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Solidarity trip with children with disabilities

Work with children with physical or mental disabilities in Cochabamba, a quiet and beautiful city in the centre of Bolivia.

Solidarity trip with children with disabilities

from 480€ por persona
Open all year round (except Christmas: from 20 December to 10 January).

The centre treats more than 250 children with physical or mental disabilities. The volunteer work is usually in the mornings. All the pupils who study at the centre are children who have suffered serious problems both in their academic and social development in the regular schools of the city. They are cared for in small groups by their teachers. If the child requires therapeutic attention from a specialist, the centre provides it as part of the comprehensive care. They are supported in their learning by the Psychology, Speech Therapy and Psychopedagogy divisions.


The afternoon project offers a comprehensive therapy to promote the rehabilitation of children and adolescents at a neuromuscular, psychological, cognitive and social level, using the horse as a therapeutic tool. All the children are at risk of social exclusion and some are abandoned by their families. Two main techniques are used: Hippotherapy and therapeutic riding.

The centre currently care for 10 children but could attend to many more. They have a waiting list of more than 60 children who could be incorporated into the program with the help of volunteers.

This project works towards achieving the following Sustainable Development Goals

SDG 1 End poverty
SDG 2 Zero Hunger
SDG 3 Health and well-being
SDG 4 Quality education
SDG 5 Gender equality
SDG 10 Reducing inequalities
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  • Project Location
    Cochabamba, Bolivia.
  • Volunteer hours
    Monday to Friday mornings and afternoons
  • Volunteer activities
    Volunteers without specialized training in people with disabilities will support the people working in the centre, helping in the activities and workshops they carry out, helping in the therapies, etc. People with more specific training will be able to propose and carry out activities as well as give training and new tools to the staff working in the centres.
  • Minimal collaboration
    2 weeks
  • Incluido
    Tumaini accompaniment
    Hot water
    Local Coordinator
    Training course
    Airport pick-up
    Volunteer liability insurance
  • No incluido
    Tourist activities
    Travel insurance

Volunteer Program

Voluntary activities
  • To support the people working in the two centres.
  • Assist in the activities and workshops they carry out
  • Assisting in therapies
  • People with more specific training will be able to propose and implement activities as well as provide training and new tools for people working in the centres.
Profiles required
It is not necessary to have a specific profile to participate in this solidarity trip. The only requirements are:
  • Be of legal age or, in the case of minors, be accompanied by an adult. The minimum age to participate is 17 years old.
  • Be open-minded, tolerant, supportive and willing to learn. Flexibility is essential, as tasks may change depending on the needs of the NGO, similarly the ability to work in a team since volunteering is done in coordination with other people.
The project is particularly suitable for:
  • People with training in special education, speech therapy, pedagogy, physiotherapy, etc.
  • People who want to learn more about people with disabilities.
A day in the project
"As I worked on both projects at the same time, I went to both centres every day. In the morning I went to the integral education centre. There were physiotherapy students doing their internships there, so I helped in the therapies with the children and in the training of the future physiotherapists through small workshops, in which their university internship teacher and the centre's speech therapist also participated. We also organised a talk for the families together with the teachers of the centre, where they were able to express their doubts and concerns about how to help their children. Normally the timetable was from 9 am to 12.30 pm.In the afternoons, she went to the equine therapy centre from 16.00 to 18.00. As I was far away, I went directly from the holistic therapy centre and could have lunch there with Jaqueline, the project director, and her family. There I was in charge of carrying out therapies in the physiotherapy room and answering the families' questions, as well as helping in the equine therapy sessions. I also collaborated with the centre's professionals and other volunteers by contributing ideas for the creation of pictograms and communication boards".
Marina Domínguez.

Project Location


Located in Cochabamba, a quiet and beautiful city in the centre of Bolivia. The project is in principle open all year round and the minimum volunteering period is 2 weeks, although the longer the period the more impact the volunteering experience will have.  The centre of integral therapies was born more than 30 years ago and is a centre of integral education for children with disabilities. On the other hand, the second project offers an integral therapy to promote the rehabilitation of children and adolescents at a neuromuscular, psychological, cognitive and social level using the horse as a therapeutic tool.


Cochabamba is located at an altitude of 2,558 m, so the altitude makes it cool in the afternoons and evenings. The dry season runs from April to November and the rainy season from December to March.

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The cost varies according to the duration of your solidarity trip. The costs are approximate as they depend on the exchange rate at the time of payment.
Accommodation: Single room.
  • 2 weeks: €480
  • 3 weeks: €575
  • 4 weeks: €667
  • 6 weeks: 860 €.
  • 8 weeks: €1,044
What is included?

From Tumaini::
  • Search for the solidarity trip that best fits your profile and interests to provide an enriching beneficial experience for both travellers and NGOs.
  • A guide of the project with useful up-to-date information on the status and needs of the project.
  • Support during the preparation of your trip: visas, vaccinations, tips for buying your flight, advice on what to visit, essentials to carry in your backpack, practical information (money exchange, transport, timetables, culture, etc.).
  • Tumaini coordinator available by email or phone whenever you need to solve all your doubts. Sometimes, if possible, face-to-face meetings are also held.
  • Online course on solidarity travel and responsible tourism, mandatory for volunteers to get the most out of their experience.
  • Contact, if possible and on request, with volunteers who have already been in the project.
  • Contact, if possible and on request, with people who are going to travel on similar dates to chat before the solidarity trip, resolve doubts or organize it together.
  • Accident and liability insurance specialized in volunteering.
  • Follow-up during the solidarity trip.
  • Letter of reference or certificate of solidarity travel/volunteering on request.
On the part of the project:
  • Accommodation in a single dormitory.
  • Transport from Cochabamba airport to the house where you will sleep.
  • Breakfast and dinner
  • Local coordinators.
 What is not included?

  • International ticket
  • Travel insurance (compulsory)
  • Visa (free of charge for Spanish nationals for stays of less than 90 days)
  • Lunch
  • Extras such as personal excursions, shopping, etc.
Your trip will contribute to the growth of the project.The total cost of your solidarity trip is divided into two parts:
  • A contribution to Tumaini for the efforts and assistance of the volunteers.
  • A contribution to the project for board and lodging.
Your stay generates a direct benefit for the NGO, with your solidarity trip, you are directly contributing to making the project self-sustainable.
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