Volunteer Opportunities in South America | GivingWay

Volunteer Opportunities in South America

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 nonprofits 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.

Volunteer Abroad with Local Organizations

Featured Organizations

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.

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!

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.

Biblioworks

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

Volunteer in Conservation Work

Un poco del Chocó

Un poco del Chocó is a private nature reserve and biological station in the montane rainforest of Northwest Ecuador.

Para La Tierra

We’re a not-for-profit conservation organisation that protects habitats and species in Paraguay through scientific research and community outreach. We also promote a responsible approach to reserve management where tourists contribute to social, scientific and conservation projects that are designed

Volunteer in Teaching related activities

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.

Casa do Caminho

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

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!