American Friends Service Committee, 1501 Cherry St, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19102-1479 (215-241-7295; email@example.com, afsc.org/office/mexico). A Quaker organization which recruits Spanish-speaking volunteers aged 18-26 to work for seven weeks from late June, focusing on sustainable development and community building in indigenous communities of Mexico.
American Language Partnership International, Calle San Luis #83, Santiago, Dominican Republic; 809-971-1422; fax. 809-583-0553; firstname.lastname@example.org, www.alpinternational.com. TESOL Exchange Program for experienced and inexperienced teachers. Possibility of paid housing and a stipend.
APF Languages, El Mercurio 345, Quito, Ecuador; 011-593-2-244-8204; email@example.com, www.apf-languages.com. Flexible Spanish language and volunteering program working with street children (e.g. care and nursery) or in ecology projects outside Quito. Minimum stay 2-week language course plus 2 weeks volunteering. Also 6-month positions as jungle guides.
Bimini Biological Field Station, Sharklab, Bimini, Bahamas; U.S. address: 9300 SW 99 St., Miami, FL 33176-2050; tel./fax. 305-274-0628; www.miami.edu/sharklab. Volunteers at shark research station in the Bahamas perform tasks including research, maintenance and cooking, for at least 1 month.
Caledonia Languages Abroad, The Clockhouse, Bonnington Mill, 72 Newhaven Rd., Edinburgh EH6 5QG, Scotland; 011-44-131-621-7721; www.caledonialanguages.co.uk. Spanish language and voluntary work programs organized in Peru, Costa Rica, Brazil, Ecuador, and Bolivia, year-round. Community and environmental projects and teaching English, depending on skills and level of language ability.
Casa de los Amigos, Ignacio Mariscal 132, Col. Tabacalera, 06030 Mexico, D.F., Mexico; 011-52-55-5705-0521; firstname.lastname@example.org, www.casadelosamigos.org. Quaker-run peace and service center in Mexico City holds information on peace and justice movements and volunteering opportunities throughout Mexico and Central America. Casa provides simple inexpensive lodging for individuals involved in service activities. Volunteer opportunities with the Casa and other organizations in Mexico City are available for Spanish speakers able to commit for at least 3 months.
Casa Guatemala, 14th Calle 10-63, Zona 1, Guatemala City, 01001 Guatemala; 011-502-2331-4408; email@example.com; www.casa-guatemala.org. Orphanage and backpackers’ hostel in the Petén region that needs volunteer medical staff, teachers, nannies, and general staff (aged 24+ and with basic Spanish) for at least 6 months. Shorter volunteer stays possible for hostel staff.
Centro Cultural Colombo Americano, Carrera. 45 No. 53-24, Medellín 8734, Colombia; 011-574-513-4444; fax. 011-574-513 2666; firstname.lastname@example.org; www.colomboworld.com. Recruits 100+ English teachers for sessions starting January and July teaching adults or juveniles. Similar centers operate independently in Barranquilla, Bogota, Cali, etc.
Centro de Intercambio y Solidaridad (CIS), Melida Ananya Montes (MAM) Language School, Colonia Libertad, Avenida Bolívar #103, San Salvador, El Salvador; tel./fax. 503-2226-5362; email@example.com; www.cis-elsalvador.org. Volunteer English teachers to work part-time with members of the Salvadorean opposition. Training and excursions provided, subsidized Spanish classes available, and a 2-week political-cultural program is included in the $100 program fee (to be paid in advance to CIS, P.O. Box 17025; St. Paul, MN 55117-0025).
EcuadorExplorer.com, www.ecuadorexplorer.com/html/work_or_volunteer.html. Useful information about working and volunteering in Ecuador with links to about 20 organizations with volunteer programs.
El Porvenir, firstname.lastname@example.org; www.elporvenir.org. Volunteers are needed for 2-week work experience trips in Jan./Feb. and July/Aug. to construct water and sanitation facilities and help with reforestation in Nicaragua.
