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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.

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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.



We believe that young people can change the world.

International Citizen Service (ICS) is a UK government funded development programme that brings together young people to make a difference in some of the world's poorest communities. Raleigh ICS sees volunteers from the UK spending 12 weeks living and working in remote rural communities in Tanzania or Nicaragua; working in teams made up of a 1:1 ratio of UK to local volunteers.

Raleigh ICS programmes focus on providing access to safe water and sanitation, protecting vulnerable environments, climate change and building resilient communities. You and your team will work on a range of projects: raising awareness of issues, giving training, helping to build infrastructure and organising events with the community.

On completing the 12 week placement, you will be given additional training to help you develop an Action at Home project. This is your opportunity to inspire and positively change your own community through the passion and skills gained on your work placement.

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¿Hablas español? Join Raleigh ICS and lead a team of UK and Nicaraguan volunteers.

We’re looking for Spanish speakers to support teams of volunteers aged 18-25 on sustainable development projects in Nicaragua. Raleigh ICS is your opportunity to become fully immersed in a Spanish-speaking community, whilst working with motivated do-ers to inspire and empower local communities and young people to create lasting behaviour change.

Raleigh ICS is a UK government funded development programme, which brings together young people to drive lasting change in some of the world’s poorest communities. Our projects in Nicaragua focus on improving access to water and sanitation, and supporting young entrepreneurs in rural communities to set up businesses and build sustainable livelihoods.

You will work alongside a local Team Leader, and together you will support and facilitate a team split 50:50 between UK and local volunteers.

You will live with a host family and be closely integrated into community life. Your Spanish skills will be essential in enabling you to communicate with your team of volunteers, the communities with which you will be working, and with the local partner organisations who support your project. This communication is crucial in ensuring that ICS projects genuinely effect lasting change.

Raleigh ICS is funded by DFID, so all flights, travel, visas, vaccinations, food and accommodation are covered.

Find out more and apply on the ICS website



Volunteer in Nicaragua with La Esperanza Granada and help us improve the quality of life in the local communities where we work.

Our focus is on education at a very basic level. The majority of volunteers work in local schools or in our learning centers with young children, supporting local teachers or taking English classes. We also need volunteers for translation, communications and promotion in the office, and help with maintenance of the volunteer housing.

All of our work in the schools, villages, and our new learning centers is conducted in Spanish and in fact there is very little English spoken in Nicaragua. We will often accept beginners in Spanish providing that they intend to study while they are here and are staying long-term.

There are usually 20 – 40 volunteers here at any given time. Our volunteers come from all over the world. Most come individually, sometimes with a friend, and sometimes as couples. Volunteers work in teams, whether they are working as kindergarten assistants, tutoring the small children in primary schools, or teaching English in the schools. Volunteers are never sent out into the community on their own and you will always have others to share the problems, joys, and experiences with. As a volunteer you are not replacing an employee, or taking a job away from a local person.

Most volunteers are working in the schools with young children. We also need volunteers for translation, communications and promotion in the office, and a volunteer to help with maintenance of the volunteer housing. We also need volunteers to staff our new learning center in the barrio of Escudo. The center provides a safe, clean, informal learning space for children outside of school hours, and our volunteers will be crucial in making it a success.

There are no fees charged to volunteer with La Esperanza Granada. You will have to pay your own cost of living and your own transport. We ask each volunteer to make a US$20 contribution to help with administration costs. You are not required to do fund raising, though of course it is welcomed.

For more information please see our current list of volunteer opportunities at



MEDICO is a humanitarian service organization whose mission is to serve areas of Central America where there is little or no access to medical care. MEDICO is an independent humanitarian service organization not affiliated with any faith-based or governmental organization. Our focus is medical help and health education for those living at the poverty level. This service is provided through volunteers who have completed our participation application and have been selected to participate on a given team. MEDICO is diverse in its programs which include volunteer mission teams, special surgical teams, funding of water sanitation projects, elementary school dental fluoride programs, shipments of school / medical supplies, medical seminars, bringing children to the U.S for necessary medical attention when not obtainable in Central America. MEDICO also has an Adopt-A-Village / Hospital Initiative format that allows for more sustainable programs to be developed within a community. MEDICO's vision is to continue its current program of providing the opportunity of humanitarian service to the under-served. Additionally, our hope is to inspire volunteers to see the importance of service not only on an international level but in their own communities. MEDICO welcomes all medical professionals as well as lay volunteers, interpreters in the Spanish language, resident doctors and medical students. The MEDICO staff, in partnership with their national board of directors, prepare project planning and management, and invite input from volunteers who serve on a team. Each team works in partnership with a host organization that provides in-country logistics for team support and worksite location and accommodations. Participating on a team can be a life-changing experience. Service weeks normally begin and end on a Saturday. One-week trips are scheduled six to eight times a year. VIRTUAL VOLUNTEERING: Assistance with researching funding opportunities.

