LATIN AMERICA

Latin America is a continent of ancient history, culture and natural wonders including the stunning Amazon, Manu Biosphere and Mindo Cloud Forest. The region was the cradle of powerful ancient civilizations such as The Inca and The Maya, and is a meeting of European influences and mingled with indigenous identities and diverse ecosystems. It is a perfect location for a gap year, volunteer or internship in locations such as Ecuador, Belize and Costa Rica but be warned you may fall in love!

Volunteer in Latin America

Latin America is famous for its biodiversity and its impressive natural features including the highest waterfall in the world, Angel Falls, the largest river by volume, Amazon, the longest mountain range, The Andes and the driest place on earth, the Atacama Desert. It yields the most biodiverse rainforest in the world, The Amazon Rainforest, which is home to more than half of all the world’s species of plants and animals.

The region was the seat of some of the greatest ancient civilizations like the Inca, The Maya and The Aztec. While the ancient civilizations spanned across the continent, there is a rich diversity in the history of each country, their communities and traditions. Nothing can compare to the drums of the indigenous Quechua in Peru or the sound of waves on the Costa Rican shoreline. You can reveal in the ancient ruins of Machu Picchu, the impressive salt flats of Bolivia or the stunning Galapagos islands. It has something to offer everyone.

The richness of Latin American culture has developed from ancient traditions, colonial influences and the mixing of different ethnicities immigrating to the region. Spanish and Portuguese are the majority languages in Latin America and you can find over 600 native languages throughout the continent.  While there is a rich history and culture the divide between the rich and poor is larger in Latin America than most other continents.

Volunteers play an instrumental role in the continual sustainability and growth of our projects. There are many grassroots initiatives that understand the struggles of the communities they work within and are able to support them on multiple levels. From creating Healthy Kitchens in Peru, to Building and Organic Farming in Belize you can find a project that utilizes your skills and allows for personal growth.

Since Latin America has such vast natural resources, plant and animals it has become a target for exploitation. That makes environmental and wildlife conservation  projects such an important aspect of the future of Latin America through education, research and hands on work. There are amazing projects like Turtle and Marine Environmental Conservation and Education in Ecuador or Environmental Conservation on Biological Stations in the Amazon and on the Coast which have made important and forward thinking impacts in the world of conservation.

Just as Latin America is diverse, so are the options offered by Kaya. Several of our projects do require some previous Spanish speaking skills and you can enhance your knowledge by adding on spanish lessons – there is no better way to learn a language then in the country it is spoken!  All our placements that require Spanish have been assessed in line with the Common European Framework for Languages (CEFR), to help the projects and volunteers understand what is needed to make the placement a success.

Explore the many options available to you and get to know more about the amazing locations and projects offered by Kaya. Make the world a little smaller by making your heart a little bigger and participating in a project!

Latin American countries with volunteer and intern projects

 

Volunteer in Belize

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Volunteer in Brazil

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Volunteer in Bolivia

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Volunteer in Costa Rica

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Volunteer in Ecuador

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Volunteer in Peru

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Our Latin America Projects

Wildlife Conservation Volunteering in Brazil

Learn and experience wildlife conservation volunteering in Brazil

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Human rights and girls’ empowerment volunteering in Quito

Human rights and girls’ empowerment volunteering in Quito

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Family Volunteering: Community Development Projects in Bolivia

Volunteer in the poorest country in South America, and your family will be welcomed with open arms into a friendly and vivacious community

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Summer Study Abroad and Service in Peru – Conservation Track

Combine study abroad and volunteering this summer in Cusco, Peru.

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Horse-assisted therapy volunteering in Bolivia

Volunteer abroad on our specialised project and help to provide physical therapy to disabled children and young adults in Bolivia

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Special Needs Equine Therapy Internship in Bolivia

Intern abroad on our specialised project and help to provide physical therapy to disabled children and young adults in Bolivia

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Semester Study Abroad and Service in Peru

Combine study abroad and volunteering for a semester in Cusco, Peru.

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Summer Study Abroad and Service in Peru

Combine study abroad and volunteering this summer in Cusco, Peru.

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Speech Therapy Internship in Peru

Intern in a special education centre in Peru that supports children age 3 to 20 by providing them special education geared to their specific needs

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Social Work Internship with Young Mothers in Peru

Intern in Cusco for a social centre that supports young mothers

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Multimedia Internship in Peru

Multimedia internship in Peru to develop your CV/resume and help while supporting biodiversity conservation

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Summer Study Abroad and Service in Peru – Business Track

Combine study abroad and volunteering this summer in Cusco, Peru.

