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Volunteer Opportunities in Central America

Volunteer Opportunities in Central America

Volunteering in Central America presents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to witness everything from unspoilt natural landscapes to charming towns with Spanish-influenced architecture. Even in the era of rapid urbanization, Central America remains raw and unique. Most local communities remain rooted in their culture and way of life. A continent of raging volcanos, tropical coasts, vibrant markets,and majestic Mayan ruins, joining volunteer projects abroad in Central America can leave travellers with a lifetime of memories. Right from economic and social welfare initiatives to conservation efforts, there are plenty of volunteer jobs to choose from!


Volunteer Abroad with Local Non-Profits


Volunteer in Animal Care

Tortugas de Pacuare

Wildlife around turtles and the authentic experience

3 Reviews

Wildtracks

Belize's National Primate and Manatee Rehabilitation Centre

14 Reviews

Volunteer in Childcare

Honduras Child Alliance

The Honduras Child Alliance provides educational enrichment and healthy living programs for children in El Porvenir, Honduras.

6 Reviews

El Proyecto 123

We work with children aged 6 to 12 years offering basic English classes and environmental education.

4 Reviews

Volunteer in Conservation Work

Richmond Vale Academy

Richmond Vale Academy is a non for profit based in one of the poorest nations in the Caribbean. At Richmond Vale Academy we believe that poverty is the biggest social problem of our time and by joining together we can make the World a better place for all.

8 Reviews

Pacuare Reserve

We are a working reserve established in 1989 with almost 2000 acres of tropical forest and 6 kilometers of beach, which is one of the most important nesting sites in the country of the endangered Leatherback Turtle.


Volunteer in Teaching related activities

Huellas que Trascienden AC

Huellas que Trascienden combats poverty by turning the talents of the indigenous women of Chiapas into income for their households in an innovative and integral way.

7 Reviews

Volunteer Now Costa Rica

Located in Escazu (San Jose) and Guanacaste Area (Playas del Coco beach), in Costa Rica. This is a family company that has been around since 2004 and enlisted the aid of hundreds of volunteers from all over the world, which ones come to our country to work on the ecological and social projects our c

How to Volunteer in Central America

How to find volunteer opportunities in Central America

Connecting Colombia and Mexico, the countries of Belize, Honduras, Panama, Nicaragua, Guatemala, El Salvador, and Costa Rica collectively form Central America. Having faced civil wars and political unrests, Central American communities need the help of volunteers who can come in and lend their support to local initiatives. Among the many opportunities, volunteers can choose to support medical care, child care, conservation, education and women empowerment programs. Options truly are limitless. One popular volunteer work in conversation is to save endangered sea turtles in Costa Rica. All Central American countries , especially Guatemala and Honduras, are in urgent need of childcare volunteers.

Best time to volunteer in Central America

As a general rule of thumb, it’s best to avoid the rainy seasons when visiting Central America. In Nicaragua, Honduras and Panama, the dry season is usually from January to March. The dry season in Costa Rica is from mid-December to April. When visiting during the wet seasons, people are urged to travel in the morning because most Central American countries experience afternoon showers. On a positive note, there are hardly any tourists during the rainy seasons, which means less crowded tourist spots and cheaper accommodation rates.


Essential information about Central America

Travellers need to make sure to get the right paperwork when planning their volunteering trip abroad. Right now citizens of Europe, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and a few other nations can enter any Central American country without getting pre-arrival visas. Travellers should read about the visa regulations of the countries they are visiting. With more than 32 million speakers, Spanish is the predominantly understood language in Central America. The cost of living over there is generally cheaper than most developed nations. Places such as Panama City in Panama, as well as San Jose in Costa Rica are some of the cheapest cities in Central America in terms of food and accommodation. Managua in Nicaragua and Guatemala City in Guatemala are comparatively more affordable.