Short-Term Mission and Global Awareness Trip to Bolivia
Learn about poverty in one of the poorest countries in Latin America. This is your chance to join us in visiting our missioners and their local partners at their ministries in the city of Cochabamba and the rural college of Carmen Pampa in the Andes Mountains. Franciscan Mission Service lay missioners have been serving in solidarity with Bolivians for more than 20 years.
Learn what makes our Short-Term Mission and Global Awareness Trips to Bolivia different
Enjoy cultural exchanges with the local people through sustainable agriculture projects, shared meals with faith-sharing groups, prison visits, hikes, and more.
Deepen your understanding of structural poverty. Spend time each day in prayer and guided reflection to process your experience. Ponder your own responsibility in building the kingdom of God on earth.
Strengthen your commitment to service and social justice. Develop a better awareness of social and cultural issues. Build friendships with your fellow travelers. Dive deeper into the Franciscan charism.
With Franciscan themes woven throughout, this trip will certainly immerse you in the rich culture and expose you to many layers of global poverty that affect Bolivia today. We will be participate in the annual Festival of Santa Vera Cruz Tarata, a pilgrimage site where thousands of Bolivians gather to commemorate the beginning of the agricultural season in the valleys of Cochabamba. We will return to this site after the festival to spend time in the organic community garden with one our missioners, and live out care for creation in the Franciscan perspective.
Another one of our missioners will give us an insider's perspective on the penitentiary system in Bolivia, and take us into the prisons to commune with some of the incarcerated.
In Carmen Pampa, we will tour both a coffee plantation and a coca farm, and learn about political implications of both these crops.
Cost includes: Travel, transport, meals and accommodation during your stay in Bolivia.
Cost does not include:
- Travel and to/from La Paz, Bolivia Tourist Visa ($160), exit flight taxes (payable in Bolivia, $30), one meal on the last evening in La Paz
We have made this change so that participants are able to book tickets that are convenient to their schedules.
We ask that you arrive by 10 a.m. on May 3 (which generally requires a May 2 departure). You may depart from La Paz anytime after 4 p.m. on May 10.