Bolivia: Service and Development Semester in the Andes

Spend a semester living with a family in Cochabamba, Bolivia studying Spanish and contemporary Latin American history and politics. You'll have the opportunity to serve 20 hours per week for a local nonprofit organization! Also take the opportunity to explore the country through excursions and community events!
You'll have opportunities to experience both the urban and rural aspects of the region with field trips and excursions to regional cities, Inca ruins, and local festivals! Your homestay accommodations with local families will allow for deeper language learning and understanding about local life and culture. You’ll improve your Spanish, and you’ll learn about regional civil society from a Bolivian Professor with substantial related academic and professional experience. You’ll enjoy Cochabamba’s famously pleasant and sunny environment, where residents regularly gather under palms to discuss politics and life in plazas ringed by sixteenth century Spanish buildings!

Courses: 
History
Advanced Spanish
Application Instructions: 

If you are applying for a Pitt-Recognized Program for Spring 2020 and beyond, Program Application Questions must be completed before your application can move forward, regardless of any application requirements established by your Pitt-Recognized Provider. These questions can be found under “Questionnaires”  in your application. Most require short answers of 150-200 words. Our goal is to help you to think about and express your goals for studying abroad in a way that will help you to maximize learning and growth in the following 3 phases of your experience:

  1. Pre-departure
  2. While abroad
  3. Post abroad 

While you will work on our application and your Provider’s application simultaneously, you will need to complete your Pitt application before your study abroad advisor will complete any forms or approval for your provider. Even if your Provider accepts your application, your application cannot move forward in our process until you complete our application questions.

SAO Staff: 

Leslie Ann Smedley

Hello Students! I am Leslie Ann Smedley, Senior Advisor and look forward to helping Arts and Sciences students to identify, apply for, and thrive in the study abroad program that fits each students’ academic/linguistic/cultural needs. I have been in the field of International Education for many years, including the last 10 in the Study Abroad Office. I am a Pittsburgher who studied abroad in Strasbourg, France while an undergrad and haven’t stopped travelling since. In addition to being passionate about discovering new places, I love to cook, garden and read. I look forward to helping you to achieve your goals!

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