|Tangare Foundation & Sustainable Bolivia Reviews|
The following review was written Tessa, a former Sustainable Bolivia volunteer. The full review is available in the Sustainable Bolivia organisation entry.
Sustainable Bolivia is an organization located in Cochabamba, Bolivia, that connects volunteers with over 20 local partner organizations, and then provides housing and an international community for the duration of the volunteers' stay. Through Sustainable Bolivia I spent two months working for an organization called Performing Life in the fall of 2010. I would recommend Sustainable Bolivia to anyone looking for a volunteer experience in their area-- they matched me perfectly with an organization where I was able to do work that was meaningful to both myself and those I worked with, offered support whenever I had any issues, provided me with a room in a house full of other international volunteers, and facilitated the creation of a safe and supportive community with which to share my time abroad.
The following review was written by Sejal, a previous Tangare Foundation volunteer. To read the whole review, click the Tangare Foundation logo or the following link to the Tangare Foundation organisation entry, and scroll down to the "certified review" heading.
I volunteered at La Hesperia biological reserve through the Tangare Foundation for 6 weeks in November – December 2010 and really enjoyed my experience. The reserve is both remote and easily accessible at the same time, making it the perfect place to enjoy the beauty of the cloud forest and travel around the country over the weekends.
Volunteers work Monday – Thursday. Every other Friday is off work, and on the other Fridays the volunteers go on a hike within the reserve with some great views of the forest. On working days breakfast is at 7.30, the morning work shift is from 8.30-12, lunch at 12.30, afternoon work from 2-5, and dinner at 6. The tasks are varied and some are a lot of hard work but this is very rewarding. Tasks include planting trees, clearing paths, working in the tree nursery, weeding the garden, making bread, planting seeds in the garden, harvesting oranges and many more depending on what needs doing at that time of year. We all developed ‘machete muscles’ after a few weeks! If you stay for a reasonable length of time, you can get involved with one of the projects at the reserve e.g. scientific research or community work (there is a small school for 2-5 year olds on the reserve).