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Bolivia Social Manager's Blog

The big dinner!   (published in Bolivia)

March 21, 2014 by   Comments(0)

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One of the things we like the most about working with volunteers is that we have the opportunity of meeting new cultures and people form different countries all the time.
So when we have a pretty good bunch of volunteers from different places, we try to organize activites on which that diversity comes to our favor.
This time we organized a international potluck dinner on which everybody brought some traditional dish or dessert from his/her country to share it with the others.
There was so much food that we didn't know where to start!

 


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Back to work!   (published in Bolivia)

March 13, 2014 by   Comments(0)

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The last traces of Carnival have been swept off in town once the last Carnival parade in town was over, and now everybody seems to have switched to the working mode again, including our volunteers.
Thus, we decided to visit our placements and see how everyone was doing. Enjoy the pics!


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Hasta pronto!   (published in Bolivia)

March 7, 2014 by   Comments(0)

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From time to time we are lucky enough to welcome volunteers that stay with us for long periods of time. Five or six months gives us the opportunity to form friendship bonds as we have the chance to share many experiences with them. So it's no very unsual that when one of them leaves us, we really hope that  is not a "goodbye", just a "so long" or "hasta pronto" as we'd say in Spanish.

Now that we're about to say "so long" to another volunteer who stayed with us for 6 months, we thought that there was no better time to write something about it.


Viviane Stebler from Switzerland stayed with us for 6 months

 

 

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Looking forward to welcoming a new sensei!   (published in Bolivia)

February 28, 2014 by   Comments(0)

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One of our most successful teaching programs in Bolivia is the Japanese Teaching Program thanks to the volunteers from the land of the rising sun that we've worked with during the past few years. The program has been growing up to reach each time more and more young people eager to learn this language.

We have had some local manga lovers and also college students that wanted to apply for a scholarship in Japan among our students, but lately we’ve been in contact with a local group (Ipo Ipo Group,) which is very interested in Japanese culture in general and help us to promote this program in town.

Next week, we are going to welcome a new seisei from Japan (Gaku Nishimura) and all of us (including the students) couldn't have been happier about it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Harry Williams Hospital: Workshop on Dental Health   (published in Bolivia)

February 21, 2014 by   Comments(0)

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Harry Williams Hospital is a medical placement of ours that has a outreach program that seeks to promote healthy practices on different outskirts communities of Cochabamba. So the volunteers that work in this placement have the opportunity to visit these places with mobile clinic, a med bus equipped with basic stuff, and participate on workshops on different matters that are relevant for the communities, from food security to family planning.

Last week, for example, Harry Williams organized a series of workshops on dental health whose purpose was to explain mothers and children the importance of a proper tooth brushing and fluoridation. Our volunteers, Frederikke Nissen from Denmark and Anja Fjose from Norway, helped to carry on the activity despite the heavy rain that day on Tiquirani community.

They spent the afternoon showing to mums and children how to brush teeth on a dental model and later helped each of them to do it properly. Once everybody was with a happy and "clean" smile, Frederikke and Anja helped to put fluor on those fresh teeth.

Well done girls!


 


 

 



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Social Activity: Carnival Party ¡Qué viva el Carnaval!   (published in Bolivia)

February 20, 2014 by   Comments(0)

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We said this before and we say it again: there are a few places better for celebrating Carnival than Bolivia. To give volunteers a taste of what they will find when participating on the Carnival parades in our country, we organized a "Mojazón", a carnival party where you play with water and dance until you can do it anymore. Enjoy the pics!


 

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Physio volunteer on local newspaper   (published in Bolivia)

February 14, 2014 by   Comments(0)

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Last Sunday it was published on a local newspaper an extensive article about Mosoj Punchay, a recovery centre for burned children where our Physiotherapy volunteers work. The article explained (among other things) how this receives assistance from local and foreign volunteers and institutions, and included even a picture of one of our volunteers (Taylor Horgan from US) on it.

Well done Physio volunteers!

 


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Learning new things - Music workshop on zampoña   (published in Bolivia)

February 4, 2014 by   Comments(0)

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Part of being volunteers is to make the most of the opportunities that you have to get to know the country visited from a different outlook. Thus, we are always planning activities on which our volunteers can taste and feel a little bit of Bolivia.

This time we organized a music workshop on zampoña, an Andean wind instrument that is must in any music ensemble on this part of the world.

The volunteers had a fun time while learning the basics of zampoña and they even had the chance to learn two entire songs.

I'm guessing that on the next social event we'll see many familiar faces playing and singing some of tunes learnt during that day.

 

 

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News from Bolivia - First social activity of 2014   (published in Bolivia)

January 26, 2014 by   Comments(0)

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It's been sometime since my last post and many things have happened in our destination. So it was really difficult to pick one single event to write about.

After considering it for a while, sharing with you our last social activity was the best pick, so here it goes.

A few months ago we recevied a couple of French volunteers that were taking a break from work and wished to work with elderly people, so we decided to open a special care program at a local nursing home that had asked us tu receive volunteers.

It was such nice experience that we decided to continue working with that instituiton and for the first social activity of 2014, we decided to go back with all our volunteers in destination to light up the residents over there.

We took with us some typical Bolivian games such as cacho and rayuela, and also many musical instruments to play some music for the grandpas and grandmas.

Last but not least, we bought some manicure and pedicure products besides some sweet treats and snacks.

The time flew that morning, but we promised to San Jose people that we'll return very soon.

Enjoy the pics!


 


 

 


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A new year, new opportunities to come   (published in Bolivia)

January 10, 2014 by   Comments(0)

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Well it's a new year and we are getting ready to receive more volunteers and have more oportunities to exapand our family here in Projects Abroad Bolivia. We started the month slowly, but during last few days we've been welcoming a bunch of new faces.

Pro volunteers, regular volunteers, high school students, adults that are taking a sabatic year... you name it...

We only hope to achieve as much as we did last year by offering to others a friendly hand when it's most needed whether this happens in an orphanage, school or any other centre.

Happy 2014 guys!

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