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works with children with severe mental and physical needs. Atendi has programs for mind stimulation and teaches children to walk, talk, or eat independently. For experienced interns, opportunities include taking part in physio and/or hydrotherapy sessions, while those without direct experience are welcome to help in a range of projects. Read more about Atendi.
focuses on providing consultancy and credit to micro, small and medium-sized businesses. Volunteers can contribute in a range of areas including training programs in business, marketing and commercialization. Read more about CADEPIA.
serves children and adolescents whose parents are either incarcerated, or were abandoned because their parents have migrated to other countries in search of economic opportunities. Volunteers can help in either the day care center or the school. Read more about CAICC.
Centro de Salud España
is a health center which concentrates primarily on health promotion and disease prevention, operating predominately as an external consultation. It serves marginalized communities and provides free health care services for pregnant women and children under five. The center also aims at combating malnutrition and works with the Ministry of Health. Read more about Centro de Salud España.
Centro de Salud Pacata
is a health center serving over 40,000 inhabitants in the northern zone of Cochabamba that focuses on health promotion and disease prevention. The Center makes frequent trips to surrounding communities to hold educational seminars. Volunteers/interns may shadow doctors and nurses or participate in community outreach programs. Read more about Centro de Salud Pacata.
Energetica is an energy development institute based in Cochabamba. The organization was founded in 1993 to promote the greater and more rational use of energy in Bolivia Read more about Energetica.
focuses on education and environmental awareness as well as the protection and sustainability of communities at risk of diminishing resources. Volunteers/interns can help design and implement educational materials, plan projects to raise environmental awareness among young people, and assist in the maintenance of a model ecological home. Read more about Gaia Pacha.
is a civil research institution that focuses on issues of international relations, law, indigenism and politics. Volunteers may conduct their own research project, contribute to IDEI publications, or assess the legal positions in different Cochabamba municipalities. Read more about IDEI.
serves as a safe house for victims of sexual and domestic violence. INFANTE has played a key role in the promotion of local and national policies to restore victims' rights. INFANTE's several programs offer a wide range of volunteer opportunities including, but not limited to assisting with violence prevention workshops, childcare, and raising community awareness. Read more about Infante.
Mano a Mano
Mano a Mano is an organization that builds and provides for infrastructure in marginalized areas, including health clinics and schools. There are specific roles for volunteers with relevant skills, including web design, fund-raising, construction, project management and health provision. Read more about Mano a Mano.
Manuela Gandarillas Center for the Blind
provides rehabilitation, educational, and integration services to visually-impaired individuals. The center also implements projects to create sources of income and employment for the visually impaired. Volunteers may run workshops, assist in therapy sessions, or partake in community outreach, depending on experience. Read more about Manuela Gandarillas Center for the Blind.
provides rehabilitation and prevention programs to adolescent girls who have lived and worked on the streets or who have suffered abuse. Opportunities include expanding micro-enterprises, running workshops, fundraising, and providing educational assistance. Read more about Mosoj Yan.
assists young hospital patients who lack family support as they undergo operations and recovery, and raises money in the local community and abroad to pay for medical care for children whose families cannot afford it. Volunteers can choose to work in one or more of the following wards: burns, traumatology, infectology, surgery and malnutrition. Read more about Movimiento Sonrisa.
empowers youths who live and/or work on the street through visual and performing arts. Juggling is popular within the organization, and handicrafts are made by children and sold abroad to maximize profits. The money is invested into micro-enterprise projects run by the children and their families. Volunteers may participate in juggling or handicrafts workshops, aid in the micro-enterprise development, or give educational assistance. Read more about Performing Life.
promotes technological innovation to improve the competitiveness of Andean agriculture. Opportunities will vary depending on experience but volunteers/interns are welcome in a variety of areas including biotechnology, micro-finance and administration and are also welcome to carry out their own research. Read more about Proinpa.
Hogar de Sueños
aims to provide a stable and dignified life to children from Cochabamba who have been orphaned or abandoned, giving them love, care and attention and focusing on the areas of education, health and social and psychological development, as well as working with their skills and cognitive development. Read more about Hogar de Sueños.
is designed to bring education, materials, distribution channels and greater profits to residents of the rural community of Independencia, by teaching natural dye techniques and to market traditional weavings. Volunteers from a variety of backgrounds are welcome to assist in various aspects of the project. Read more about Project Independencia.
is a foundation that focuses on the provision of training and educational projects for the most vulnerable groups in society. Volunteers are welcome in a variety of different areas, including environmental education, leadership, gender equality and economic development. Read more about CECAM.
