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Reflecting on My Time in Bolivia

A fun game of tag at an Orphanage in Cochabamba. by Logan Miller Pratico One question that I frequently found myself being asked over the past 7 months is ‘what is your favorite part about Bolivia?’ Most people, looking for a straight answer, are quite surprised (and maybe somewhat irritated) when I respond with an answer that can take most of 10 minutes. But the truth is that there is no simple answer to this question. After 7 months of travel in Bolivia I have seen so many great places, talked to so many amazing people and had so many […]Read More »
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Smart Volunteering: Play to Your Strengths

by Joey Taylor You might have heard of the term “Corporate Social Responsibility” (CSR), also known as a corporate conscience, responsible business  or corporate citizenship. If not, the ethos of CSR is to deliver initiatives that benefit society and involves being responsible for the impact of the companies’ actions. CSR is something I feel passionately about. I have worked in this industry for the last three years; managing corporate employees who, between them, gave thousands of hours to volunteer, and raisied over £1 million for charity. Of course, reasons that companies participate in CSR are not all selfless, and there […]Read More »
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Ewe, me and Maria: A Day in the (Performing) Life

by Amy Booth I’m looking at the sheep, and the sheep is looking at me. I naively believed this to be an ordinary and unremarkable sheep, but from the way this girl is cowering from it, there is clearly a Pandora’s box of malice behind its blank, ovine eyes. This is probably a sheep that shouts sexually objectifying insults from truck windows. It probably siphons funds to Panama. This was not entirely how I expected this afternoon at work to go, but after five months volunteering with Performing Life in Alto Buena Vista, fewer and fewer things surprise me. When […]Read More »
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How to Make Chicha While You’re in Bolivia

  by Jessie Maguire   Chicha is a traditional, fermented, Bolivian drink made from maize (AKA corn). Although chicha can refer to both non-alcoholic and alcoholic drinks across Central and South America, the methods vary by country. Artisanal, Bolivian chicha is carefully made using an intricate, ancient technique passed from generation to generation. It’s served in chicherias: halls where simple tables and chairs are set out onto a mud or concrete floor. The chicha is served in buckets and drunk using a tutuma, a cup made from half a hollow fruit from the Crescentia tree. If you want to experience this […]Read More »
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How to Pursue The Artists’ Dream in South America: Gabriel Roberts’ Story

    By Jessie Maguire   Gabriel Roberts might be just like you, if you’re an artist or an aspiring artist. His intention is to paint, and he enjoys working hard at his craft. However, it’s not always easy to get enough time to delve deeply into his dream – except now he can. He’s saved and taken the necessary leap to pursue what he loves: painting from life.   I sat down with Gabriel Roberts, a professional, 29-year-old artist originally from Sacramento, California to talk about his artwork, the benefits of art residencies and the colors of Cochabamba. Here’s the […]Read More »
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How to Get Involved in Street Art in Cochabamba, Even If You Have No Experience

by Jessie Maguire   A lot of the street art in Cochabamba is inspiring, thought-provoking, or at least interesting to look at. The style is often different to what you’ll see in other areas of the world, and it’s a source of pride both to the artists and to the people whose culture the art represents. This week’s interviews were enlightening – it seems anyone can get involved in street art in Cochabamba, although some experience will help make the ride easier. If you can sketch out a simple idea on paper, it can be transferred to a wall. Spray […]Read More »
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What’s The Coolest Project in Cochabamba?

  By Jessie Maguire   The first thing that came to mind when I interviewed John Connell was that this is one of the coolest and most worthwhile organizations I’ve come across during my 5 years in Bolivia.   Why do People Want to Volunteer in Bolivia So Much?   I sat down and began to think about what drives volunteers to come to Cochabamba. Bolivia is the poorest country in South America. With 60% of the population living in poverty, it’s no wonder it attracts hordes of volunteers every year to work at its NGOs and smaller foundations. And […]Read More »
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