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Featured Articles on Volunteering in South America
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.
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Volunteer in Brazil: How to Embark on a Meaningful South American Adventure
Why Volunteer in Bolivia?
Amigos de las Americas, Volunteering Makes a Difference in Latin America
Volunteer Work in Lima, Peru
Work in Ecuador: Both Paid and Volunteer Opportunities Abound
Guyana through a Volunteer's Eyes

Volunteer 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.
Volunteer in South America 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: info@eliabroad.org
Website: www.eliabroad.org
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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+.
Volunteer in Bolivia with Projects Abroad 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: info@projects-abroad.org
Website: www.projects-abroad.org
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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!
Globeaware volunteers in Peru Dates: Please refer to our website for trip dates
Cost: $1250
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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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.
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, Area Tres Coworking, El Salvador 5218, Buenos Aires (CABA), Argentina.
Tel.: +1-347-974-3705 (USA); +54-11-5121-1764 (Argentina).
Email: info@road2argentina.com
Website: 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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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.
Volunteer in Galapagos with Lead Advenures 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: info@lead-adventures.com.
Websites: www.lead-adventures.com
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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.
Volunteer in Buenos Aires, Argentina with Connect-123in Argentina with Connect-123 Dates: Both start dates and durations are flexible. Typical durations range from 1 to 6 months.
Cost: Please see website for details.
Contact: Connect-123 International Internship and Volunteer Programs
USA Tel: (800) 731 6406 (toll free)
Email: info@connect-123.com
Website: www.connect-123.com/programs/volunteer/buenos-aires-argentina/
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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.
Animal Rescue in Galapagos with Lead Advenures 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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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 in Argentina

Contact: Please give the United Planet Team a call at 617-874-8041 or email quest@unitedplanet.org.
More information can be found at: www.unitedplanet.org and for United Planet’s Argentina programs at: www.unitedplanet.org/volunteer-abroad/long-term/argentina.
Feel free to visit us from 9 AM to 5 PM at United Planet, Boston Harbor Shipyard and Marina, 256 Marginal Street, Boston, MA 02128.

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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 in South Korea

Contact: Please give the United Planet Team a call at 617-874-8041 or email quest@unitedplanet.org.
More information can be found at: www.unitedplanet.org and for United Planet’s Brazil programs at: www.unitedplanet.org/volunteer-abroad/long-term/brazil.
Feel free to visit us from 9 AM to 5 PM at United Planet, Boston Harbor Shipyard and Marina, 256 Marginal Street, Boston, MA 02128.

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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 in Colombia

Contact: Please give the United Planet Team a call at 617-874-8041 or email quest@unitedplanet.org.
More information can be found at: www.unitedplanet.org and for United Planet’s Colombia programs at: www.unitedplanet.org/volunteer-abroad/long-term/colombia.
Feel free to visit us from 9 AM to 5 PM at United Planet, Boston Harbor Shipyard and Marina, 256 Marginal Street, Boston, MA 02128.

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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!
Volunteer in Ecuador Contact: Please give the United Planet Team a call at 617-874-8041 or email quest@unitedplanet.org.
More information can be found at: www.unitedplanet.org and for United Planet’s Ecuador programs at: www.unitedplanet.org/volunteer-abroad/short-term/ecuador.  
Feel free to visit us from 9 AM to 5 PM at United Planet, Boston Harbor Shipyard and Marina, 256 Marginal Street, Boston, MA 02128.
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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.

Volunteer with ELI in South America
Volunteer in South America with Projects Abroad
Volunteer with VolunteerHQ
Volunteer in Argentina with United Planet
GlobeAware: Volunteer work in South America
Volunteer with Road2Argentina
Volunteer in Ecuador, Peru and the Galapgos with Lead Adventures

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