Moving to Santa Cruz, Bolivia with 4 kids for missionary type work and need advice!

I am considering doing a year or less of missionary type work in santa cruz. I am an oral surgeon that was DX with multiple sclerosis so am not working full time and have to resources. My kids are 13 to 5 and 2 play soccer competitively. my plans are to home school the kids with my wife while my wife and I working with the children in the orphanages. My boys could train with Tachiuchi, the soccer academy. I have worked in Haiti but my wife is very nervous. Is it possible to find a safe place for my family. Gated community? willing to spend reasonable amount for such piece of mind. Please I welcome thoughts and opinions! Thank you

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May 19, 2014
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Did you ever move to Bolivia?
by: Tim

Did you ever move to Bolivia and are your sons going to the Tahuichi soccer academy? My son is thinking about going to that academy and I wanted to hear your opinion of it. My email is timmccarty7525@att.net. Thanks

Feb 06, 2014
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Gymnastics for your daughter
by: Anonymous

Club Olimpico Santa Cruz is the best place for gymnastics in Santa Cruz and probably in all of Bolivia. They have both artistic and rythimic gymnasts at a good level. They have Bolivian and Panamericano champions training in their club. I They coach in Spanish,but nearly all of the girls are students from those bilingual schools mentioned to you before, some are of foregin orgin so your daughter would fit in just fine. Anyway your children will speak fluent Spanish in no time.
Clubs phone number is 3701708. address 4to anillo entre av.beni y av. plan12 monthly fee is now 420bolivianos. classes mon to fri. you can look them up on facebook too.

Nov 01, 2013
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Thank you
by: Ron

You sound so fill of the Spirit what hotels rent? Are they very expensive? My wife would like to keep the family structure.maybe we should rent a home. This is her major concern. Also my daughter takes gymnastics, I thought I saw a gym in town. What do you think of us bringing our dog. So many questions sorry. I just feel called to serve and trying to figure out how.. Thank you! I would like to keep in touch with you as we discern. in Christ

Nov 01, 2013
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moving to Santa Cruz for missionary type work
by: Marjorie Mindel

Yes, there are many gated communities, as well as hotels where you can rent apt. by the month.
The Tahuichi Academy would welcome your soccer players, I'm sure.
As an alternative to home-schooling, there are several all-English-speaking schools, including the Santa Cruz Christian Learning Center, with an Evangelical focus to their textbooks, although they accept non-Evangelical students also. 50% of the student body are native English-speakers. The rest are Bolivian, Brazilian, Chinese, Korean, and other nationalities. They have sports fields and compete with other English-speaking schools here in Santa Cruz de la Sierra in various sports including: basketball, soccer and volleyball.
As with the rest of the world, crime is rising along with the deterioration of the family, religion, and the increase in use of drugs & alcohol. However, taking due precautions, one can live peacefully and secure here as anywhere else.
Our orphanages and street-living adults and children do need as much help as can be offered. I know of one organization that helps children and adults of the streets. It's Orphan Helpers, a religious-based organization that feeds, counsels, and houses these needy people. Many other church groups and women's organizations are also helping the poor, abused and needy. You and your family will certainly be welcome here.

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