Past Semester & Spring Break Programs

Pitt in Bolivia Summer Semester 2015: The University of Pittsburgh (Pitt) and Connect2Bolivia developed a Summer Semester Program in 2015. With the help of Connect2Bolivia, Pitt was able to send their professor and students to Bolivia to study abroad. They offered two courses (3 credits each) in Public Health and Sociolinguists during a six week time frame.

Conect2Bolivia worked closely with Pitt in order to make their Summer Semester Program a reality by establishing safe lodging, dinning, classrooms, inter-city field trips/cultural activities, excursions, guest lectures, flights, Bolivian professors, visas, transportation, etc.

Pitt in Bolivia Spring Break 2016: The course focused on environmentalism in Bolivia in comparison to the United States. With the help of Connect2Bolivia, the course was divided into an environmental theme each day such as Education, Water, Health, Energy, Agriculture, and Biodiversity. Connect2Bolivia created contacts with local guest lectures, cultural activity centers, field trips, and excursions that successfully related to each environmental theme.

Pitt in Bolivia Summer Semester 2016: Students from the University of Pittsburgh studied abroad in Cochabamba, Bolivia during their Summer Semester for six weeks from May to June 2016. The course was taught by a professor from the University of Pittsburgh Main Campus. Students enrolled in six to nine credits selecting from several subject areas. Courses included contemporary society, volunteerism, sociolinguistics, and indigenous languages (Aymara and Quechua).

All of the classes offer field components, such as day trips to health clinics, small towns, and markets. Additionally, students visited two of Bolivia’s most famous sites. At Lago Titicaca, they traveled to the world’s highest navigable lake. At Salar de Uyuni, they experienced salt flats, breathtaking sites, and animals such as llamas and pink flamingos.


Current Service-Learning & Linguistics Programs

Since 2017, the University of Pittsburgh, with the help of Connect2Bolivia, has successfully developed a two track sustainable Service-Learning & Linguistics Program. The program takes place from May to June every year. Within the six week program, the students can chose from a six-credit Service-Learning or Linguistics course. Although Spanish is not a pre-requisite for the program, students are also enrolled into a three-credit Spanish course that takes place pre-departure and on arrival. Courses are taught by a Pitt professor as well as Bolivian professors. The program is open to non-Pitt students as well! Like in past programs, the course offers excursions, field trips, guest lecturers, and more!


Contemporary Issues: Bolivia and Service Learning in Bolivia

The Service-Learning track is embedded in engagement, reflection, reciprocity, and public dissemination. The core principals of Service-Learning are exercised throughout the program to insure a meaningful experience for the students as well as the Bolivian community.


Students are placed on project teams based on their skills and abilities. They are encouraged and guided to identify a sustainable project that meets the needs of the organization. Previous participants utilized their skills and knowledge to craft and create meaningful projects related to their academic and professional interests. For example, Education, ESL, ASL, Natural Sciences, Computer Science, Spanish, Liberal Arts, Environmental Science and Pre-Health placements are available. Students from other academic fields are also encouraged to participate.


Indigenous Languages and Linguistics in Bolivia

The Language Track exemplifies a rare case of stable Quechua-Spanish bilingualism, a strong connection between language and indigenous identity, and a place in which language policies are put into practice and negotiated by local residents. Cochabamba offers a unique environment in which to study the connection between language and society. The course will focus on multilingualism, language contact and change, language ideologies, bilingual education, language revitalization, and the role of language in the state. This course is taught by Professor Alana de Lodge from Pitt Main as well as Professor David Pereira Herrera from San Simon University, Bolivia.

Current Student Teaching Programs

Student Teaching Program

Connect2Bolivia has established relationships with local Bolivian Schools in the Cochabamba area. Schools are all United States accredited (AdvancEd,  NACAC, CollegeBoardSAT) and  Bolivian accredited as well as are accredited International Baccalaureate (IB) or are in the process of official IB approval. Student Teachers accepted into the program are able to teach from Early Childhood to Secondary Schools. All schools main language taught in is English and secondary language is Spanish. Therefore, student teachers may or may not have prior Spanish knowledge.

The Student Teaching Program has been approved through the University of Pittsburgh and the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE). The student teachers are permitted to either complete their first set of student teaching in Pennsylvania or in Bolivia. The program is eight weeks and students are placed with host families. Likewise, there are field trips, cultural activities and excursions. Students also enroll into Spanish courses with a local Bolivian Languages institution.