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Combating Malnutrition with Spirulina (Continued)

By Ashley Rovder As a born and raised Pennsylvanian, I had never actually left the United States by the time I was 19 years old.  Itching to explore the world, I jumped at the opportunity to join the ETHOS Center for the summer of 2017.  Since I am a rising junior at Saint Francis University studying environmental engineering, I found myself placed with Sustainable Bolivia and, consequently, my volunteer organization SODIS, in Cochabamba, Bolivia.  My assignment: continue the “Spirulina en Cochabamba” project that another volunteer, Lucas Mackie, began in 2016 (see the blog titled “Combating malnutrition with Spirulina”). Declared by […]Read More »
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Dia de la Independencia en Bolivia

I came to Bolivia as a tourist with the intention to volunteer with a non-profit organization, but with no set plans and having done very little research. You could say I was a bit unprepared for my trip; in fact, I had to get the yellow fever vaccination here in Bolivia because I had not been planning on wandering so deep into the Amazon. The point is, when I made my last-minute plans to change course and head to Riberalta and volunteer with SB, I was very clueless about many things and had no idea that the first weekend I´d […]Read More »
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How experiencing the Bolivian jungle changed me

Why do that Why would a little twenty year-old girl, living in Switzerland with a comfortable life go on the other side of the world to a developing country you might ask? I think that the first reason is that I needed a challenge in my life. At this moment I needed to get out of my little routine to know if I was able to do something crazy like that. The kinds of things that can give you a kick a little and open your eyes to the world. The shock of cultures and the reality of life When […]Read More »
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Riding the moto in the Amazon jungle

Riberalta, the kingdom of the “moto” The best way to get around in the jungle is on a moto (and also the funnest). I am happy I bought a motorbike in La Paz as it has been more than useful over here. Maybe less happy about deciding to go from La Paz to Riberalta by motorbike (more than 900 km with unpaved roads and a lot, a lot, of dust). But this is part of the adventure! I love riding motorcycles. I have been riding for about 17 years now. Public transport is non existent in the city of Riberalta itself […]Read More »
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What the birds have taught me

The Aquicuana Reserve, with its many species of Amazonian flora and fauna, is a haven for birdwatching and research in Bolivia. So far, we have recorded 285 bird species in the Reserve, including first registers for certain species in this region of Bolivia. We still have many more to be identified. Just this past weekend I had the chance to join an international group of Brazilian and British ornithologists for an afternoon at the Reserve, spending 3 hours walking a forest trail. In just that short time we identified 4 new species to add to our checklist of recorded birds. […]Read More »
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The experience of living in a Bolivian Family

When you have been independent for several years, living in a family, with a different language and culture, becomes a rewarding and surprising experience on a daily basis. Thankfully, the family where I live accepted me but also my cultural differences. Family routine: the kid is king! In my host family life is punctuated by the work and centered on the child. As a result, during the week, since the child is having breakfast at school, everyone has breakfast whenever they want. But everyone gets together for lunch. The “mama” and her brother prepare delicious meals for lunch for all […]Read More »
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My experience with Sustainable Bolivia: what it brought me

Often a trip is considered has an extraordinary experience, and it is indeed. Must-see sites, boat trips, beaches, beautiful pictures … but all this is just a facade. Today I would like to talk about my immersion in Bolivia as a volunteer at Sustainable Bolivia. Beyond having additional professional experience, in a beautiful tropical setting, this adventure allowed me to discover a new meaning to the concept of travel. What was I looking for? : Leaving, visiting, and posting on social networks … I did it, and I continue to do so obviously today. Nevertheless, I was looking for more […]Read More »
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