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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.

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.

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.

PERSONAL OVERSEAS DEVELOPMENT LIMITED

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Awarded Best Volunteering Organisation, we have been arranging ethical and inspiring volunteer placements around the world since 2001. Whether you want to want to help elephants in Africa and Asia, learn to dive and contribute to reef conservation in the Caribbean, research the Amazon jungle and forests of Madagascar, or support children and education around the world, then Pod Volunteer has the project for you! Volunteers are needed for 1-12 weeks to help work with animal care and rescue, conservation initiatives, building projects and disadvantaged children and communities in Belize, Cambodia, Ghana, India, Madagascar, Namibia, Nepal, Peru, South Africa and Thailand.

We send over 600 volunteers around the world each year. We’re passionate about giving volunteers the opportunity to use their energy, enthusiasm and skills where it counts. At the same time our volunteers have the great experience of responsibly contributing to a sustainable, worthwhile project.

We work with long term projects that we know and visit personally so we can answer any questions you might have about them. We are focussed exclusively on overseas volunteering, it’s all we do and what we are passionate about and we’re driven by the needs of the projects we support. We only offer sustainable volunteering projects that have lasting and positive impact on the local community.

As a Pod Volunteer you will have a dedicated placement manager who will help you to choose the right project for you, and then support you all the way through the process, including 24/7 back up support. Our friendly team has a wealth of overseas volunteering and travel experience. We have all volunteered overseas and pride ourselves on our project and location knowledge.

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.

REEF CHECK

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Founded in 1996 by marine ecologist Dr. Gregor Hodgson, the Reef Check Foundation is a California registered nonprofit dedicated to empowering people to save our reefs and oceans. Every year, Reef Check trains thousands of citizen scientist divers who volunteer to survey the health of coral reefs in over 90 countries and rocky reef ecosystems along the entire coast of California. The results are used to improve the management of these critically important natural resources. Reef Check programs provide ecologically sound and economically sustainable solutions to save reefs, by creating partnerships among community volunteers, government agencies, businesses, universities and other nonprofits. For more information on Reef Check please visit www.ReefCheck.org

PACIFIC DISCOVERY

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Pacific Discovery offers inspiring gap year and international educational travel programs. Our unique programs combine cultural immersion, personal and leadership development, volunteer and community projects, ecotourism focus, college credit options and lots of fun. Join us on a life-changing adventure! Pacific Discovery also specialise in custom educational tours for high school and university groups. Awarded National Geographic Adventure "Best Travel Companies on Earth” 2009 and 2008. The New Zealand Volunteer Conservation Program was awarded best new trips for 2009 by National Geographic Adventure.

JOURNEY WITH US PROGRAMME formerly Experience Exchange Programme (EEP)

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The Journey With UU programme formerly known as The Experience Exchange Programme (EEP) is a self-funding volunteer programme run by Us, USPG - United Society Partners in the GospelG. It offers opportunities for volunteers resident in Britain and Ireland to spend between two months and a year experiencing a different culture and sharing in the life of the church overseas.
Placements are arranged through the USPG world church connections of partner churches. Placements are negotiated independently for each volunteer, taking into account personal preferences, skills and background.
Volunteers have taught in schools and vocational training centres; worked on agricultural, building and health projects; assisted with administration; and supported children’s and youth work, as well as other roles according to the needs and requirements of the placement and the local church. Our aim is to assist volunteers to develop their gifts and deepen their understanding of global development issues in relation to their faith. The scheme has been in existence for over 60 years and run by USPG - United Society Partners in the Gospel a 315 year old Mission Agency.

PROJECTS ABROAD

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Projects Abroad currently works in over 30 destinations throughout Asia, Africa, Eastern Europe, Latin America & the Caribbean, and the South Pacific.

Founded over 24 years ago, we have vast experience in arranging Teaching, Building, Community, Conservation, Archaeology, Sports and Care projects as well as work experience internships in fields as diverse as Business, Law, Journalism, Medicine and Animal Care.

Our aim is to work with people in developing countries to ensure that our projects have a positive impact within their communities. In all of our destinations we have offices with fully trained Projects Abroad staff, so we can provide volunteers with 24 hour back up and support.

We take a flexible approach to volunteering and our projects have no set start dates. Placements are available all year round and volunteers can decide when to travel and for how long. Our minimum duration for projects is two weeks, and we also offer exclusive 'Short-term Special’ projects, which are specifically for 16-19 year olds.

