Abby and Josh's Journey to Bolivia

Current Location

Jupapina, Bolivia

Hola! Hello! We are Abby and Josh, and we are volunteering as English as a Second Language (ESL) teachers in the village of Jupapina, Bolivia. We are both so excited to share this journey with you! 


Located approximately two hours west of La Paz by bus, sitting at an altitude of 3,850 meters (12,631 feet), Tiwanaku is a spectacular city of ancient ruins.


I can hardly believe how much has changed for us since that first day we arrived in chilly El Alto and made our way to the incredible and welcoming community of Jupapina.

Field Notes

One of the first people I had the pleasure of meeting here in Bolivia was the volunteer coordinator for Up Close Bolivia, Mino. I am happy to share parts of his daily life with you in this Field Note.


Last Saturday, Josh and I visited the animal sanctuary in Mallasa—about a 30-minute walk from the Green House here at Up Close Bolivia—where we got up close and personal with tons of wildlife!