Amigos de Potosí

Amigos de Potosi is a Dutch-based charity with a local coordinator and volunteers who try to provide the children of the many miners working in the “Cerro Rico” with a better way of living and working outside the mines. The charity runs small-scale education projects in the city and countryside around Potosí, encouraging children to go (and remain) in school. They believe that the local people are in the best position to find solutions, so all their projects are in cooperation with those who actually receive help.

How do I contribute?

  • When filling in your booking form, tick the option to contribute £5 to Amigos de Potosí
  • 100% of your donation will go directly to Amigos de Potosí.
  • If you’d like to donate more, just get in touch with your Travel Specialist who can give you more information.
Children at school in traditional Bolivian dress

Where does my money go?

Amigos de Potosi always have a variety of different projects underway in and around Potosí. One of them is Laja Tambo where they are building a glasshouse to provide the schoolchildren (and local community) with vegetables. They also offer a music project at the elementary school San Ildefonso in the miners’ district of the town. The 176 pupils have music lessons for two hours a week. They learn their traditional music, from an orchestra and find out how they can earn money from being a musician.

Tell me more!

  • You can read more about Amigos de Potosi on their website and Facebook page.
  • Keep up to date with our charities and meaningful travel efforts on our blog.
  • While you’re in Potosi during our Searching through the Silver Mines trip, pop along to Koala Tours opposite Casa de La Moneda. Ask for Wilber or Doyna and if you’re there on the right day, they might be able to show you around some of the projects.

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