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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


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

AMAIDI International


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.



South America Inside is an intercultural management agency and was founded in 2003. We promote intercultural, linguistic and educational exchange programs throughout Central and South America. We arrange and manage personalized programs such us

• Internships

• Work and Travel

• Volunteer Work

• Language Courses

• Wildlife and Nature projects

• Farm Stays

Our programs are for all people - whether students, professionals or retirees - who want to live a real life experience that goes beyond the ordinary rather than explore Latin America as a mere tourist!

Whether you want to work in the social sector helping children or the elderly, help defenseless animals, work in conservation efforts via environmental and wildlife projects, or teach English to local communities, we have a South America Inside project that suits you.



Xchange Scotland is a charity set up by young people in Scotland to help others see the world and develop communities along the way! Our aim is to offer a world of exciting and accessible international opportunities. We are built on the principals of Active Global Citizenship and Intercultural Understanding - to inspire volunteering around the corner and around the World.

How we Work

We are part of 2 international Networks: Alliance of European Voluntary Service Organisations and CCIVS, which collectively allow us to cooperate with organisations within 55 countries worldwide.

Opportunities for you to see the World and Volunteer

International Volunteer Projects (IVPs)

These are from 2 weeks up to 1 year long and involves other volunteers from different countries working with you on a project benefiting the local community. Volunteers are provided with food and accommodation. While giving back you discover a country in an authentic way, exchange cultures with people from around the world and develop your sense of initiative, language skills and ability to work in a team.

Where: Over 55 countries worldwide, through our network we can offer places on over 1700 projects.

Cost: £ 250 project contribution. Volunteers have to pay for their own travel to their project and their travel insurance.

Who: Anyone over 17 years old, no skills required.

Apply: Email us at or phone us on 0141 237 2430. Projects happen all year round with most in the summer and are added to our website for all to see.

Looking for a longer opportunity?

Xchange Scotland sends volunteers on European Voluntary Service (EVS). This is a European Commission funded programme that enables young people to volunteer long-term abroad. From 3 months up to 1 year - mainly European countries although it is possible to go beyond Europe as well.

Cost: All costs are covered by the grant. The EVS programme pays for your living expenses, pocket money, accommodation and your travel.

What: A life changing experience to enhance young people's initiative, creativity and enterprise. Project themes are cultural, social, environmental and many more.

Who: Anyone 18-30, some projects available to 17 year olds too.

Apply: Email or phone us on 0141 237 2430. Projects happen all year round.

What we do in Scotland

International Groups

Just as we send volunteers on short-term and long-term projects overseas, likewise we co-ordinate international groups to take part in similar projects in Scotland. These projects are also open to anyone living in Scotland to become Xchange Scotland Project leaders - an important role in the projects we co-ordinate here in Scotland.

If you are interested in coming to Scotland to volunteer, get in touch and we will provide information on the projects and organisations we are working with.

Our Education Work

We offer a range of exciting Non-Formal Educational Activities. These are topics related to global education, such as active citizenship, intercultural understanding, anti-sectarianism and equality. if you are interested in participating in/helping to run these workshops, then do get in touch!



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



Operation Mobilisation (OM) is an interdenominational, evangelical Christian missionary organisation with work in over 110 countrie and sent by more than 100 nations. Short-term opportunities are usually with multinational teams that involve some kind of evangelistic work, sometimes combined with social or practical work. There are more short term events in the summer, but there are all-year opportunities too. VIRTUAL VOLUNTEERING: IT projects, mainly programming.



Unexpected Moments of Magic Panama is a grassroots volunteer organisation which connects volunteers from all around the world with a large variety of volunteer activities in Panama.

Unexpected Moments of Magic Panama runs a wide range of volunteer placements:

*Children's Program

*English Program

*Animal & Wildlife Program

*Health & Medical Program

*Recycling & Environmental Education Program

*Community Outreach Programs

The aim of Unexpected Moments of Magic Panama is to improve the world by improving ourselves. Through serving others, we learn to be selfless and grateful. By donating resources, we learn to be benevolent and generous. By experiencing another culture, we open our hearts and eyes to new ideas and ways of being human. By working with people in challenging situations, we gain a new perspective on things we may be taking for granted in our own life. Putting ourselves outside our comfort zone teaches us to overcome our fears. By challenging ourselves to do something different, we build confidence in ourselves and in our abilities to fulfil our hopes and dreams.

Throughout the self-development process, volunteers get the opportunity to brighten a child’s day and put a smile on their face. To teach an eager student something new by sharing knowledge with them. To connect with someone of a different culture, helping us to realize that we are one. To learn new ways of communicating while learning another language. To help a child to forget for a moment that they have cancer. To hold a motherless baby. To be there for someone in the good times and the bad. To lead and be an example for others. And most importantly, to empower them to fulfil their dreams and goals.



Our vision is to connect people with communities in need. We do this by supporting the work of local community organizations in countries through the placement of international volunteers.

