Engineers Without Borders: Bolivia
This is a service-learning project. A team of students from engineering and other majors travels to work with the people of Quesimpuco, Bolivia, a village in the Andes Mountains of South America. The people of the community have farmed and lived off the land for generations; however, they face many problems due to the extreme poverty level and lack of resources. We have partnered with the Southern Institute for Appropriate Technology (SIFAT), a local service organization, which has implemented multiple projects and formed a close bond with the people of Quesimpuco. Through our joint efforts, we strive to meet the needs of the community.
This is a multiyear effort: each year a travel team visits the region (usually in August) to implement food and water projects and to assess new projects. Students on the travel team work with an Auburn Engineering student organization throughout the fall and spring semesters prior to travel. Our main focus is to aid the community in their application to be an official Engineers Without Borders site. Successful application will allow the Auburn University Chapter of Engineers Without Borders to continue the work in this remote and needy community. Secondary objectives will be to conduct a preliminary assessment of anticipated EWB projects and to perform repair and additional training on previously completed projects.
- Students must participate in the engineering student organization planning meeting prior to being selected for a role on the travel team.
- Students must complete program, Auburn Abroad, and SIFAT team member applications and requirements.
- Students must participate in pre-travel training meetings, student organization project functions, and a team training retreat.
Summer 2019: Date of group travel is 3-13 August 2019 (from Atlanta as a group)
The estimated total cost for this program is $2,500.
This will cover airfare, in-country living expenses, and other travel expenses (including the cost for a Bolivia visa $160) team training, food and supplies, travel to and from airport, and the Auburn University International Insurance.
Location: Over 13,000 feet altitude of the Andes Mountains in South Central Bolivia
Lodging: In health center housing facility in dormitory style bunkrooms with restroom & shower facilities. Electricity available by generator. In La Paz, at the Sagarnaga Hotel, included in trip cost.
Meals: Cooked & served by team members from the small kitchen of health center. Most food needs to be brought by team from the US. Bread, vegetables, fruit, meat and cheese can be bought in Bolivia by SIFAT staff.
Transportation: 4 x 4 jeeps driven by team members and SIFAT staff, for 15-hour trip directly from La Paz airport to Quesimpuco & back to hotel in LaPaz
For more information, visit the SIFAT website: http://sifat.org/international-missions/bolivia/
Some 13,500 feet in the Andes, 300 miles and a day’s journey by jeep from La Paz, lies the village of Quesimpuco. More than 10,000 people live beyond Quesimpuco in the Chayanta Valley, accessible only by narrow foot trails carved into steep mountainsides. Quesimpuco is in the province of Chayanta in northern Potosi. One of the poorest and most remote areas in the Americas, the average annual income is $97.
One day for visiting one or more interesting and historical sites in the country of Bolivia (a trip into the rain forest, trip to Tiwanaka ruins, shopping or visiting museums in downtown LaPaz). There is an additional cost for this free day activity.
PASSPORT AND VISA REQUIREMENTS
If you do not have a PASSPORT: Please check www.travel.state.gov for the nearest local passport office and forms. Auburn Abroad recommends that you apply for a passport as soon as possible. If you already have a passport: Please check the expiration date.
Students will pay $160 (at the Bolivia airport) for a Bolivia VISA good for 10 years. Passports must be valid for at least one year beyond the last day of the travel.
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