Volunteer in Latin America
on Volunteering in Latin America
volunteer programs by country in Latin America:
| Volunteer Abroad in Latin America with Cross-Cultural Solutions
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 Cartago, Costa Rica, Guatemala City, Guatemala,
Lima, Peru, and Salvador, Brazil
On each program, after volunteering for the day, you'll
be able to walk around your neighborhood or explore
some of the gorgeous spots nearby. We proudly believe
we provide the perfect mix of quality work, cultural
immersion, adventure, and relaxation—all while
having 24/7 access to CCS staff and support. Make
that life-changing decision to become a CCSer today!
Week to Three Months
Costs: Contact Us for Pricing
Contact: Cross-Cultural Solutions,
2 Clinton Place, New Rochelle, NY 10801.
Tel: US Toll Free: 1-800-380-4777
| Global Vision
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!
in USA: 888-653-6028
| Volunteer in Latin America with United Planet!
United Planet's Quests offer you or your
group the opportunity to learn, teach, work, engage
and immerse yourselves in a culture outside your comfort
zone 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. Partake in educational, environmental
sustainability, global health projects, and more.
Visit our website for more information!
Cost: Varies according to country
and length of stay. Please visit our website for
Dates: Ongoing start dates.
Contact: United Planet, 11 Arlington
St, Boston MA 02116, USA.
Challenge — Volunteer in Latin America This
AMIGOS operates in countries throughout the Americas — in
Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, Costa Rica,
Panamá, Colombia, Ecuador, 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
Cost: Check our website for Program
Requirements and Cost
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
|| Dates: Please
refer to our website for trip dates
Contact: 6500 East Mockingbird Lane,
Suite 104, Dallas, TX 75214
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
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 Placements in Latin America with InterExchange Working Abroad
InterExchange Working Abroad offers volunteer placements in Costa Rica, Ecuador, Guatemala and Peru. Discover these amazing countries firsthand by contributing to meaningful volunteer work! Projects include education, social work, tourism, animal welfare and 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.
Cost: $595 and up
Contact: InterExchange Working Abroad, 100 Wall Street, Suite 301, New York, NY 10005.
Tel.: 212-924-0446; toll-free 1-800-597-3675.
| 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!
|| Dates: 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
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.
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
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.
|| 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
Contact: Road2Argentina, Anchorena
1676, Buenos Aires CP1425ELL, Argentina.
Tel.: +1-347-974-3705 (USA); +54-11-4826-0820
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!
|| Dates: Year
Contact: Lead Adventures, Juan Leon
Mera 1574 y La Pinta (2nd floor office 2A) Quito -
Tel.: US/Canada 1 800 579 3905 or
Ecuador 5 932 254 1633
Academic Programs International
Volunteer in Latin 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, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Guatemala, Mexico, 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.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, www.apistudyabroad.com/experiential-programs/volunteer/
Bimini Biological Field Station
Volunteers at shark research station in the Bahamas perform
tasks including research, maintenance and cooking, for
at least 1 month.
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: email@example.com; www.cosmicvolunteers.org
Volunteer Vacations in Latin America
Volunteer vacations for adults and families in Asia, Africa and Latin America. 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.
Belize: Caribbean Manatee Adventure
Volunteer in Belize to protect manatees while exploring this country's turquoise waters. Venture out to pristine reefs, uncover distant islands and come face-to-face with wildlife in the sub-tropical rainforests.
Cuba: Building Bridges
Totally legal travel to the island you’ve always wanted to visit. Build bridges of friendship and understanding with the Cuban people while immersing yourself in their vibrant culture and rich history.
A journey of art, music, and dance. Engage in cultural exchange with the Cuban people to rebuild bridges of friendship and understanding.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, discovercorps.com
Hôpital Albert Schweitzer
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
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
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
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. 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: www.sciint.org for
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.
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.