Corner of Love


Corner of Love is a growing international mission dedicated to glorifying God through healthcare, education, and clean water projects in Nicaragua. We lead teams from all over the world to serve in more than sixty remote villages near Matagalpa where many drink contaminated water and lack basic needs like medical and dental care, clothing and shoes.

On any Corner of Love mission trip you’ll find individuals from all walks of life, from different corners of the globe, all ready to work, all ready to serve Nicaraguans in need. We carry out medical, dental, and vision clinics, children’s activities, construction projects, and spiritual and educational development events, while supporting our in-country staff who teach their countrymen about Jesus, clean water, and ways to stay healthy.

You do not have to be a doctor, teacher, or healthcare worker to come. If you have love to give, you are equipped to serve . . . we give regular people a chance to do great things for God!



Earthquest (Canada) for the Environment is an environmental consulting firm and biological field school dedicated to the preservation, protection, restoration management, conservation, improvement or enhancement of endangered, threatened or vulnerable species and their habitats. We work primarily with endangered, threatened, special concern and rare flora and fauna species conducting scientific research and conservation projects. The majority of projects involve cataloguing, documenting or surveying flora and fauna and conducting field research. With the establishment of a new Earthquest Biological Field School (the first of its kind in Canada) in 2004 we can accept applications to enroll in two day to 1 month semester programmes in Field Biology, Ornithology, Botany, Ethnobotany and Primatology. Graduates of the International Field Biology - Field Biology Trainee (FBT) Programme are eligible to participate in one to three month internships with Earthquest or a partner organisation in southwestern Ontario or be hired by supporting organizations. All International FBT courses lead to certification which is exempt from registration by the Ontario Ministry of Colleges, Universities and Training (provincial government). We also help recruit students for field courses offered in Central America (Costa Rica and Niacaragua) We are unable to accept volunteers with an offending background.



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.



CADIP is an independent, not-for-profit Canadian organisation. Through various youth initiatives, CADIP promotes peace, cooperation, tolerance and understanding in multi-cultural, multi-ethnic and international surroundings. The organization also promotes patterns and examples of civil activities focused on serving others, on building social ties and strengthening communities, on supporting civil society development.
Mission and general objectives:
To promote volunteering as an expression of civic contribution;
To assist in community development;
To build tolerance and understanding in multicultural and multi-ethnic surroundings;
To promote multiunderstanding among volunteers all over the world;
To facilitate the individual growth of the volunteers through the acquisition of work, life and learning skills;
Our main activities include short and long-term voluntary projects focusing on: work with orphans and disadvantaged kids; teaching children from poor communities; nature protection, gardening and forestry; therapeutic and social programs; renovation and restoration of cultural and youth centers; heritage conservation and archaeological excavations; preparation of cultural events.



Service Volontaire International (in English: International Volunteering Service) is a Belgian pluralistic youth organization run by and for young people, by and for volunteers. It is an apolitical and non-religious organization. It is open to everyone, without discrimination of nationality, origin, philosophy, financial resources, education or sexual orientation. SVI is registered in Belgium as a non-profit organization (NPO).

The organization mainly works in the field of international volunteering (international projects), but also in the areas of social economy, solidarity tourism and intercultural exchanges between young Europeans and the rest of the world. Each year, it sends more than 350 volunteers abroad and welcomes about 100 foreign volunteers to Belgium and France. The aim of the Belgian organization is to stimulate young people’s interest (from 16 to 30 years old) to volunteering. SVI thinks it is not only an act of solidarity, but also an opportunity to live an experience of active citizenship and a way to learn how to live as a community. Beside international projects, SVI also offers opportunities for young people to meet and encourages them to create their own projects and to take over the management of the organization.



Raleigh International is a sustainable development charity. We harness the passion and energy of young people to effect positive change in sustainable development. Our programmes focus on providing access to safe water and sanitation, protecting vulnerable environments and building resilient communities.

Our work is delivered through young people and is a collaboration between local communities, partners and volunteers from a wide range of backgrounds, nationalities and life stages. We operate in partnership with communities, non-governmental organisations and governments in Costa Rica & Nicaragua, Malaysian Borneo, Nepal and Tanzania. Since our foundation as a charity in 1984, Raleigh volunteers have become a global community of more than 36,000 people committed to building a sustainable future.

