Summer College Study Abroad Bolivia, Sample Itinerary

Week 1 Landing at the El Alto International Airport, the highest international airport in the world, we are greeted by snow-capped peaks and dramatic views of the city of La Paz. Upon arrival we travel to Sucre, the judicial capital of Bolivia and a beautiful colonial city in the southern part of the country.
Heading into the surrounding hillsides, we arrive to Candelaria, a small town famous for rich textile traditions. We settle in for several days of orienting ourselves to the progression of the program, learning about health and safety issues, and engaging in some introductory lessons on Bolivian culture and language. We also take time to get to know each other and the community around us.
Weeks 2-3 We then travel overland to Cochabamba, the bread-basket of Bolivia and site of important political activism. Here we meet our extended homestay families and language teachers while we settle in for a little over two weeks in the semi-rural community of Tiquipaya. Our weeks in this community are defined by intensive language study, homestays, and engaging with the local community.
When we first arrive in what will be our program base, we meet with language teachers to divide the group into small classes according to current language ability. During our time in Tiquipaya, we spend 3-4 hours per day in Spanish language class, focusing on listening and conversation skills that we can use with our family members in the evenings and weekends. In the afternoons, we can explore independent study interests and also meet with guest speakers to learn about the vibrant history of this region of Bolivia.
Week 4 As our program nears the end, we journey into remote villages in the high Andes to hike in the snow-capped peaks of the Cordillera Real range. As we explore more areas of Bolivia, we wrap-up our Spanish studies and also spend time learning about conservation and indigenous issues from local community members.
We close out our time and studies together in a beautiful eco-lodge in Coroico, in the magical Yungas region of La Paz. Here we reflect on our journey, our language acquisition, and prepare for the transition home.