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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

Latin American Sea Turtles

Summer 2018: Join a Group of Volunteers Headed to Costa Rica to Aid in Baby Turtle Conservation!

Costa Rica.
June 18 - June 25, 2018
Aid in sea turtle conservation in Costa Rica! Search for nesting adult female turtles during nocturnal beach patrols, help relocate the eggs to a safe hatchery, and more.

Volunteer in Animal Care

Latin American Sea Turtles

LAST has close to thirty years' experience working with Costa Rican sea turtles, and staff are experts when it comes to sea turtle population management, community based conservation, coastal management and volunteer assisted research.

2 Reviews

Tortugas de Pacuare

Wildlife around Turtles and the authentic Caribbean

1 Review

Volunteer in Childcare

El Proyecto 123

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

3 Reviews

La Esperanza Granada

Our focus is on education at a very basic level. By focusing on supporting young children in the poorest barrios of Granada to receive an education, we hope to help them and their families break the cycle of poverty. We believe in giving a hand up, not a hand out.

1 Review

Volunteer in Conservation Work

The Monkey Farm

We are creating the world's first wildlife rescue center that is completely self-sufficient and sustainable.

3 Reviews

Vista Hermosa Farm Project

an educational, hands on, working model for bio-intensive organic permaculture farming

3 Reviews

Volunteer in Teaching related activities

Honduras Child Alliance

The Honduras Child Alliance is a diverse and collaborative, volunteer-based group, collectively working to make life better for impoverished children in El Porvenir, Honduras.

5 Reviews

Education Plus Nicaragua

Education Plus Nicaragua is a grassroots after-school program that provides food, education, recreation, material assistance, and love to the children of Barrio el Pantanal, who are among the poorest in the world.

1 Review

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.