The cost of your placement includes your food, accommodation, insurance, back up and support, airport transfers and travel to and from work where required. Projects Abroad is a member of ‘The Year Out Group’ and currently sends around 10,000 volunteers overseas each year. While many of our volunteers are ‘Gap Year’ students, we have an increasing number of mature and Career Break volunteers, who are attracted to our wide range of placements.

Whether you’d like to experience life as a Nomad in Mongolia, help develop a rural community farm in Ghana, work on a conservation project in the Peruvian Amazon or discover more about Ancient Khmer Civilisations in Cambodia, Projects Abroad can help.

NGOabroad

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NGOabroad is a unique service that helps people enter international humanitarian work, in addition to providing frugal, customized international volunteer options.

This is a condensation of our International Volunteering & Internship Opportunities for 2016

CAMEROON, TANZANIA, SACRED VALLEY PERU, SRI LANKA: Nursing, Medical, Physical Therapy

INDIA: Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy for kids with Disabilities

SRI LANKA, NEPAL: Slums

UGANDA: Human Rights Education

NEPAL: Trafficking

SRI LANKA: Trauma Counseling after Atrocities of Civil War

KENYA: Counseling Sexual Abuse - Social Work or Psychology

INDIA: Geriatric Social Work

TANZANIA: AIDS

MONGOLIA: Emerging Civil Society

NEPAL: Public Interest Law -> Democracy Building

UGANDA: Community Organizing & Women

RWANDA: International Development

COSTA RICA & ECUADOR; TANZANIA & RWANDA: Micro-finance & Small Enterprise Development

UGANDA, MOROCCO, CAMEROON & COSTA RICA: Women

UGANDA: Secondary School

PERU, HONDURAS & NEPAL: Education

GHANA, INDONESIA & COSTA RICA: Agriculture & Ecology. Environmental.

TANZANIA, NEPAL, KENYA: Water & Sanitation

THAI-BURMA, TANZANIA, RWANDA: Refugees

THAILAND & ECUADOR: Dance, Music, Theatre to work with kids with Disabilities

COSTA RICA, UGANDA, CAMEROON: Domestic Violence

INDONESIA: Wildlife Rescue

These are volunteer internship positions. Applications accepted on a rolling basis. No end date.

Interested? Please READ the NGOabroad website. http://www.ngoabroad.com/ then answer Questionnaire and embed with resume and email to info@NGOabroad.com

BIBLEPRESS

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BiblePress - educational blogs for teachers, students and institutions.

BiblePress lets you easily create & manage blogs, quickly customize designs and include videos, photos & podcasts – it’s safe, easy and secure so try out an BiblePress today! We believe in the power that blogging can have to transform the peoples life’s have seen first hand how BiblePress has increased ownership of learning, for teachers, students and institutions.

The information on BiblePress is intended to be comprehensive and reliable enough for students, teachers, journalists and religious professionals. BiblePress therefore offers detailed articles and treatments of specialized topics as well as just-the-basics overviews, facts and figures, timelines, maps, glossaries, and comparative charts.



Similarly, BiblePress.com is intended to be a useful resource for people of any religious background or none at all.

WORLD LAND TRUST

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The World Land Trust is an international conservation charity based in Halesworth, Suffolk. From the office our team manage and administrate a range of overseas projects involving land purchase and protection. With our international project partners we have saved over 500,000 acres of endangered habitat. We support projects in Argentina, Armenia, Bolivia, Borneo, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Guatemala, India, Kenya, Mexico, Paraguay and Venezuela. Although our projects are global, the day to day work is conducted from our office in Halesworth and this is where most volunteers are based. The World Land Trust Volunteer Programme is currently limited to full time internships (six months placements) designed for new graduates who are pursuing a career in conservation and require first hand experience and further training in conservation management. The Internships are available on a rolling basis and information can be found on our website at http://www.worldlandtrust.org/education/internships-courses.

BLUE VENTURES

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Blue Ventures is an award-winning not-for-profit dedicated to working with local communities to conserve threatened marine habitats and resources for the betterment of people and nature. Funded almost entirely through ecotourism revenue, Blue Ventures brings paying volunteers to project sites and trains them in scientific research, community outreach and on-the-ground conservation. Since 2003, Blue Ventures has partnered with the remote village of Andavadoaka along Madagascar’s southwest coast to protect the marine resources locals rely upon for survival. The coral reefs of Madagascar are some of the most biologically diverse and least explored systems on Earth. But they are facing serious threats from destructive fishing practices, pollution and climate change. Through the development of marine protected areas, mariculture businesses and eco-tourism activities, Blue Ventures and its volunteers are helping ensure these marine resources remain healthy and productive for future generations. Blue Ventures offers educational opportunities and field experiences, both in its UK headquarters and overseas project sites, to volunteers wanting to become actively involved in marine conservation.

