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.
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!
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
refer to our website for trip dates Cost: $1650 Contact: 6500 East Mockingbird Lane,
Suite 104, Dallas, TX 75214 Email: email@example.com Tel: 1-877-LUV-GLOBE Website: www.globeaware.org
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: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: geovisions.org
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!
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: email@example.com Website: www.volunteerhq.org
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 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
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: email@example.com Website: www.road2argentina.com
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!
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. 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:firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.worldteach.org
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.
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.
Volunteer Vacations with a Purpose 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. Countries include Belize, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, the Galapagos, Guatemela, and Peru. Belize: Caribbean Wildlife 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.
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.
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.
SCI (Service Civil International) 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.
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 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.