A truly reciprocal volunteer program!

Ratings
Overall
10
Impact: 10
Support: 10
Fun: 10
Value: 10
Safety: 10
Review

I was lucky enough to volunteer with UpClose Bolivia for 2 months at the beginning of my one year journey in Latin America. UpClose is the perfect place to volunteer if you want to be integrated into not only the kind, modest town of Jupapina, La Paz but also the family of the program facilitators, Emma and Rolando. From the moment you arrive you are greeted with open arms and autonomy of how you contribute to the sustainable programs. I participated in the programs at the Children's refuge, Football (soccer) coaching, the Equine therapy centre and the Children's Centre. The programs integrate all levels of skills and experiences, and being a small organisation, you really see the results of all the volunteers hard work and how valued your time is valued by the modest and LOVELY people of the community of Jupapaina and Mallasa. This is another great thing about this program, is the authenticity of the relationships with the local people, i was shocked by the generosity and love of the people in these communities and it really has gone on to shape my life. Other activities offered include English classes which would be great for experienced or studying teachers, especially if they have a foundation of Spanish and assisting at the ever entertaining Zoo. Also during my volunteering period, varied skilled professionals contributed to the programs including Art therapists and Fashions designers. This programs are transparent and you see where the funding goes, the Children's Centre built by the program is truly amazing and really does need volunteers to assist the lovely Chef in keeping the young Bolivianos well feed. This programs gives you the foundation to learn, grow and build lasting relationships with locals and other volunteers. The friendships i made here from all over the world really will last a lifetime and the housing arrangements where beautiful. If you want to be part of a warm community and learn about the Bolivian culture this is the perfect place to do so. I could not recommend this place any more. If you come with an open mind and heart you will be overwhelmed with sadness when the time comes to leave!

Would you recommend this program?
Yes, I would
Year Completed
2018