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Volunteer in South America

Biodiversity Research Institute

Come to Brazil and learn more about Biodiversity & the Environment!

Iporanga, Brazil, South America.
91% response rate
The Biodiversity Research Institute is a nonprofit NGO that develops biodiversity research and environmental education programs for the purpose of ecological conservation.

Un poco del Chocó

Gualea-Quito, Ecuador, South America.
Accommodation Meals
Un poco del Chocó is a private nature reserve and biological station in the montane rainforest of Northwest Ecuador.

7Elements Peru

Oxapampa, Peru, South America.
Accommodation Meals
We are a non profit organization organizing service-service programs to connect young leaders from the Amazon and the western world

88% response rate , 27 hour(s) response time.
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.

FreeWildlifeBrazil Celine

Iporanga, Brazil, South America.
83% response rate , 23 hour(s) response time.
FreeWildlifeBrazil Celine is an animal release center situated in the Atlantic Forest. We combat the hunting, trafficking and illegal capture of wild animals and offer them a chance of freedom!

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.

Casa do Caminho

Xerem, Duque de Caxias, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, South America.
Accommodation Meals
99% response rate , 20 hour(s) response time.
We are a social organization that helps and supports underprivileged children in rural areas

82% response rate
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

Marina Orth Foundation

Medellin, Antioqia, Colombia, South America.
Accommodation Meals
79% response rate
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.

Varsana Eco Village

Granada, Cundinimarca, Colombia, South America.
Accommodation Meals
96% response rate , 30 hour(s) response time.
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.

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!