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

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.)

  • 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:

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.   

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

ISSLP students have worked in the past at Manos con Libertad, a prison ministry dedicated to work with currently and formerly incarcerated women, men and their families. Manos con Libertad provides skill courses (baking, sewing, yoga, etc.) in the women’s prison, as well as coordinates times for volunteers to spend time with prisoners to read together, chat and in general to be company for them during their free time. At the main office, Manos con Libertad also offers skill courses for formerly incarcerated people, and has a bakery and a kitchen where they serve lunch every day and sell pastries. 

ISSLP students have also worked at Niños Con Valor, an organization that runs two homes in Cochabamba:  “Corazón del Pastor” (The Shepherd’s Heart) which is the home for girls and young women between 0-18 years old who have been orphaned, abandoned, or removed from high-risk situations; and “Pedacito de Cielo” (Little Piece of Heaven), Bolivia’s first combination daycare/residential home for children living with immune deficiencies, including those who are living with or affected by HIV/AIDS.

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 2019, ISSLP students will have the opportunity to choose from any of the projects described above.

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:

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:

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

Former ISSLP Participants:

Irla Atanda’20 (ISSLP 2018), Abroad Fall 2018
Grace Garvey’19 (ISSLP 2017)
Kathleen Kollman’ 19 – Grad Student (ISSLP 2016)
Estephanie Tan’ 19 (ISSLP 2017)
Notice: Certain sites may be canceled and other sites added at any point during the selection and orientation process.
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