Featured Articles on Volunteering in South America
How to Plan an Unforgettable Volunteer Vacation in Latin America by Amy E. Robertson
Prepare a turtle hatchery in Costa Rica. Teach English in Mexico. Build a home in Brazil. Whether you call it a volunteer vacation, a service trip, or voluntourism, combining travel and volunteer work is an increasingly popular way to see the world.
in South America — Peru, Ecuador, Chile, Brazil
and Argentina Come experience a rich cultural immersion while participating in a meaningful volunteer program! ELI partners with local organizations in Peru, Ecuador, Chile, Brazil and Argentina to match volunteers with local organizations. All placements are made on an individual basis. Possible volunteer projects include animal rescue, soup kitchens, at-risk youth, orphanage, teaching, adult education, special needs kids, construction, environmental conservation and more! ELI can set up Spanish classes in conjunction with a project to make sure participants get the most out of this experience. Programs are available throughout the year for lengths of time varying from two weeks to six months.
Dates: Programs are available throughout the year and dates are flexible. Cost: Program fees start at $515. The cost will depend on the country and duration of the program. Program fees include airport pickup, accommodation, and meals. Contact: ELI, 1557 Ogden St. #5, Denver, CO 80218 Tel.: 303-321-8278 Email:firstname.lastname@example.org Website:www.eliabroad.org
Projects Abroad in Bolivia, Jamaica, Ecuador, Peru, and Argentina 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, human rights, animal care, farming, building, conservation, archaeology, sports, performing arts, medicine, business, microfinance, international development, and journalism. Programs are for ages 16+.
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. Email: email@example.com Website: www.projects-abroad.org
Globe Aware in South America
Care for Cuzco, Peru: Heart of the Inca Empire
Come to Cuzco with Globe Aware and take part in providing educational opportunities for impoverished children from rural communities. Service projects include improvements and maintenance to facilities through activities like painting classrooms, creating gardens, or constructing desks and beds. There is ample time to work directly with the children after they finish their school day, and you may also visit a local family to help construct a Lorena stove for household heating. Volunteer vacationers can make a scheduled excursion to Machu Picchu (at the expense of the volunteer), and to other surrounding ancient sites which are in very close proximity. Accommodations include dormitory style rooms with running water, flushing toilets, and electricity. Be ready to be dazzled by this vibrant city, the most popular destination in Peru, and to experience what was once the heart of the powerful Incan empire!
Dates: Please refer to our website for trip dates Cost: $1250 Contact: 6500 East Mockingbird Lane, Suite 104, Dallas, TX 75214 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 1-877-LUV-GLOBE Website: www.globeaware.org
in South America WorldTeach is a non-profit organization that has sent thousands of volunteers to teach in countries all around the world. WorldTeach currently places volunteer teachers of EFL or ESL in various locations throughout Ecuador for a year or a summer, and Brazil for the summer. Most volunteer teachers live with host families.
Dates: Depart September/February (yearlong); December (Fellowship); June (summer). Contact: WorldTeach, One Brattle Square,
Suite 550, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA. Tel./Fax: 857.259.6646 ext. 201/857.259.6638 Email:email@example.com Website: www.worldteach.org
Volunteering in Argentina — Road2Argentina Road2Argentina partners with many local non-profit organizations, schools, orphanages and community centers in Buenos Aires in order to provide assistance to those in need. These partnerships provide our volunteers the opportunity to involve themselves in meaningful projects and make a difference during their time here in the city. They are also a great way to hone one’s Spanish and see a less touristy side of Buenos Aires.
Volunteering with a condor conservation project in Patagonia is also available.
Dates: Year round with start dates every Monday. Cost: Our programs are affordably priced to fit student budgets. Promotions and discounts available. Please visit our website for up-to-date program costs. Contact: Road2Argentina, Area Tres Coworking, Malabia 1720, Local 11B, Buenos Aires (CABA), Argentina. Tel.: +1-347-974-3705 (USA); +54-11-5121-1764
(Argentina). Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.road2argentina.com
Wildlife Experience in Ecuador Interested in helping to rehabilitate the endangered wildlife, rather than looking at animals from far away or on TV? This program will give you exactly what you want. As local experts we offer you the chance of a lifetime—3 different animal rescue centers in only 4 weeks! Explore the Amazon Rainforest, the Andes Highlands and the Coast of Ecuador while helping in the rescue centers of each region. This one-of-a-kind program also offers you a one-day training of animal handling before starting your adventure. Get involved without emptying your pocket!
