Volunteer in Latin America and visit 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. 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 may 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. Volunteer in Latin America and visit 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. 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.
If that wasn’t enough, volunteerin in Latin America allows you to visit the region which 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 revel 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. If you speak one of these languages and want to volunteer in Latin America make sure you let one of our placement advisors know! 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 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. 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. If you want to volunteer in Latin America on a conservation project 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. These projects 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 than 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 volunteering in Latin America!
Latin American countries with volunteer and intern projects
Our Latin America Projects
Click here to 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.