Category Archives: Bolivia

Welcome to Volunteering Abroad. In this series I’ll introduce you to some inspiring friends I’ve met on the road — friends who at some stage in their life have undertaken a long-term volunteer placement abroad. When we lived in Sucre, Bolivia, we met Adrien who at the time was volunteering with CUSO International, a Canadian development organization Read More →

When I stepped outside the jeep on the last day of our Bolivian Salt Flats tour I couldn’t believe that the landscape that unfolded itself in front of me was real. The vistas I was lucky enough to witness rather looked like a painting coloured in soft shades of green, blue and brown, all framed perfectly with stunning Read More →

While day one of our Bolivian Salt Flat tour had us marvel at the immense Uyuni Salt Flats, day two and three was all about mountains and deserts. The Uyuni Salt Flats are situated in the world’s driest desert - the Atacama Desert. Within this desert lie many dormant and extinct volcanoes, as well as one active volcano Read More →

It’s 7:00 and I am sitting in a 4×4 vehicle squeezed between a Frenchman and Englishman (Chris). The Englishman has got the wide shoulders of an ex-Marine and the Frenchman has got the world’s longest legs which keep invading my leg space. As neither of them can help it I put up with it as going on Read More →

Gasping for air and drenched in sweat, I crawled my way through dark tunnels, climbed down cramped, claustrophobic holes, and waded through giant puddles of water past unsecured lifting holes with 30m drops. The intense heat and suffocating dust were almost unbearable. Visible asbestos and the constant sound of explosions nearby turned me into a Read More →

Learning Spanish in South America is something I have wanted to do ever since I left high school. In my opinion it is much easier learning a new language when you actually live in that country and are exposed to the language on a daily basis. Although I should have, I actually didn’t learn much English Read More →

Sucre, Bolivia, provides a stark contrast to the country’s busy capital city of La Paz. It is much smaller, but has a much more cosy feeling, not to mention a beautiful spring-like climate all year round. Initially we only planned to stay in Sucre for a few weeks to do an intensive Spanish course, but in the end we fell Read More →

The carnival in Oruro, Bolivia, is South America’s second biggest carnival after Rio, attracting around 400,000 visitors, 35,000 dancers, and 6,000 musicians. Having been lucky enough to witness South America’s third biggest festival at Lake Titicaca, the festival of the Candelaria, only a few weeks before, I was thrilled that our visit to Bolivia coincided with Oruro’s Read More →