Project World School | Bolivia Bold – Wildlife & History– 20 Day Teen Learning Community
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Bolivia Bold – Wildlife & History– 20 Day Teen Learning Community

Bolivia Bold: La Paz, Lake Titicaca, Sucre and the Uyuni Salt Flats

July 2 – July 21, 2018

The 2018 Bolivia-Bold is a 20-day “temporary learning-community”. This is our fastest and boldest retreat yet! Known as a land of soaring contrasts and exhilarating extremes, Bolivia is filled with adventure at every twist and turn. From diverse activities and spectacular wildlife to beautiful indigenous villages and unique cultural experiences, there is something to learn and experience in every moment.


Bolivia is a country that is dominated by the altiplano (high mountain plateau), yet possessing plains and valleys, and whose ethnic roots are Aymara. Our Project World School community will explore all of it. Bolivia boasts a mixed legendary heritage that both grants the country its identity and engages it in a deeply rooted syncretism. Bolivia has Lake Titicaca, the Uyuni salt flats, the Andes, and the Amazon. Bolivia is world famous for its folklore and dances, ancient traditions and mysterious history, progressive indigenous centered politics and human rights all within the most colorful landscapes and natural beauty.

In the spirit of all Project World School retreats, we are not a typical study abroad program as we take advantage of the power of a learning-community to produce collaborative goals, knowledge acquisition, personal development, and changes in global perspectives. This is one you don’t want to miss. Join us in Bolivia!

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  • 01 WHEN

    July 2 – July 21, 2018

  • 02 WHERE

    La Paz, Salar de Uyuni, Sucre and Lake Titicaca, Bolivia

  • 03 WHO

    8 or more participants (ages 13-25) self-directed learners, unschooolers, homeschoolers & worldschoolers

  • 04 COST

    $2,849 USD

  • 05 STATUS



  • Full accommodations for the duration of the learning community retreat
  • All transportation from La Paz to Salar de Uyuni, Sucre and Lake Titicaca, and all day trips
  • All ground transportation
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinners during the retreat
  • All workshops, talks, and classes throughout the retreat
  • Community
  • Fun!

•  International airfare
•  Laundry
•  Snacks
•  Souvenirs
•  Other personal items
•  Meals on travel days (arrival & departure)
•  International flights from your home country to each retreat location are not included


 Many of our meals will be prepared by our team in our hostels. Breakfasts will consist of fresh fruit, juice, eggs,  and local “pan” (bread). Lunches will be a combination of local dishes, salads, fish and other local flavors. On the days we have full-day outings, we’ll prepare and pack lunches for our trip, including sandwiches, fruit, chips and juice. Dinners will be a combination of self-prepared meals in our hostel and dinners in local restaurants.) We will make every effort to accommodate everyone’s diet restrictions including having vegetarian and gluten-free options. Please indicate any special needs on your application.


We will be staying in multiple hostels as we travel around the Bolivian countryside, in places like Sucre, Salar de Uyuni, Lake Titicaca and La Paz. During Project World School retreats, participants spend most of the time in shared rooms.


What to Bring?

You’ll be gone for a month, and for those of you who haven’t traveled for long periods of time, we’ve prepared this list in case you might need some assistance with deciding what you should pack. So here it is, our packing list ‘suggestions‘!  Our recommendation to you is not to over do it. You’ll have to haul everything you pack around initially, and there are weight restrictions through all airlines. Also, keep in mind you will be living in shared space. There will be laundry available, and you will be able to purchase replacement shampoos, lotions, etc. during the trip, so no need to haul around ‘family size’ bottles of anything.

NOTE: Remember the list below is a suggested list! Feel free to modify, based on your own needs. 

Packing List:

The key here is ‘layers’!

2 thermals or cotton long sleeve shirts
2 pair of wool socks
4 pair of synthetic light fast drying socks
7 pairs of underwear
1 waterproof / breathable rain jacket
1 fleece, hoodie jacket or 1 cotton light hoodie jacket
1 long sleeve shirt or sweater
3 tank tops
3 t-shirts
1 pair of warm pants (remember jeans don’t dry fast and are bulky, but some love to travel with them)
1 or 2 light, cotton cargo pants
1 pair of water or walking sandals
1 pair of light hiking shoes or comfortable tennis shoes with good tread
1 bathing suit
1-2 pairs of shorts or skirts
2 pairs of leggings sleeping clothes (jammies)
1 hat with brim for the sun
1 beanie and neck scarf for the cold (could buy those there though)
rain gear (plastic poncho)

