One of the most challenging aspects of working in remote, rural communities is maintaining good communications. Teams need to convey expectations, arrange assessment and implementation trips, and answer questions but it is nearly impossible to do this in places without internet or even reliable phone service.
EIA acts as a communication bridge between teams and communities. Being in-country and with Bolivian staff, it is easier and more economical for us to travel back and forth to communities than it is for teams in North America and Europe to try to do so. Our Project Managers also regularly communicate with teams through phone, email, and Skype communications to discuss progress, finalize travel arrangements, and answer project questions.