Study Abroad and Global Education

Adrienne Beitcher

Ask me where I've been: Bolivia

Major(s) Latin American Studies
Hobbies the beach, gardening, discovering new foods, jewelry making, coffee
Hometown Santa Monica, California
Program/Study Site SIT Study Abroad: Bolivia - Latin American Revolutionary Movements & Conflict Resolution
Adrienne Beitcher | Bolivia

Why study abroad?

Why not?

Why did you choose Bolivia?

To experience something completely different than anything I have experienced before. To be in a country that is 80% indigenous and breathe in the air of the Andes Mountains.  

What courses did you enroll in while abroad?

Advanced Spanish, a field study seminar, Revolutionary Movements and Conflict Resolution, a Field Study Seminar, and an Independent Study Project: "Who will give it to us: Women Organizing, Migration and Lack of Water in the neighborhood Primero de Mayop, in Cochabamba"

What was your living situation?

I lived with an incredible host family ( host sister my age, mom and dad) in the downtown part of La Paz. Their love and generosity definitely made my experience in La Paz more special.

What did you do for fun?

Because I had a host sister my age I got to hang out with her and her friends a lot. We would get ice cream and eat it in a plaza, go to a club with afro-bolivian music and just hang out at each others houses. Cafes were also a big part of everyday life in La Paz.  

Highlights of the program:

Host family, warmth of Bolivians, participating in activities with Indigenous groups, driving through the extremely rural and isolated parts of the Andes and stopping to talk to people on our way through.

The most challenging aspects of your experience:

Experiences of racism and seeing what poverty really means.

Final comments or suggestions for future participants:

If you choose to go to Bolivia…you will LOVE it!