Amizade – International Service-Learning in Cochabamba, Bolivia
Amizade and West Virginia University offer students service placements and Spanish, History, and Political Science courses that focus on the issues today. Students stay with a Bolivian family while working for a nonprofit organization. The placement will depend on the student’s interests and community consideration. Types of services include working with orphans, teaching English at local schools, spending time with children with disabilities, assisting in a home for elderly individuals, or working on sustainable development initiatives. Students experience Bolivia through service learning, courses, and field trips and excursions throughout this program.
Cochabamba is the third largest city in Bolivia and home to plazas, fountains, churches, and the largest open-air market in the Americas, La Cancha. The Andes Mountain surrounds this bustling city of 400,000 people. The climate is mild and pleasant with warm sunny days, cool nights and little humidity. La Paz is located 240 km northwest.
Students take five courses, each worth three credits. These classes provide theoretical and historical perspectives of international and Bolivian political and ethical issues.
- Spanish language- 6 credits (students will be placed in the appropriate level after arriving on-site)
- Political Science: Field Placement Internship– 3 credits
- History: Civil Society in Bolivia – 3 credits
- Service-Learning: Global Service-Learning (SRVL 293) – 3 credits
Language of Instruction
English and Spanish
- Sophomore year standing and above
- Winthrop students annual enrollment limit of 5 students
- Minimum 2.5 GPA
Housing and Meals
The homestay accommodations are with Cochabamba family and within walking distance of the classrooms and service sites. The homestay family provides two meals a day. During excursions and field trips, three meals per day are provided.
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Capital: La Paz
Per-capita GDP: $ 4900
Size: 1098581 km2
Time Zone: (GMT - 04:00 hours) Atlantic Time (Canada)
US State Department
Travel Warning: No
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