Our staff in New Zealand are passionate about their work, we want to ensure volunteers have an incredibly rewarding and memorable personal experience on their placement.

We work with our partner organizations to support them in achieving their goals and ensuring that their projects are sustainable and effective.

The Global Volunteer Network currently has volunteer positions available through our partner organisations in Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guatemala, Kenya, Nepal, New Zealand, Peru, Philippines, South Africa, Uganda, USA, and Vietnam. Our vision is to connect people with communities in need. We do this by supporting the work of local community organisations in countries through the placement of international volunteers. We also offer fundraising treks to Everest Base Camp, Mt Kilimanjaro and Machu Picchu.

Argentina: Contribute to teaching and gender equality projects, as well as to wildlife conservation and horse therapy projects. You also have the chance to take part in a project that teaches sports to kids in an impoverished neighbourhood.

Brazil: Take part in a wide range of projects - there is something for everyone: students, physicians, dentists, nurses, teachers, social workers, athletes, counselors, engineers, IT professionals, carpenters, musicians, artists... anyone that has a sincere desire to volunteer and make a difference.

Costa Rica: Help protect endangered Olive Ridley and Leatherback turtle populations along Costa Rica's Pacific coastline.

Ecuador: Biological reserves throughout Ecuador, including the Galapagos Islands and the Amazon, with conservation and community projects.

Ethiopia: Working with partner organisation to rescue street children and assist with tutoring focussing on conversational English, grammar, science, and mathematics.

Ghana: Teach English in pre-schools and primary and secondary schools throughout Ghana, and participate in the development of Ghana's young people.

Guatemala: Contribute to healthcare, childcare, teaching and construction projects. There are also opportunities to advocate for animal care and rights and to work in conservation at a lake clean up or on a coffee cooperative.

Kenya: Children’s programs, teaching, medical and HIV/AIDS community projects, and woking in the Maasailand programs.

Nepal: Become involved in community aid programs including teaching, building and orphanage and health care.

Panama: care for children at an orphanage, teach English at a school or take part in Community Outreach Programs. The work in the community includes working at a disabled center for children and adults, working with wildlife or making jewelry as part of a women’s empowerment program.

Peru: Projects including childcare, teaching, construction, conservation/wildlife and healthcare, based in the city of Cusco.

Philippines: Environmental, teaching, health, building programs, and a cultural exchange, centred around the town of Dumangas, on the historic island of Panay.

South Africa: Teaching assistant/Tutoring and childcare projects n Venda.

Uganda: Primary and secondary education to needy children, and community outreach and counselling.

USA: South Dakota: contribute to educational activities at a youth centre working with youth aged 4-18.

Vietnam: work in the Children’s Program with orphans, street children and children with disabilities. In the Teaching Program you can teach English or vocational skills in orphanages, schools and disability and vocational training centres.



The major objective of Rainforest Concern is to protect threatened rainforests and the vast biodiversity they contain. We purchase and manage threatened native forest and much of our work involves the creation of corridors of forest between existing reserves to avoid fragmentation. We work with indigenous people and assist the communities living near to our projects by developing health and environmental education programmes and by encouraging them to explore alternative forms of income generation to reduce the human impact on the native forest. We currently have 18 projects in 12 different countries and invite volunteers to become involved with our projects in Ecuador, Costa Rica, Panama and Chile which may invlove both physical and/or research work. In Ecuador we have a volunteer programme which runs all year round and includes trail maintenance, reforestation and organic horticulture depending on the time of year and projects in progress. The other projects where we regularly take on volunteers for shorter periods (as little as two weeks) are in Costa Rica and Panama. Here we have coastal reserves for the protection of the leatherback turtle. The work includes patrolling the beaches for poachers, monitoring and tagging turtles and clearing trails during the egg laying season in April and May of each year. Please visit our website for full details of all volunteer opportunities and contact details and we look forward to you joining us.



Reto Juvenil Internacional carries out volunteer projects in Costa Rica, Panama, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, Belize, Mexico, Guyana, Surinam and Trinidad & Tobago in collaboration with local and global partners. For 20 years, our organization has participated consistently in over 540 community projects. RJI has thus provided the opportunity to over 7500 volunteers from different countries to strengthen their abilities and develop new skills. This has placed Reto Juvenil Internacional in a position to celebrate cultural diversity and to contribute to sustainable community development, always with the firm intention to continue being the living expression of solidarity between all members of the global village.Our Alliance, with Youth Challenge International, Youth Challenge Australia and Youth Challenge Guyana is been working since 1991 together, bringing support and development to Central America and the Caribbean.

Welcome to Reto Juvenil International



The Fellowship of Reconciliation invites you to: * join in efforts on behalf of Latin America and the Caribbean's poor majority * develop ties with groups working for nonviolent social change * contribute to intercultural understanding and respect * immerse yourself in Latin American culture * learn about the impact of US culture and politics in the region * have fun! Volunteers with an offending background are accepted.