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Summer Study Abroad and Service in Peru – Health and Nutrition Track

Combine study abroad and volunteering this summer in Cusco, Peru.

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Summer Study Abroad and Service in Peru – Social, Art and Culture Track

Combine study abroad and volunteering this summer in Cusco, Peru.

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Environmental Conservation Internship in Peru

Environmental conservation internship in Peru to develop your CV/resume and help with scientific research

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Veterinary Internship in Ecuador

Join us as on this veterinary internship in Ecuador and contribute to improving the welfare of wildlife while developing your CV/Resume

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Fair Trade Internship in the Amazon Rainforest

Join our Fair Trade Internship in the Amazon Rainforest at a unique tea project doing sustainable economic development, cultural preservation and conservation.

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Volunteering for 16 and 17 year olds in Costa Rica

Spend your holidays doing something different and help others through volunteering overseas. Work on 1 of 4 projects in Costa Rica that accept 16 and 17 year olds.

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Marine Conservation Internship in Belize

Based on a tiny private island in the Sapodilla Cayes, off the coast of Punta Gorda, this marine conservation project researches issues affecting the world’s second largest coral reef.

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Amazon Rainforest Wildlife Rescue in Ecuador

In partnership with a local indigenous family that lives in the Amazon rainforest, this centre rehabilitates wild animals from the jungle that were victims of abuse and animal trafficking.

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Sea Turtle Conservation in Costa Rica

Volunteer on this Sea Turtle conservation project and protect female sea turtles, their nests and hatchlings on beaches along the coasts of Costa Rica.

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Volunteer Support For Young Mothers In Peru

Volunteer in Cusco and support young mothers and their children in Peru.

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Veterinary Internship In Bolivia

Come to La Paz and compliment your studies or work experience by participating in this exciting veterinary internship in Bolivia.

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Volunteer in a Children’s Centre in La Paz

Volunteer in a Children’s Centre in Bolivia managed entirely by local families from a small community.

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Healthy Kitchens Volunteering in Peru

Join us in supporting local families by addressing hygiene and sanitation issues by working on our healthy kitchens volunteering in Peru project.

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Environmental Conservation in the Peruvian Rainforest

Be part of a leading research programme and help with sustainable community and environmental conservation initiatives in the Peruvian rainforest.

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Volunteer in Rural Health Clinics in Belize

Volunteer in Belize in rural health clinics that serve the less affluent citizens of rural communities surrounding San Ignacio, who lack access to health professionals and treatment.

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Work in Hospitals and Clinics in Belize

Volunteer in Belize and lend a hand in a public polyclinic or private hospital that serve the local citizens, regardless of income or social standing.

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Sustainable Economic and Community Development in Ecuador

Volunteer in Ecuador on an economic and community development initiative to help families preserve their values, culture and environment and create sustainable livelihoods.

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Build a Sustainable Home for Orphans in Belize

Build a Sustainable Home for Orphans in Belize and support children prepare for adulthood, while immersing them in sustainability initiatives.

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Medical Spanish Language Course

We’ve got the perfect program for medical students and professionals who want healthcare experience abroad.

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Learn Spanish in Ecuador

By learning Spanish in Ecuador you will be immersed in the language as well as experiencing the wonderful culture.

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Family Volunteering: Building and Organic Farming in Belize

Bring your family to Belize and join us on this farming and building project for disadvantaged teenagers.

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Family Volunteering: Coral Reef Conservation with dive certification in Belize

For an active and educational experience, a marine conservation project is an exhilarating choice for the whole family.

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Belize Spring Break Organic Farming Volunteer Week

Volunteer in Belize this Spring Break and work on a small farm, cultivating sustainable organically grown food for a home that supports abused and abandoned children.

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Christmas Volunteering Building a Home for Orphaned Teenagers in Belize

Why not spend Christmas this year doing something different and volunteer on this building a home for abandoned and abused teenagers project in Belize.

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Sports Coaching and Community Work in the Andes

Become a sports coaching and community work volunteer in the Andes and help integrate boys and girls into sports, foster technical expertise, team work and gender equity.

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Counselling and Social Work in Belize

Volunteer within the social services on this counselling and social work project in Belize to help an understaffed centre support young people and women who are in need.

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Construction and Animal Welfare Volunteering in the Andes

Volunteer in the Bolivian Andes and combine construction work and animal welfare at the city zoo with improvements to a local children's centre.

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Music Access and Development for School Children in Belize

Volunteer as a music teacher at a local state run schools where music access and development for school children in Belize is limited to only those who can afford it.

