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VOLUNTEER LATIN AMERICA

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Volunteer Latin America provide free and low-cost work abroad opportunities in Central and South America. We aim to connect volunteers to some of the best grassroots projects in the environmental and humanitarian sectors.

The environmental projects we offer are as varied and interesting as you might imagine, ranging from forestry to wildlife rescue and rehabilitation. A multitude of other opportunities exist in a diverse range of species, habitats and locations. As well as offering a vast range of environmental projects, we offer volunteers the opportunity to help the economically, socially and politically disadvantaged people of the region by providing a wide variety of humanitarian work. There are opportunities to get involved in child welfare, community development, education and health programmes.

The projects we offer either require the volunteer to make a small financial contribution (participation fee), are free but volunteers are responsible for covering their own living expenses, or provide complimentary accommodation and food.

Projects vary in length from one week up to a full year. Most of the projects we offer are from one month to three months; however, there are opportunities to volunteer for shorter or longer periods of time.

Because we help hundreds of grassroots organisations find people willing to help them achieve their objectives, we support environmental conservation and local community development in the region. Without the support and commitment of volunteers many of these organisations would be unable to carry out their vital work.

TRAVELLERS WORLDWIDE

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Travellers Worldwide is a Leading International Provider of Volunteer Projects Abroad, Work Experience Internships and Study Abroad courses overseas for your gap year, sabbatical or career break. Established 1994.

Choose from over 200 exciting projects in 20 countriesTravellers also arranges professional work experience internships in every area of study, to really give your CV a boost as well as language courses, cultural courses and an abundance of adventure fun projects.

Projects Types:

Hands-on Conservation placements with Orang-Utans, Dolphins, Elephants, Rhinos, Lions, Creatures of the Amazon Rainforest, Sharks, Monkeys plus many more.

Teaching English and many other subjects such as Music, Maths, Drama, Computers, Science, etc.

Rewarding Community Development projects across the globe for example - Townships in South Africa, Refugees in Australia, Street Children in Brazil, Orphans in Argentina, and much more.

Coach & Play Sports, 22 sports including Football, Cricket, Netball and Basketball all over the world.

Professional Work Experience Internships in many fields, including Journalism, Law, Medicine, Business, PR, Tourism, Veterinary, Architecture, Design and much, much more.

Language Courses. The best way to learn a language is to live it, eat it, and breathe it! Learn Spanish in Argentina or Ecuador, Mandarin in China, Portuguese in Brazil.

Each project is different with different requirements however no qualifications or previous experience are necessary for many of these projects - just a good dose of enthusiasm!

Everyone is welcome on a Travellers programme, whether gap year, undergraduate, on a career break - or even retired! From 17 years old upwards, and all nationalities.

Costs vary depending on length of placement and you can participate for 1 week or up to one year as you wish and subject to visa requirements. Included is full support from the moment of booking and throughout your placement to your return home. With a team of support staff available 24/7 in all our destinations worldwide and a 24-hour emergency international telephone line direct to the Head Office. Meals and accommodation are provided, unless otherwise stated. You will be met at the nearest airport on your arrival by our in-country manager who will take you to your accommodation and give you a full induction into the area. He/she will also be on call 24/7 and you will see them frequently.

Our country managers are long term members of the Travellers family and extremely friendly and helpful! Their job is to ensure your wellbeing and safety during your time overseas with Travellers.  

Pre-departure you will receive comprehensive information about every aspect of your placement and necessary preparations, ranging from what to pack, to visa information, to what to do on your weekend travel in the country. Your safety, wellbeing and happiness throughout your placement are our primary concerns and we will keep in touch with you throughout.
International flights not included.

Projects run throughout the year.

BRETHREN VOLUNTEER SERVICE

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Brethren Volunteer Service (BVS) is people giving their time and skills to help a world in need. It is a way for people to work at issues greater than themselves, recognizing that their efforts may not immediately solve deep-rooted problems, but can be part of ongoing work for justice, peace, and the care of creation. As sponsor of the program, the Church of the Brethren exemplifies its heritage in peacemaking and service through the goals of BVS: Working for peace, advocating justice, serving human need, and care for creation.Some volunteers engage in projects that deal with immediate needs. Others work towards changing unjust systems. Sharing God's love through acts of service, volunteers bring hope to shattered lives, offer food and shelter to those in need, and build understanding between individuals, groups, nations and humanity and the world we share. BVS seeks volunteers willing to act on their commitment and values. We challenge individuals to offer themselves, their time and their talents to work which is both difficult and demanding, rewarding and joyful.

