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Volunteer vacation in Latin 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.
Volunteering in Mexico and Central America: Top Tips and Volunteer Organizations by Zahara Heckscher
Volunteer in Latin America Independently  
Volunteering and Educational Travel in Belize
Volunteer Work in Brazil: How to Embark on a Meaningful South American Adventure
Short-Term Volunteer Work in a Costa Rica with Cross-Cultural Solutions
Volunteering in South American Eco-Lodges
Volunteer in Bolivia at a Wildlife Refuge  
With the Amigos de las Americas Program in Latin America, Volunteering Makes a Difference
Volunteer Opportunities in Guatemala
Volunteer in Xela, Guatemala through the EntreMundos organization
Volunteer with the Casa Guatemala
Train Nature Guides in Central America with WorldTeach and RARE, Change Lives
Volunteer Work in Guatemala
Eco-Volunteer in Argentina with GAIA
Cornerstone in Belize: Volunteer with a Community-Based Organization
Volunteer Work in Lima, Peru with Cross-Cultural Solutions
Volunteering in Peru
A Moment in a Classroom as a Volunteer with Worldteach in Ecuador
Volunteer in Chile with WorldTeach: The Rewards Outweigh the Costs
Volunteer in Nicaragua with the Habitat for Humanity
Volunteer in Nicaragua at the Miraflor Nature Preserve
Building Homes in Paraguay as a Volunteer with the Habitat for Humanity Program

See our listings of volunteer programs in Latin America, including Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Columbia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, 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.
Email: info@crossculturalsolutions.org
Website: www.crossculturalsolutions.org
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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!
Volunteer in Latin America with GVI Contact in USA: 888-653-6028
Website: www.gviusa.com
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Volunteer Abroad in Latin 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 Latin 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 Latin 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.
Tel.:
800-292-2316 or 617-267-7763.
Email: quest@unitedplanet.org
Website: www.unitedplanet.org

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Accept the Challenge — Volunteer in Latin 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 focus on youth leadership in the fields of public health, children's rights, environmental sustainability, creative expression, social enterprise and sports and fitness.
Volunteer in Costa Rica Dates: Depends on program
Cost: Check our website for Program Requirements and Cost
Email: Contact Us
Website: amigoslink.org
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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.
Volunteer in Cuba with Globeaware Dates: Please refer to our website for trip dates
Cost: $1650
Contact: 6500 East Mockingbird Lane, Suite 104, Dallas, TX 75214
Email: office@globeaware.org
Tel: 1-877-LUV-GLOBE
Website: www.globeaware.org
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Volunteer in Costa Rica with Geovisions Volunteer in Costa Rica with Geovisions

Children’s Hospital In Costa Rica
Our medical programs include a paramedic center or a children's Hospital. We offer Ecology Conservation in Cabo Blanco and Marine Conservation in Puntarenas. Assist in schools and orphanages or teach English to a group 15 hours per week as part of the Conversation Partner program.

Dates: Year ‘round
Cost: Please see website for prices.
Contact: GeoVisions, 63 Whitfield St. Guilford, CT 06437.
Tel.: 203-453-5838. Toll free 1-877-949-9998.
Email: programs@geovisions.org
Website: geovisions.org

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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!
Volunteer in Ecuador with VolunteerHQ 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.
Email: volunteer@volunteerhq.org
Website: www.volunteerhq.org
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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!
Teaching English in Latin America wtih Interexchange 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  
Email: workabroad@interexchange.org
Website: www.interexchange.org/workingabroad
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Volunteer Programs in Latin America
Come experience a cultural immersion while participating in a volunteer program! ELI partners with local organizations in throughout Latin America 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 Latin America Dates: Flexible Dates
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: info@eliabroad.org
Website: www.eliabroad.org
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WorldTeach
Volunteer Teaching in Countries throughout 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
Email: info@worldteach.org
Website: www.worldteach.org
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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).
Email: info@road2argentina.com
Website: www.road2argentina.com
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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
Email: info@lead-adventures.com.
Websites: www.lead-adventures.com
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Bimini Biological Field Station
Volunteers at shark research station in the Bahamas perform tasks including research, maintenance and cooking, for at least 1 month.

Visit: www6.miami.edu/sharklab

Cosmic Volunteers
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: info@cosmicvolunteers.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: info@hashaiti.org; 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: mail@peacevillages.org, www.peacevillages.org

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Responsible Volunteering
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: kate@travel-peopleandplaces.co.uk, www.travel-peopleandplaces.co.uk

Puentes de Amistad
Volunteer Service Work

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: info@puentesdeamistad.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: info@volunteerlatinamerica.com; www.volunteerlatinamerica.com

VolunteerSouthAmerica.Net
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.

Visit: www.volunteersouthamerica.net

WWOOF
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.

Visit: www.wwooflatinamerica.com

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