Live The High Life

Volunteering In La Paz

The City

It's the highest capital city in the world, which is surrounded by snow tipped mountains. The sights are breath taking and at 3,640 metres above sea level it is also literally hard to breathe. There are vast markets where you can buy anything from a cow to an SUV. There is a mixture of old customs which have gone on for generations with modern city living. If you've never visited it before I guarantee you will never forget it.

Work At The Clinic

Working in the clinic is very rewarding. Seeing a patient turn up at possibly their lowest point in life and then seeing them walk out the door is like nothing else. The work hours are between 9AM and 5PM at the clinic but it is not uncommon to have to work late due to demand. Although the work we do is serious the atmosphere in the clinic is relaxed. Lunch is not provided but a decent meal can be bought for 10 Bolivianos. Volunteers, staff and patients often have lunch together to take a break. If you would like to know more about the different job roles at the clinic please see Volunteer Roles

The Lingo

It is not essential to speak Spanish at the clinic, but outside the clinic most people don't speak English. It is important to learn at least the basics so you can get buy a bus ticket and food etc. If you are interested in learning Spanish during your stay Bolivia is one of the best places to learn. Bolivians are said to speak clearly and slowly compared to other Spanish speaking countries in South America; the lessons here are also very inexpensive; which makes it and ideal place to learn. Even if you can't speak any Spanish you'll find people to be patient and relaxed here so there is no need to panic.