Orientation in La Paz
Our program starts in Bolivia’s big city, La Paz. Following pickups from El Alto International Airport, we’ll get acclimatized to the sights, sounds, smells, and altitude of the region. At 3640 m./11,900 ft., we’ll explore the diverse neighbourhoods of the world’s highest capital. We’ll learn the lingo and get a crash course in Bolivian culture, politics, and FOOD!
We’ll start with some Spanish lessons allowing us to better connect with local change-makers like La Casa de los Ningunos and Agua Sustentable. With that in our back pockets, we’ll then begin unpacking Bolivia’s colonial history, the effects of climate change, and how land and livelihoods intersect in this country. We’ll also go farm to table and get our hands dirty working with Fundacion Alternativas, an urban food sustainability project.
And of course, get ready to learn to bargain hard in the local markets and savour the sheer delight of saltenas, humitas, and silpancho!