As a volunteer with Raleigh International you will be supported throughout the process of applying, fundraising and preparing yourself for the programme, as well as during your placement and after your return.

Through participating in a programme with Raleigh International, you will gain new life skills and experience to help with your own personal development. It is our hope that you will become passionate and feel inspired to effect change, drive sustainable development and make a difference for future generations.



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


INDIA: Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy for kids with Disabilities


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


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: Secondary School


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

TANZANIA, NEPAL, KENYA: Water & Sanitation


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


INDONESIA: Wildlife Rescue

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

Interested? Please READ the NGOabroad website. then answer Questionnaire and embed with resume and email to



At Quetzaltrekkers (QT) in Nicaragua we hike to raise cash for kids. QT was founded fifteen years ago in Guatemala and then founded a new branch in Leon eight years ago. The idea is to take people walking and use the money to help poor and at-risk children in Leon and in the communities where we hike. We offer a range of adventurous hikes in the Maribos Volcano range, and further afield in North western Nicaragua, all from our base in Leon, one of Central Americas colonial gems. One day you will be speeding down a volcano on a board you helped build, the next you´ll be cooking round a campfire with clients, the next - humping books up a track to a poor country school. All our profits go to educational projects, principally Las Tias, a preventative and vocational programme for kids at risk in Leon. We generally ask for a three month commitment, though time varies. Basic Spanish helps, as does an appreciation of the great outdoors and an inkling about first aid and safety. Leon is a great town to live in, and cheap!! We offer rooms at the QT house for $85 a month, but you can find other rooms round town from $40 to $200 per month. Food can cost around $10 a day, and the rest is up to you. We take a $40 dollar deposit to cover the cost of replacing our lock if you lose your keys and/or replacing the cell phones we provide you with to hike (if you lose one due to carelessness) which is refunded after your time here - AND THAT´S IT!!!! Contact us, we´d love to have your help.



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 to view all of our gap year, volunteering and adventure travel placements.



Abundance Farm is a working farm in Nicaragua. There are permanent residents and both long-term and short-term placements are available to volunteers. Volunteers help with the day-to day running of the farm working alongside local people. Volunteers staying over two weeks can teach at the local school too. We have a special program with the local school whereby long-term guests at the farm (two weeks or more) can arrange to volunteer in the school, on a project of their choice. Past volunteers have set up art projects with the children. (Short-term guests are welcome to visit the school and talk to the children as well but cannot setup a special project at the school.) Through a grant with World Vision, the school has recently been given computers, and is very interested in having one or two volunteers regularly in the classroom assisting in the new computer room.



Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos has cared for thousands of orphaned and abandoned children since 1954. Through the generosity of a worldwide network of supporters, the children have been provided with food, clothing, shelter, medical care and an education. Children of all ages are embraced by this loving family, Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos, which in English means "Our little brothers and sisters".

We accept volunteers to serve in many capactities in most of the NPH homes. Up to date job listings are available at Volunteers are asked to give a minimum of one year. Volunteers serve in education (teachers, librarians, tutors), medical placements (doctors, nurses, therapists, clinic assistants) directly with children (child care), and in administrative roles (communication, visitor and volunteer coordination), etc.

We give preference to volunteers who already speak Spanish or Creole. Volunteers who are accepted with weak language skills must commit to attending and paying for language school prior to beginning their service.



blueEnergy is a non-profit organization that connects isolated communities to renewable energy, clean water, and sanitation solutions along the Caribbean coast of Nicaragua, where over 75% of the population lacks access to electricity and clean water. blueEnergy utilizes a community-based project design mode and works directly with beneficiaries to create appropriate solutions.

blueEnergy’s Service Learning Internship Program is a 1-12 week program with flexible start and end dates. blueEnergy Project Managers work with interns to develop personalized projects tailored to academic and individual interests in the areas of: renewable energy, water and sanitation services, and community development. blueEnergy’s Service Learning Internship Program allows interns to practice language skills while being immersed in the rich culture of Nicaragua’s Caribbean coast, and create lasting impact in the lives of others while participating in projects related to:

Clean Water Initiatives: construction and implementation of water filter and well drilling technologies

Solar Latrines: construction, implementation, and public sensitization around technology

Improved Cook Stoves: distribution and public sensitization around technology

Community Solar Installations: design, implementation, and community education

Community Education: develop and oversee educational programs on renewable energy, hygiene and sanitation, and environmental conservation practices



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.

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