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Featured Articles on Volunteering in South America
Volunteer Work and Vacations in South America: An Overview by Volker Poelzl
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Volunteer in Bolivia with Amizade
Amigos de las Americas, Volunteering Makes a Difference in Latin America
Eco-Volunteer in Argentina
Volunteer Teaching in Brazil
Volunteer Work in Lima, Peru with Cross-Cultural Solutions
Volunteer in Peru
Volunteer in Ecuador: Spend a Month in the Alto Choco Cloud Forest
Volunteer in Ecuador with an NGO
Volunteer with Worldteach in Ecuador
Work in Ecuador: Both Paid and Volunteer Opportunities Abound
Volunteer in Chile with WorldTeach
Building Homes in Paraguay as a Volunteer with the Habitat for Humanity
Guyana through a Volunteer's Eyes

See South American volunteer programs in Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru.

Cross-Cultural Solutions
Volunteer in South America 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 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 South 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 South 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 South America Dates: Ongoing start dates.
Cost: Varies according to country and length of stay. Please visit our website for details.
Contact: United Planet, 11 Arlington St, Boston MA 02116, USA.
800-292-2316 or 617-267-7763.

Accept the Challenge — Volunteer in South 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 from 16-25 with basic Spanish proficiency. AMIGOS programs in South America focus on youth leadership in the fields of public health, children's rights, environmental sustainability and social enterprises.
  Dates: Depends on program
Cost: Check our website for Program Requirements and Cost
Email: Contact Us

Accept the Challenge — Volunteer in Paraguay 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 Paraguay focus on youth leadership in the fields of public health and environmental sustainability.
Volunteer in South America Dates: Depends on program
Cost: Check our website for Program Requirements and Cost
Email: Contact Us

Volunteer in South America 
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.
Volunteer in South America 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

Volunteer in South America 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 Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Costa Rica, Ecuador, the Galapagos Islands and Peru. Discover these amazing countries first-hand by contributing to meaningful volunteer projects! Projects include work in education, social work, tourism, animal welfare or summer camps. Most placements include intensive Spanish language courses, orientations, host family or student residence 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.

Volunteer Teaching 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 several countries in South America, including Chile, Guyana, Colombia and Ecuador for one year, Ecuador for the summer, and Chile for a semester. Both urban and rural placements are available, and most volunteer teachers live with host families.
Contact: WorldTeach, One Brattle Square, Suite 550, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA; tel. 857.259.6646 ext. 201, fax 857.259.6638.

Projects Abroad in Bolivia, 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, conservation, archaeology, sports, performing arts, medicine and journalism. Programs are for ages 16+.
Volunteer in Bolivia with Projects Abroad 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.

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
Tel: 1-877-LUV-GLOBE

Volunteering in Argentina — Road2Argentina
Road2Argentina has partnered 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 give our volunteers the opportunity to get involved with meaningful projects and make a difference during their time here in the city. Volunteering is also a great way to learn and practice your Spanish and see a less touristy side of Buenos Aires.

Volunteering with a sustainable living project in Patagonia is also available.
Volunteer in Argentina 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, Anchorena 1676, Buenos Aires CP1425ELL, Argentina.
Tel.: +1-347-974-3705 (USA); +54-11-4826-0820 (Argentina).

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!
Wildlife Experience as a volunteer in Ecuador Dates: Year round
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

Cosmic Volunteers
Programs in South America include Bolivia, Ecuador and Peru
Volunteer programs include teaching English, orphanages, healthcare, journalism, organic farming, animal rescue, community kitchens, and programs on the Galapagos Islands. Spanish lessons are also available. This is a unique opportunity to learn about and contribute to communities in South America in a meaningful way.

Contact: Cosmic Volunteers, P.O. Box 11738, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19101, U.S.A.; Tel: 1-610-279-2052; Fax: 1-419-831-4792;;

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.


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 South America. The $250 application fee covers lodging, meals, and minimal health insurance. SCI promotes voluntary service to impact social, environmental and humanitarian issues.

Visit: for an application.

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.


Youth International
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.

Contact: Youth International, 2319 Woodbury Lane, Evergreen, CO, 80439 USA; tel. 1-720-270-3323; info@youthinternational;org,

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