We offer internships in our busy London office to assist with social marketing and scientific research. All interns benefit from the experience of training and working in a small, dynamic not-for-profit organisation. Individual training will be provided in field research methodologies, tropical ecology, analytical techniques and report writing related to our conservation, education and research initiatives in the field. The internship also provides an excellent opportunity to develop skills in scientific writing, design of publications and online marketing content presented to a range of target audiences.

Our teams are made up of dynamic, enthusiastic and committed volunteers, coming from a wide range of backgrounds, cultures and experiences. We pride ourselves on this diversity. Blue Ventures has won national and international recognition for its work. In 2005 Blue Ventures became the first European organisation to receive the SEED Award sponsored by the United Nations and the World Conservation Union to find the most innovative and entrepreneurial partnerships for sustainable development. In 2004 and 2006, Blue Ventures received “Highly Commended” honours from the Responsible Tourism Awards. In 2006, Skal, the world’s largest organisation of travel and tourism professionals, named Blue Ventures winner of its International Ecotourism Award. In 2007 Blue Ventures' partnership with the village of Andavadoaka won the UNDP Equator Prize in recognition of outstanding community efforts for poverty reduction and biodiversity conservation. In 2008 Blue Ventures were finalists in the National Geographic and Ashoka Geotourism Challenge.

FRONTIER

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A world of possibilities awaits you with Frontier. You could be spending memorable days scuba diving off the brilliant white sand beaches of Fiji or discovering Madagascar on a conservation project with lemurs and chameleons.

Frontier has over 300 projects in countries throughout Africa, South America, Europe and Australasia, giving you unlimited adventures and excursions in beautiful locations. We have used our wealth of experience and knowledge in the field of ethical and gap year travel, wildlife conservation and community development to ensure that we find you the perfect project. With Frontier you can be sure that you will get the best projects at the most competitive prices. You can learn a multitude of skills, discover hidden talents, challenge your preconceptions, gain qualifications and make lifelong friends.

You can contribute to positive change in the future of marginalised communities with one of Frontier's development projects. Teach a class of neglected children in under-funded village schools, before adventuring through forests spotting bush babies and flying foxes, or scuba dive and take part in marine conservation in a protected marine eco park. Work towards your TEFL certificate, making your time with Frontier the perfect combination of learning and gaining valuable practical experience whilst having an amazing experience in fascinating destinations.

Visit www.Frontier.ac.uk to view all of our gap year, volunteering and adventure travel placements.

Earthwatch

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Earthwatch Institute. Our expeditions aim to gather information about the impacts of climate change, monitor habitat needs of endangered species, and find solutions to land conflicts between wildlife and local communities. The aim is to better understand critical environmental issues in order to influence conservation decisions. For environmentally conscious travellers, an Earthwatch expedition offers the rare opportunity to spend time learning from the experts in some of the most beautiful parts of the world while directly contributing to conservation. Some expeditions, such as Madagascar's Lemurs and Icelandic Glaciers are physically demanding, while others such as Elephants of Tsavo and Dolphins of Greece are mentally stimulating - offering volunteers the opportunity to observe animal behaviour at close quarters. The work of volunteers really does make a difference. In the Virgin Islands, Earthwatch volunteers have patrolled turtle nesting beaches for the past 25 years ensuring that turtle eggs are moved above the high tide mark and poachers are deterred. As a direct result of this conservation the number of hatchlings born has increased twentyfold. And in 2007 the International Maritime Organization agreed to divert shipping lanes off the southern coast of Spain in order to avoid important bottlenose dolphin foraging grounds as a direct result of Earthwatch research. Since Earthwatch's inception we have brought together over 80,000 members of the public to volunteer on field research projects, a unique approach which not only provides essential funding for long term research, but also supplies a 'hands on' workforce of enthusiastic volunteers to support the scientists. We may be able to accept volunteers with an offending background, depending on the offence.

