Gap Year in Bolivia


Capital City La Paz
Population: 10,500,000
Currency: Boliviano (Bs.)
Language: Spanish, Quechua + 35 others
Calling Code +591

Thinking about a gap year in South America, but want to head somewhere a little bit different? Well, a gap year in Bolivia is the perfect choice! This landlocked country is one of the most up-and-coming travel destinations for those looking to get off the beaten track, and offers loads for backpackers to see and do. And it doesn’t cost the earth either – perfect for those on a tight budget! If you want to see the real South America, a gap year in Bolivia should be top of your list!

Bolivia is the poorest country in South America, but don’t let this put you off. The people you’ll meet are some of the hardest-working and friendliest around – however you might not understand them, as many only speak Quechua! La Paz is the capital – as well as the highest capital city in the world – and has much to see. It’s the springboard for loads of great activitieswhite water rafting and mountain biking, for example – plus it has a vibe that’s completely unique.

Escaping the hustle and bustle and heading to amazing places like Lake Titicaca and the Salt Flats are the real highlights of this country though. There’s also the world famous Death Road as well – dubbed the most dangerous road in the world – and, despite the name, it’s a magnet for many wanting to live on the edge. Are you brave enough though? A gap year in Bolivia certainly isn’t for the faint-hearted, but for those brave enough, it’s a fantastic experience!

Working in Bolivia

Jobs in Bolivia are tough to come by and, quite frankly, there’s not much point in even trying. Volunteering is much more likely though, as there are absolutely loads of fantastic volunteering opportunities for those looking to lend a helping hand. You’ll find everything from working with poor kids through to wildlife conservation, all of which will give you a privileged glimpse into the inner workings of this exciting country.

Where Next?

Bolivia is pretty much in the centre of South America, and is bordered by Peru, Brazil, Paraguay, Argentina and Chile – all of which are great choices for the backpacker looking to further explore the continent. La Paz also has a well-served international airport, so it’s really easy to get to pretty much anywhere in the world.

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