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Volunteering in Mexico and Central America: Top Tips and Volunteer Organizations
Zahara Heckscher—our Volunteering Abroad Editor and co-author of How to Live Your Dream of Volunteering Overseas—provides an overview and resources to help you select a project in Central America.
Volunteering and Educational Travel in Belize 
Joshua Berman provides an overview of the many voluntourism and research options in beautiful Belize.
Volunteer in Honduras: A Country to Suit Every Travel Taste 
Sasha Arms provides an overview of options of all types for those who wish to volunteer in Honduras while offering very detailed resources.
Short-Term Volunteer Work in a Costa Rica with Cross-Cultural Solutions
Combine Travel, Language Learning, and Volunteering in Costa Rica
Pura Vida Costa Rica: A Volunteer Participant Report
With the Amigos de las Americas Program in Latin America, Volunteering Makes a Difference
Train Nature Guides in Central America with WorldTeach and RARE, Change Lives
Volunteer Opportunities in Guatemala 
Voluntourism in Guatemala: Help More with Less
Volunteer in Xela through the EntreMundos organization
Volunteering in Guatemala: Adventure and Service as an English Teacher
Volunteer in Guatemala: HELPS International Welcomes All
Volunteer with the Casa Guatemala
Volunteer Work in Guatemala
Volunteer in Guatemala: Work for the Good of Others and the Environment
Volunteer in Guatemala City with the Cross-Cultural Solutions
Volunteer Helping Families in Guatemala with Common Hope
Volunteer in Guatemala with the God's Child Project
Cornerstone in Belize: Volunteer with a Community-Based Organization
Volunteer Teachers Needed in Belize
Volunteer in Nicaragua: Choose from a Range of Post-Revolutionary Options
Volunteer in Nicaragua with the Habitat for Humanity
Volunteer in Nicaragua at the Miraflor Nature Preserve

See our Central American listings of volunteer programs in Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua.

Cross-Cultural Solutions: Volunteer Abroad for the Experience of a Lifetime!
Work side-by-side with local people, connect with others from around the world and have time for personal adventures. In-country staff welcome you to the CCS Home-Base and ensure that all of your needs are met – from safety and lodging to perspectives and insight about the local culture. Programs operate in Guatemala (Guatemala City), Costa Rica (San Carlos and Cartago), Peru (Ayacucho and Lima) and Brazil (Salvador).
Dates Offered: Choose from start dates year-round and lengths-of-stay from 1-12 weeks.
Contact: Cross-Cultural Solutions, 2 Clinton Place, New Rochelle, NY 10801; Tel: 800.380.4777 or 914.632.0022; in the UK call 0845 458 2781/2782; other countries call +44 (0) 1273 666392; Fax: 914.632.8494;

Volunteer Abroad in Central America with United Planet!
United Planet's Quest Volunteer Abroad program offers you or your group a life-changing opportunity to build relationships with local communities through customized volunteer work, enriching cultural activities, and home stays with local families. Our programs in Central America run from 1 to 52 weeks and welcome volunteers of all ages, nationalities and backgrounds. You can volunteer in education, healthcare, environment, and more. Visit our website for more information!
Volunteer in Central America Cost: Varies according to country and length of stay. Please visit our website for details.
Dates: Ongoing start dates.
Contact: United Planet, 11 Arlington St, Boston MA 02116, USA.
800-292-2316 or 617-267-7763.

Volunteer in Central America
Come experience a cultural immersion while participating in a volunteer program! ELI partners with local organizations in Mexico, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, and Guatemala to match volunteers with local organizations. All placements are made on an individual basis depending on the skills and goals of the volunteer, the needs of the organization, and the length of the program. Possible volunteer projects include animal rescue, turtle breeding, at-risk youth, orphanage, teaching, adult-education, special needs kids, construction, environmental conservation and more! ELI can arrange Spanish classes in conjunction with a project to make sure participants get the most out of their program!
Volunteer in Central America with ELI Cost: Program fees start at $885. The cost will depend on the country and duration of the program. Program fees include airport pickup, accommodation, and meals.
Dates: Programs are available throughout the year and dates are flexible.
Contact: ELI, 1557 Ogden St. #5, Denver, CO 80218
Tel.: 303-321-8278

Accept the Challenge — Volunteer in Central America this Summer!
AMIGOS operates in nine countries throughout the Americas — in Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panamá, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Paraguay. With AMIGOS, you'll be immersed in another culture, collaborate with your host community on a development project, and work side by side with local youth meanwhile building your own leadership skills. AMIGOS summer projects range from 4-9 weeks and are open to students 16-25 with basic Spanish proficiency. AMIGOS programs in Central America focus on youth leadership in the fields of public health, children's rights, environmental sustainability and creative expression.
  Dates: Depends on program
Cost: Check our website for Program Requirements and Cost
Email: Contact Us

