Bolivia Project

Dates
January 31, 2018 - February 13, 2018
Location
Bolivia
Participation Fee
TBD
What's Included

* Maps may indicate region where project will take place, not a specific site location.

Overview

Join Maranatha in Bolivia! Bolivia is a new country where Maranatha is working and this will be the first volunteer project you can be a part of!

In 2000 and 2004 evangelistic campaigns were held in the southwest part of Cochabamba, a community called Chimba. However, with no church to meet in, the group of newly baptized members faded away. In 2007 there was another campaign in the community, and this time, the members were committed to continue worshiping. The 40-member group has been meeting homes and rented spaces since they have not had the money to build a church of their own.

Now, with the help of Maranatha, the Chimba congregation will receive a brand-new church. Volunteers on this trip will construct the new church with block masonry. This community is also a great place for continued outreach including children’s ministry programs and health education.

Scope

New Church Construction – Block Masonry

Children’s Ministry Programs

Leaders
David Shull,
Project Coordinator
Judy Shull,
Project Coordinator
Itinerary
Wednesday, January 31
Arrival in Cochabamba, Bolivia
Thursday, February 1
Work Days
Saturday, February 3
Worship with the Local Congregation
Sunday, February 4
Work Days
Wednesday, February 7
Local Excursion
Thursday, February 8
Work Days
Saturday, February 10
Worship with the Local Congregation
Sunday, February 11
Fly to La Paz - City Tour
Monday, February 12
Tiahuanaco Ruins and Lake Titicaca
Tuesday, February 13
Departure from Bolivia
ARRIVALVolunteers will arrive in Cochabamba, Bolivia (CBB) in the afternoon or evening of Wednesday, January 31, 2018. Please wait for confirmation from Maranatha before purchasing your airfare to ensure there is still space on the project.
DEPARTUREVolunteers will depart from La Paz, Bolivia (LPB) in the morning of Tuesday, February 13, 2018.
Travel Information

Volunteers will purchase their own plane tickets to and from Bolivia. Maranatha representatives will meet volunteers upon arrival. Please wait for confirmation before purchasing your airfare to ensure that there is enough space on the project. More information is in an information packet available for download above. Booking outside these windows could result in additional fees and missed portions of the project.

Travel Resources

Azumano Travel:
800-777-5149 or by email with Erle or Azumano Team at corporatetravel@ciazumano.com

Butler Travel:
503-879-5005 or by email with Nathanael at nathan@butlertravel.com

Kayak:
www.kayak.com

When contacting the Azumano or Butler travel agencies, make sure you mention Maranatha for discounted booking fees.

Excursions
Cochabamba

Midweek, volunteers will take a short break from their work to see the sites around Cochabamba. Plans are still being finalized for this day, but the current plan is to visit some colonial areas of the town where volunteers will be able to see remnants of the colonial period of Bolivia’s history. In addition, volunteers will visit the famous, Cristo de la Concordia (Christ of Peace). This statue of Jesus with outstretched hands is located on a mountain top to the east of Cochabamba and was modeled after the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It is the second largest statue of Jesus Christ in the world. Visitors will take a cable car up the mountain to the base of the statue.

 

Tiahuanaco and Lake Titicaca

At the end of the project, volunteers will travel to the capital city of La Paz, the highest nation’s capital in the world. Upon arrival in La Paz, volunteers will visit the main plaza of the city where they’ll see the presidential house, cathedral, convent, and many colonial buildings. In addition, there are many souvenirs available throughout the city.

The following day, volunteers will visit the Tiahuanaco (Tiwanaku) Ruins. This ancient archeological site is named after one of the most important civilizations prior to the Inca Empire and was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2000. Volunteers will be able to walk through the excavated structures including palaces, temples, gateways, statues, and pyramids. Volunteers will also have access to two museums on the ruins’ grounds. After visiting the ruins, the group will travel to Lake Titicaca, the highest lake in the world and the largest lake in South America. The lake crosses the border of Bolivia and Peru and is famous for the floating islands constructed of reeds. This lake is Volunteers will visit the Tiquina Straits where boats will take the group on a tour of the lake and visit a reconstructed floating island where there will be an opportunity to buy snacks and souvenirs. The group will then return to La Paz for departures the following day.

Bolivia Facts & Figures

CAPITAL

Sucre

POPULATION

10.97 million

LANGUAGE

Spanish, Quechua, Aymara

CLIMATE

Varies with altitude; humid and tropical to cold and semiarid

RELIGION

Catholic 77%, Protestant 16%

CURRENCY

Bolivian Boliviano

Entry Requirements
  • Passports valid for at least 6 months from date of intended return.
  • Tourist Visa (for US travelers)
  • Yellow Fever Vaccination (for tourist visa)
Medical Requirements & Precautions
Contact Us Want to speak with someone at Maranatha directly? Please call our office at 916.774.7700 to speak with a volunteer specialist. Alternatively, you can send us an email.