VSO

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VSO is the world’s leading independent international development organisation that works through volunteers to fight poverty in developing countries. VSO's high-impact approach involves bringing people together to share skills, build capabilities, promote international understanding and action, and change lives to make the world a fairer place for all. VSO enables people aged 18-75 to share their skills and experience with communities and organisations across the developing world. We offer placements in a range of sectors including: education (e.g. primary teachers, education leaders), health (e.g. midwives, doctors), business, communications and social development, natural resources, technical trades and engineering. Most roles are 12-24 months although some shorter assignments are available. Over 1,500 volunteers are working in over 40 countries around the world. VSO volunteers do not pay to volunteer, major expenses like flights, accommodation and a local living allowance are covered. Full training and support is provided. VSO also offers youth volunteering programmes. Global Xchange, part of the UK government International Citizen Service, offers either 3 month or 6 months placements for volunteers aged 18-22 in 12 countries in Africa and Asia. The scheme is open to everyone, whatever their background. Volunteers do not need special skills or qualifications to apply for these placements and depending on circumstances may qualify for funding. See the separate entry for Global Xchange.If you’re seeking professional development and a life-changing experience, VSO could be for you.

BELIZE BOTANIC GARDENS

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Belize Botanic Gardens is an organization dedicated to conservation. Our main projects focus on environmental education, Belizean flora and sustainable agriculture. Examples of these include habitats of Belize, plants of the Maya, a native orchid house and other projects and programmes. We have a youth education programme for students in Belize to learn about plant processes and the environment, and sustainable agriculture projects, which involve local communities. The garden is in a beautiful spot on the Macao River in Western Belize. This area is known for its diverse flora, archaeological sites and caves. We are also just a few hours away from the coast of Belize. There is a lot to see and do so plan some extra time to explore Belize. To learn more about Belize Botanic Gardens please visit our website www.belizebotanic.org There is a page especially for information about volunteering with us. Here you will learn more about your accommodation, what to bring and what to expect. VIRTUAL VOLUNTEERING: Proposal writing and research.

YOUTH WITH A MISSION

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YOUTH WITH A MISSION is an international, interdenominational Christian missionary organisation working in over 170 nations worldwide. YWAM was founded in 1960 and is committed to training people to care for those in need, through short term relief and long term community development projects. Our desire for those who work with us is that they "know God and make Him known". As a volunteer on one of YWAM's short term projects, you will get the opportunity to share your Christian faith with those you meet, take part in building and development projects, work alongside permanent staff in urban community work in cities such as Amsterdam and London. You will be able to work with children in orphanages and on the streets in some of the poorest of the world's cities and communities. We need people who have a wide variety of skills from cooks to secretaries, people who are willing to have a hands on experience, to work in a team with other volunteers in order to get the job done. VIRTUAL VOLUNTEERING: Computer and IT work, Finance, Accounts and Fundaraising, Communications and PR work. Volunteers with an offending background are not accepted.

GAPFORCE

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Gapforce draws on over 20 years of experience to offer the ultimate in Gap Year/career break experiences. Greenforce offers rewarding marine conservation projects, wildlife conservation, community development and volunteering overseas. Trekforce provides worthwhile rainforest conservation expeditions, with language courses, long term cultural immersion, teaching placements and extreme treks in remote environments, a programme unique within the expedition sector. Our Gap Year programmes within Gapforce have been developed in order to make a real difference to you, the environment and the host country and communities. Working with Gapforce directly contributes to the preservation of fragile ecosystems and amazing cultures around the world in such locations as Fiji, Tanzania, Ecuador, Thailand, South Africa and India. If you are looking for a diverse, volunteering adventure, come and find out more on one of our Open Days. Alternatively, visit our website, www.gapforce.org, for more details and to request an information pack, send an email to info@gapforce.org or call us on 020 7384 3343. Gapforce is a member of The Year Out Group.

ECOTEER

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Ecoteer is a volunteering website that offers the chance to volunteer in over 50 different countries at ecolodges, conservation, teaching and community development projects. You may think this is another high cost volunteer company! We are not! We have five staff and all have suffered trying to volunteer on a low budget (all being ex-students). Therefore we have created www.EcoTeer.com Some of our placements offer free food and accommodation; the rest make small charges for food and accommodation and occasionally for a donation to the project. Therefore volunteers may only have to pay for their travel expenses and extra luxuries, plus a £15 Membership fee. This possibly makes us the cheapest volunteer placement website! We make no profit and have purely started EcoTeer to help enable students to volunteer at the right price!!

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