Featured Articles on Volunteering in South 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.
in South America — Peru, Ecuador, Chile, Brazil
and Argentina 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, 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.
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 Email:email@example.com Website:www.eliabroad.org
Projects Abroad in Bolivia, Jamaica, 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, building, conservation, archaeology, sports, performing arts, medicine, business, microfinance, international development, and journalism. Programs are for ages 16+.
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. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.projects-abroad.org
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 Email: email@example.com Tel: 1-877-LUV-GLOBE Website: www.globeaware.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.
Volunteers can also join a team of biologists who take care of hurt species of the endangered Andean Condor and be part of an unique conservation program in Buenos Aires.
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, El Salvador 5218, Buenos Aires (CABA), Argentina. Tel.: +1-347-974-3705 (USA); +54-11-5121-1764
(Argentina). Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: road2argentina.com
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!
True Galapagos Experience Volunteer in one of the wonders of the world trying to preserve the unique habitat of the Galapagos. You will get your hands dirty with conservation projects while also being able to island-hop and take in the beauty of the archipelago. This land-based program combines sightseeing tours, a comprehensive lecture on the Galapagos by a veteran scientist, and the opportunity to be part of the conservation work going on in the islands.
We offer 10 days, 2 week, and 3 week programs. We can also personalize your program if you would like to extend your stay.
Dates: Year round Cost: 10 Days: $1690, 2 Weeks: $1990, 3 Weeks: $2190 Contact: Lead Adventures Ecuador & Galapagos, 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:email@example.com. Websites:www.lead-adventures.com
Connect-123 Volunteer Programs in Buenos Aires, Argentina Connect-123 links you to volunteer projects in Buenos Aires, Argentina, according to your interests and skills, in health care, community service, education, and many other fields. Health care projects include working directly with doctors on medical research projects, providing non-medical care to patients, attending ward rounds and helping the nursing staff care for patients. Social work, and education projects include working at a legal advice center, assessing the impact of community-based interventions, helping with public health awareness campaigns, mentoring street children, teaching English, caring for infants and toddlers at orphanages, working with youth regarding issues related to HIV/AIDS, sexuality and adolescence, and helping to build schools and houses for disadvantaged communities. What's included: Finding a volunteer project that specifically meets your needs; arranging secure, high-quality, centrally-located accommodation based on your budget; assisting with local transport and providing advice on public transport routes; airport meet and greet service; a complete preparation and orientation information pack; advice, assistance, and guidance before, during, and after your stay; group-rate discounts; and 24/7 emergency support and assistance.
Wildlife Animal Rescue in the Andes and Amazon Animal Rescue Program welcomes volunteers to come and be the caretakers of beautiful and exotic animals who have been victims of animal trafficking or mistreatment. Volunteers will be responsible for helping to foster their transition back to the wildlife while living in two different and beautiful regions of Ecuador— the Amazon Rainforest and the Andes.
Volunteer Abroad in Argentina for 4 - 52 Weeks United Planet's Quests offer volunteers the opportunity to learn, teach, work, engage and immerse themselves in a culture outside their comfort zone. Ages 18 and up are invited to enroll. Live in Argentina for 4-52 weeks and form intercultural relationships as you work with urban youth at centers focused on bringing art and culture into the lives of young people. Volunteers live with a local host family, participate in cultural activities and excursions, and receive 24/7 support – a true immersion experience that allows you to build relationships that last a lifetime.
Volunteer Abroad in Brazil for 4 - 52 Weeks United Planet's Quests offer volunteers the opportunity to learn, teach, work, engage and immerse themselves in a culture outside their comfort zone. Ages 18-30 are invited to enroll. Live in Brazil for 4-52 weeks and volunteer on a social or human rights project, assist with education, or work to conserve the environment. Volunteers live with a local host family, participate in cultural activities and excursions, and receive 24/7 support – a true immersion experience that allows you to build relationships that last a lifetime.
Volunteer Abroad in Colombia for 4 - 52 Weeks United Planet's Quests offer volunteers the opportunity to learn, teach, work, engage and immerse themselves in a culture outside their comfort zone. Ages 18-30 are invited to enroll. Live in Colombia for 4-52 weeks and volunteer at a social or education project. Volunteers live with a local host family, participate in cultural activities and excursions, and receive 24/7 support – a true immersion experience that allows you to build relationships that last a lifetime.
Volunteer Abroad in Ecuador with United Planet for 1-52 Weeks United Planet’s Quest Volunteer Abroad program offers you or your group a life-changing opportunity to interact with local communities through customized work experiences, cultural activities, and home stays. United Planet Quests are offered in more than 25 countries from 1-52 weeks. Located east of the famous and historical Galapagos Islands, Ecuador contains within its borders a variety of landscapes and cultures! As a volunteer you will have the opportunity to stay in one of the most beautiful capital cities of South America—Quito!
Discover Corps Volunteer Vacations with Purpose in South America Volunteer vacations for adults and families in South America, including Peru, and the Galapagos. 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.
Love Volunteers Volunteer Programs in South America Love Volunteers has been trusted by thousands of volunteers to travel abroad and immerse themselves in new cultures, whilst providing help where it is really needed. Join the world’s fastest growing independent volunteering organization on an affordable, safe and responsible voluntary service project in locations throughout South America for a truly memorable experience! Visit the website to check out our range of community-based projects and find out how you can make a REAL difference!
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.
VolunteerSouthAmerica.Net 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.