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Materials by or About Bolivia Peace Corps People

Lee Arbuckle - Inventor
"Inventor Helps Grasslands Go Native," Science Daily (November 1, 2006) — Montana rancher and inventor Lee Arbuckle may soon change the nation's market for native grass seed, a tricky-to-harvest crop worth hundreds of millions and vital to restoring wildlands...

Dr. Bill Keck- "¡Salud!' ....
Bill writes in his bio, "A work related hobby has been a 15 year relationship with Cuba and its health system.  They have what is probably the best system in the developing world, but we're not supposed to know about it.  So, of course, I've been busy with others trying to get the word out.  We have a new film about the system that is now out."

¡Salud! is an excellent, accurate and deeply moving portrayal of a healthcare system designed to keep people healthy rather than the ‘sickcare’ system that currently exists in the United States.”. --Jocelyn Elders, MD, former U.S. Surgeon General

Joan Velasquez - Mano A Mano
Joan has worked many years to help meet needs in Bolivia. Part of that has been building Mano A Mano Medical Resources which has brought resources into Bolivia for a number of years now. Mano A Mano accepts donations as well as selling gifts to rasie monies.

Expulsion of Peace Corps from Bolivia page: Expulsion of PC from Bolivia ... file: Expulsion.doc
A page with four parts: (1) Newspaper front page and text from front page, with list of PC persons to be expelled; (2) Article: "A Sacrificial Llama?"  By James F. Siekmeier; (3) Jorge Sanjines Filmography with links; and (4) Comments on Blood of the Condor.

The End of the Peace Corps Operation in Bolivia .pdf file (463 kb): BaumannMemo5.24.71.pdf
Two page memo from Gino Baumann and Fred Caploe to "All PCV's and Staff (Bolivian and USA)" explaining the end of Peace Corps operations in Bolivia and what would happen to volunteers and staff afterwards. Interesting historical note! Submitted by Peter Hansen, one of those affected by ending PC in Bolivia, Group 36. Thanks Peter!

Peter Stubben - "Building Co-ops Among the Quechua" .pdf file 800kb (scanned from Coop Report)
An article in Coop Report magazine, May-June 1971, pp. 1-3, reports of Peter 's work as a volunteer in PC Bolivia to develop better agricultural growing methods and cooperatives. Pictures of Peter Stubben, Lee Arbuckle, Gino Baumann are part of the 4 pages (cover and 3 inside pages).

Jim Ciotti - personal website
He has visited Bolivia since service and includes pictures and items he makes available from his travels.

Julia Moore - paintings
Julia as an artist displays her works, etc.

Trish Modugno-Furman - sketches .pdf file (found online but can't find the URL again)
Trish had five pages of her sketches printed in the magazine, Peace Corps Volunteer, January-February 1970 issue.

(Bill) McCabe Coolidge -
(1) "A writer writes"
(2) "Loneliness of a Peace Corps Volunteer
Working with the Peace Corps Writers Group, Bill Coolidge has written and published several of his writings. These are a poem entitled, "Che Guevarra" and some prose entitled "The Loneliness of a Peace Corps Volunteer"

Bolivia-ChichaPCVs group
Discussion group set up by Lee Arbuckle and Ed Stoll. Much discussion and exhcange of RPCVs from Bolivia before it was expelled in 1971. These folk organized this summer's reunion...
From Dwight Steen:
You must first register with Google and create a login (ID & Password). 
Then you can join the Bolivia group called: Bolivia-Chichapcvs. Instructions.

Training Biography Booklets / PCB Directory
Booklets are in .pdf format. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader, available free for the download if your browser does not already have it installed from: . Files are large, from 1 to 4 megabytes each.
Group 29 Training Biographies (.pdf file 2.1 MB): Dated April 1967, from Jeff Fletcher
Group 31 Training Biographies (.pdf file 7.7 MB): Dated August 1967, from Robert Hudgens
Group 32 Training Biographies (.pdf file 3 MB): Dated, from Bill Baedke
Group 33 Training Biographies (.pdf file 1.9 MB): Dated, from Barb Belden
Group 34 Training Biographies (.pdf file 2.6 MB): Dated August 1968, from Connie Jaquith & Kirk Harder
Group 36 Training Biographies (.pdf file 7.3 MB); Dated 1969, from Peter Hansen (also posted on Chchas)
Directory PC Bolivia 1970: from Steven Kraft, Grp 36

Camp Armac : 1968 & 2008. Here is a site with ore information: some pictures from 1960's and now in 2007, with homes now built around the renovated swimming pool (picture at right). Camp Armac was used by Peace Corps training through University of Washington in the 60's for Bolivia, Chile and other service assignments as well.

Mines Group Note : Camp Armac Training, Bothell, WA
Camp Armac was a children's summer camp where Mines Group 29 trained in April - May 1967. It was loacted in Bothell outside of Seattle, Washington. From 1971-74 the site was used for aftercare services in drug addiction rehab. The site has now given way to an interstate highway.

