The Maryknoll Bolivia Mission Immersion Program

Language Studies

You can also study Spanish with Maryknoll here in Bolivia, at our world famous language school!

The Maryknoll Bolivia Mission Immmersion Program is a full-time volunteer program. Volunteers must speak Spanish before beginning their volunteer work. You may already speak Spanish. You may plan to study in the U.S. or elsewhere before coming to Bolivia. That's fine! And for those of you hoping to study Spanish in Bolivia before volunteering, Maryknoll offers a globally-renowned Language Program.

The Immersion Program is just one of the mission formation programs available here at the Maryknoll Mission Center In Latin America (CMMAL are the Spanish initials). The Center’s oldest and most famous program is our Language Program. For almost 50 years* we have been teaching Spanish, Quechua, and Aymara to students from around the world. The program has recently been revamped and is better than ever. Original text-books, world-class teachers, and innovative methodologies make this one of the best places in the world to learn a second language. But we offer much more than that: the Language Program also offers part-time volunteer opportunities tailored to students with limited language abilities, family home stays, weekly conferences on various aspects of mission and Latin American history and culture, social events, tours, and the chance to meet other students from diverse backgrounds preparing to serve the people of Latin America. So, check out the website, or contact the Language Program at

Again, if you do decide to study Spanish in Bolivia, you would finish your Spanish studies before beginning the Maryknoll Bolivia Mission Immersion Program. Please keep this in mind when calculating how long you would plan to be in Bolivia.  (Also, note that the Maryknoll Language Institute and the Maryknoll Bolivia Mission Immersion Program have completely separate application processes.)

Learning language is a big part of cross-cultural mission. Of course it can be challenging. But Bolivians are famously patient and understanding – and they speak very clearly! So come on down. You'll be telling chistes, sharing historias, and singing along to your favorite canciones with your Bolivian cuates before you can say "¡Uno, dos, tres!"  

¡Adelante, compañer@s!

* We'll be celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Language Program in 2015 - come and join us!