Bruce Stahlberg is an expert on sustainable energy. Bruce is currently working for SOS Kinderdorf International in Bolivia. SOS Kinderdorf International is a private welfare organization that builds and operates Childrens Villages. SOS Childrens Villages offer abandoned, orphaned and destitute children a new permanent home, and prepare them for an independent life.

Bruce oversees the construction of buildings that are energy efficient, which is particularly important in places that do not have an abundance of consumable energy resources like the Andes Mountains in Bolivia, the Chang Tang plateau of Tibet and the harsh tundra of Greenland.

Bruce also teaches alternative energy usage to SOS children and inhabitants of remote villages in Bolivia. This has primarily taken the form of training people to build and use solar cookers.

PLACE
Bolivia is the only landlocked Andean Nation and fifth largest country in South America. Bolivia is the most Indian culture in the Americas with 55% of the population being indigenous. The following are some interesting links to information about Bolivia.

Lonely Planet - Destination Bolivia
A compendeum of information on Bolivia including history, culture, economy, and attractions.

Bolivia
Another source of information on Bolivia from history and geography to Population, and tourism.

Bolivia Web Interactive
A web site dedicated to presenting Bolivia to the World. Content includes Art&History, Business, Education, Government, Recipes an Interactive Zone and much more.

Wild Treasures of Bolivia
A Discovery Channel Online chronicle of an expedition to Bolivia with the American Museum of Natural History.

La Paz, the seat of government in Bolivia, is the highest capital and large city in the world at (3,580 meters 11,740 feet).

Lycos City Guide: La Paz, Bolivia
A short description of what travelers to La Paz can expect and many links to other sites about the city.

La Paz - the city, that touches the Sky
Pictures and information about the City from the Hotel Europa in La Paz.


PEOPLE

Bolivia was part of the Incan Empire. The Incan Empire, though short lived (1200 AD - 1530s AD), was the largest society in the New World prior to the arrival of the Europeans. With the rise of the Empire, Quechua, the language of Cuzco (the capital of the Incas), became the official toungue of the tribes in the Empire. The Empire brought together many tribes of the Andes including the Aymara who were located in the Altiplano of present day Bolivia.

The Empire of the Incas
Information about the Geography, History and achievements of the Incas.

Inca Projects
Information about the Inca put together by a 6th grade social studies class.

The Lost Empire
A retrospective on the Incan Empire from PBS' NOVA ONLINE.

Quechua Resources
A few Quechua Language and Culture links from the Language department at the University of Wisconsin.

A few words on Quechua
Learn more about the Native American language of Quechua.

The Aymara Society
Some history on the pre-Incan Aymara Society of the Altiplano.


EXPERIENCES
Bruce in Bolivia
Visit Bruce's web site to read his letters from Bolivia and about his solar energy training sessions.

Collecting Firewood
This short story in English and Spanish tells about how the children of a village in the Andes collect firewood each morning.

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