Sites About Bolivian Things

Upside Down World
English and Spanish. Uncovering activism and politics in Latin America. "If the world is upsdie doen the way it is now, we wouldn't have to turn it over to get it to stand up straight." --Eduardo Galeano.
Weekly E-mail newsletter. Sign up for their newsletter:
Resources on Latin American social, media, cultural, political issues and more. Check out the More Resources button, a lengthy listing of more Bolivian and Latin AMerican Resources.

The Democracy Center
English and Spanish. Check out the Blog from Bolivia. "The Democracy Center works globally to advance social justice through investigation and reporting, training citizens in public advocacy, and leading international citizen campaigns." --Online description of "Who We Are." SAN FRANCISCO, P.O. Box 22157 San Francisco, CA 94122 & BOLIVIA, Casilla 5283, Cochabamba, Bolivia.

Bolivia Web
[Appears to cover a wide range of information about Bolivia. however, many pages have dates that are 3-5 years old.]
English and Spanish. "Welcome to Bolivia Web, the largest Bolivian community on the web. Our company's mission is to present to the world a positive image of Bolivia. To that end, we have built the largest and most comprehensive Bolivian portal, with thousands of links to other Bolivian sites, chat rooms, postcards, etc. Bolivia Web was founded in 1996 by Miguel Barrientos and Claudia Soria. The site was built on top of work originally started by Mr. Barrientos in 1995 while still a student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology." Bolivia Web, 5220 Chinley Court., Charlotte, NC 28226, USA. E-mail:

Directory of Cities, Towns and Regions in Bolivia
Quite handy for locating most any place in Bolivia. Organized by Department, you choose a location by its alphabetical listing. Site shows you several maps which can be zoom'ed in or out, topographical maps and weather records of the place. There appear to be several thousand listings. Each site also has lattitude and longitude measurements. AWESOME SITE!

So.Mines: Atocha, Animas, Rosario, Telemayu
Section of pictures and text on the mining district women from the Atocha area who participated in a pilot project "Handmade Books: Expression, Repair and Economic Alternative" (2003-2005) by Alex Apella. Through workshops and other related activities, Project "Handmade Books" supports and extends the possibilities of implementing tools and knowledge that will empower the women in the mining communities to realize these three visions......Part of a project of various "Transient Books" creations and endeavors done by Magu and Alex Appella who live in Argentina, and sell their products through Oregon. Check out the full site, fascinating!

Music from the Andes & Nearby Regions
From a message posted by Bill Baedke on Bolivia-ChichaPCVs group comes a referral to this site. "This site has some music from Bolivia that you can listen to." Until our own dj's assemble music for the reunion, check out the collection here. Music is referenced to performing group, albums and possible purchase sites. Music online is monaural only 21k level.

Bolivia Web Radio
URL to use on iTunes or similar MP3 player to access continuous Bolivian Radio station.
You can:
(1) Click on the URL here which takes you to ShoutCast and shows you Bolivia Web Radio, listing what is currently playing. Click on the Listen button above and it will ask you to select a player to listen to the stream.
(2) Copy this URL and paste into iTunes or similar continuous streaming audio player to start Bolivia Web Radio streaming to you.

Blood of the Condor Clips
From Bill Baedke, Group 32, come this site which has clips from Yawar Mallku (Blood of the Condor) in
Real Player format [site shows where you can get it free]. Quality of clips is not the best but there are 13 clips varying in length from about 30 seconds to 3 minutes. If anyone knows where to get a copy of the film, please contact us.

Yawar Mallku (Blood of the Condor) was released in 1969. The movie contributed to the eventual expulsion of Peace Corps from Bolivia in 1971. About Yawar Mallku ("rich text format" file -- Great discussion of fim at end of file)
The chief of a rural Indian community in Bolivia grows suspicious when his wife and other women in the village are unable to conceive. When the village discovers that they are victims of a covert sterilization campaign, partially run by the "U.S. Progress Corps," they fight back with plenty of bloodshed.
Running Time: 1 hr. 14 min.
Jorge Sanjines
Cast: Marcelino Yanahuaya, Benedicta Mendoza Huanca, Gregorio Yana, Ignacio Quispe, Vicente Salinas

Cocina Boliviana
Spanish. Part of Collection of recipes in Spanish. Three sections: Platos tipicos (50+ recipes); Sopas (12 recipes); Salteñas and empanadas (15 recipes). "La variedad de la Cocina Boliviana está dada por la diversidad geográfica y climática, donde según la región consta de distintos tipos de alimentos así como de condimentos."

