Visit a continent of ancient history, culture and natural wonders from the stunning Amazon to the Manu Biosphere and Mindo Cloud Forest. The region was the cradle of powerful ancient civilizations and is a cocktail of European influences, mixed with indigenous identities and diverse ecosystems. You can volunteer in Latin America as part of a gap year, or choose an internship project in locations such as Ecuador, Belize and Costa Rica. But be warned, you will fall in love!
Volunteer in Latin America
Volunteering in Latin America is perfect for those wanting an ethical way to visit its famous biodiversity and its impressive natural features. Latin America 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. Volunteer or intern in Latin America and visit the highest waterfall in the world, Angel Falls and the driest place on earth, the Atacama Desert.
The richness of Latin American culture has developed from ancient traditions, colonial influences and the mixing of different ethnicities immigrating to the region. While there is a rich history and culture, however, income inequality is more prominent in Latin America than in most other continents. Volunteers in Latin America 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. Since Latin America is rich in natural resources, plants and animals, it has become a target for exploitation. That makes environmental and wildlife conservation projects an important aspect of the future of Latin America through education, research and hands-on work. If you want to take part in conservation volunteering in Latin America, we have amazing projects in Marine Conservation and Environmental Conservation. These projects have made important and forward-thinking impacts in conservation efforts, in line with the UN sustainable development goals.
Just as Latin America is diverse, our volunteer and intern programs vary. Some require Spanish-speaking skills, meaning you can enhance your language knowledge by adding Spanish lessons to your trip. After all, there is no better way to learn than to completely immerse yourself in the language. 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. Spanish and Portuguese are the majority languages in Latin America, however, you can find over 600 native languages throughout the continent. If you speak one of these languages and want to volunteer in Latin America, make sure you let one of our placement advisors know!
Latin American countries with volunteer and intern projects
WHY INTERN OR VOLUNTEER ABROAD IN LATIN AMERICA WITH KAYA?
- You can volunteer in Latin America on one of our projects for anywhere between 2-12 weeks.
- Kaya’s volunteer and internships in Latin America are available to start throughout the year.
- All of our projects work towards achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
- Kaya provides all volunteers and interns with accommodation for the duration of their trip.
Our Latin America Projects
Easy 4-step application process
Apply online and pay your application fee to apply for your space on your chosen project. Our advisors will then contact you to guide you through the next steps.
Once we’ve received your application, we’ll review your details and be in touch to arrange your informal telephone interview with your Kaya Placement Advisor.
Following your interview, we will provide you a placement offer. Once you are ready to confirm your placement and dates, you can pay your confirmation fee to book and secure your space.
When you have confirmed your project dates we'll send you your Welcome Pack and lots of other helpful information to assist you with preparing for your placement.