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Dance Therapy in Belize

If you have a passion for, and can inspire others to express themselves through dance and movement, then volunteer on this wonderful dance therapy project in Belize.

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Turtle and Marine Environmental Conservation and Education in Ecuador

Volunteer on this turtle, sharks and marine research, conservation and education project on the Pacific Coast of Ecuador to protect habitats and species.

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Teaching and Teacher Development Volunteering in Belize

Support over-stretched teachers in classrooms and through interactive training sessions on this teaching and teacher development volunteering project in Belize.

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Health and Medical Internship in Ecuador

This health and medical internship in Ecuador will give medical, biology and science students insights into issues in global health, traditional medicine and medical practice.

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Spring Break Volunteering on a Sustainable Community Project in Ecuador

Spend your Spring Break volunteering in Ecuador and support 50 families to preserve their cultural identity and community.

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Marine Conservation in Belize with PADI Certification

Volunteer in Belize on and not only help with marine conservation but also gain PADI, an internationally recognised diving qualification.

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Rural Public Health Volunteering in Ecuador

If you are interested in community development with a health focus then this rural public health volunteering placement is perfect for you.

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Volunteer Camp for At Risk Youth: Putting Film Into Action in Belize

Volunteer in Belize on this film camp and use your film-making and photography skills to empower and inspire students from an at risk youth centre.

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Integrated Music, Dance and Art Therapy for Children with Special Needs

Volunteer and use your creative skills on this integrated therapy project for children with disabilities and learning difficulties in Ecuador.

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Family Volunteering: Ecotourism and Community Development in Ecuador

Volunteer in Ecuador and the whole family will enjoy living in a tight-knit community, working on small conservation projects in the misty cloud forest.

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Environmental Conservation on Biological Stations in the Amazon and on the Coast

Volunteer in the Amazon or the coast of Ecuador on this environmental conservation project and gain an incredible insight into the bio-diversity of this region.

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Education Outreach for Child Workers in the Markets

Volunteer in Quito and help with the education of children who work upwards of ten hours a day in the markets, streets and countryside of Ecuador to support their families.

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Teach in Elementary Schools and Kindergartens in San Jose, Costa Rica

Volunteer abroad with Kaya in Costa Rica and get hands-on teaching experience with children who will really benefit from international instruction.

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Mother and Child Nutrition

Join us at nutrition centres improving diets in Costa Rica on this mother and child nutrition volunteer placement.

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Learn Spanish in Costa Rica

Join our unique Spanish immersion language course that enable students to learn the language and at the same time experience Costa Rican culture.

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Inca Jewellery-Making Cooperative Marketing Project

Volunteer in Peru on this Inca Jewellery-making cooperative marketing project and assist with promoting traditional cultural techniques and products.

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Agro Forestry and Environmental Conservation in the Mindo Cloud Forest

If you are interested in environmental science and conservation efforts then volunteer on this project located in the stunning Cloud Forest in Ecuador.

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Microfinance Volunteer Placement in Peru

If you are interested in banking, accountancy or economics why not support poorer local people by joining this Microfinance volunteer placement in Peru.

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Family Volunteering: Community Beautification and Development Projects in Costa Rica

Despite being derived from the Spanish for “Rich Coast”, Costa Rica still endures relatively high poverty levels, especially in rural areas.

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Global Health and Nutrition Volunteering in the Andes

Come to Peru and participate in global health and nutrition volunteering in the Andes.

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Costa Rica Spring Break Volunteering Week

Join us in San Jose for a week of community volunteering helping abandoned and underprivileged children in the city’s children’s homes , community and day care centres.

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Community Empowerment Volunteering at Cooperatives in Costa Rica

Become a volunteer in Costa Rica and join one of our most unique projects in Central America assisting local communities at 2 cooperatives.

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Animal Rescue Project in Costa Rica

Volunteer in Costa Rica in a busy animal rescue centre, helping animals that have been neglected, lost their natural habitats or injured and are undergoing rehabilitation.

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Medical Elective /Rotation /Internship in Belize

Volunteer in Belize and lend a hand in public hospitals and clinics that serve the local citizens, regardless of their income.

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Easy 3-step application process

APPLY ONLINE Click here to apply online and pay your deposit to secure your space on your chosen project. Our advisors will then contact you to guide you through the next steps.

 

TELEPHONE INTERVIEW Once we’ve received your application, we’ll be in touch to arrange your informal telephone interview with your Kaya Placement Advisor.

 

GET PREPARED When you’ve been accepted onto your project we’ll send you your Welcome Pack and lots of other helpful information to assist you with preparing for your placement.

 

 

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