Camp Chocaya is a unique collaboration with a community in Bolivia and local partners, offering Campers the chance to design and implement an agroforestry based restoration project. This is a Camp for adventurous and skilled individuals interested in a challenge and prepared to volunteer both time and expertise to an important initiative.
About the camp
The camp is in Bolivia, close to the bustling city of Cochabamba. It is based on the mountainside above the village of Chocaya and underneath the hot springs of Liriuni. Part of the magnificent Andes mountain range, the altitude here is about 2,800 meters. The Bolivian Andes are generally very eroded and suffering from the impact of the climate crisis, with water shortages common in the dry season.
In a financially poor country, the challenge is to balance ecological values and economic gain. The agroforestry system provides a model for how that balance can be achieved. One of our local partners, the Samay Foundation has been successfully introducing this system with farmers in the region for a number of years. You are invited to join them in Chocaya for this unique restoration experience.
What to expect
This is a truly collaborative project. You will be working alongside the villagers of Chocaya and our local partners to develop a model for restoration that can serve as an example to other communities in the region.
You will be living in a house in Chocaya with limited transport and facilities (camping in a tent is an option if you’re feeling particularly adventurous!) To a large extent you will be managing your time and activities with other campers and Voserdem, our other local partner. This camp is therefore recommended for proactive people who are problem solvers, independent and comfortable working in international teams.
Agroforestry design – Tree planting – Natural pond and water system planning – Water retention – Community building – Restoration of livelihoods – Soil restoration – Erosion prevention – Regenerative entrepreneurialism
House with shared bedrooms – one hot shower – electricity – mobile phone signal – kitchen – toilets – shared use of a car – meeting/training room – hand-wash laundry
What we are looking for
We are looking for a team of Campers who can work with our local partners to design and implement an agroforestry based restoration project, with integrated natural water systems. The first month or two will require a team with permaculture and landscape design skills and some knowledge and experience of topography and natural water management. Spanish is an advantage but not essential. We also welcome applications from people with hospitality skills who are able to help manage the house, work in the kitchen and prepare meals. Volunteers with more general skills will be welcome at a later stage.
Accomodation is provided but you will need to cover your costs for food (around 10 Euros per day) and transport to/from the project. We are encouraging applications from people already in South America and who ideally are able to get to the camp without flying.
How to apply
Please complete the form below to express your interest in joining the team at Camp Chocaya: