Bolivia

Teach English to children in prison

Tourism volunteering philanthropy

Bolivia is unique in many ways, no more so than the San Pedro prison. Have you ever heard of a prison that will incarcerate an entire family for the crime of the father?…. Well now you have!

This is done because inmates must pay rent, and poor families cannot afford to pay rent in two places, so the whole family has to move in.

This does keep the family together, but as you can imagine it is not the best environment for children to grow up in. Fortunately some of the children are taken out of the prison each day to spend the morning in a center in the hills above La Paz that offers them a very caring environment, where they receive love, healthy meals, health care, an education and a rare opportunity to play.

This is where you can make a difference and help them not follow in the footsteps of their fathers. You can assist the teacher to instruct the children in English, or give one-on-one conversational lessons to the children so that they can improve their confidence in speaking English.  Either way you will be warmed and amazed by these wonderful children that live such unfortunate lives.

In the afternoons you can teach children living in the community where the center is located.

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.