Mission is, by its nature, contextual. As we cross cultures and engage the world around us, we are challenged to discover new ways to live the Gospel, and the people we meet introduce us to new ways of understanding God and the world. Our Volunteer Program seeks to introduce people not only to Maryknoll and mission, but specifically to Bolivia, an incredible country in the heart of South America.
We are located in Cochabamba, a city of roughly 700,000 people in the middle of the country. The urban hub of a fertile agricultural region, Cochabamba has traditionally been Bolivia’s bread basket, and a cultural crossroads. Affectionately dubbed the “Land of Eternal Spring,” the Cochabamba valley sits nestled in the Andes at about 2,500 meters (8,400 feet) above sea level, and enjoys a warm, temperate climate. Cochabamba is a traditionally Quechua-speaking area (Quechua was the language of the Incas). But indigenous people from rural areas around the country have migrated here in recent years, and many of the communities where Maryknoll works include both Quechua and Aymara families.
Bolivia is an important, beautiful country, and the people here are engaged in a lot of exciting changes and struggles. Come and discover the graces of mission here for yourself!