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Bolivia: Service and Development Semester in the Andes
Cochabamba, Bolivia (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Spring
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Program Cost Spring
Fact Sheet:
Academic College: Eberly College of Arts and Sciences, School of Medicine Best Fit Majors: Anthropology, History, International Studies, Spanish
Language of Instruction: English Program Options: Faculty-Led, Service Learning
Credits Earned: 12 Faculty Leader: Beth Nardella, Daniel Renfrew, James Siekmeier, Pablo Garcia
Program Description:


Bolivia: Service & Development Semester in the Andes
Spend a semester living with a family in Cochabamba, Bolivia (Bolivia’s third largest city, encircled by the breathtaking Andes Mountains); study Spanish and contemporary Latin American history and politics; serve 12+ hours per week for a local nonprofit organization; and explore the country and culture through field trips and community events.
 Amizade Bolivia
As a Bolivia semester student, you will have opportunities to experience both the urban and rural aspects of the region with field trips and excursions to regional cities, Inca ruins, and local festivals. Your homestay accommodations with local families will allow for deeper language learning and understanding about local life and culture. You’ll improve your Spanish, and you’ll learn about regional civil society from a Bolivian Professor with substantial related academic and professional experience. You’ll enjoy Cochabamba’s famously pleasant and sunny environment, where residents regularly gather under palms to discuss politics and life in plazas ringed by sixteenth century Spanish buildings.
* West Virginia Promise Scholarship funding may be applied toward program costs and Eberly College Students are eligible for Enrichment Grants. You may also apply for the GEO Grant.


City: Cochabamba
Country: Bolivia
Population: 630,587
Information: Cochabamba or Quchapampa is a city in central Bolivia, located in a valley bearing the same name in the Andes mountain range. Cochabamba is the capital of the Cochabamba Department and is the fourth largest city in Bolivia. Residents of the city and surrounding areas are commonly referred to as Cochalas. Cochabamba is known as the "City of Eternal Spring" and "The Garden City" due to its spring-like temperatures year round. It is also known as "La Llajta", "town" in Quechua.
 Amizade Bolivia
Amizade has maintained partnerships with community organizations in Cochabamba, Bolivia for more than twenty years. Cochabamba is located in a highland plateau and boasts of a perfect climate with a daytime seasonal average of 72 F with no humidity. Cochabamba is a bustling city of more than 600,000 people, home to many beautiful plazas, fountains, churches, and the largest open-air market in the Americas. Despite the beautiful scenery and perfect climate, Bolivia is one of the poorest countries in all of the Americas and faces a variety of social and economic challenges.
Places of Interest:
Metropolitan Cathedral of Saint Sebastian
Simon Patino's Cochabama Palace


SOCA 393: Power and Protest in Latin America (3 credits)
SPAN 260: Intensive Intermediate Spanish in Latin America (6 credits) or  SPAN 360: Intensive Advanced Spanish in Latin America  (6 credits)
EXPH 499: Global Service Learning (3 credits)
Most instruction will occur online with a 1-week visit by Dr. Renfrew. Lectures and course discussions will be held over Skype. Spanish language instruction will additionally be provided on site daily. Several lectures/tours will be provided by local professors.Amizade Bolivia
Bolivia semester students enroll in 3 classes to earn a total of 12 credits during the term. Six credits are dedicated to Spanish language courses. Students are accommodated at all levels of language learning, from introductory to advanced. The remaining courses are SOCA, and The Global Service Learning Seminar. Together, these courses are designed to provide theoretical and historical perspectives on civil society and political concerns, with a particular focus on the role of indigenous politics in the region today. The Global Service Learning course focuses on the relationship between individual ethics, local social service efforts, and international dilemmas. The lectures and tours are given in English by local and expatriate instructors.


You will have a number of service opportunities relating to human needs. Amizade has long-term relationships with several organizations that work with children and youth with disabilities. You will be placed with the organization of your choice taking into account your experience and the needs of the organizations.
Service Opportunities will include:
- Working with children at a local school
- Working with children with disabilities
- Possible opportunities to support ongoing Amizade building projects
-Working with rescued tropical birds


Dr. Pablo Garcia, Dr. Daniel Renfrew, Beth Nardella (instructor of record for the GSL course)
Contact person for student questions: Dr. Jim Siekmeier


Total Cost: $14,275
Program Tuition Includes:Amizade Bolivia
• Course delivery and instruction accredited through West Virginia University
• Arranged home stay with a local family and housing during field trips
• Two meals per day at home stay families (Breakfast and lunch, the large family meal in Bolivia)
• 3 meals per day during field trips
• Multiple field trips during semester and scheduled educational, cultural and service activities
• Comprehensive Travel Insurance
• Airfare to Cochabamba, Bolivia
Additional Program Related Expenses:
• Travel related expenses (transportation to and from the Pittsburgh International Airport)
• Course textbooks, course packet and materials
• Transcript fees
• Applicable passport and visa fees
• Supplemental meals
• Personal spending money
• Upon arrival you will be required to purchase a cell phone to make local calls and texts.
• Daily transport around the city
• Dinner in Cochabamba


Visa Required for US Citizens? Yes

Visa = $160 dollars
Yellow Fever Vaccine is also required

Useful Links:
How to Apply for a US Passport
The US Dept. of State Smart Traveller Enrollment Program (STEP)

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2018 11/02/2017
12/01/2017 01/08/2018 04/30/2018

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