Locotos y Salteñas
"What is a Salteña? It's simply the most delicious Bolivian delicacy known to man. Actually, the Salteña hails from La Paz Bolivia - but you don't need to travel all the way there to enjoy this feast. This recipe has been finely tuned with assistance from my Abuelita. It's a sure fire winner. Enjoy!" --from a website by Joe Carrasco documenting the rocoto [Capsicum pubescens] (locoto in Bolivia). Joe's grandma was from La Paz and he grew up eating Bolivian food. Check it out! --

Salteñas from Julia Moore Peace Corps salteñas
I'm attaching the salteña recipe from "Epicuro Andino." (My copy is stamped "Propriedad del Cuerpo de Paz: Lending copy -- sign out and return as soon as possible"....Oops.) I hope you enjoy the part about the cow's hoof. There is an alternative for that item at the bottom. If you get somebody to make this, don't let them substitute a more healthy shortening for the lard. The pastry will not be nearly as good, nor will the taste be as authentic.
(Come on, how often are we going to eat these? Onc
e or twice more in our lifetimes?) Enjoy! --Julia Moore, Grp 29.

Nicho – Andean Chicken Soup from Dennis Holt Recipe Nicho Andean Chicken Soup
Saludos, compañeros.Here's a germane recipe I prepared years ago for a church cookbook.
Try it! You'll like it! --Dennis Holt. Grp 23

Llajua: Bolivian Hot Sauce
Never knew how to spell it, but quickly learned how hot it was and how to ask for it by name. Here's a recipe for it--though it seems more like a general hot sauce recipe than Bolivian. But maybe with genuine locotos bolivianos it would be authentic.

Sites Relevant to RPCVs

Amigos de Bolivia y Peru ...TO JOIN AMIGOS---> click HERE.
The alumni association of RPCVs and staff who served in Bolivia and Peru, Amigos is an official affiliate of the National Peace Corps Association. We publish a quarterly newsletter, Yachaspa, and maintain a website (above).
Amigos' Kantuta Fund: A 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, donations to our Kantuta Fund are tax deductible, providing small grants to PCVs' community based projects. Amigos assists newly returning PCVs in their reentry and 60s and 70s RPCVs in keeping in touch with each other or re-visiting Bolivia and Peru. Amigos maintains excellent relationships with the current PC staffs in Bolivia and Peru as well as at PC headquarters.
Amigos de Bolivia y Peru, 7327 University Ave., Glen Echo, MD 20812 tel: (301) 320-5068 email:

National Peace Corps Association
A non-profit organization of returned Peace Corps volunteers, former staff and friends committed to fostering peace through service, education and advocacy.
1900 L Street NW, Suite 205, Washington, DC 20036-5002 tel: 202.293.7554 email:

The Independent News Forum serving Returned Peace Corps Volunteers. Not affiliated with US Peace Corps. PCOL Newsletter • Library • RPCV Directory •Peace Corps News • RCV Bulletin Board. The purpose of Peace Corps Online is to provide electronic tools for the communication, dissemination, and discussion of information among returned peace corps volunteers to help meet Kennedy's third goal for the Peace Corps. Started and run by an RPCV who served in Peru. PCOL indicates they get more than a quarter million visitors monthly.
Send articles or mail to: "Ask Not" - P.O. Box 1960 - Ponca City, OK 74602 email:

Peace Corps Writers
"Where Returned Peace Corps Volunteers write about their world."
The goal of launching PC Writers' web site, as well as that of publishing its precursor, the newsletter RPCV Writers & Readers, is at the heart of the Third Goal of the Peace Corps — to “bring the world back home.” The writings of Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs), all their novels, short stories, essays and poetry are a positive way of educating Americans about the world, an essential Third Goal activity. The newsletter, and now the site, provide the link between the cultures of the world and our culture....Founded in 1989 by editor John Coyne and publisher Marian Haley Beil (both Ethiopia 1962–64).
of books written by Peace Corps writers (Volunteers or staff). and more. Contact information.

Bolivia News and Travel

Can't Do It In Europe, A Film by Charlotta Copcutt, Anna Weitz & Anna Klara Åhrén
Can't Do It in Europe portrays this new phenomenon of 'reality tourism,' whereby bored American or European travelers seek out real-life experiences as exciting tourist "adventures." The film follows a group of such international tourists as they visit the mines in Potosi—the poorest city in the poorest nation in Latin America—where Bolivian miners work by hand, just as they did centuries ago, to extract silver from the earth... -- Go to distributor site for a fuller description. Made in 2006.

Populism For a Price, Bankrolling Morales's Social Initiatives, Chávez Steers Bolivia From Washington
By Peter S. Goodman, Washington Post Staff Writer, Friday, August 3, 2007; Page D01.
ORURO, Bolivia. Allama-wool hat swathing his head, Santos Paredes took the floor with photos in hand -- images of a half-built medical clinic in his village on the high plains of the Andes. Paredes, the mayor, entreated Bolivia's president, Evo Morales, for money to finish the job.... (go to full article)
Thanks for submitting this news address, Jeff Fletcher, Group 29.

SALT AND SKY: The remote Salar de Uyuni Salt Desert
Photo gallery of some photos taken there by tourists recently. Sluggish to access photos but a nice collection of shots. See the hotel with walls and furniture made from salt blocks. Thanks for submitting the address Jeff Fletcher, Group 29.