2. Do I need to speak Spanish?

The main language spoken is Spanish, although you will hear lots of Aymara, one of over 30 indigenous languages, spoken frequently in Mallasa and Jupapina.

Very very few people in Bolivia speak English – so it’s one of the best places to come if you want be immersed in the language and of course learn more quickly. Another plus is, because many Bolivians speak Spanish as their second language (after their indigenous languages), they tend to speak much more slowly and clearly than in other Hispanic countries and you will find that local people are incredibly tolerant and patient if you make a mistake. Obviously, the better your Spanish is, the more you will get out of your experience, being able to make friends and interact with local people in your project, as well as the wider community. We recommend that you do some self study or sign up to a course before you come so that you have at least basic Spanish.

Once you are here, we can help you set up language classes which are given in situ in the volunteer houses where there is a fully equipped classroom.

The classes are be given by native teachers.

Prices for Spanish Class

Individual Classes: Cost for one class is aprox USD$9/6GBP/65Bs

Individual Intensive course of:

  • 10 hours  aprox USD$87 / 58 GBP  / 600 Bs  – equivalent per hour 60bs
  • 20 hours aprox USD$159  / 106 GBP  / 1100 Bs   –  equivalent per hour 55bs

Group class of 2 students: Cost for 1 class per student is  aprox USD$7/4GBP /45 bs        

  • 10 hours group course aprox USD$58/39GBP /400 bs per each person (40bs/hour)
  • 20 hour group course aprox USD$101/ 67GBP /700 bs per each person (35bs / hour)

Group class of 3 students: Cost for 1 class per student is aprox USD$7/ 4GBP (45bs/ hour)

  • 10 hours group course aprox USD$58/39GBP        400 bs per each person  (40bs/hour)
  • 20 hour group course aprox USD$101/ 67GBP      700 bs per each person    (35bs/hour)

Group class of 4 students: Cost for 1 class / student is aprox USD$5 /3GBP ( 35Bs/hour)

  • 10 hours group course aprox USD$43/29GBP  300 bs per each person  (30bs/hour)
  • 20 hour group course aprox USD$87/58GBP   600 bs per each person   (30bs/hour)