British Bolivian Family in La Paz looking for 1) help at Eco-Lodge and 2) Coordinator for volunteer projects with the local community




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    Looking for short term volunteers for Eco-Lodge and Volunteer Coordinator for 6 month position to support (with stipend) community based projects

    Hello! We are a British-Bolivian family living in a beautiful semi rural village surrounded by the Andes, just 30 mins from the hustle and bustle of the vibrant city La Paz. We have been recieving workawayers for over 4 years and for us and the people that come to be a part of our extended family, it has been a wonderful experience.

    We only accept volunteers who can stay for 4 weeks or more - this is because volunteers live as part of our family and our community and is not easy for us to have a quick turn-over of people.

    This is the place if you want to experience the real Bolivia and get a true sense community. The area is characterised not only by the stunning natural surroundings but also a blossoming eco cultural tourist circuit. There is great trekking, mountain biking, horse back riding nearby as well as a very vibrant cultural agenda.

    My family and I have been involved in community projects for many years and we run an international volunter programme in our community and we have a new camping ground on the beautiful mountain side where we live.

    We are a busy household and often have several international volunteers living in the grounds of our family home whilst they spend 1-3 months working on local projects. It is a very sociable and stimulating environment to share with so many committed people and we often have shared meals or cultural events which workawayers are welcome to join.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Babysitting / child care
    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Help with Eco project
    Help in the house
    Animal care
    Helping with Tourists
    Charity work
    Language practice
    Art project
    Help with Computers / internet

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    We live in a very friendly village on the outskirts of La Paz. You will get a true sense of community and belonging during the time you stay with us.

  • Help


    We are looking for 2 different kinds of profile

    1. To help us with the Camping and Eco-Lodge (minimum commitment 1 month)
    2. To help us cooridinate and support national and international volunteers who come to work on community led projects (6 month commitment)

    1. To help us with the Camping and Eco-Lodge (minimum commitment 1 month)
    In May 2014 we openned our camp site, thanks to the creativity and contribution of may workawayers who we have recieved over the past 2 years. It is build on the mountainside just below our home and has used ecological construction techniques (green roof, solar panels, wine bottle windows, recycled irrigation systems etc).

    The help would include:
    Helping on the reception of our Camp site and providing information, services, support to guests. - everyday
    Support to general services and maintenance of the camp site and the volunteer houses which includes cleaning, watering plans, landscaping, making beds, cleaning the communal areas (bathrooms, kitchen) etc. everyday
    Marketing and promoting of the Camping with local travel agencies, and in tourism places in La Paz
    Give us feedback and input creative ideas to improve current and future services of the Camp site
    Leading excursions for visitors to explore valley - when the needs arrives / demand of tourists

    Terms: 5 days a week. 2 days Free.
    Hours: 4 days: half-day shift (breakfast and lunch provided). 1 day: a double shift (breakfast, lunch, dinner provided). The shifts may vary from day to day.

    Meals: See above - we provide meals on the days that you work.
    There are several cheap local shops for groceries in the village as well as great local restaurants where you can enjoy a tasty meal for under USD$5.

    2. To help us cooridinate and support national and international volunteers who come to work on community led projects (6 month commitment)

    For over 15 years our family has run a volunteer programme to support various projects in our valley. The programme is based on the concept of “RECIPROCIDAD” which means “reciprocity”- a concept at the heart of Andean culture. It is all about giving back and contributing in a way which enriches both the person who is giving and the person who is receiving equally. The essence of our work is to ensure that the needs and expectations of our volunteers, visitors and the local communities are mutually met and both parties are enriched and strengthened.

    We are looking for someone to help us support our volutneers and coordinate with our local partners. This is an ideal opportunity for people looking to extend their stay in South America and gain significant professional experieince or invest their skills and professional experience in something very worthwhile and stimulating.

    Ideally the volunteer will fulful the following criteria:

    -Fluent in English and Spanish
    -Able to commit for 6 months
    -Have experience as a volunteer on social projects and great senstivity to working in an intercultural environment
    - Be proactive and take initiative
    - Be very organised
    - Mature and Responsible
    - Compùter literate and use of social media
    - You will be required to have comprehenisve travel and health insurance

    As this is a volunteer position which requires a serious commitment and specific skills we will provide accommodation in a single room, provide one meal per day on the days that you are working and in addition we will pay a stipend of USD$305 (based on minimum wage in Bolivia) We will also cover any visa expenses once you have arrived in Bolivia. The hours will be 35 hours per week and you will have 2 full days off a week.

    We will require 2 references and also undertake a phone or skype interview.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English and Spanish

  • Accommodation


    We offer comfortable independent self catering accommodation on our land with access to kitchen and bathroom, hot water 24hrs, wifi, cable tv, comfy beds and feather duvets, hammocks and probably the best and most unspoilt views in La Paz and the mountains.

    As the workawayers share living space with our other volunteers we need people who can are excellent at communal living and can respect the space of other people. This means that workawayers must abide by house rules and contribute to maintaining very high levels of cleanliness and hygiene.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We cook for many people each day and it is difficult for us to cater for vegetarians and vegans - sorry!

    We ask all potential workaway volunteers to send us their CV and 2 references that we can contact by email before we can confirm the work exchange.

    Time Commitment: ideally 1 to 3 months for work on the campsite and eco-lodge
    and 6 months for the position of Volunteer Coordinator

    Age: Over 18

    Language requirements: Basic Spanish (ideally) and English for work on the campsite and eco-lodge
    Very high level of both Spanish and English for Volunteer Coordinator.

    We have 3 friendly dogs and a beautifu cat.

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    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


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    Hours expected

    5 hours a day 5 days a week

Our family
Gardens of our family house
volunteer accommodation in converted pigsty!!!
Enjoying a shared Family meal with volunteers

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