Bolivia Project

Dates
October 16 - 27, 2019
Location
Bolivia
Participation Fee
$920
What's Included

Overview

Join Maranatha volunteers at the Entre Rios School, near Santa Cruz, Bolivia!

At one time, there were more than 400 students in this thriving pre-K through eighth grade school, but recently, the local government has been building schools in every neighborhood, and many parents are choosing to send their children to the public schools out of convenience. The Christian education at the Entre Rios school is, in many ways, stronger than what the children receive elsewhere, but the facilities didn’t reflect that quality education. The Adventist church leadership requested Maranatha’s assistance in providing new classrooms that will provide a better learning environment and bring the school up to the same standard as the schools in the surrounding area.

Volunteers on this project will help finish off the construction of the new classrooms by completing the remaining block masonry work, roofing the second building, and pouring sidewalks. Depending on the number of volunteers on the project, there may also be opportunities to reach out to the community through community outreach and children’s ministry programs.

Scope

Block Classroom Construction

Sidewalks

Roofing

Leaders
Brandon Westgate,
Project Coordinator
Peter Thomas,
Construction Superintendent
Itinerary
Wednesday, October 16
Evening arrival option in Santa Cruz, Bolivia
Thursday, October 17
Morning arrival option in Santa Cruz, Bolivia. Drive to Entre Rios.
Friday, October 18
First Work Day
Saturday, October 19
Worship with the local congregation
Sunday, October 20
Work days with a midweek excursion
Saturday, October 26
Worship with the local congregation
Sunday, October 27
Return to Santa Cruz. Evening departure option from Santa Cruz, Bolivia
Monday, October 28
Morning departure option from Santa Cruz, Bolivia
ARRIVALVolunteers will arrive in Santa Cruz, Bolivia (VVI) either late in the evening, after 8 p.m. on Wednesday, October, 16 or early in the morning, between 3 a.m. and 7:45 a.m., on Thursday, October 17.Please wait for confirmation from Maranatha before purchasing your airfare to ensure there is still space on the project.
DEPARTUREVolunteers will depart from Santa Cruz, Bolivia (VVI) in the evening of Sunday, October 27, after 8 p.m. or in the morning, between 2 a.m. and 9:30 a.m., on Monday, October 28.
Travel Information

Volunteers will purchase their own plane tickets to and from Bolivia. Arrivals into Santa Cruz are either late at night or early in the morning, so pay close attention to the flight guidelines to make sure your flight aligns with the plans for the project. You may need to leave a day before the arrival date in order to arrive on time. Maranatha representatives will meet volunteers upon arrival in Santa Cruz, Bolivia.

More information and flight details are available in the information packet available for download above. Booking outside these 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
Villa Tunarí

Entre Rios is located on the edge of the Amazon rainforest, in the lowlands of Bolivia. We’ll take a break midweek from our normal schedule to visit a small town called Villa Tunarí, a popular ecotourism destination in Bolivia. The exact activities are still to be finalized, but it will probably include some hiking, swimming, and monkey-viewing as well as going out to eat as a group. There may be the opportunity for some more adventurous volunteers to do some canoeing, rafting, or zip-lining.

At the end of the project, volunteers will return to Santa Cruz where they’ll be able to visit a small souvenir market for shopping.

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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