Accept the Challenge — Volunteer in Panama this Summer!
AMIGOS operates in nine countries throughout the Americas - in Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panamá, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Paraguay.With AMIGOS, you'll be immersed in another culture, collaborate with your host community on a development project, and work side by side with local youth meanwhile building your own leadership skills. AMIGOS summer projects range from 4-9 weeks and are open to students from 16-25 with basic Spanish proficiency. AMIGOS programs in Panama focus on youth leadership in the fields of public health and environmental sustainability.
Volunteer in Panama Youth Leadership Through Sports with Amigos de las Americas Dates: Depends on program
Cost: Check our website for Program Requirements and Cost
Email: Contact Us

Volunteer Abroad in Costa Rica from US$250
Affordable volunteer opportunities available in San Jose. Volunteers can participate in Teaching English, Caring for Children, Construction and Renovation, Healthcare and Turtle Conservation. IVHQ sends over 5000 volunteer travelers worldwide annually — one of the world's most popular volunteer placement organizations!
Volunteer in Costa Rica with VolunteerHQ Cost: Program Fees start from US$250.
Dates: Programs start on the 1st and 3rd Monday of each month. Duration: One week to six months.
Contact: International Volunteer HQ
, PO Box 8273, New Plymouth, NEW ZEALAND
+64 6 758 7949.

Vlounteer in Costa Rica with Working Abroad Volunteer Work in South America from InterExchange Volunteer Placements throughout South and Central America with InterExchange Working Abroad
InterExchange Working Abroad offers volunteer placements in Costa Rica! Discover this amazing country first-hand by contributing to meaningful volunteer projects! Projects include working in national parks, assisting at a nonprofit for underprivileged child, supporting public school teachers,or working in a zoo. Placements also include an optional two-week Spanish language course, host family or other housing, meals, cultural activities and more! InterExchange has over 40 years experience arranging cultural exchange programs.

Dates: Year-Round
$545 and up
Contact: InterExchange Working Abroad, 161 Sixth Avenue, New York, NY 10013.
Tel.: 212-924-0446; toll-free 1-800-597-3675.


Projects Abroad in Costa Rica
Projects Abroad is the world’s leading short-term international volunteer organization.
Projects start year-round and last from one week to a year. Opportunities exist in teaching, child care, social work, conservation, journalism, international development, and sports. Programs are for ages 16+.
Volunteer Projecs in Costa Rica Dates: Start any day you choose.
Cost: Please see our website for prices.
Contact: Projects Abroad, 80 Broad St, Floor 32, New York NY 10004.
Tel: US Toll-free 1 888 839 3535.

Volunteer in Costa Rica
WorldTeach volunteers teach English in elementary and middle schools in rural communities. Volunteers live with host families and placements are offered for one year or two months during the summer.
Contact: One Brattle Square, Suite 550, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA; tel. 857.259.6646 ext. 201, fax 857.259.6638,

EcoLogic Development Fund
Forwards relevant resumés from students and professionals (written in Spanish) to partner organizations in Central America, looking for interns and volunteers in the fields of conservation, community development, and social justice. Minimum attachment is normally 3 months in Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama.

Service Civil International Workcamps
is an exchange organization that sends volunteers on 2-3 week international work projects and long term 3-12 month opportunities in over 50 countries, including many in Central America. For all overseas camps the fee is US$235. Workcamps include shared accommodations, group self-cooked meals and basic health/accident insurance, without additional cost, unless otherwise noted in the camp description. SCI promotes voluntary service to impact social, environmental and humanitarian issues.

Visit: for an application.

Volunteer Latin America
Volunteer in Central America

Provides international volunteers with a comprehensive and affordable solution to finding volunteer work opportunities in Central and South America. You tell us where and what you would like to do and we will provide you with everything you need to get involved via your own personalised information pack. Our extensive knowledge of the region ensures you are unlikely to find some of the projects we offer elsewhere. Volunteer Latin America is not only a great source of affordable voluntary work but a means to finding some of the best schools to learn Spanish.


Free and Low-Cost Volunteering in Central America

Website lists free and low-cost volunteer opportunities in South and Central America. The site is designed for backpackers / independent travellers looking for a real volunteer experience abroad, without paying any middle-man or agency fees.


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