True Galapagos Experience Volunteer in one of the wonders of the world trying to preserve the unique habitat of the Galapagos. You will get your hands dirty with conservation projects while also being able to island-hop and take in the beauty of the archipelago. This land-based program combines sightseeing tours, a comprehensive lecture on the Galapagos by a veteran scientist, and the opportunity to be part of the conservation work going on in the islands.
We offer 10 days, 2 week, and 3 week programs. We can also personalize your program if you would like to extend your stay.
Dates: Year round Cost: 10 Days: $1690, 2 Weeks: $1990, 3 Weeks: $2190 Contact: Lead Adventures Ecuador & Galapagos, Juan Leon Mera 1574 y La Pinta (2nd floor office 2A) Quito - Ecuador Tel.: US/Canada 1 800 579 3905 or Ecuador 5 932 254 1633 Email:email@example.com. Websites:www.lead-adventures.com
Wildlife Animal Rescue in the Andes and Amazon Animal Rescue Program welcomes volunteers to come and be the caretakers of beautiful and exotic animals who have been victims of animal trafficking or mistreatment. Volunteers will be responsible for helping to foster their transition back to the wildlife while living in two different and beautiful regions of Ecuador— the Amazon Rainforest and the Andes.
Dates: Year round Cost: 2 Weeks, $890 Contact: Lead Adventures, Juan Leon Mera 1574 y La Pinta (2nd floor office 2A) Quito - Ecuador Tel.: US/Canada 1 800 579 3905 or Ecuador 5 932 254 1633 Email:firstname.lastname@example.org. Websites:www.lead-adventures.com
Make a REAL
difference in Central and South America with Love
Volunteers! Love Volunteers has been trusted by thousands of volunteers to travel abroad and immerse themselves in new cultures, whilst providing help where it is really needed. Join the world’s fastest growing independent volunteering organization on an affordable, safe and responsible voluntary service project in one of our 9 locations throughout Central and South America for a truly memorable experience! Visit our website to check out our range of community-based projects and find out how you can make a REAL difference!
Cost: Program fees start from just US$190!
Contact: Love Volunteers
Tel.: US: +1 415 800 4993, UK: +44 1865 522
688, NZ: +64 21 443 243 Email: email@example.com Website: www.lovevolunteers.org
Academic Programs International
Volunteer in South America Enrich your life and the lives of others by choosing to lend a heart and hand to at-need projects. API offers service work in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, and Peru. Projects may include wildlife conservation, construction and renovation work, medical and health, environment and wildlife conservation, community development, social welfare and services, teaching, tutoring, mentoring, and much more.
Volunteer Vacations with Purpose in South America Volunteer vacations for adults and families in South America, including Peru, and the Galapagos. Immerse yourself in a different culture while giving back, engaging in hands-on cultural workshops, and connecting with fascinating people. Volunteer to support children, animals and the environment. 1 to 2 week all-inclusive packages.
Fundacion Aldeas de Paz
Volunteer and Internship Opportunities in Venezuela
Our challenging community development projects in humanitarian, educational and environmental fields improve the living qualities of an underprivileged young generation, mostly members of local Pemon Indian communities. We promote the "Culture of Peace" through cross-cultural exchange and voluntary community service. We aim to empower young people and enable them to develop their potentials and improve their own lives, fundamental elements for a just collective social reality.
Foundation for Sustainable Development
Volunteer in Grassroots Development in South America FSD partners with grassroots organizations around the globe to improve the socioeconomic status of
marginalized populations. Volunteer in South America at our sites in Argentina or Bolivia. Volunteer in
Microfinance/Micro-enterprise, Gender Equity, Community Development, Environment, Public Health, Youth and Education,
or Human Rights.
SCI (Service Civil International) SCI 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 South 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.
Volunteer Latin 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 South America
Website lists free and low-cost volunteer opportunities in South America. The site is designed for backpackers / independent travellers looking for a real volunteer experience abroad, without paying any middle-man or agency fees.
Service Learning in South America
Travel in local style and share adventures in South America with a small group of like-minded backpackers aged 18 to 25, led by two experienced leaders. You will travel through Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, and the Galapagos Islands. You will learn about the local culture by living it yourself, through volunteer service work and homestays with local families in a variety of communities. The South America program also includes an intensive Spanish course.