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Volunteer Opportunities in South America

Volunteer Opportunities in South America

If you are thinking about volunteering abroad in South America, we say go for it! GivingWay offers 100s of non-profit organizations to choose from, spectacular nature, incredible cultures, and considerably low travel and living expenses. Throughout your research you’ll come across countless non-profits 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 preparation, you can find exactly the volunteer opportunity that you’re looking for. Volunteer opportunities include wild animal rescue, animal rehabilitation, literacy, art education, health care, and more.

Volunteer Abroad with Local Non-Profits

Biodiversity Research Institute

Learn about eco-conservation with a group of volunteers in Brazil over the summer!

Iporanga, Brazil.
September 10 - December 3, 2018
Learn about biodiversity and eco-conservation with a group of volunteers in Brazil! This includes wild animal inventory, tree inventory, grounds maintenance, and more.

Volunteer in Animal Care

Biodiversity Research Institute

The Biodiversity Research Institute is a nonprofit NGO that develops biodiversity research and environmental education programs for the purpose of ecological conservation.

35 Reviews

Merazonia Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation Center

Merazonia is a dynamic rescue and rehabilitation centre for trafficked and abused Amazonian animals, located on 250 acres of rainforest, in Mera, Ecuador, South America.

9 Reviews

Volunteer in Childcare

Volunteers Peru

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.

6 Reviews

MySmallHelp Peru

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.

3 Reviews

Volunteer in Conservation Work

Varsana Eco Village

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.

2 Reviews

FreeWildlifeBrazil Celine

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!

13 Reviews

Volunteer in Teaching related activities

Casa do Caminho

We are a social organization that helps and supports underprivileged children in rural areas

5 Reviews

Marina Orth Foundation

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.

3 Reviews

How to Volunteer in South America

How to find volunteer opportunities in South America

Ever thought you’d be assisting research at Ecuador’s Galapagos Islands, teaching children at Argentina’s Iguazu Falls, or building a greenhouse in Bolivia’s Salar de Uyuni? Unless you are a very specific dreamer, you’re volunteering fantasy probably never went that far.But choosing a volunteering destination in South America starts from considering the settings you’re drawn to the most - urban or rural, mountain or valley, snowy or sunny. Each country and area have their own character. So go further than Peru, Argentina, Chile or Brazil and don’t hesitate to look for just the right place.

Best time to volunteer in South America

South America has steep differences in altitude which makes its atmosphere change dramatically between areas. This means that there is no single best time to visit and volunteer in South America in general, rather, to find the best location-weather combinations. You’ll find the Galapagos best in June and Patagonia from November through February. Being near the equator, Peru is a popular volunteering destination whole year long - being mild both during winter and summertime.

Essential information about South America

Flights might be expensive and trains operate mainly in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Ecuador and Peru. If you're planning to volunteer in South America, it's best to book flights between countries in advance. Visas are usually required - so make sure your passport is valid!