One World 365

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Search rewarding volunteering programs worldwide with One World 365 where you can help communities, wildlife and the environment.

LATIN LINK

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Latin Link works in partnership with churches to send and receive individuals, families and teams, to and from Latin American communities, to share the love of God.

We do this through three inter-related programmes:

Step: Our renowned short-term programme for teams. Get a hands on experience of mission in Latin America, living and working alongside a local church, helping with a practical project and joining them in reaching out to their community. Apply as an individual or put together your own team. Projects last for 16 weeks each spring and 3-7 weeks in the summer.

Stride: A programme offering student placements and mission training opportunities.
Student Placements: 6-9 months suitable for language students on their year abroad or 6-8 weeks suitable for medical students requiring an elective. An opportunity to explore how your study and mission can work together to support churches and Christian projects in Latin America.
Mission Training Opportunities: Bespoke placements for individuals, married couples or families to spend 12-24 months putting their faith into practice in Latin America. Use and develop your gifts and skills while working alongside a church or Christian run project. Stride could be a career change, sabbatical, or something to pursue in early retirement. A Stride placement is a great way to explore whether cross-cultural mission is for you. A 24 month Stride is the pathway into the Stay programme.

Stay: We have over 100 members of many nationalities, working with local churches and organisations to help them meet a diverse range of spiritual and practical needs - from caring for street children, to training church leaders and supporting university students to generating employment opportunities.

Latin Link's vision is to see vibrant, Bible-believing Christian communities in every part of Latin America, impacting their neighbours, their societies and the wider world.

LOVE VOLUNTEERS

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Love Volunteers provides rewarding, safe and affordable volunteering opportunities in developing countries around the world.

We offer not for profit programs fees and flexible volunteer placements from one week to six months. Whether you have a passion for teaching, construction, medical work, helping children or the elderly, helping people living with HIV/AIDS, animal welfare or conservation we have a volunteer abroad program that will suit you - and probably one in each continent.

INTER-CULTURAL YOUTH EXCHANGE

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ICYEUK is an ethical volunteering charity which believes in a world where the sharing of cultures and ideas is embraced, celebrated and lived.
We work in partnership with an international network of locally managed ICYE organisations and partners to provide supported international volunteer opportunities that directly benefit local communities and encourage young people from around the world to live, learn and work together.

Volunteers support local projects throughout Africa, Latin America, Europe and Asia for anything between 3 weeks and 12 months. Projects include promoting human & women’s rights, supporting those with disabilities or affected by HIV and AIDS, education projects, environmental conservation, rehabilitating street children, community development programmes and much more.

As a cultural programme, ICYE UK volunteers receive extensive training both before departure and on-arrival, and support & training throughout their stay. We invest in volunteer’s personal development, such as providing CV advice at our returned volunteer camps and we actively engage volunteers in the on-going development of the organisation.
ICYE UK also helps extensively with fundraising towards raising the programme fee. As a charity, we have an all-inclusve programme fee (ie. return flights, accommodation, food, transport costs, visa costs etc) and our support means our volunteers are well equipped to be able to raise funds.

Recruitment is ongoing throughout the year and we have regular information days, held at our office in Kilburn, London, where interested parties are invited to find out more about our ethical charity and meet returned volunteers. For details of specific upcoming information days and countries/ projects, please visit our website www.icye.org.uk.

IKO PORAN SOCIETY

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Iko Poran Society - International Volunteer Programs in Brazil. Iko Poran means 'Alright' in the Mbya dialect of the South Guarani Indians. Our mission is to implement volunteer programs that make a positive impact on the communities in Rio de Janeiro, promoting a wide exchange between cultures and strengthening a constant and growing number of NGOs in Brazil. Iko Poran offers very strong volunteer programs and projects that make a positive impact on the projects, promoting intercultural exchange and strengthening a constant and growing number of NGOs in Brazil. Volunteers have a unique experience by actively participating on developments within communities and on the construction of a fairer world for all. The role of the volunteer is to work side-by-side with and learn from local people, to exchange ideas, and to build bridges of mutual respect and understanding. Volunteers learn the hard but valuable lesson that the giving of aid can sometimes be a complicated business. An important side to volunteering is playing the part of a motivator, having often travelled far to lend a hand. An international volunteer can be a positive presence in a community, a source of inspiration and empowerment.

