Bolivia - Cochabamba

Engagement Type: 
Service Learning

Partner Organization:  Maryknoll Bolivia

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

Number of Students:  2 students

Dates:  Flexible

In person opportunities summer 2021: Yes

Virtual opportunities summer 2021: To be determined

Participation Requirements:

  • Language & Proficiency Requirement:  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.)

  • Classroom Management and Lesson Planning Workshop
  • Red Cross & Bodily fluids (according to scope of work)
  • HIV/AIDS (according to scope of work)​
  • Maryknoll Orientation Session
  • Teaching English as a Foreign Language (EFL)
  • Self Defense

Site Description:  

See the Maryknoll website:

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.

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/engagement.

This site will be in person for summer 2021. Virtual opportunities are still being determined.

Currently, Maryknoll in Bolivia work in a variety of organizations and project areas within Cochabamba and outside of the city limits. 

In 2019, ISSLP students worked at Hospital Viedma in the "movimiento sonrisa," playing with and talking to kids who are in the hospital. They have also worked in an orphanage for 0-6 year olds called Salomon Klein, caring for and playing with the babies and young kids. Students  spent some time at Hogar Albergue Nuestra Casa, a home for girls who have experienced sexual violence from family members and been removed and placed in this home. At this site, students spent time with the girls playing outside, talking, cooking, helping with homework, dancing, and taking them to various medical appointments. 

In the past, ISSLP students have worked at Manos con Libertad, a prison ministry dedicated to work with currently and formerly incarcerated women, men and their families; Niños Con Valor, which runs two homes for children in vulnerable situations. Other organizations where ISSLP students have worked in the past are La Casa del Migrante, a shelter for migrant workers; El Sagrado Corazon, a home for people with disabilities; a variety of after school support programs providing homework support to middle and high school students, and at La Oficina Juridica para la Mujer which provides services (legal, counseling, etc) for women. 

During the summer 2021, ISSLP students will have the opportunity to choose to work with the projects and organizations offered for the 2019 students, and some additional options, which include Casa San Martin, working with 80 boys who have parents unable to care for them, tutoring and teaching skills such as bread making, caring for animals, and agriculture; Hogar San Jose, spending time with older adults, reading, talking, playing, and caring for them; and a rehabilitation center, helping sisters care for kids with disabilities. 

Housing & Lodging Information:

Students stay at the Maryknoll Volunteer House and will be responsible for cooking and cleaning for themselves; however it is easy to purchase ready-made food.

For More Information:

Visit official Maryknoll Website:

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

Former ISSLP Participants:

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