View of the city of La Paz, Bolivia.

La Paz, Bolivia. Photo © dimaberkut/123rf.

Founded originally in Spain in 1982 as an outreach and assistance center for drug addicts, REMAR has been in Bolivia since 1997, where it reaches out to “anyone in need”: addicts, street children, women who suffer domestic abuse or whose partner has abandoned them and their children, and children and youth who suffer from physical and sexual abuse.

REMAR runs programs in six cities across Bolivia: La Paz, El Alto, Viacha, Oruro, Cochabamba, and Santa Cruz de la Sierra.

REMAR has 20 orphanages/shelters that provide some 400 children and women with clothing, food, and education, as well as shelter and protection from abuse. They provide medical and psychological assistance, run soup kitchens, and operate a rehab center. All services are provided free of charge to the beneficiaries; REMAR receives income from the sale of cleaning products, chocolates, and the output of an upholstery business, all of which are enterprises staffed by REMAR beneficiaries.

Volunteers typically work 6-8 hours per day. Tasks are flexible, depending on the volunteers’ skills and interests, but might include taking care of the children and helping in the office.

REMAR Bolivia

La Paz, Bolivia
tel. 591/2-231-2106

Application Process: Send an email to apply. Volunteers should be age 18 or older.

Cost: None. Volunteers are responsible for their own expenses.

Placement Length: There is no minimum.

Language Requirements: Basic Spanish is required.

Housing: Volunteers make their own arrangements.

Operating Since: 1997

Number of Volunteers: Of its many volunteers in 2012, four were international.

Excerpted from the First Edition of Moon Volunteer Vacations in Latin America.