Build a home
La Paz is one of the largest and most prominent cities in Bolivia. Many indigenous people live in the adjacent city El Alto and commute into La Paz for work. Some residents of El Alto live in impoverished areas with houses made of mud and straw that are unsafe and increase the risk of health problems for residents.
What You Can Do
You and your family can help fund and build a house for a needy family. Your tasks may include: clearing the land, digging foundations, laying bricks, mixing mortar, installing doors and windows, painting the house, and other physical activities.
6-8 hours per day, with a lunch break.
Typical Time Frame
We recommend 3-5 days, but with your funding donation, even one day is great for you to get involved, get immersed in the culture, meet the family and gain insights into their lives
Accommodation in La Paz and the Valley of the Moon
La Paz and the Valley of the Moon
The world’s highest capital city at over 12,000 feet above sea level, La Paz is surrounded by mountains and that heady feeling will either be the stunning scenery or the altitude. In many ways it’s a very traditional city, and one of the biggest joys is browsing the endless markets and street-side stalls to pick up handicrafts practised by the locals for hundreds of years.
About 6 miles (10 km) south of La Paz, Valley de la Luna (Moon Valley), isn’t actually a valley at all, but a maze of canyons and giant spires. The formations, composed mainly of clay and sandstone, were created by the persistent erosion of mountains by the area’s strong winds and rains. What remains is a serene setting, full of wonder and intrigue.
One of Valley de la Luna’s most breathtaking features is its varied pallet, ranging from clear beige tones to sections of red and dark purple. This natural phenomena is due to the great variance in mineral content between each individual mountain, creating colorful compositions and impressive optical illusions on the eroded hillsides.