I'm studying over here for a year at the university of auckland, been here for 2 weeks now
but my lectures start tomorrow
Ok it was really easy when we got there, i wasnt in the group that went to the embassy but i dont remember there being any problems, make sure you have a lonely planet guide they are good for directios and opening hours of embassies etc. The lonely planet guide is also a good place to suss out accomodation. We stayed in the hotel Andes on Manco Kapac street (no idea if thats how you spell it!) but that was the easy option as at the time the guy who owned it had some affiliation with world challenge. If they dont suggest it anymore that might not be the case. To be honest we should have looked around more there is loads of choice in that area of La Paz, you wont struggle to find accomodation, like i said use the lonely planet guide as a basis maybe find somewhere easy and just book there for a night so you have time to explore and find somewhere nicer/cheaper.
Yes we did have a group fund, as far as i remember we just gave everyone a bit of it at a time as personal money, in dribs and drabs and i think we used it to subsidise our world challenge budget as well. I cant exactly remember to be honest, it was two years ago now
Dont worry, and try not to plan in too much detail, Bolivia/travelling in general has a way of messing plans up and you will get very good at making new plans on the spot.
Ok think thats everything, you will love it trust me. And yes definatly come to New Zealand, i havent been here long and i love it already, in fact seriously thinking (well more or less decided) that i want to emigrate her once my degrees finished. There is sooo much to do here for someone (im guessing like you) whos into the outdoors and adventure. Anyways take care, have a safe journey and remember to drink lots and lots of water to avoid altitude sickness.
Oh and on last thing, even when staying in ok hostels always use your sleeping bag/liner not the sheets - Bolivian bed bugs are mean!