A British volunteer , Michaela, looks back at her 3 months of living in Bolivia and working at Proyecto Horizonte
“After being recommended Proyecto Horizonte by a family friend who volunteered for the organisation a couple of years ago and loved it, I decided that I was going to complete the next four months of my year abroad volunteering for the project. I started off staying in a homestay with a wonderful host mum, however I had planned to stay in a flat with other volunteers but unfortunately the flats owned by the project were not ready to move into straight away. Luckily there was a girl from Alaska staying in the same house who was also in the same situation so we decided to go searching in the city for a flat to rent out together. After just two days of looking we moved in, it was really easy to find somewhere.
Having traveled for almost 30 hours from London to Cochabamba at the beginning of March 2015, I headed straight into the project the next day. On my first day I was shown around the whole place and was amazed to see for myself all the different ways in which they help the community, having read about it online. I started working in the medical center for my first month and now work with the children aged 3-4 at the nursery in Inicial 2. All of the children are so sweet and I love being greeted in the morning by the kids coming up and hugging me saying, ‘Hola profe Mica’ it really is the sweetest and the best way to start the day.
It is not all work and no play, I have been fortunate enough to visit the beach city of Iquique in Chile for five days, the beautiful city Sucre (another city in Bolivia) and Villa Tunari, which I can best describe as a tropical jungle. I am also planning to take a trip to the Salt Flats (Salar de Uyuni) and hopefully La Paz and many other places. I have now finished my third month here and cannot believe just how quickly the time has gone, with just one month left I know how quickly it will fly by and I am not ready to leave. I have really enjoyed my time here, everyone who works at Proyecto Horizonte are so lovely and welcoming, I definitely want to come back. Cochabamba is one of my favorite places I have visited, there is so much culture and diversity here that I will never get bored of this amazing city”.
– Michaela, UK