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2024 Quaker Study Tour Now Forming: Quakers in Bolivia - Climate Change Impacts And Adaptation

Snow capped mountains and Palm Trees - Sorata

BQEF is sponsoring a two-week tour of Bolivia and its rich culture and astounding natural beauty, July 11-24, 2024. This trip will include an added emphasis on studying climate change and its impact.
Come to beautiful Bolivia to learn about its history and culture, from pre-Incan traditions to the emergence of modern Bolivia. Travelers will visit Quaker communities in the Altiplano region to witness environmental adaptations in the high plains. Participants will fly into Sucre, a UNESCO World Heritage site and former capital. The itinerary will include La Paz, Lake Poopó (site of the award-winning Bolivian film Utama), Quaker communities in the Altiplano, the pre-Incan ruins of Tiwanaku, and Lake Titicaca, ending in the capital city of La Paz.

Seeking: US Coordinator Services Provider


The Bolivian Quaker Education Fund is seeking an independent contractor for the following scope of work performed remotely. Please submit your expression of interest with a CV or résumé to by December 15.




The consultant serves as the U.S. Coordinator for the Bolivia Quaker Education Fund (BQEF), a 20-year-old organization with operations in the United States and Bolivia that makes a meaningful impact in the lives of Bolivian students and their families and the wider Quaker community. The U.S. Coordinator plays a key role in nurturing educational opportunities and rich cross-cultural connections.


An Opportunity: For Hope, Joy, Fulfillment

Nelly Poma Challco Headshot

If you go out and make some good things happen, you will fill the world with hope, you will fill yourself with hope." ~Barack Obama

Shortfall Plea


The Bolivian government has mandated 17% salary increases across the board and other costs have risen as well. Can you chip in extra and early this fall to help us cover the shortfall by making a generous gift today?

Double Your Gift!

Andina Cross Motif
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Raquel's Leading for Healing: "The work is very beautiful"

Raquel And Classmates With Neonatology Practice Dolls

Raquel Quisbert Cama is in her third year of studying Medical Technology at the University of San Andrea, with a concentration in Physiotherapy and Kinesiology.

Nelly's Language Learning

Nelly And A Masked Classmate

Nelly Poma Challco recently completed her fifth semester studying Linguistics and Languages at UPEA, the public university in El Alto.

Thanks to Your Support, Cinthia is a Vet Now!

Cinthia In Her Surgical Uniform

Cinthia Miriam Calle Chiquipa graduated with a degree in Veterinary Medicine and Zootechnics from the Public University of El Alto last December.

Inspired To Keep Trying

Eddie and his Mom with their dog Spot


Eddy Nelson Nogales Paco studies Aeronautics at the Public University of San Andrés. "My family supports me through ups and downs," Eddy writes. "Whenever I have to stay up late studying, my mom and sisters encourage me. I help with cleaning, washing, and cooking at home." Eddy's best friend through the cold Andean nights is his puppy, Spot.

"I studied hard the week before midterm exams but when I saw my grades I wanted to cry." Mom consoled me, saying: 'Don't give up now. Trust in God and you will see that everything will be fine.'

I gave my best and I will do better next time, for all the people who believe in me and for myself."

His virtual classes require purchasing data cards in addition to paying for research and other costs. Saturday and late evening classes make his schedule exacting.

These scholarships have helped Bolivian

Friends make a dramatic difference.

Tania, Gabi, Rossio, and Jonathan

Tania At A Remote Health Center

Our Spring 2021 Newsletter is attached in pdf format. We hope you'll read these stories about our inspiring students and their struggles and successes amidst the even greater challenges of the continuing pandemic. (People are *just* starting to be able to access vaccinations in Bolivia, and the going is slow.)

Be well, f/Friends.


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