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Shelby’s Experience With Vivo En Positivo (And How Dating Apps CAN Aid Your Career)

by Jessie Maguire On Nov 9th, 2015, I interviewed Shelby Marie about her fascinating work with HIV/AIDS and Sustainable Bolivia partner organization Vivo en Positivo. She told me how interning and volunteering has improved her career prospects: it has allowed her to move into her chosen field, travel, work on her Spanish and get some amazing work experience. Many thanks to Shelby for her time and honesty! Here’s her awesome story (includes swear words): Jessie: So what’s your background? Shelby: I studied History, Political Science, and Arabic Language. I have history doing research, but nothing on public health as such […]Read More »
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The Best Place to Experience Authentic Culture and Outdoor Pursuits? Mizque: The Secret Province!

by Jessie Maguire What’s Better Than A Guidebook? Which provinces are really worth visiting for volunteers interested in sustainability? The guide books are full of information about Toro Toro, Tarata and Totora, but deciding where to go and what to do when you get there can be pretty confusing. It’s awesome when you have a good time doing something you are really interested in with people who get you. When travelling, the key to a really fulfilling experience can be getting to know expats that understand your way of thinking. Another is to volunteer with organizations like SB. They already […]Read More »
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What the Monkies is Todos Santos (AKA Mast’aku)?!

by Jessie Maguire What is this Todos Santos business all about? Well, Bolivian holidays can certainly be confusing. There are certainly a lot of them – 13 “feriados” in total, which means they come around at least once a month. In the West, we’re certainly not used to this many public holidays, each with its own special traditions, foods and vibe. Participating in these mini work breaks is a lovely way to delve more deeply into Bolivian culture and, of course, have an awesome day out. Si Todos Santos, Porque Tanta Wawa! What are Todos Santos and Mast’aku? Todos Santos […]Read More »
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Tricks to Prevent Getting Sick in Bolivia

by Jessie Maguire Diarrhoea anyone? Not the most delightful of topics, that’s for sure. But it can actually be very difficult to avoid getting sick once you’ve arrived in this lovely country, and literally a pain in the bottom when you do! After being in Cochabamba for five years, I never get sick, and I can eat almost anything I want without any problems! So you might be wondering what the secrets of digestive success are…. We’ve compiled a list of the best tried and tested tips and tricks especially for you, to help you avoid getting sick in the […]Read More »
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Ben Hamburger – Resident Artist

Ben Hamburger has been with us at Sustainable Bolivia for over a month, and is already making his mark on the arts community of Cochabamba. Ben and a puppy during the Limpiemos El Cristo community event.   A 2010 graduate of Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida where he earned his bachelors in Visual Arts. Ben now calls New Orleans home, where he regularly exhibits in three galleries, teaches adult level art classes, and does mural and art enrichment classes in New Orleans Parish public schools. Despite having a home base in the United States, Ben really loves to combine […]Read More »
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Paul J. Dahlin – Sustainability Extraordinaire

Hey guys, say hello to Paul J. Dahlin, Sustainable Bolivia’s new sustainability intern. Paul is from St. Paul, Minnesota, loves everything environmental, and for the next three months will be managing our garden, making locally sourced cleaning and hygiene products, installing greenhouses, revamping our recycling efforts, and handling all aspects of our internal sustainability. And to spread the word, Paul will be writing weekly reports on the latest happenings at SB, here is an example: Today I’d like to give you guys an update on what is happening around Casa Principal’s main garden.  First off, the newly planted plot. I […]Read More »
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The Quest for Tunari

The ‘Pico Tunari’ is something you must do when you are in Cochabamba. If you live here, the subject will invariably come up, “Have you been to the Pico yet?”. It’s beautiful! A few weeks ago a large group of volunteers had gone and come back tired, sunburned and thrilled. “You have to go!” they exclaimed. So when the subject came up again, those who hadn’t been (and some who had) jumped at the opportunity. Pico Tunari is a peak (yup, wouldn’t have guessed that one…) that sits 5200 m above sea level, and about 2700 m above Cocha. You […]Read More »
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