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Julian’s Experience With Gaia Pacha & How to Experience a New Country Like a Local

Getting off the Beaten Track   Have you ever felt like you traveled through a country and didn’t really get to really experience its culture? Getting off the beaten track is one way to experience the unique culture of a region, and Bolivia attracts a lot of visitors who’re eager to taste and feel that culture first hand. If this is your first trip to South America, or any region, you might be wondering how to immerse yourself in a new culture and the right places to go in that area you want to explore. Julian has found a way […]Read More »
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5 of the Best Markets You Shouldn’t Miss Out on In Cochabamba

  by Jessie Maguire   Welcome to The Gastro Center   Cochabamba has a reputation for its excellent cuisine, in fact, it’s known at the gastronomic center of Bolivia. Eating is huge a part of the culture here, and food is pretty inexpensive, which can make sampling, cooking and eating out all the more enjoyable. Most cochabambinos love eating out, and getting an almuerzo at lunchtime is a great option if you’re on a budget and want to experience what local people eat. The price of lunch in most small restaurants in the city is around 15Bs tops, but if […]Read More »
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Want to do Yoga in Cochabamba? Here’s 9 of the Best Classes in the City

By Jessie Maguire Yoga is one of the best forms of full-body exercise, and it’s hugely popular all over the world. But what about when you’re travelling? Yoga has a number of benefits for volunteers and people backpacking abroad. Firstly, it works on your emotions, leaving you relaxed and centered. This can be a great advantage if this is your first time in Cochabamba, when everything is new and unfamiliar. Secondly, keeping in shape is just as important oversees as it is at home. Being strong and flexible will help keep your confidence where it should be, too. Thirdly, getting […]Read More »
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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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