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Bolivia Community Gardening

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Discover the secrets of the landlocked heart of South America. Behold the marvels of magically surreal salt flats, lofty cities perched on canyon sides and the juxtaposition of Amazonian and Andean landscapes. Bolivia has one of the most fascinating and varied cultures of the continent. The echoes of ancient civilizations resonate throughout the ruined cities, busy markets overflow with rainbow coloured textiles and chicken buses navigate their way along winding mountain roads. With such an abundance of experiences to offer, your time in Bolivia is sure to be unforgettable.


  • Bring light & laughter to disadvantaged children
  • Work to create a child friendly educational garden
  • Discover the local culture and delicacies


  • Minimum age of 18 years
Airport Pickup Community Emergency Hotel Free Time Breakfast
Location La Paz, Bolivia
Activities Environmental education
Work with disadvantaged children
Create a productive working garden
Transport Transport from the airport
Accommodation Private Apartment or social hostel

Before you go Pre-departure support
Travel & medical advice & documentation
Equipment advice
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt (UK only)
In-country Breakfast (hostel only)
Airport pick-up
Local orientation and training
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ backup


The spectacularly diverse country of Bolivia lies in the heart of the South American continent and its capital La Paz is the highest capital city in the world! This project is based around community gardens that have the aim of educating local children about environmental sustainability through hands on experience in the gardens.

The gardens are adjacent to either orphanages or health care centres and the space is used for recreational purposes. The gardens need specialist care and design in order to ensure they are wheel chair friendly and cater to all users.


You will get the chance to help shape the views of the children you work with in relation to environmental issues and teach sustainable agricultural practices. You will provide children with the chance to learn about the processes of planting and harvesting and you can help them to grow their own vegetables and herbs. Use your expertise to guide them through the entire process, from plant pot to dinner plate! It’s important to provide these underprivileged communities with easy access to a safe and relaxing outdoor space.


You will be picked up from La Paz airport by a friendly local staff member and transported to your accommodation. Once you have had time to rest the local staff will introduce you to your project and the local area. Your in-country coordinator will be more than happy to help you settle in and acclimatise and you'll feel at home in no time in this friendly and diverse country.


Throughout the duration of your project you will be staying at a centrally located and popular hostel, in a large mixed sex dorm room. The hostel is a social hub where you will have the opportunity to meet other volunteers and travellers. The accommodation will be simple but of course clean and comfortable.

Alternatively you may wish to upgrade your accommodation to a local private apartment situated in the city centre – an exciting chance to live like a true Bolivian! You will have your own ensuite room to relax in after a day volunteering. The apartment option includes a communal area that has TV and wifi access and a shared kitchen and laundry giving you plenty of opportunities to interact with other people living in the fun city of La Paz.


If staying at the hostel you will be provided with a continental breakfast at the start of the day. All other meals will be your own responsibility. If you opt to upgrade to the private apartment then this project will be entirely self catered. Sourcing food in the capital is relatively easy with typical dishes including rice or potatoes, meat, plantains and eggs. Bolivian food is generally not very spicy but if you like a little extra kick, you may want to try la llajwa – a local spicy chilli and tomato sauce. Based centrally you will be able to venture out into the bustling markets, or enjoy a more relaxed meal in one of the many local restaurants.


You will be able to travel to your work location using the local bus services – a bargain at around 9p for a single journey!

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There are many exciting and adventurous opportunities available in Bolivia, the dream-like vistas of the Salar de Uyuni make you lose all spatial perspective on these incredible salt flats, the vast open space providing the prefect place to take some classic photos! If your feeling daring why not take a spin on the "World's Most Dangerous Road" on a downhill mountain bike ride, or visit the thick jungle of the Amazonian pampas or even the notorious silver mines of Potosi. If you prefer more localised adventures why not visit the market in the Witches Quarter in La Paz or even take up Spanish lessons in your free time.

You may also like to try trekking through the Cordilleras, white-water rafting on the Yungas or even wildlife watching in the Amazon. A whole range of exiting activities can be booked through local providers which will not only help support the local communities in this developing country but help make your Bolivian experience one you will never forget!


4 weeks US$ 1,645

Extra week US$ 345


Please check availability before applying to this popular programme!

Before you go

  • Pre-departure support & documentation
  • Travel & medical advice & documentation
  • Discounted medical kit
  • Free Frontier t-shirt (UK only)


  • Accommodation
  • Breakfast (hostel only)
  • Airport pick-up
  • Project orientation
  • In-country emergency support
  • 24-hour international HQ back-up


Nearest airport(s): La Paz (LPB)



Flights are not included in our project costs. However, Frontier have partnered with an experienced and professional team of travel experts to help our volunteers find the best flight deals for their trips with Frontier. This travel specialist operates in the tailor-made, long haul multi-stop travel market, arranging complex airfares and transfers for independent travellers. They provide expertise, security and a vast product range along with a Travel Butler service which is a single point of contact and support whilst you are overseas.

We recommend that you obtain a quote using the following contact details rather than book online, as our partner will offer you the most competitive fares. To receive your quote or to seek any advice for your flights, please contact Frontier’s dedicated team of travel experts on 0800 082 9994 (or +44 800 082 9994 outside the UK) or email frontier@flightcentre.co.uk .


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Depending on your destination country and your country of origin, you might require a visa. Please see the appropriate country consular website for details or contact our affiliate visa consultancy service. Please note that your visa will usually start on the date that you enter the destination country regardless of when it was issued. Please check with the relevant embassy or high commission. If you are purchasing your visa or paying entry/exit fees in-country you will probably need to pay in US Dollars. If you have any questions please consult the relevant embassy or high commission. Please check the visa information regularly, as changes often happen without warning.


You'll need to buy appropriate travel insurance covering your participation on the project. You won't be able to go without the right travel insurance so double check to avoid disappointment. Please make sure that you're covered for the whole duration of your trip – from the day you leave the UK to the day you return. It's also best to get your travel insurance at the same time as paying the deposit for your project. Depending on your policy, this will cover you for any unexpected cancellations.

Your insurance should include the following:

  • Medical cover, including medical emergencies and medical evacuations (up to USD$3,000,000 / GBP£2,000,000);
  • Personal liability (up to USD$1,500,000 / GBP£1,000,000);
  • Cancellation and curtailment of your trip (up to the value of your project contribution).

If you are going to be scuba diving you should get coverage for scuba diving up to 30m, including hyperbaric therapy treatment (unlimited). You should consider obtaining insurance to cover you for any additional activities which you plan to do during, before, or after your Frontier project. We recommend that you obtain cover for your baggage and personal effects.

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