ELEP (Experiential Learning Ecuadorian Programs), email@example.com, www.elep.org. Volunteer Work Programs and Volunteering Opportunities in Ecuador, South America. ELEP Volunteer manages community and ecological volunteer work programs across Ecuador in South America throughout the year. Our customized volunteer projects and volunteer placements are available in childcare (orphanage and street kids), healthcare, HIV/AIDS, human rights, micro-enterprise, microcredit, construction and building, general conservation, organic farming, animal care, veterinary medicine, etc. Volunteering in Ecuador, Latin America with ELEP Volunteer gives you the opportunity to make a real difference and change lives, including your own.
Foundation for Sustainable Development (FSD): International Development Internship. FSD provides capacity building, funding, and human resources to over 300 grassroots organizations in Latin America, Africa, and Asia. Our programs provide comprehensive development training, immersion, and the opportunity for participants to design and implement collaborative projects with the help of a Site Team and their host organization. With our partner organizations, we implement solutions that improve social, environmental, educational, and economic conditions at the community level..Contact: 517 Potrero Ave. Suite B, San Francisco, CA 94110 USA; firstname.lastname@example.org, www.fsdinternational.org.
Fundación Cabo San Francisco, Programa de Voluntarios, Casilla 17-15-73-B, Quito, Ecuador; 011-593-2-278 8061; email@example.com, www.fcsf.org. Volunteers accepted on projects in the northern province of Esmeraldas to conserve flora and fauna. Placements between 10 days and 3-plus months.
Fundacion Golondrinas, Cerro Golondrinas Cloudforest Conservation Group: c/o Calle Isabel La Catòlica N24-679, Quito, Ecuador; firstname.lastname@example.org; www.fundaciongolondrinas.org. Volunteers help to conserve highland cloudforest on the western slopes of the Andes.
Fundación Jatun Sacha, Pasaje Eugenio de Santillán N34 248 y Maurián, Casilla 17-12-867, Quito, Ecuador; 011-593-2-243-2240; email@example.com, www.jatunsacha.org. Volunteer interns participate in research, plant conservation, agroforestry, etc. at 8 reserves in Amazonian Ecuador. Reserve fees including lodging and meals: see website for details.
Fundaciòn Proniño (“For The Children”) Barrio El Centro, Edificio Ecocentenario, El Progreso, Yoro, Honduras; tel./fax. 504-647-3424; firstname.lastname@example.org (for volunteer enquiries); www.pronino.org. Runs two centers for street children based in El Progreso, Honduras.
God’s Child Project, P.O. Box 1573, Bismarck, ND 58502-1573; 701-255-7956; www.godschild.org. Provides an education for slum children in Antigua, Guatemala and uses short- and long-term volunteers and live with a local family after doing a Spanish course.
Hôpital Albert Schweitzer in Haiti, P.O. Box 81046, Pittsburgh, PA 15217; 412-361-5200; email@example.com; www.hashaiti.org. Work team projects use self-funding voluntary input to help at this Haitian hospital run by the Grant Foundation.
ICADS (Institute for Central American Development Studies), Dept. 826, P.O. Box 025216, Miami, Florida 33102-5216; firstname.lastname@example.org; www.icads.org. Study of the Spanish language and development issues combined with structured internships in Costa Rica and Nicaragua lasting a semester or a summer.
Iko Poran Association, Rua Dr. Julio Otoni, 571, Santa Teresa, Rio de Janeiro (RJ), CEP: 20.241-400, Brazil; 011-55-21-2205-1365; email@example.com, www.ikoporan.org. 250-300 volunteers over the age of 20 are assigned to various Brazilian development projects in Rio, Salvador, and Amazonia for 3-24 weeks.
International Academic Assistance Program, Av Matamoros 110 Ote, Col. Centro, Torreón, Coah, Mexico 27000; 011-52-871-716-9732; firstname.lastname@example.org. IAAP provides enthusiastic native speakers to teach English at technology institutes throughout Mexico. Candidates must speak Spanish and commit themselves to stay for 2 complete semesters from the end of January.
