Gap Programs in Bolivia

Spanish in Sucre
Includes intensive, small-group language classes, a homestay with a welcoming host family, afternoon cultural activities, airport pick-up, travel insurance, and support. You will need to apply for a tourist visa to study in Bolivia.

1 month:       TBD for 2018
2 months:     TBD for 2018
3 months:     TBD for 2018

Heart of the Jungle, Bolivia
After completing your language studies in Sucre, you’ll travel to the jungle village of Rurrenabaque where you’ll likely spot all manner of wildlife including caimen, monkeys, pink river dolphin, sloths, and jaguars. You’ll live and work in an indigenous village in the Bolivian jungle and assist with fishing, hunting, agriculture, cooking, and childcare, work at the ecolodge, or help the local teacher at school. Ground transportation to volunteer site included. You’ll need to be at an intermediate-level of Spanish by the end of your language studies to join this project. You will need to apply for a tourist visa to study in Bolivia.

2 months:     TBD for 2018 (1 month language in Sucre, 1 month in Rurrenabaque)
3 months:     TBD for 2018 (1 month language in Sucre, 2 months in Rurrenabaque)

Sucre, Bolivia

 

Welcome to the "Gleaming City of the Americas," named for its many white, colonial buildings topped with shiny, red-tiled roofs. Set in a valley surrounded by low mountains, Sucre is small and easy to explore on foot. You'll discover many museums, a lively central plaza, shops, restaurants, and barter markets. The city has a youthful, energetic feel despite its old-fashioned look created by the numerous old mansions and colonial churches. Nearby villages are home to a sizable indigenous population who maintain their customs and colorful dress.

The School and Language Classes

You'll spend 20 hours per week in small-group, intensive classes with no more than five students. The school is located in the heart of Sucre, one block away from the city center and walking distance to virtually everything of interest within the city. Classes are held in a colonial building with a communal student lounge, an interior courtyard, a small area to get a sun tan, an entertainment room and the beautiful cafeteria "El Café Quito".

Cultural Discovery

As part of the language program, the school offers two to three organized activities every week. Activities include visits to local areas of interest, dance classes, cooking classes, parties and fiestas, Spanish videos and movies, seminars and group discussions. For additional activities, budget a little extra to cover transportation costs and/or entrance fees to take advantage of excursions to la Florida and Glorieta Castle, the Tarabuco Indigenous Market, Potolo, or a city tour by night.

The Homestay

A homestay with a local family is the best way to gain authentic insights into the everyday life and culture of Bolivia. Your homestay will include a private room and breakfast and dinner with your host family.

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