Personal items / Toiletries

tooth paste & tooth brush
soap, shampoo & conditioner
insect repellent
travel towel


small flashlight
laptop computer
mp3 player


day pack/duffel bag
tiny first aid kit
duct tape
sleeping bag
water bottle
Spanish dictionary/phrase book
document belt
laundry bag
small padlock
copy of passport
ATM card
small journal or notepad and pens
musical instrument costume
wigs, funky hats, etc. (if you are into that sort of thing)
sketch book
anything else you will need to lead a session


Altitude Sickness

It can happen.

Altitude sickness is the most common side effect of high altitude travel and can be minimized by taking it easy the first couple days you arrive. The Project World School team has taken this into account as we’ve planned for the first few days of the retreat.

High altitudes can cause symptoms like headache, nausea, weakness and trouble sleeping. At higher altitudes the amount of oxygen mixed into the air is less. This drop in the amount of available oxygen can affect the heart, muscles, lungs and nervous system. It can affect anyone, even those in fantastic physical condition. After one to five days the body will begin to adjust and altitude sickness will subside naturally.

In the Andes, it is traditional to chew coca leaves and drink it as a tea. There will be coca tea available throughout the entire retreat as it definitely helps with overcoming issues surrounding the altitude. In addition, it is recommended that you consume a lot of water during the first few days upon arrival. We are prepared to move slower, and we will take this into consideration with the first few days of scheduling.

If you wish to explore an herbal route before you arrive in Peru for the retreat, the list below is a suggestion of herbs to explore and certainly not a prescription. Remember, the idea is to oxygenate the blood – so explore other supplements and means of getting more oxygen into the blood. The air is thinner at higher altitudes and supplements that can help the body oxygenate are beneficial. Consult your physician and do your own research.


Ginkgo helps improve circulation and therefore helps improve the body’s tolerance to low levels of oxygen. Scientific studies have confirmed these results in humans. Take 120 to 150 milligrams daily. These are usually in the form of capsules. Although not common, side effects are possible. These include headaches and upset stomach.


This is an ancient Chinese remedy that helps to improve oxygenation to the blood. Take up to 1,000 milligrams in capsule form each day or two teaspoons of tincture three times per day. Herbalists suggest you take the dosage while at a higher elevation and continue taking it for several days after.


Ginseng has been shown to help improve blood oxygenation and respiratory function. It is also used in treating asthma and bronchitis. Take up to four 500-milligram capsules daily while symptoms persist. Do not combine ginseng with caffeine, antidepressants or blood thinners, and do not use if you are pregnant or have high blood pressure.

Siberian Ginseng

Well known as a tonic herb, Siberian ginseng helps improve overall health when taken long-term. Begin taking a few days before ascending for maximum effect. Take up to nine 500 milligram capsules per day or up to 20 drops of tincture up to three times per day.


Ginger is an old cure used for nausea. It can be used for altitude sickness as well as motion sickness. It comes in various forms such as tea, tincture, capsules or raw. Take up to eight 500 milligram capsules daily or ½ to 1 teaspoon of ground root per day or 10 to 20 drops of tincture per day. Dilute tincture in water to drink. Do not take ginger if you have gallbladder disease.





Day 1  – Arrive in La Paz- Meet and greet
Day 2 – Teleferico & Ice Breakers through Improv
Day 3 – Explore La Paz – Witches Market – Culture & History
Day 4 – Visit Tiwanaku – Travel to Lake Titicaca – Explore Copacabana
Day 5 – Explore Isla de Sol- Archeological Site
Day 6 – Relax on Lake Titicaca

Day 7 – Travel to Santa Cruz-
Day 8 – Spot Jaguars at Kaa Iya National Park
Day 9 – Sand boarding in Lomas de Arena
Day 10  – Travel to Sucre
Day 11 -Day Exploring Sucre
Day 12 – Potasi – Mines
Day 13 – Potasi -Culture

Day 14 – Travel to Uyuni
Day 15 – Uyuni Salt Flats

Day 16 – Uyuni – Pink Flamingos
Day 17 – Uyuni – Rock formations & Dali’s Gardens
Day 18 –Return to La Paz
Day 19 – Day of Service

Day 20 -Board international flight from La Paz back to your home country