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A young arriero leads a mule across fresh snow in the Peruvian Andes. Photo by Benjamin Swift (2016 Fall Semester Photo Contest Finalist), South America Semester.

Update on Political Situation in Bolivia

Dear Friends and Families,

We are writing to give you an update related to Bolivia. As you may be aware, last Sunday presidential elections were held in which Evo Morals was running for a controversial 4th term. Final votes were counted yesterday and today which have shown Evo as gaining the win over opposing parties. There has been suspicion of voter fraud which has engendered protests around the country. Most demonstrations do not pose a threat to traveler safety. That being said, we are monitoring the situation on the ground for any further developments.

Student health, safety, and security are our top priorities at Dragons. We carefully monitor the situation in each of the locations where we run programs, drawing on a number of different resources. Among these resources are ISOS (our risk management provider), the Department of State’s Overseas Security Advisory Council, and our field staff on the ground.

We are monitoring the situation locally and are in touch with local contacts to receive additional information. Our field staff have informed students of the situation and reminded them of protocols related to safety and avoiding demonstrations. This group will be in more remote regions this week where protests and disruption to program logistics will be minimal. 

We will continue to monitor the situation carefully, drawing on the resources mentioned above and others and we will take appropriate steps should the situation indicate that further action is advisable. Please feel free to reach out to me should you have questions or concerns about the information provided here.


Dave Haffeman

South America Program Director

[email protected]