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CAMP CHOCAYA

Chocaya, Bolivia

Camp Chocaya is in Bolivia, close to the bustling city of Cochabamba. It is based on the mountainside above the village of Chocaya and underneath the hot springs of Liriuni. Part of the magnificent Andes mountain range, the altitude here is about 2,800 meters. The Bolivian Andes are generally very eroded and suffering from the impact of the climate crisis, with water shortages common in the dry season.

In a financially poor country, the challenge is to balance ecological values and economic gain.  The agroforestry system provides a model for how that balance can be achieved. One of our local partners, the Samay Foundation has been successfully introducing this system with farmers in the region for a number of years. You are invited to join them in Chocaya for this unique restoration experience.

Camper opportunities

Camp Chocaya is an unique collaboration with a community in Bolivia and local partners, offering Campers the chance to design and implement an agroforestry based restoration project. This is a Camp for adventurous and skilled individuals interested in a challenge and prepared to volunteer both time and expertise to an important initiative.

Costs
Accomodation is provided but you will need to cover your costs for food (around 10 Euros per day) and transport to/from the project. We are encouraging applications from people already in South America and who ideally are able to get to the camp without flying. 

What to expect

This is a truly collaborative project. You will be working alongside the villagers of Chocaya and our local partners to develop a model for restoration that can serve as an example to other communities in the region.

 You will be living in a house with shared bedrooms in Chocaya with limited transport and facilities (camping in a tent is an option if you’re feeling particularly adventurous!), there is a shared car available. To a large extent you will be managing your time and activities with other campers and Voserdem, our other local partner. This camp is therefore recommended for proactive people who are problem solvers, independent and comfortable working in international teams. 

Who is needed

We are looking for a team of Campers who can work with our local partners to design and implement an agroforestry based restoration project, with integrated natural water systems. The first month or two will require a team with permaculture and landscape design skills and some knowledge and experience of topography and natural water management. Spanish is an advantage but not essential. We also welcome applications from people with hospitality skills who are able to help manage the house, work in the kitchen and prepare meals.  Volunteers with more general skills will be welcome at a later stage. 

 Established camp

Watch this beautiful film about the projects in Bolivia
Organising partners
Facilities

Housing with shared bedrooms                          Sanitation-basic                                          Kitchen                                                        Electricity                                                                Wifi                                                                      Training center

Restoration activities

Tree planting                                                    Natural pond & water system planning              Community building                                          Restoration of livelihoods                                    Soil restoration                                              Erosion prevention                                                Regenerative entrepreneurialism

How to apply

What you must do to ensure your own safety at an Ecosystem Restoration Camp

Your safety is very important to us. Most camps are in locations that are completely safe for you to travel to. Some camps are in locations where there is civil unrest, higher levels of crime, or in areas where there could be severe nature events (earthquakes, tornados, vulcanic eruptions). We strongly advise you to check with your national authority’s travel advisory service to see if there are specific travel advisories for the region you are travelling to. We strongly advise you to comply with that travel advisory. If there is a negative travel advisory for the area you plan to go to, we want to impress on you that it is your decision to not heed the warnings and go. ERC can then not be liable in that situation if something happens to you.

Work at camps is usually safe. The camp coordinators make your safety their highest priority too. But you will be working with tools and sometimes even (heavy) machinery. Sometimes the terrain can be slightly treacherous. Heat or cold can become a problem for people at work that do not take the necessary measures to prevent injury from weather conditions. Especially in remote locations, all people at an Ecosystem Restoration Camp will need to watch out for eachother’s safety. For this reason we ask you to also sign our Code of Conduct, through which you commit to contributing to a safe environment at camps for all that are there with you. Take yours and all other camper’s safety seriously! Together, while watching over eachother, we can restore our ecosystems safely and successfully.

Contact us:

info@ecosystemrestorationcamps.org

Stichting Ecosystem Restoration Foundation /
Ecosystem Restoration Camps 2020

Wechelerweg 37
7431 PD Diepenveen
The Netherlands

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