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About Us

UP CLOSE BOLIVIA is based on the concept of “RECIPROCIDAD” which means “reciprocity”- a concept at the heart of Andean culture. It is all about giving back and contributing in a way which enriches both the person who is giving and the person who is receiving equally. The essence of our work is to ensure that the needs and expectations of our volunteers, visitors and the local communities are mutually met and both parties are enriched and strengthened.

We are a family-run enterprise set up by Emma, an ex-volunteer from England, and her Bolivian husband Rolando. For the past 10 years we have opened our doors and hearts to welcome people who want to volunteer in Bolivia who want to  get off the beaten tourist track to enjoy a sense of belonging and a deeper understanding of local culture and customs.

We are deeply rooted in our village, which is the kind of place where shopkeepers and neighbours will stop for a chat and will welcome you to community events and celebrations. We are founders of the Valley of the Moon Children’s Centre and as a family, we are committed to do our part to help develop sustainable, community-led development projects and environmentally-friendly tourism that benefits our community and offers a rich experience to visitors. We are looking for volunteers seeking meaningful, and responsible volunteering and who wish to become a part of this friendly, welcoming community.

We have a small, committed and very energetic staff made up of expats and Bolivians. They bring their experience of having worked as volunteers themselves and of course the local knowledge to do all the leg work for you: tailor making the volunteer placements, organising accommodation, and – if you wish – language classes and travel packages. They will also be your point of contact and information before you arrive, and throughout your stay in Bolivia.

EMAIL: upclosebolivia@upclosebolivia.org

TELEPHONE: (Cell phone) 76295658

Whats App: 00 591 76295658

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