolivia.

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