Interworld Internship Program (Interlatina Corp), Tucuman 1367 4 A, Capital Federal, Buenos Aires, Argentina; 011-54-4371-8649 or in Miami 305-394–9807; email@example.com. Human resources company that sets up unpaid internships in Argentinean companies for students and graduates. Placements last 2-12 months.
Kiya Survivors, 38 Hove Park Villas, Hove, East Sussex BN3 6HG, U.K.; 011-44-1273-721092; firstname.lastname@example.org, www.kiyasurvivors.org. U.K.-based charity works with special needs children at two centers in Peru (Los Organos and Mancora). Volunteers stay for 2, 3, 4, or 6 months.
Maquipucuna Foundation, Inc., Baquerizo E9-153, P.O. Box 17-12-167, Quito, Ecuador. Fax. 011-593-2-250 7201. Also: c/o Inst. of Ecology, Univ. of Georgia, Athens, GA 30602-2202; 706-542-2923; email@example.com; www.maqui.org. Cloud forest reserve, near Quito in Ecuador, accepts paying volunteers.
Mundo Verde Spanish School, Nueva Alta, 432-A Cusco, Peru; 011-51-84-221287; firstname.lastname@example.org, www.mundoverdespanish.com. Spanish school has links with development project in the rainforest and with many other voluntary projects to which students can be assigned (no fee).
Pivian Exchange, Hochgernstrasse 3, 83026 Rosenheim, Germany; 011-49-8031 352 1253; fax. 011-49-89-1488-252472; email@example.com; www.pivianexchange.com (only in German). Spanish/Portuguese courses and volunteering in most South American countries from Argentina to Venezuela. Internship and farmstay programs available on request.
Rose Education Foundation, 1735 North State St., Provo, UT 84604; 801-319-4021; info@RoseEducation.org, www.RoseEducation.org. Native English-speaking teachers work alongside local teachers in Guatemalan schools.
Subway Watersports, Brick Bay, Roatan, Bay Islands, Honduras; 504-387-0579; firstname.lastname@example.org; www.subwaywatersports.com/Courses/internship.htm. Internship working in a dive shop while training toward a professional PADI Divemaster.
Sunsail, TUI Marine - Human Resources, 93 N. Park Place Blvd., Clearwater, FL 33759; www.sunsail.com. Recruit for vacancies in the Caribbean when available.
Teachers Latin America, Rio Ebro 31 Ste. 3, Col. Cuauhtemoc, Mexico City CP 06500; 011-52-55-5533-1233; email@example.com, www.innovative-english.com. TEFL certificate course and practice teaching program followed by job placement assistance.
TeachingChile, Av. Vitacura 3355, Dept 113, Santiago; 720-221-3831 (U.S. phone number routes calls to Santiago office); fax. 775-206-1089 (U.S.); firstname.lastname@example.org, teachingchile.com. English-speaking teachers placed, mainly university graduates.
Teach Peru, 13 Ebberston Terrace, Hyde Park, Leeds LS6 1AU, U.K.; 011-44-0113-275-8960; email@example.com, www.teachperu.com. Voluntary English teaching placements in the Andean city of Huaraz and at a bilingual school in Lima.
Tronwell S.A., Av. Apoquindo 4499, Piso 3, Las Condes, Santiago, Chile; 011-56-2-246-1040; www.tronwell.com. Native speaking teachers employed for at least a year.
Volunteer Bolivia, Casilla Postal 2411, Cochabamba, Bolivia; fax. 413-828-8144; firstname.lastname@example.org, www.volunteerbolivia.org. Places volunteers of all ages in variety of volunteer positions (e.g. social services, teaching, medical) mainly in and around Cochabamba.
Volunteersouthamerica.net lists “grass-roots, zero-cost volunteer work” opportunities in South America.
Youth Challenge International, 20 Maud St., Ste. 305, Toronto, Ontario M5V 2M5, Canada, 416-504-3370; www.yci.org. Teams of volunteers aged 18-30 carry out community development projects lasting 5, 6, 8, or 10 weeks in Costa Rica and Guyana.