Bolivia

The Bolivia Life Center (BLC) provides housing, food, health care, mentoring, skills training, educational support, and therapy to the boys God has brought to our doorstep. The boys come from a variety of backgrounds: some are genuine orphans with no known family, others have been rescued from abusive homes, and many were simply found abandoned in a field, an empty building or on a park bench. The BLC strives to be the final stop in the boys’ upbringing, a family where the staff are aunts and uncles, and godparents and friends visit from overseas. The boys’ needs are met and their dreams cultivated thanks to the donations of sponsors, BLC Partners and other friends in the US.

Who does the BLC benefit?

We open our doors wide to the boys who need it most. The Bolivia Life Center (BLC) houses boys ages 3 to 18 from the Bolivian equivalent of Child Protective Services, and maintains legal custody of the boys until they reach adulthood. Once the boys reach adulthood they can choose to live in our LifeHouse, a transitional home that provides mentorship, support through college or vocational school, and job opportunities. The boys at the BLC are here to stay, to form life-long relationships with one another, with staff and with visitors from the US. They are not available for adoption, and are not sent to another home unless the child specifically requests it. The BLC provides a stable, reliable, and nurturing environment for boys who have already spent so much of their lives moving, running and surviving. It gives them a chance to rest, to heal, and to start dreaming again.

What can you expect as a short-term missionary?

The BLC was specifically designed to house short-term mission teams. Since before the BLC began housing boys in 2003, teams have served there. During these trips, teams participate in work projects to better the BLC and are also able to spend valuable time with boys and take part in their healing process. Not only do the teams spend time at the BLC, but they also participate in Sidewalk Sunday School and outreach to children in local villages.

If you would like further information about bringing a team or joining a team please click the tabs above or email our Missions Team Coordinator, Natalie Hernandez at Natalie@cinonline.org.

 

 

 2017 Open Team

June 9-18 (Includes travel dates)

Trip Cost: $1,400

$100 Non-refundable Deposit & Application: February 1

50% Due: March 15

100% Due: April 15

If you would like to reserve your team’s trip dates, email Natalie@cinonline.org.

Day 1
Greet BLC boys
Orientation/Tour
Lunch
Sidewalk Sunday School
Dinner
Time with BLC boys
Team Time

Day 2
Breakfast and Team Devos
Park with BLC boys
Picnic Lunch
Dinner
Youth Group
Team Time

Day 3
Breakfast and Team Devos
Church
Phone calls home
Lunch with boys at the LIFEhouse
Time with BLC boys
Dinner
Team Time

Day 4
Breakfast and Team Devos
Mission Projects
Lunch
Sidewalk Sunday School
Dinner
Bonfire and Soccer Game
Team Time

Day 5
Breakfast and Team Devos
Mission Projects
Lunch
Sidewalk Sunday School
Dinner
Time with BLC boys
Team Time

Day 6
Breakfast and Team Devos
Mission Projects
Lunch
Sidewalk Sunday School
Team Banquet
Team Time

Day 7
Breakfast and Team Devos
Mission Projects
Lunch
Apt Clean Up and Packing
Sidewalk Sunday School
Pizza Party at BLC
Team Times

Day 8
Breakfast and Team Devos
Goodbyes
Christ Statue
Lunch
La Cancha Market
Dinner
Flight to USA

**The above itinerary is a sample and is adjusted for every team.

**Special arrangements may be made for teams with a special set of skills (ie- medical teams, sports teams, or full construction teams)

Trip Cost:

Joining a CIN Open Team: $1,400 (includes round-trip airfare from Miami)
Bringing a Team: $600 (does not include round-trip airfare from Miami // teams book their own airfare)

**Costs include: housing, meals, transportation, and material for work projects. To see a breakdown of the costs please click here.

 

Deadlines:

  1. Application & $100 non-refundable deposit due: 4 months before trip
  2. 50% due: 60 days before trip
  3. 100% due: 30 days before trip

 

Above prices do not include:

  • Passport – $135
  • Bolivia Visa – $160

 

1. Join/Form a team

Refer to the “Trip Dates” tab to view available dates or email Natalie@cinonline.org to reserve dates to bring a team.

2. Required Individual Member Form

3. What to expect- Click here to download and print the BLC Handbook (this includes: packing list, rules, a sample schedule, etc.)

4. Begin Your Trip