Bolivia Jungles / Rurrenabaque Region, May 2017 Team

Date:   05/27/2017 - 06/10/2017

Project Helping Hands has been sending teams to the Amazon Rainforest - The Northern Region of Bolivia - an area also known as Amazonia for almost 9 years.

The public health system is extremely limited in this area  and life is not easy  for most who live in communities along the riverbanks. The challenges are receiving education and finding ways of improving lifestyles. Access to basic health care is almost nonexistent, due to their isolated conditions.

PHH volunteers teach community health sessions and provided health, dental, and vision services with  a 8 day clinic that served almost 2000 people in 2015.

On this 2017 trip we will continue providing health clinics in some  of the same communities as last year and new ones due to the high demand among the population.

Project Helping Hands Provides:

  • Round trip Domestic Airfare (from a major USA airport except Alaska or Hawaii, does not include regional airports)
  • Round trip International Airfare (From USA departure point to destination country)
  • All in-country air and ground transportation (All transportation while in our host country)
  • All applicable VISA fees
  • Airport departure taxes
  • International Travel Insurance (Does not include trip cancellation)
  • All meals and drinking water while in our host country (does not provide for specialized diets such a vegetarian, vegan, gluten free)
  • Project Helping Hands team deployment package (shirt, name tag, luggage tag, trip of purpose letter)
  • Transportation, meals and any fees associated with PHH sanctioned team activities.

PHH does not cover:

  • Airline baggage fees 
  • Meals or lodging in the USA due to a forced layover
  • Passport Fees
  • Fees associated with vaccinations (yellow fever prophylaxis)
  • Personal Gear
  • Personal choice food or snacks either home or acquired within destination country
  • Any costs  incurred outside of Bolivia


Mapiri River - Bolivia

Skill Requirements:

The primary focus for this team is to provide general health care and health education services. We seek licensed health care professionals including but not limited to the following!

  • Physicians
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Physician Assistants
  • Dentists
  • RN's
  • EMS Personnel
  • Student Nurses
  • Translators (Spanish/English)
  • Non-Medical Support Personnel

We welcome both medical and non-medical volunteers with a spirit of adventure and determination to partake in a culturally sensitive growth opportunity while helping others in need of our services.  Above all you must be willing to work as a team for the common goal of our mission!

This trip require a level of fitness to be able to participate in the activities as describe

Amount of in-country travel:  Heavy travel:  This team will spend a fair amount of time on unimproved roads and primarily in dugout log/plank riverboats traveling from village to village.

Sleeping arrangements:  Accommodations will vary throughout this trip ranging from sleeping in a hostel/hotel to sleeping on the floor in sleeping bags with backpacker style matts and in tents (self provided) on a river bar or in a jungle village.

Running water/electricity:  Will vary depending on the community.  Some locations will have limited power and it will be necessary to carry and/or treat all team drinking water. There may be at times several days where you will not have access to showers.  There is always the option of bathing in the river or a tributary stream.

Physical Requirements:  Team members need to be in average or better physical conditional.  This is in part a high altitude trip (arrival and departure location El Alto International Airport La Paz, Bolivia 13,325 ft.)

Climate:  The weather should be mostly dry with the possibility of an occasional rain shower/thunder storm.  Team members are encouraged to dress in layers as the mornings and evenings are rather cool.  Daytime temperatures are mild in the 70's and the nights can approach the freezing point.

Altitude: You will only be in high altitude locations on the first and last day of this trip.  The majority of time you will be at an elevation of around 2,500's

Application Due Date: Sun, Jan 15, 2017

Application Status Notification:  Mon, Jan 30, 2017

Team Size:  20

Team Leadership: Nancy Bonalumi 

Minimum Donation Amount:  $3,000.00

Trip Code:  BO0517

Note that applying for a team does not guarantee acceptance. All applicants will be notified of the status of their application in the estimated date notification . *Minimum donation amount is based on airfare rates that were established up to one year prior to travel date. PHH reserves the right to add an additional airline surcharge fee in the event that airlines increase their fuel surcharge fees up to four months prior to trip departure date.

Bolivia Jungle Rivers- Mapiri river 2016


Upon arrival at El Alto international airport (elev. 13,325 ft) the team will be transport to the Hostal el Rosario La Paz city, where the team a will have a team Orientation meeting, a greeting and planning session with the interpreters as well as sorting medications before starting the journey. The team will spend the first night in La Paz.

The next day early morning will start the journey towards the Amazon, starting with an opportunity do a mountain bike trip down Bolivia's famous "Death Road" (Camino de la muerte).  For those not interested in mountain biking down to the community of Yolosa (about 5,000 ft. elevation) you will have the option of staying in the Ecolodge "Las Cascadas" where you will meet the rest of the team after the mountain bike ride. The team will have lunch and the opportunity to freshen up before continuing on to Covendo (8hr drive bus approximately) our first clinic site.

The next day early morning the team will conduct their first clinic and continue for the next three days providing clinics in the communities of Palos Blancos, Suapi, Mayaya. Then we board boats that will be transportation for the next 4 days. We will work our way down the river from village to village providing health care and health education to village residents.

Clinics in the communities

After several days on the river the team will arrive in the town of Rurrunabaque which will be the end point of river travel-clinics.

The team will be transported to a region known as "Serere" where you will encounter an abundance of wildlife and beautiful scenery.  You will spend one night out in Serere National park exploring the Amazon jungle with a tour guide and return to Rurrunabaque the following day to fly back to La Paz.  The team will have a farewell lunch together with our hosts and interpreters in the city of La Paz.  


River boat Bolivia

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