Bolivian culture has been shaped and influenced by over 30 native ethnic groups and numerous cultures, and each has contributed its own beliefs and lifestyles to the potpourri of Bolivian customs and traditions. This is precisely what makes Bolivia one of the most colourful nations in South America.
Participants must be between the ages of 15,6 – 18,6 years old on the day of departure.
The AFS Program
After your host parents greet you with traditional hospitality, it shouldn’t be long before you feel at home in their open, friendly community. By going to a local high school, you’ll be totally immersed in a new language and customs, and what you learn during the day will be reinforced at night when you spend time with your host family. This is your chance to break out of your comfort zone and join in this diverse and ever-evolving culture.
Your high school
The education in Bolivia consists of 12 years of schooling (primary and secondary), after this time the student (17 years old) graduates from high school and is entitled to attend university.
The school year starts around the first week of February and ends around the middle of November (depending on the region). There are 15 days in June/July for winter vacation. The end-of-year vacation lasts until February.
Students attend school from Monday to Friday (very few will have classes on Saturdays). Each school will have different schedules, but generally the school day lasts from 08:00 to 13.00 with one or two recesses. Therefore, students do not have lunch at school.
Most schools require all students to take 12 to 14 mandatory subjects in a rotating schedule. The subjects that are mandatory in every school under the current education system are math, physics, natural science, literature, art, religion, computing, chemistry, social studies, philosophy, languages, physical education and music.
AFS Interculture Canada is a registered charity (number 100071927RR0001). As such, it is authorized to solicit donations from the general public, businesses and foundations and to provide charitable donation receipts to donors who can then benefit from tax reductions.
To calculate your charitable donation tax credit, please go to the Canada Revenue Agency website: www.cra-arc.gc.ca/chrts-gvng/dnrs/svngs/clmng1b2-eng.html
“Life-changing” is hard to describe, yet it’s nearly always the first thing that AFSers say when asked about their experience abroad.
“Transformed” is another one. When you return home, if you’re like most AFSers, you’ll bring with you a sense of accomplishment unlike any other. You’ll have gained maturity and independence, discovered new passions, and feel like you can do anything you set your mind to. That transformation isn’t visible only to you, though – others see it as well. AFSers gain critical skills for college and careers, ranging from language fluency to intercultural competence and critical reasoning. “Life-changing” means it’s only the beginning.
- Airport Pick-up
- Host Family Placement
- School Placement
- Individual Contact Person
- Medical Insurance
- 24/7 Emergency Support
- Assistance with Application Process
- Visa Application Assistance
- Pre-Departure Orientation
- Orientations during your time abroad
- Re-entry Orientation
- Global Competence Certificate
- Access to Alumni Network
- Continuous Support
- Worldwide Presence
- 70 Years Experience
- Visa and Passport Fees
- School Uniform