I had a wonderful experience with Sustainable Bolivia in Cochabamba. I was looking for a graduate school internship during summer break and came upon SB on an internet search. My goal was to work for a development based non-profit in a Spanish speaking country. The director responded to me immediately and was extremely accommodating in figuring out an organization in line with my interests.
I was impressed by the range of potential work opportunities which SB offers based on various partnerships they have with local organizations. After speaking several times with the director, I chose to work with a woman’s organization called Aynisuyu which does a variety of projects in fields such as microenterprise, ecological agriculture, and literacy. The work enabled me to drastically improve my Spanish conversational language skills. I stayed in Cochabamba for three months and thoroughly enjoyed working with las mujeres de Aynisuyu. For me the greatest part of Sustainable Bolivia is the community of volunteers, local people, and staff.
There are folks from places across the globe, from many different backgrounds, that converge in Cochabamba for a week, a month, or a year. I found the people that were associated with this organization shared a common desire- to work in a socially meaningful field while experiencing life in this vibrant Bolivian city. Bolivia embodies a culture of warmth and sharing and living and working there was one of the most enjoyable experiences of my life. Dinners, festivals, k’oas, and nights out on the town are common and both the locals and volunteers are people that I will keep in touch with for years to come. If you have the opportunity to work with Sustainable Bolivia, by all means do so, and I hope to meet you when I return to Cochabamba.