Partner Organization:  Maryknoll Bolivia

Location:  Cochabamba and surrounding rural areas (Tiraque, Punata, Quillacollo), Bolivia

Number of Students:  2 students

Dates:  Students must be flexible.  Dates dependent on availability of Maryknoll staff.

Participation Requirements:

  • Language & Proficiency Requirement:  Strong proficiency in Spanish required
  • Gender Requirement:  None
  • Required Experience:  None
  • Major Requirement:  None
  • Student Minimum Age:  None
  • Special Requirements: None
  • Other:  Students are expected to participate in the prayer and community life of the Maryknoll community by attending any Maryknoll related community gatherings.

Special Training Required Prior to Summer Deployment:  (The following sessions and workshops will be organized and provided by the ISSLP during the Spring semester. Additional training sessions may be added as needed.)

  • Maryknoll Orientation Session
  • HIV/AIDS (optional and according to scope of work)
  • Teaching English as a Foreign Language (EFL)
  • Teaching and Working with Children Workshop
  • Self Defense

Site Description:  

See the Maryknoll website: And the Maryknoll Bolivia Mission Immersion program:

Maryknoll is a name that is shared by three independent Roman Catholic entities (Maryknoll Lay Missioners, Maryknoll Sisters, Maryknoll Priests and Brothers) who share a common history and whose joint focus is on the overseas mission outreach activity of the Catholic Church in the U.S.  Throughout its nearly one-hundred year old history, Maryknoll has served throughout the world providing a Catholic presence of social justice to the poorest of the poor.  Maryknoll's headquarters are located in the Ossining, Westchester County, New York and also houses Maryknoll Magazine, which describes the work of Maryknoll around the world, and Orbis Books publishing company.

Through the Maryknoll Bolivia Mission Immersion Program students get involved in different projects led by Maryknoll Fathers, Sisters and Lay Missionaries in Cochabamba and surrounding areas.

Scope of Work & Responsibilities:

Notice: Scope of work may have some changes based on the needs of the partner organizations at the time of student arrival.   

The ISSLP will be attempting to find students with close interest to the mission and charism of Maryknoll.  Currently, Maryknoll in Bolivia work in a variety of project areas within Cochabamba and outside of the city limits. 

In the past, ISSLP students have worked at Niños Con Valor, an organization that runs two homes in Cochabamba specially dedicated to children living with HIV/AIDS.  ISSLP students also have worked at La Casa del Migrante, a shelter for migrant workers, at El Sagrado Corazon in a home for people with disabilities, in an after school support program providing homework support to middle and high school students, and working at La Oficina Juridica para la Mujer which provides services (legal, counseling, etc) for women. During the summer 2017, ISSLP students will have the opportunity to choose from any of the projects described above plus a couple of projects with non-profit organizations in Cochabamba that follow the fair trade manufacturing business model. One of them is “Manos Con Libertad/Free Hands Bolivia”, an organization which supports women in prison and/or recently released from prison. At Manos con Libertad, women have the opportunity to make a large variety of  hand crafted products to sell.  The second organization is “AHA Bolivia”, a non-profit, specializing in ethical & fair trade manufacturing of handmade knitwear, handbags, toys and accessories.

Housing & Lodging Information:

Students can either be hosted at the Maryknoll Volunteer House or with a host family. Students will cook and clean for themselves; however, it is easy to purchase ready-made food.

For More Information:

Visit official Maryknoll Website:

Maryknoll Bolivia Mission Immersion program:  

Language Institute where students attend weekly talks on Bolivian culture: 

List of projects and partners Maryknoll Bolivia with works in Cochabamba:

Former ISSLP Participants:

Melissa Escoffery’18 (ISSLP 2016), – Abroad Fall 2016
Matthew Digoy ’18 (ISSLP 2015),
Kathleen Kollman’ 18 (ISSLP 2016),
Jessica Pedroza’ 17 (ISSLP 2015),


For a former ISSLPer’s experience in Bolivia, view:

Notice: Certain sites may be canceled and other sites added at any point during the selection and orientation process.