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Volunteering and Travel in Peru and Bolivia! HELP!

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1. Posted by Zemery (First Time Poster, 1 posts) 28 Aug '12 09:02

Hi all,

This year I'm taking a gap year to South America and I just need a bit of advice on how to go about organising it.

I hope to fly out to Peru, where I will be volunteering in Cuzco for 8 weeks (in late October/ early November, if I get all of my monies together in time). After volunteering I then want to travel round both Peru and Bolivia.

I have got £4000, which totals my life’s savings, but since the volunteering and flights will cost £2200, I am really working on a limited budget of around £2000 to travel on for the rest of the year (I will have to be back by late May/early June time).

Basically I was wondering what places can’t be missed, the best time of year to visit them and the amount of time you feel is enough to see them.

Also I had been planning to see more things in Peru than Bolivia (as that would be where I would start), but most places seem to recommend that Bolivia is the better place to visit. Would you agree?

Finally, as the flights will cost around £800, I have been looking into getting a round-the-world ticket, as flight by flight it will work out cheaper (I would fly England-Nepal-Australia-Peru) and also I will be able to stop off in Australia with family first (I would head East) where I will perhaps have the chance to earn more money. Is this stretching my resources too far, as it will limit my spending in South America by roughly another £700)?

I would appreciate any advice at all really, as obviously I only have limited time to plan it and I am beginning to panic that I'll never get away! (Especially since if I am going to Nepal the best time to go there is really November-December time)

Thank youuu :)

Zoe

2. Posted by stevemc (Budding Member, 28 posts) 8 Sep '12 11:57

Hi Zoe,

>> Basically I was wondering what places can’t be missed [...]

You should miss your volunteering placement which you are paying way too much for (£1400?), this will free-up your budget. You are planning a long trip but 4k is enough for what you have in mind.

There are places in Cusco where you can volunteer for free (you cover you own living costs in a hostal) or find a homestay.
Here is one: www.aldeayanapay.org and there are several others listed here: www.volunteersouthamerica.net

>> Also I had been planning to see more things in Peru than Bolivia (as that would be where I would start), but most places seem to recommend that Bolivia is the better place to visit. Would you agree?

You have time to see both (and more) look to spend a 4-6 weeks in each.

WRT your other question:
I'd suggest buying an open-jaw ticket, i.e. fly into Lima, fly out of Rio or Buenos Aires (whether it be back home or to continue your trip). Spend 6 months traveling in SA, e.g. south to Tierra Del Fuego (South Argentina) and back up the east coast, have a 1-2 month volunteer stint in the middle.

So to answer your original question I would take Nepal out of the plan, you can head out there on your next trip.

HTH
Steve
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