GREAT GENERATION, THE

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The Great Generation inspire profound change in the systems and processes that surround us: we empower people to tackle the challenges of the 21st century.

We believe it is individuals and communities learning and acting together that releases untapped potential to make the most of our resources: people and the planet.

We work across society, across sectors and across continents to deliver experiential learning programmes that are transformational for everyone involved.

We create positive change in 3 ways:

- Mentoring and advising community-based organisations in the developing world to tackle extreme poverty.

- Delivering experiential learning programmes to students and professionals focused on building skills and knowledge to shape positive change.

- Managing action-based projects on-the-ground where students, professionals and local communities collaborate to solve critical needs revealed in the mentoring and advise process.

KAYA RESPONSIBLE TRAVEL LTD

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Kaya is a responsible travel organization with a focus on genuine and meaningful volunteer projects worldwide. We work alongside NGOs, Charities and local community projects in Asia, Africa and Latin America who need the help of volunteers in the fields of environmental and community development. With Kaya, volunteers can combine work experience with travel and live and work alongside the community. Learn local culture, customs and language to gain a more thorough understanding of the country in a mission to promote responsible travel for the benefit of sustainable social, environmental and economic development, the empowerment of communities and the cultivation of educated, compassionate global citizens. Kaya works to identify quality projects that are in specific need of volunteer assistance providing volunteers a great choice of locations, fields of interest, types of work and the flexibility to build a travel experience to fit the volunteers needs whilst maximising skills and building personal CV’s. Itineraries can be set by volunteers and we welcome any student regardless of degree type or specification. We have over 180 placements for skilled and unskilled students to choose from with our more targeted skilled projects covering journalism, business and marketing, medical specialism’s and NGO back-end development work.

REAL Gap EXPERIENCE

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Real Gap is a leading gap travel organiser offering a wide and diverse range of programmes. These include: - volunteering, conservation, adventure travel and expeditions, sports, teaching English, round the world, paid working holidays and learning. Real Gap has expanded the original concept of “life-changing” travel opportunities, and now offers around 500 projects and gap year travel ideas covering 45 countries over six continents. The Real Travel portfolio includes Real Gap, Real Sport Experience and Gap Year for Grown Ups. No longer under 30? Our sister company Gap Year for Grown Ups www.gapyearforgrownups.co.uk is a travel company in the UK that specialises in rewarding career breaks and voluntary work for the over 30's market.

Mais Caminhos

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Mais Caminhos is a non-government organisation (NGO) focused on addressing the social inequalities that affect the lives of Brazilians everyday. Mais Caminhos was founded in 2009, striving to promote education and maximizing the potential of underprivileged children and teens from Rio de Janeiro’s Pavão-Pavãozinho and Cantagalo communities. Contribute to our cause by taking the opportunity to volunteer in Brazil!

I.      Mission
Mais Caminhos has always had one main objective: to help children and adolescents achieve their dreams.
Our Mission is to provide motivated underprivileged children and teens in Rio de Janeiro with the necessary educational and financial support and mobilize them to improve their future perspectives.

II.    Philosophy
At Mais Caminhos, our philosophy is to transform the lives of children and adolescents living in social-vulnerable situations in Rio de Janeiro. Our overarching goal is to bridge the gap between the developing and developed world through our programmes. By cultivating a global community of pioneers, children and adolescents develop the skills and foundations to behave in socially appropriate and productive manners while building academic capabilities.

Our aim is to not only recognise the sheer abundance of potential within youth, but to actively provide them with basic human rights such as safe environments to learn in and the opportunities to grow educationally, physiologically, and socially, regardless of social or economic circumstances. At Mais Caminhos we create an encouraging environment where underprivileged children and teens in Rio de Janeiro are treated with respect and have the opportunity to build skills and knowledge to empower them and pave the path to a successful life. We are proud of our contribution in fostering a generation of motivated leaders, full of passion for education, culture and respect for others. The youth at Mais Caminhos are given the tools they need to actively sculpt their futures, allowing them to live up to their potential without limitation of their backgrounds or economic conditions.

Learn more about Mais Caminhos:

https://www.maiscaminhos.org/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Uj-oqhkNk4
https://www.facebook.com/Caminhos.Mais/

Mais Caminhos Complementary Education Programme:

The Complementary Education Programme is the longest running program at Mais Caminhos. It is focused on assisting children from the favelas Pavão-Pavãozinho and Cantagalo in the premises of our main sponsor, Caminhos Language Centre in Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro. The programme is held four days a week for children 8-12 years old showing promise, potential and motivation to learn and actively influence their future prospects. These children would otherwise not have the exposure to our activities and behavioural skills or the opportunity to participate in educational activities outside of their public school attendance. The programme includes English, Social-emotional learning (Positive Discipline) and Creativity (for instance theatre, sports, games or any other physical activity).

