Live and Breathe Sustainability

Sustainability Intern – Ida Ketonen By Elise Fjordbakk Here at Sustainable Bolivia, sustainability is pretty important. It’s in our name, the way we work and our way of life. This means we’re dedicated to promote sustainability both within our organisation and in the communities we work with. It’s safe to assume that most people have […]

Ewe, me and Maria: A Day in the (Performing) Life

by Amy Booth I’m looking at the sheep, and the sheep is looking at me. I naively believed this to be an ordinary and unremarkable sheep, but from the way this girl is cowering from it, there is clearly a Pandora’s box of malice behind its blank, ovine eyes. This is probably a sheep that […]

What’s The Coolest Project in Cochabamba?

  By Jessie Maguire   The first thing that came to mind when I interviewed John Connell was that this is one of the coolest and most worthwhile organizations I’ve come across during my 5 years in Bolivia.   Why do People Want to Volunteer in Bolivia So Much?   I sat down and began […]

5 of the Best Markets You Shouldn’t Miss Out on In Cochabamba

  by Jessie Maguire   Welcome to The Gastro Center   Cochabamba has a reputation for its excellent cuisine, in fact, it’s known at the gastronomic center of Bolivia. Eating is huge a part of the culture here, and food is pretty inexpensive, which can make sampling, cooking and eating out all the more enjoyable. […]

Want to do Yoga in Cochabamba? Here’s 9 of the Best Classes in the City

By Jessie Maguire Yoga is one of the best forms of full-body exercise, and it’s hugely popular all over the world. But what about when you’re travelling? Yoga has a number of benefits for volunteers and people backpacking abroad. Firstly, it works on your emotions, leaving you relaxed and centered. This can be a great […]

SB Field Trip: EMSA, the Waste Treatment Center of Cochabamba

On a Thursday morning in September, a group of 18 Sustainable Bolivia volunteers and office staff gathered in the main house for a field trip. Destination: the city dump. As part of SB’s efforts over the past several months to raise awareness, accountability, and action toward sustainability, the SB staff organized an outing to the […]

Artist in Residence Johannes Bierling Shares His Work

For a constructive abstract sculptor like Johannes Bierling, taking his work on the road is no small task. Johannes’ primary medium is wood, and his sculptures and installations make for large-scale exhibitions. When he and his wife Catherine decided to spend a month with Sustainable Bolivia as artists in residence, he planned to work on […]

Proposed Gasoline Increases

The biggest news this year (thus far) is President Evo Morales canceled his efforts to sharply raise fuel prices. The government had announced that it was raising gasoline prices by 73 percent, to 92 cents a liter ($3.48 a gallon), up from 50 cents ($1.89).  The proposed price hike would raise diesel gasoline by nearly […]


Sustainable Bolivia’s first blog would like to highlight the fundraising activities of board member Paul Kelley.  In an effort to help raise funds for Sustainable Bolivia’s scholarship program, Paul has decided to participate in ‘Movember’; an annual month-long event involving the growing of mustaches during November.  He is actively looking for individuals who would like […]