We partner with the Rio Beni Health Foundation to install water filters for communities in the Bolivian Amazon
After landing in La Paz, SStS students will take a short flight to Rurrenabaque, a small town that serves as a gateway into Bolivian Amazon region. In this region, the rivers are the highways, and the indigenous communities lay scattered along its banks. The communities of the Rio Beni live a remote existence, with subsistence living conditions and minimal access to clean water. These local people (primarily Chimane, Mosetene, Tacana and Quechua Indians) historically have had little access to primary health care services. Our non-profit partner, the Rio Beni Health Foundation, provides these essential medical services to the people of the Rio Beni. The SStS project primarily focuses on supporting mobile clinics, participating in local trainings, and building filters for a clean water initiative.
After building filters for schools and homes that have scarce access to clean water, SStS students will travel, typically by river, to stay among the communities they have come to support. The filters they will install will aid in minimizing the high infant mortality rate in these communities. While there, SStS students will interact with the local individuals via community meetings and recreational activities like soccer.
After completing their work in the community, students will return to Rurrenabaque where they will spend the night before heading up the Yacuma River the next day to learn about the Pampas, the pre-Amazonian wetlands in the Beni region. Students will have the opportunity to spot diverse wildlife, see striking sunsets in the forest, and swim with dolphins in the river while staying at a locally-run eco-lodge. During this time, students will have the opportunity to reflect upon their course in ethical leadership in the midst of this strikingly beautiful setting.
The course elements are based on a rating from 1 to 5, 1 being the least rigorous, 5 being the most rigorous.
ON THE MOVE
When we finished, the sense of accomplishment resembled a victory on the soccer or baseball field, because I was able to share the achievement with someone else.
BOLIVIA // 2015 COURSE
Bolivia : In Three Phases
The 5 Lens Curriculum
Partnering with NGO's
Post Travel Advocacy
During the travel phase of each SStS course, students spend time reflecting about the learning that occurs through their immersion and service experiences. These posts capture the impact of our programs on individual students. Explore the posts below to learn about the SStS Bolivia program from the important viewpoint of our students.
Making the Most of our Final Day
Students who attend a school that is a member of SStS’s Global Schools Coalition receive a tuition discount. To see the list of schools in the coalition, click HERE. The prices below are from 2021. 2022 pricing is coming soon.
Tuition (students from members of the Global Schools Coalition): $3370
Tuition (students not from members of the Global Schools Coalition): $3570
Airfare & Fees: $1610
SStS is in search of curious, compassionate, globally-minded students. Thus, we will do all that we can financially to support students who require assistance. If you would like to be considered for a scholarship, please indicate this on the application. Financial assistance resources are limited. Scholarships tend to be less than 50% of tuition.
Please note, tuition does not include airfare and immunizations.
Tuition costs are all inclusive with the exception of personal expenditures (e.g. souvenirs).
Tickets and medical & security evacuation services are purchased as a group. The cost of these services is included in the tuition.
Talbot Travel Agency provides travel services for SStS, working personally with us to find the least expensive group fares. As a result, it is not possible to use airline miles or credit card benefits for the international flights. However, these can be used to purchase tickets to the gateway city.
Please note that we expect all participants to travel together, adhering to the identical itinerary. We will depart the United States as a group from a gateway city. Exemptions may be made for international students. Additionally, travel in the developing world inevitably includes “the unexpected” (e.g. weather disruptions, transportation strikes, etc.). SStS will adjust the itinerary accordingly, making the best of uncontrollable situations. Due to the unknown variables in international travel, participants are asked not to make travel plans or to enroll in programs that start immediately after their return. SStS is not responsible for expenses incurred due to missed flights if the group is delayed in their return.