Ultimate Workout Alumni Project 2019

Dates
December 23, 2019 - January 5, 2020
Location
Bolivia
Participation Fee
$500
What's Included

Overview

The Ultimate Workout (UW) Alumni Project is geared towards volunteers who have a previous connection with the Ultimate Workout, Maranatha’s teen-only project, through personal experience or through the experience of a friend or loved one. While this trip extends a special invitation to those connected with UW, it is open to anyone with a willing heart for service. 

Volunteers on this project will be headed to La Paz, Bolivia where they will pour the foundation and assemble the metal structure for a new church for the 18 de Diciembre congregation. Pouring the foundation for a church is a lot of work! Digging ditches, mixing cement, and tying rebar cages make for a lot of sore muscles, but this work is imperative to the enduring strength of the building.

This new church will be located in a thriving community with many young families. The church members are excited about the outreach opportunities that having more space in a new church will allow them to do. So in addition to the construction, volunteers on this project will conduct an extensive children’s ministry program in the surrounding neighborhood to draw people to the church. 

Scope

Church Construction

Community Outreach

Leaders
Sam Dinzey,
Project Coordinator
Dan Skau,
Assistant Project Coordinator
Daniel Medrano,
Construction Superintendent
Dwain Esmond,
Spiritual Coordinator
Maxine and Erica Gonzalez,
Children's Ministry Coordinators
Itinerary
Monday, December 23
Arrival in La Paz, Bolivia. Acclimate to Altitude.
Tuesday, December 24
First Work Day
Wednesday, December 25
Half Work Day. Christmas.
Thursday, December 26
Work Days
Saturday, December 28
Worship with the local congregation
Sunday, December 29
Work Days
Thursday, January 2
Half Work Day. Travel to Lake Titicaca
Friday, January 3
Lake Titicaca Excursion Activities
Saturday, January 4
Worship at Lake Titicaca, Return to La Paz, Evening Departures from La Paz
Sunday, January 5
Morning departures from La Paz, Bolivia
ARRIVALVolunteers will arrive in La Paz, Bolivia (LPB) early in the morning between 1:00 am and 10:30 am on Monday, December 23, 2019.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 evening, after 8:00 pm on Saturday, January 4 or early in the morning, between 1:00 am and 8:00 am on Sunday, January 5, 2020.
School Classrooms
Travel Information

Volunteers will purchase their own plane tickets to and from La Paz, Bolivia. The dates posted are the arrival and departure dates from the project, but due to travel time, you may need to leave a day or two before the arrival date. Maranatha representatives will meet volunteers upon arrival in La Paz.

More information is available in an information packet available for download above.

Please wait for confirmation before purchasing your airfare. Booking outside the advertised flight windows could result in additional fees and missed portions of the project.

Travel Resources

CI Azumano Travel:
800-454-4099 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
Valle de la Luna and Lake Titicaca

On the first Sabbath, volunteers will worship with the local congregation. In the afternoon, the group will take a short trip on the gondola transportation system (teleferico), suspended above La Paz, to the edge of the city where the group will visit the “Valle de la Luna” (Valley of the Moon), an area with topography similar to what you’d see on the moon. The Valley of the Moon has several walking trails for the group to enjoy before returning to the school campus for dinner and worship that evening.

On the final Thursday of the project, the group will wrap up their construction work and depart for Lake Titicaca (with a small overnight bag); this trip will take approximately 2-3 hours. Lake Titicaca is the world’s highest navigable body of water and is famous for its floating islands. Unfortunately, most of the floating islands are on the Peru side of the lake; the part where our group will visit has a small floating island constructed for tourists to see. On Friday, the group will take a boat tour to an island in the middle of the lake called Isla del Sol. On the island there is a small set of Incan ruins and hiking trails to explore. Back at the hotel there are jet skis and kayaks for rent (an additional cost), if you’d like to explore the edges of the lake on your own.

On the final Sabbath, the group will worship at the lake before returning back to La Paz in the afternoon. We’ll will have a nice dinner in downtown La Paz. Volunteers can leave late that evening or in the early hours of Sunday, December 5th. We have arranged a hotel in La Paz where we will have a couple rooms where people can rest and shower before heading to the airport. Those leaving later in the morning on December 5th will have a room reserved for the night.

 

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 or Special Purpose Visa (for US travelers)
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.

 

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