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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

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

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

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
Education

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

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

Iracambi

Iracambi is a Brazilian and US registered organisation, located in one of the world’s top biodiversity hotspots, The Atlantic Forest. Our objective is to discover better ways of caring for the forest, and to protect the extraordinary biodiversity found here, whilst also generating forest-based incom
Accommodation Meals Agriculture Animals Education

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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"Staying for a month at IPBio Reserve was the perfect opportunity to learn about a wide range of paramount fields within the International volunteering actions. From the fascinating scientific research projects of the Institute to the discovery of the amazing World Natural Heritage that the Atlantic Forest represents, there is so much that has caught my interests.
I enjoyed every hour of the gardening and outdoor maintenance I did in the Reserve, just like all the little jobs I was given to help here and there, like assisting the biologists or taking part to local events with the school.
Working also with the partners of the Institute for the development of a community-based tourism was definitely an honour and priviledge for me, and definitely made me socially and environmentally aware of the urge to protect the gold nugget that this area embodies.
IPBio Institute is key to the conservation of the biodiversity, and volunteering there will truly make you feel part of the protection of our Future.
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on 27/10/2016
Beautiful cloud forest reserve
"My partner and I spent five months as volunteers at Un Poco del Choco in 2012. The station is in a beautiful location surrounded by so much fascinating wildlife. We worked on creating a trail, trail maintenance, gardening and lots of smaller projects like helping with kids' visits to the station, teaching some English, and general maintenance. If - like us- you love wildlife it is a fantastic place to visit. Our work was often interrupted by the spotting of a new bird species, an armadillo rustling by, curious monkeys watching us or noisy frogs. Nicole and Wilo are passionate about their project and will help to make your stay comfortable and fun. Wilo's cooking is great and the house is very well equipped considering its location (I think some updates have taken place since our visit). I would recommend volunteering here if you enjoy wildlife, peace and quiet, and you aren't afraid of some hard physical work. We loved it and would love to go back one day! "
on 28/08/2016