Niños Con Valor
Niños con Valor (NCV) was founded in 2005 to meet the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of children with difficult and often traumatic pasts, empowering them to move beyond their circumstances, realize their full potential and pass on the values and skills learned to other children in need. Read more about Niños Con Valor.
Vivo En Positivo
Vivo en Positivo is a civil, non-profit organization formed by people diagnosed with HIV / AIDS. It was created with the purpose of contributing to better quality of life for children, women and men with HIV / AIDS and reducing the risk of infection, especially on the Read more about Vivo En Positivo.
Bolivian Amphibian Initiative (BAI)
focuses on protecting and studying over 261 species of amphibians endemic to Bolivia. With a captive breeding center and an amphibian museum, they seek to raise awareness of issues facing fragile amphibious ecosystems in Bolivia. Read more about Bolivian Amphibian Initiative (BAI).
Bolivia Digna (formerly Yo voy A Ti)
Bolivia Digna is an NGO helping underserved communities of children and youths in Cochabamba by providing formal and informal educational services. Read more about Bolivia Digna (formerly Yo voy A Ti).
Smiles Forever is a nonprofit foundation dedicated to breaking the cycle of poverty by giving the opportunity for young indigenous women in poverty to be educated as Dental Hygienists so they can in turn empower and provide for their own families, become leaders in their country of Bolivia, and engage in providing dental care services to the disadvantaged and surrounding impoverished rural communities. Read more about Smiles Forever.
Alerta Verde promotes sustainable living and raises environmental awareness through the installation of urban gardens and school gardens in impoverished areas in the south of Cochabamba Read more about Alerta Verde.
The Foundation for Promoting Change in Social-housing PROCASHA is a non-profit organization composed of professionals from different fields committed to housing issues in Bolivia. Procasha contributes to improving the quality of life of the poor in Bolivia, through the management of housing programs and projects, and the provision and implementation of public policies. Read more about PROCASHA.
Vivir con Diabetes
The Center Vivir con Diabetes (Living with Diabetes) is a non-profit organization that began their operations in 2003 through the initiative of a group of professionals interested in working for people with diabetes. Its mission is to provide comprehensive, quality care that is up to date through the education of people with diabetes who are requiring it – regardless of their social or economic situation. Read more about Vivir con Diabetes.
SODIS for Latin America es a private and independent non-profit institution that works to promote solutions for better access to safe drinking water as a way to improve the health and well-being of families that live in rural or periurban areas. Read more about SODIS.
Centro Ecuestre Tunari
The Equestrian Center of Tunari was founded in 2003 as a private initiative to provide access to horseback riding to individuals of all abilities. They have since developed their Equestrian Therapy programs, which specifically cater to children with developmental and mental challenges. Read more about Centro Ecuestre Tunari.
Uyarina - Punto de Encuentro
UYARINA is a word from the quechua language that means “we listen.” PUNTO DE ENCUENTRO is a program to provide attention and treatment (through psychoanalysis methods) to children, youth, and families living in the streets (or at risk of living in the streets) and/or consuming drugs. The majority of the population that they work with is either young parents, addicted to glue-sniffing, HIV positive, or children of these individuals. Read more about Uyarina - Punto de Encuentro.
CONCES (formerly UCCE/SISE)
CONCES (formerly UCCE/SISE) works in the construction of ecological bathrooms, training families about the use and benefits of ecological bathrooms, and waste reduction. They work with new ecological and sustainable technology for sanitation efforts with low-income families living without access to basic sanitation (toilets, running water, etc.). They coordinate efforts with UCCE, which treats the liquid and solid waste from eco-bathrooms and converts them into agricultural fertilizers and pesticides. Read more about CONCES (formerly UCCE/SISE).
Casa de Los Niños
Casa de Los Niños is a community that exists to support vulnerable populations in Cochabamba. Specifically, they offer care and treatment to children and families with developmental disabilities, or long-term illnesses such as HIV and Tuberculosis. Read more about Casa de Los Niños.
ZOOPRAMA – Organization for the Protection of Animals and the Environment - is a civil NGO whose foundation is based upon the support of volunteers who hope to promote animal rights and protection. The organization works with birds of prey, street dogs, and other vulnerable animal populations in Cochabamba. Read more about ZOOPRAMA.