New Arts and Culture Initiative

Art Waber and Silvia Quiroga have been colaborating to bring a Cochabamba-based modern dance choreographer Ana Cecilia Moreno to NC.

Farmer-to-Farmer Trip report

Activities in Cochabamba and Tarija Areas, Bolivia
FTF (Farmer-to-Farmer) Beekeeping activities have a long history in our partnership.  Although we are no longer officially funded as a FTF program country, we have maintained our contacts.  The FTF Cochabamba Coordinator, Mauricio Ramirez remains very interested in beekeeping having been a beekeeper himself.  Also Julio Ledo, professor of beekeeping at the Agricultural School in Cochabamba has constantly worked with FTF volunteers.  In the entire history of FTF activities in Cochabamba, Julio is the only university agricultural worker to be interested in outreach activities to area farmers at the public institution.  We have not pursued outreach through some of the private universities since for the most part their emphasis is not in agriculture.  We also continually have worked with Greby Caillavy who works with a ngo in the Mizque area of the department.  His wife Norma is a very successful honey bee queen producer.  Nabor Mendizabal continues to be a main contact for educational activities in beekeeping and currently is employed with an ngo in Tarija.  Also Juan Carlos has been employed by a ngo.  Thanks to the efforts of Julio and FTF, all of the above now maintain strong ties to the beekeepers in the Bolivian high valley region.  Prior to FTF activities they were not beekeepers so FTF has helped them out individually and also helped out countless other beekeepers through their work.  Our primary traveler volunteer has been Don Hopkins.  Don has continued to work through the Flex FTF program as well as being hosted by an ngo in Tarija.  Don has included with him several co travelers including myself in 2011(I also am a beekeeper and do indeed give most of the credit to FTF since my first time in a bee suit was at a FTF workshop).

Candidates sought for Teacher-in-Residence program in Bolivia

NC Partners has formed a Teacher-in-Residence (TIR) Committee to select a person to travel to Cochabamba, Bolivia this summer (US), 2012. The TIR will assist teachers in their classes at the Bi-National Center, Centro Americano Boliviano (CBA), and possibly provide a community-wide seminar and/or meet with University faculty at a local university.  The TIR will provide seminars and formal and informal discussions with teachers to improve and expand their teaching proficiency, enrich their curriculum and enhance their overall teaching of English.

Steve Gibson - Back from Bolivia

From Steve Gibson’s Facebook account relating to his trip to Bolivia     Jan 23  Sad news from Bolivia, my counterpart's Mom Viki Ramirez passed away Sat. night. She was a true inspiration to many volunteers from US that traveled to Cochabamba. Her love for the people in the rural areas inspired me. She of course lives on in Heaven but also here on earth because the example she showed to all by making the world a better place. I can still see her speaking to the rural children in Quechua as we gave out the bags of school and family health items.

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