Volunteer in Latin America
| Articles on Volunteer Work and Vacations in Latin America
See our listings of volunteer programs in Latin America, including Argentina
, Costa Rica
, Dominican Republic
, El Salvador
, and Peru
| Cross-Cultural Solutions: Volunteer Abroad for the Experience of a Lifetime!
Experience another culture like never before while making a real difference in people’s lives. You’ll gain perspectives and insights into the local culture and yourself. It’s an exciting and personally inspiring experience, and you’ll develop memories that will be with you forever. Programs operate in Guatemala (Guatemala City and Quetzaltenango), Costa Rica (Cartago, Puriscal, and San Carlos), Peru (Ayacucho and Lima) and Brazil (Salvador).
Dates Offered: Choose from start dates year-round and lengths-of-stay from 1-12 weeks.
Costs: The U.S. tax-deductible program fee for a two-week program is $3,068 with each additional week of stay only $588. The program fee for the one-week Insight Abroad program offered in Brazil, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Peru, and Russia is $1,695 (£922). Program fee includes: personalized Volunteer Placement, language instruction, cultural education, food, lodging, transportation to and from all Cross-Cultural Solutions’ placements and programs, pre-departure guidance from headquarters staff, 24-hour access to in-country staff, travel medical and emergency evacuation insurance, and more.
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.
| Global Vision International
GVI has a huge range of volunteer programs to suit the environmentally conscious traveler who seeks responsible travel experiences in Latin America. Be it learning to dive while conserving coral reefs in Mexico or tracking jaguars through the rainforest in Costa Rica, you will find a range of exciting opportunities with GVI. Visit our website for further details!
||Contact in USA: 888-653-6028
| United Planet
Volunteer in Latin America
United Planet's Quest Volunteer Abroad program offers you or your group a life-changing opportunity to interact with local communities through customized volunteer work, enriching activities, and home stays. Our programs in Latin America run from 1 to 52 weeks and welcome volunteers of all ages, nationalities and backgrounds because we know that everyone has something to offer! Visit our website for more information on specific countries!
Cost: Varies according to country and length of stay.
Dates: Ongoing start dates.
Contact: United Planet, 11 Arlington St, Boston MA 02116, USA.
Tel.: 800-292-2316 or 617-267-7763.
| Amigos de las Américas (AMIGOS)
Volunteer in Latin America
Are you ready to change your world this summer? Amigos de las Américas (AMIGOS) offers 5-8 week summer volunteer programs in which young people (ages 16 to 25) immerse themselves in a Latin American community, live with a host family, and collaborate on sustainable development projects. Participants will experience life-changing growth as they strengthen their Spanish skills, experience a new culture on a personal level, and work together with community members to accomplish shared goals.
Contact: Amigos de las Américas, 5618 Star Lane, Houston, Texas 77057.
Tel: (713) 782-5290, (800) 231-7796. Fax: (713) 782-9267.
| Globe Aware
Cuba — The Curtain Lifted
Care for Cuba with Globe Aware and get a chance to peer into the beauties, struggles, and determination of a society that has long been shrouded in mystery to many North Americans. This volunteer vacation program focuses on research and education, cultural awareness, and academics. Volunteers will attend lectures and meet with representatives from educational organizations, as well as visit local artists, schools, and museums. This project also involves reporting back about your experience, as research, in a form that’s easily shareable. Accommodations are provided in mid-range hotels with flushing toilets, running showers, and electricity. For fun, volunteers will tour the beautiful Vinales Valley and beaches, visit local tobacco farmers, and attend a cannon blast ceremony at a fortress. Experience this unique culture with open music in the streets, hardly any car traffic, and tons of smiles, and you will be enchanted with a world unlike any other.
|| Dates: Please refer to our website for trip dates
Contact: 6500 East Mockingbird Lane, Suite 104, Dallas, TX 75214
| Volunteer Abroad in Cusco, Peru from US$250
Affordable volunteer opportunities available in Cusco. Volunteers can participate in Teaching English, Childcare Projects, Medical Placement, Construction and
Renovation and Jungle Conservation. IVHQ sends over 5000 volunteer travelers worldwide annually — one of the world's most popular volunteer placement organizations!
|| Cost: Program Fees start from US$250.
