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The Biodiversity Research Institute is a nonprofit NGO that develops biodiversity research and environmental education programs for the purpose of ecological conservation.
Accommodation Animals Education Environment

Volunteers Peru is a small registered Non-Governmental Organization based in the city of Arequipa in southern Peru. We currently support two projects where volunteers can make a positive contribution to the local community.
Childcare Education

Un poco del Chocó is a private nature reserve and biological station in the montane rainforest of Northwest Ecuador.
Accommodation Meals Agriculture Education Environment

The center receives wild animals caught by the police and the environment ministry as pets. We work on their rehabilitation to bring them back to the wild.
Accommodation Meals Animals


BiblioWorks is founded on the simple principle that literacy and education are critical components for the creation and vitality of sustainable communities and cultures. We believe that where knowledge, literacy, and learning exist, people have the resources they need to solve social issues, maintain and strengthen their cultural identities, as well as to grow their community economically

The Marina Orth Foundation is dedicated to providing an excellent, modern education so that students, no matter their race, economic status or gender, will be able to compete globally.
Accommodation Meals Education Development

Our mission is to help those living in poverty or with a disability access a brighter future primarily by providing access to education, skills training, and health care. Our philosophy is that if more and more people give their small help every person will be able to enjoy their basic human rights.
Accommodation Education Healthcare Human Rights

Hoop Peru

HOOP is a non-profit organisation enhancing the education of disadvantaged children and their families in Flora Tristan and the surrounding communities
Childcare Education

Para La Tierra

We’re a not-for-profit conservation organisation that protects habitats and species in Paraguay through scientific research and community outreach. We also promote a responsible approach to reserve management where tourists contribute to social, scientific and conservation projects that are designed
Accommodation Meals Animals Education Environment

Our volunteer program is especially for those who want to experience the life of an Eco Village, engage in sustainable activities such as organic farming, Eco Building, Sustainable Tourism, Yoga Retreats, Oriental Art, etc.
Accommodation Meals Agriculture Education Environment

Volunteer in South America

If you are thinking about volunteering abroad in South America, know that there are a few clear-cut benefits from this experience: numerous organizations, spectacular nature, incredible cultures, and considerably low travel and living expenses. Throughout your research, you’ll come across countless non-for-profits, NGO’s, and social initiatives operating across South America -from Rio De Janeiro’s favelas to small villages in rural Peru. This means that the setting of your volunteer work will be just as diverse as the causes and operations you’ll come across. This also means that with the right preparations, you can find exactly the volunteer opportunity that you’re looking for. 

Location, Location, Location 

Ever thought you’d be assisting research at Ecuador’s Galapagos Islands, teaching children just a step away from Argentina’s Iguazu Falls, or building a greenhouse around Bolivia’s Salar de Uyuni? Unless you are a very specific dreamer, you’re volunteering fantasy probably never went that far - and that’s fine! That’s exactly what we’re here for. When choosing a travel and volunteering destination in South America, start by thinking about the settings you’re drawn to the most - urban or rural, mountain or valley, snowy or sunny. Checking the answers to these questions will set you off in the right direction. Each country and each area have their own characteristics: Peru, Argentina, Chile and Brazil draw immediate attention but don’t hesitate to look further and find the right place for you. 

Set Your Goals

Now it’s time to focus on a cause you care about. If causes in the education field as a whole, or English language education, in particular, is sought after - you can easily find an organization to work with. This extends to the field of community development, in which there are many initiatives fastly growing that can use enthusiastic volunteers. Nature related volunteer opportunities are as diverse as they are popular, so focus on an area or specific cause you care about. Until you find the RIGHT organization for you ask yourself questions, and don’t hesitate to learn and research about all three components (area, organization, cause) of this experience, to make sure you’ve picked the right place for you. Now, off you go!

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"My time working at IPBio could not have been better. As a volunteer coordinator my work saw me take on a variety of different roles as I helped other volunteers. In particular, I focused on assisting with the amphibian program, which enabled me to hike across the reserve weekly to assist in field work. Additionally, I created a brand new volunteer package for the organization, as well as numerous information packages on many different subjects, ranging from local tourism - to wildlife guides. Living at the reserve is comfortable. The Darwin House has a fully equipped kitchen, nice bedrooms, a full bathroom, and most importantly, air conditioning! After work the other volunteers and I would relax, play games, watch movies, and swim in the river (which is amazing, and so refreshing on a hot day). The weekends were exciting and were spent doing many different fun activities. We explored caves, hiked to waterfalls, tubed down rivers, went camping, and so much more. The Atlantic Forest really is a nature lovers dream, and IPBio is such an incredible organization. Definitely and incredible experience, I would recommend it to anyone looking to do meaningful work in an amazing setting. Worth every penny! Go volunteer! "
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