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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

Niños de Guatemala

November: Volunteer at a Summer Camp in the heart of Antigua, Guatemala with other Volunteers!

Antigua, Guatemala.
November 10 - December 2, 2018
Niños de Guatemala is a Dutch-Guatemalan non-profit working to break the cycle of poverty in Guatemala by providing quality education to those who need it most. Niños de Guatemala empowers communities in marginalized areas of Guatemala. We achieve this by providing education that extends beyond the traditional classroom across three levels: students, their families, and the larger community. We take a holistic approach to education providing psychology and social work services alongside a nutritional program.

Volunteer in Animal Care

Latin American Sea Turtles

Our vision is to realize a future where all inhabitants of the Costa Rican coasts, human and sea turtle alike, can live together in balance; where healthy populations of sea turtles fulfil their ecological roles and economic potential; and critical natural habitats are sustainably managed.

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Tortugas de Pacuare

Wildlife around turtles and the authentic Caribbean

2 Reviews

Volunteer in Childcare

El Proyecto 123

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

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La Esperanza Granada

By providing opportunities and resources for the long-term educational advancement and community development of Nicaraguan barrios, we hope to brighten the future of the children by empowering the people of the villages to improve their current living conditions and break the cycle of poverty. We believe in giving a hand up, not a handout.

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Volunteer in Conservation Work

Lobalu

Lobalu is expanding to go forward to help more animals of all kinds, and also to bring education to our kids and adults. For this, we need the help of volunteers who would love to be a part of these ongoing projects.


Albergue Montaña Verde

Somos una organización ambientalista y ecologista con un albergue en medio de la montaña verde


Volunteer in Teaching related activities

Niños de Guatemala

Niños de Guatemala is a Dutch-Guatemalan nonprofit working to break the cycle of poverty in Guatemala by providing quality education to those who need it most.

2 Reviews

Caras Alegres

We hope to improve the general welfare and position of women and children living in poverty and neglect in Las Rosas, Quetzaltenango.

3 Reviews

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.