Dates: Programs start on the 1st and 3rd Monday of each month. Duration: Volunteers can volunteer anywhere from one week to six months.
Contact: International Volunteer HQ, PO Box 8273, New Plymouth, NEW ZEALAND.
Tel.: +64 6 758 7949.
| Volunteer in Ecuador with InterExchange Working Abroad
The Working Abroad Volunteer Ecuador program offers projects that often focus on social programs or environmental conservation, but we can also help you find the right project to meet your goals. You will also have the option to take Spanish language courses while in Ecuador. Make a difference and discover beautiful Ecuador while adding international experience to your resume!
|| Dates: Year-Round
Cost: Programs start at $695
Contact: InterExchange Working Abroad, 161 Sixth Avenue, New York, NY 10013
Tel.: 212-924-0446; toll-free: 1.800-597-3675
Volunteer in Latin 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 Latin America, including Chile, Costa Rica, Guyana, Colombia and Ecuador for one year, Costa Rica and Ecuador for the summer, and Chile for a semester. Both urban and rural placements are available, and most volunteer teachers live with host families.
Dates: Year-long programs depend on academic year; summer only programs.
Contact: WorldTeach, One Brattle Square, Suite 550, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA.
Tel./Fax: 857.259.6646 ext. 201/857.259.6638
Bimini Biological Field Station
Volunteers at shark research station in the Bahamas perform tasks including research, maintenance and cooking, for at least 1 month.
Cosmic Volunteers in Latin America
Programs in Latin America are 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: firstname.lastname@example.org; www.cosmicvolunteers.org
Hôpital Albert Schweitzer in Haiti
Work team projects use self-funding voluntary input to help at this Haitian hospital run by the Grant Foundation.
Contact: email@example.com; www.hashaiti.org.
Peace Villages Foundation: Exciting Grass-Roots Volunteer Opportunity with Local NGO in Venezuela
Come and do volunteer work side by side with locals and other enthusiastic volunteers, have fun and learn the Spanish language: Youth, Care & Community, Medicine & Healthcare experience and observation. Live and volunteer in a typical Pemon Indian community, Conservation & Environment, Teaching & Tutoring, and Ecological Building.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, www.peacevillages.org
people and places
Responsible Volunteering in Latin America
We offer a range of volunteer opportunities — from the bio-hotspot of Amazonian Manu in Peru to the tropical island of Saint Lucia in the Caribbean. Each individual volunteer's skills and abilities are matched to the needs of each specific project — we put the right people in the right places, creating mutually beneficial placements for local communities and volunteers alike.
Contact: email@example.com, www.travel-peopleandplaces.co.uk
Puentes de Amistad
Volunteer Service Work in Latin America
Low cost travel experience short-term volunteer service work in Tijuana, Mexico, or in a village in El Salvador. Help in construction work, at an orphanage or medical clinic, with short-term classes in English or art, or assist a doctor with patient intake. The program provides cultural immersion and learning in Latin America.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, www.puentesdeamistad.org
Service Civil International Workcamps SCI US
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 Latin America. The $250 application fee covers lodging, meals, and minimal health insurance. SCI promotes voluntary service to impact social, environmental and humanitarian issues.
Visit: www.sci-ivs.org 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.
Contact: email@example.com; www.volunteerlatinamerica.com
Free and Low-Cost Volunteering in Latin America
Website lists free and low-cost volunteer opportunities in Latin America. The site is designed for backpackers / independent travellers looking for a real volunteer experience abroad, without paying any middle-man or agency fees.
WWOOF Latin America
Volunteer on organic farms across Latin America for a small membership fee.
Here you can link to other WWOOF country websites and communicate with other fellow WWOOFers.