Social issues

INTRODUCING...

27 Apr, 2015 | Phoebe Roth

Carolina Interview Name: Carolina Age: 9 What’s your school called? It’s called Max Paredes School and it’s really close to here (20 de Octubre) What’s your favourite subject and why? Natural science...

TURNING UP THE TEMPO

27 Apr, 2015 | Jenny Dinwoodie

Bolivia Clásica School of Music helps young musicians take to the international stage  Even before the clarinet had reached his lips, I knew I was about to witness something special. It was his...

LA PAZ LEARNING

27 Apr, 2015 | Emily Cashen

Our intrepid reporter samples various educational opportunities around the city TANGO Following 40 minutes of fervent map-consulting and wrong turns, I finally arrived at Casa Argentina—just six bl...

CHANGING THE FACE OF EDUCATION

27 Apr, 2015 | Phoebe Roth

Long-suppressed indigenous languages are now fundamental in Bolivian classrooms On an unusually cold and miserable Wednesday morning, I wander the streets of El Alto in search of Colegio Amauta, the s...

LEARNING TO LEARN WITH ICTs

27 Apr, 2015 | Nadia

"Could you research Simón Bolivar for me?" I'm looking after my family's Internet Center in El Alto, and a high school student is brandishing the silver coin with which he hopes to purchase my highly...

El Coche Alteño

24 Mar, 2015 | Oliver Neal

A Car from the rubble El Alto, a place of wonder and endless opportunities to buy an array of products at cheap prices. I’ve seen nothing of the sort before. As I wander past the range of car parts...

100 Bolivianos: The Journey of a Note Through La Paz

24 Mar, 2015 | Ali Macleod

Guards with guns, blood-dripping cow carcasses, and unwashed tourists—all witnessed through the journey of a hundred bolivianos, from the cashpoint as a crisp note to a roadside kiosk as a handful of...

MARKET

24 Mar, 2015 | Nick Somers

A Photo essay by Nick SomersWhat is it that you need? Ingredients for your favourite meal, new furniture to match freshly painted walls, a new shirt for a night out at the bars? Perhaps that one speci...

TRANSPORTING A CITY

24 Mar, 2015 | Phoebe Roth

La Paz’s new cable-car transit system is changing the commute of both paceños and alteños—and transforming the city. Arriving in La Paz, one of the first things I noticed was the teleférico, the cable...

THE BAKERY IN A WOMEN´S PRISON

24 Mar, 2015 | Matilda Curtis

Economic self-sufficiency while incarcerated—con sabor It’s not easy to make a salteña.  The filling must be prepared the night before and refrigerated overnight. Construction is a delicate tas...

Coca: It’s Not Just Cocaine

24 Mar, 2015 | Oliver Neal

A licit market is slowly expanding for the Andes’ most iconic—and demonized—plant. The first clear liquor scorches the back of one’s throat but nicely warms the stomach. It’s known as Spirit of Coca...

INFORMAL, BUT ORGANISED

24 Mar, 2015 | Emily Cashen

Cash-in-hand workers wield their political and economic power through organisation and entrepreneurialism.  In a dusty lay-by overlooking the sprawling city of La Paz, champagne is flowing on a b...

BUYING FORTUNE

24 Mar, 2015 | Ali Macleod

Hidden in the witches´ market , burnt offerings bring fortune and well-being in Bolivia´s traditional mesas Money in La Paz can buy you large houses in the Zona Sur, 8 courses of Michelin-star-quality...

DREAMS ACROSS GENERATIONS

24 Feb, 2015 | Ali Macleod

One man’s life and the dreams of his daughters “I know it sounds funny, but I want to be a clown!” says Rina, laughing, wearing a half-guilty, half-thrilled grin. Then there is a pause. Rina cons...

THE BLANKET POLICE

24 Feb, 2015 | Nadia Butler

Raising a Baby in El Alto PHOTO: ALEXANDRA MELEÁN A. Doña Basilia rushes out of the store where I stopped to buy eggs, wrestles my baby from me, and wraps him tightly in a blue fleece blanket...