WORKINGABROAD PROJECTS

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WorkingAbroad is an international networking service for volunteers and travellers on volunteer projects in over 150 countries worldwide. We offer a personalised service on voluntary work abroad with details on organisations that are looking for volunteers in Latin America and the Caribbean, Asia and Pacific, Africa and the Middle East, Europe and North America. WorkingAbroad Projects is non profit company, established in March 2002, which arranges and places volunteers on a variety of projects all over the world in the conservation and teaching domains in Africa, Asia, Latin America, Europe and North America.

EIL UK

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EIL UK is a registered charity and our mission is to bring people together from different nations to improve understanding, tolerance and cultural awareness.
Registered Charity No. 1070440

AMAIDI International

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Since 2006 AMAIDI enables social organizations worldwide to get access to professional and general volunteer resources to be able to meet their global challenges.

Therefore we inspire and mobilize individuals, companies and universities to engage themselves locally or online, either with their skills (pro bono) or their work force (hands-on).

Amaidi International links overseas and local volunteers with local communities they want to support via building capacity of the local organizations that serve these communities such as non-governmental organizations, schools, hospitals, care-homes and social enterprises.

Amaidi International also partners with responsible travel organizations in the countries we work in, so that tourists are offered a different way of getting in touch with the soul of a country. This also allows opportunities to the local communities visited, such as earning respect for their culture and income towards their livelihood.

Amaidi International acknowledges that money, spent in the right way according to the real needs of a local community, can be a boon for the urban and rural poor, enabling them to place the first steps on the road to a better life, away from poverty and its ugly faces such as chronical illness, un-employment, lack of access to quality education and political empowerment.

BOSCO VOLUNTEER ACTION (BOVA)

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Bosco Volunteer Action (BOVA) is the UK volunteering organisation of the Salesians of Don Bosco, a Catholic Religious order. It offers placements for adults to serve the young and the poor, living and working alongside Salesian communities around the world. In addition it supports and encourages methods of raising awareness of development issues. This includes short term group experiences of the developing world for groups from schools and sixth forms, working with other groups who have had an ‘experience of poverty’ and instances of development education (justice and peace) within youth ministry. In all aspects of BOVA’s work there is a particular focus on providing a well-planned educational experience; stimulating, preparing and encouraging a continued involvement with development issues, faith in action and the Salesian family. We may be able to place volunteers with an offending background depending on the offence. If CRB acceptable for working with vulnerable young people for instance.

OYSTER WORLDWIDE

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Oyster is a specialist and very personal company which aims to help people make the most of their gap year. We offer a variety of voluntary programmes abroad for individuals and families. They are designed to be challenging and to give our participants new skills and experiences. They are also intended to benefit the host country. Your skills, new ideas and simple hard work are always much appreciated.

We offer voluntary teaching projects in Chile, Nepal, Laos and Tanzania, and opportunities to volunteer with children in a youth centre or as a sports coach in Brazil and South Africa. We also run teaching programmes in China or Thailand (following the completion of a TEFL qualification). In Romania, you can volunteer in a children’s hospital and care home, gain valuable medical experience as you work within a mobile medical unit, or join animal welfare specialists on a project to help captive bears.

If you are interested in working with animals, we run many different animal and wildlife conservation programmes across the world. Travel to Thailand on a diving and marine conservation project, or volunteer with elephants, with turtles, or at a wildlife sanctuary in this country. In South Africa, you can complete a veterinary internship or game ranger course, or volunteer with lions, sharks, monkeys, elephants or the Big 5 on a private game reserve. With also have opportunities to volunteer with bears, orangutans, monkeys, elephants and turtles in Borneo and Malaysia, Ecuador, Sri Lanka, Laos and Costa Rica.

In the Galapagos Islands, Australia and New Zealand, we offer environmental conservation projects where volunteers can get involved in planting trees, building footpaths and cleaning beaches. We also run a surf development course in Australia, and ski and snowboard instructor courses in Canada, Romania and France.

For those interested in applying for medicine at university, or already studying or working as a medic, we offer medical internships in India and Romania, where volunteers with an interest are able to gain valuable and worthwhile experience for their CV.

