“IT’S NOT WHERE YOU GO, IT’S WHO YOU TRAVEL WITH”

Bolivia Internships 09/03/2016 0From the Interns

Bolivia 4ward

2016-03-08_1906Bolivia is a beautiful unforgettable country with many adventures to offer, and the work that I did with Bolivia 4ward was rewarding, but the most memorable aspect of my Global Fellows trip is the people. Halle found a quote on Pinterest that sums up this sentiment very well: “It’s not where you go; it’s who you travel with.” I have been reflecting on this, and I have come to the conclusion that although we seemed like an oddly matched team at the beginning of the trip, we each have our individual gifts that complement each other. I could not have asked for a better group, and I know I have made friends for life. My Bolivia crews, my supervisor, coworkers and Bolivian friends have made this trip one for the books.

To wrap up our last week in Bolivia, Anna threw a “parrillada,” or barbecue, at her house to celebrate our time. Everyone was invited and it was a huge, lovely party. More meat than I thought imaginable was barbecued and the party continued well into the night. I will miss every one of these incredible people, as well as the students and teachers I work with.

2016-03-08_1906_001Bolivia is a beautiful unforgettable country with many adventures to offer, and the work that I did with Bolivia 4ward was rewarding, but the most memorable aspect of my Global Fellows trip is the people. Halle found a quote on Pinterest that sums up this sentiment very well: “It’s not where you go; it’s who you travel with.” I have been reflecting on this, and I have come to the conclusion that although we seemed like an oddly matched team at the beginning of the trip, we each have our individual gifts that complement each other. I could not have asked for a better group, and I know I have made friends for life. My Bolivia crews, my supervisor, coworkers and Bolivian friends have made this trip one for the books.

To wrap up our last week in Bolivia, Anna threw a “parrillada,” or barbecue, at her house to celebrate our time. Everyone was invited and it was a huge, lovely party. More meat than I thought imaginable was barbecued and the party continued well into the night. I will miss every one of these incredible people, as well as the students and teachers I work with.

Six weeks is simply not enough time to do all of the work that I expected to complete. We were so busy every day running from meetings to classes to more meetings! There were a couple setbacks including classic slow communication and the monthly Bolivian issue of “bloqueos,” well organized strike traffic blocks, which hindered progress, but all in all I am proud of the work we accomplished.

2016-03-08_1906_002When our time in Bolivia came to an end, we decided to travel to Peru, so we booked flights to Cusco departing from La Paz. On the way to La Paz, we took a detour around western Bolivia. We headed to a rainforest town called Sorata nestled under a majestic snow peaked mountain called Illampu. We hiked through the forest where we witnessed a pair of wild horses, ate t-bone steaks larger than the size of our heads and finished the night with a reflective bonfire. Then we traveled to Lago Titicaca, the town of Copacabana where the townspeople were celebrating a feast day. We took a ferry to the Sun Island “Isla del Sol,” which to this day remains primarily indigenous. Donkeys and llamas outnumber the people on this scenic island; they clomp up and down the steep stone walkways. We ate the most delicious trout on Isla del Sol and woke to watch the sunrise in the morning. We finally made our way to La Paz where we saw the sights before heading to the airport in the morning. 


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