With Oyster you will get:

• The certainty of a well-chosen voluntary programme with everything arranged in advance.

• A personal service from our experienced staff in the UK, who will get to know you very well before you depart.

• Thorough preparation in the UK and on arrival.

• Excellent support from our in-country staff who will help settle you in, be a supportive friend and be there to assist with problems.

• A group of fellow travellers to share the experience with.

Oyster is a member of the Year Out Group and adheres to its standards and code of practice. Your money is safe with Oyster. We are financially protected by the ATOL scheme and IPP.

GLOBAL ROUTES

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A rich blend of community service, adventure travel, cross-cultural exchange and language immersion sets Global Routes apart as a pioneer in the world of value-driven, experiential-based, international programming. We believe that an authentic, fun and impactful program abroad is one that is directed by service, deepened through immersion, broadened by adventure and contextualized by highly trained and caring staff. Through this unparalleled combination, our participants gain profound perspectives of another country, a culture, the world and themselves. Global Routes is first and foremost an educational institution. We are a professional team of educators, administrators, travellers and ambassadors deeply committed to facilitating safe, meaningful and gratifying international volunteer and travel experiences. We have been offering summer high school programs, semester programs for gap year and college students, and customized school programs and independent placements for nearly 25 years. Since 1986 over 10,000 volunteers have partnered with Global Routes across Bali, Belize, Bolivia, Cambodia, China, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Ghana, Guadeloupe, India, Kenya, Mexico, Nepal, Peru, St. Lucia, Tanzania, Thailand, Tibet, the United States, Vietnam and Zimbabwe. All programs and placements follow a similar experiential model. Current and detailed destinations, itineraries, dates and fees for all programs can be found on our website. In-Country Orientation: Each program begins in the international destination. There, excursions, workshops and discussions led by program staff and local experts guide participants’ firsthand exposure to the culture, language, traditions and environment of the host country. The simultaneous development of friendships within the group contributes to this powerful foundation in preparation for the true immersion ahead. Community Service & Homestay: An authentic immersion experience is the hallmark and highlight of all Global Routes programs. Our unique approach focuses the majority of a program’s time and focus within one rural community, and on one primary service project that has been selected by that community. Living in homestays, students work on their service projects and step into the rhythm of daily life alongside their local hosts. Final Travel Adventure: Places of world-renowned beauty and adventure create the backdrop for every group’s final days of reflection and celebration. Global Routes works closely with professional guides and outfitters to craft activities such as kayaking, snorkelling, white water rafting, going on safari, learning traditional arts and music, and visiting local festivals, ancient cities and geologic wonders.

VOLUNTEER ACTION FOR PEACE

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Volunteer Action for Peace (VAP) provide affordable volunteer opportunities worldwide from 2 weeks to 12 months, throughout the world. VAP was founded in the 1960s and exchanges an average of 150 volunteers annually with dozens of international partner organisations worldwide.

Workcamps (2-4 weeks) typically bring together a temporary community of 8-30 international volunteers from different backgrounds to provide services to local community projects. The volunteers carry out unskilled tasks that would not otherwise be possible. The practical work is only part of the main objective. The work is a tool and method to promote intercultural understanding and friendship between the volunteers and with the local community.

VAP’s Medium/Long Term Volunteering (M/LTV) Programme gives you the chance to volunteer abroad from 1 to 12 months, working in a project organised by one of the many grassroots organisations that VAP co-operates with around the world. M/LTV is not only about work, but it is also a unique experience of combining living abroad with learning a new culture and getting to know the local people, while being deeply involved with a project and its aims.

COMMUNITY IN ACTION

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Community in Action collaborate with non-profit, public, and private institutions in favelas across Rio de Janeiro that offer volunteer and social outreach programs to teach job related skills, encourage cultural awareness, and promote social inclusion.

Community in Action empowers the impoverished of Rio de Janeiro through job training and education. Our technical and cultural coursework, personal development activities, primary and secondary school tutoring, educational seminars and partnerships with private and public entities seek to connect residents with academic and employment growth opportunities. We deliver the necessary skills and knowledge to our students and community partners that allow them to compete in the job market, expand their economic horizons, and make wiser and healthier decisions for themselves and their families.

Our current volunteer projects include:

- Teaching English

- Construction and Home Improvement Support

- Day Care Center (Creche) Support

- Urban Community Gardening

- Computer literacy Training

- Tutoring Services

- Teaching Dance, Music

- Teach Capoeira

- Teach Grafiti Art

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