Unite for Sight volunteers implement outreach programmes to prescribe eyeglasses, implement eye health education, and screen for cataracts, pterygium, and other eye diseases. All patients with eye disease are referred to the closest eye clinic for diagnosis, treatment and surgery. This new form of delivery enables sustainable programmes while simultaneously reducing all of the barriers to health care, including financial, transportation and education hindrances. Unite for Sight's model also reduces costs and expands the ability of all people to 'Unite for Sight' and help fight against blindness. We are unable to accept volunteers with an offending background.



Urban Saints is a Christian youth organisation helping churches and volunteers reach young people with the Christian message, through youth groups, holiday programmes and overseas projects. The emphasis is on relevance and on equipping volunteers with training which is relevant to their role. This could involve different methods including: leadership training, active teaching materials and the latest specialist youth resources, through local and national support. Committed Christians are invited to volunteer as youth leaders for new or existing Christian outreach youth groups, as holiday leaders, for short term service opportunities overseas or in the UK. Roles that volunteers can fill on holidays include small group team leaders, speakers, caterers, programme planners; anyone aged 17+, with tremendous energy and enthusiasm for young people can apply; those with gifts in specialist areas such as sports, music, etc especially welcome. CRUSOE: for any committed young Christian aged 14-22 to put faith into practice in projects during summer break. Selection w/e in February and de-brief w/e in September. Volunteers with an offending background may be accepted depending on circumstances and subject to references..



Voluntarios Internacional/Intervol SA is an organisation dedicated to assisting worthy social, medical, environmental and wildlife projects in Costa Rica. Whilst doing so it provides educational, motivational and life building experiences for people of all ages. Costa Rica has over 26% of its national territory under some kind of protection. This may seem a large amount of protected land, but there sadly is very little policing to protect this natural and endangered resource. Currently we have projects collecting biological data and protecting leatherback turtles from egg poachers. These turtles are critically endangered and their nesting site is one of the most important nesting sites in the world. At the wildcat rehabilitation project we have all seven species of wild cats found in Costa Rica. These are endangered because of loss of habitat, poaching and international sale of skins or the whole animal. Cats kept as pets cannot be re-introduced into the wild. We have been active in providing animal stimulation cages which create a more natural environment for these cats instead of them being destroyed. For the past four years we have supported work re-establishing part of the Meso American biological corridor. This important land bridge used to connect South and North America. The corridor has been broken in many locations due to human settlement. Volunteers have been working on re-foresting, fencing and planting native species plants to help recovery so the connection is once again made and animals and plants can once again pass through continents. At the world famous Monteverde Mountain Range Intervol volunteers have been working on researching the impact of humming bird feeder stations at Monteverde Cloud Forest. We are setting up a project to research the effects of global warming on the cloud forest. Next year we hope to research amphibians, which are in decline globally. We have a community project at San Luis where volunteers assist abandoned mothers who have been given a parcel of land for cultivation, many of whom find it difficult to farm and maintain a household. We are assisting a local school that owns a mountain by starting a plant nursery, collecting seeds, reforesting native trees, building trails and constructing signposts. We hope to start working with the Bri Bri Indians in the Talamanca Range who have been neglected and for whom social conditions are overwhelming. We have four medical placement projects. We support an organic farm, training students farming techniques that are non-toxic and we are looking into expanding this type of project in another area of the country. Please contact us for more detailed information on a specific project. We may be able to accept volunteers with an offending background. All volunteers sign a contract and are made aware that any disruptive behaviour on the work programme or inappropriate attitude with endangered animals will result in discipline and expulsion from the programme - this is the same for all groups and individuals. THE COUNTRY: Costa Rica is an ideal country for high school and University groups to study Geography, Environmental education, Ecology, and of course Spanish. The country has a huge amount of bio diversity, two oceans, Volcanos, Dry forest, Cloud forest and rain forests and high adrenaline adventure activities. It is extremely popular with many universities for field studies with a good infrastructure for cultural interaction and transportation throughout the country. Voluntarios Internacional would be happy to assist with all of your projects requirements and can provide in country assistance with all of your in country needs.



ECOFARMS Panama (EF) is a grassroots educational and developmental platform that brings together students, professionals, and outdoor enthusiasts. Working together with the community, we strive to improve both the quality of life of local people and the overall health of the environment in the Mamoni River by developing and implementing responsible farming and conservation techniques.

We are striving to create a healthy and productive ecosystem in the Mamoni River valley that promotes responsible environmental practices while incorporating Panamanian traditions and the needs of the local community.

With the help of motivated interns and volunteers, we hope to bring together knowledge and experience from around to world to address the important environmental issues confronting the Mamoni River.

In addition to environmental goals, EF is dedicated to improving the lives of local farmers (campesinos) through education

while striving to protect a traditional Panamanian way of life. The future of the rainforest in the Mamoni River area depends on everyone working together towards a common goal, and the future of the area’s inhabitants depends on the health of the land.

VIRTUAL VOLUNTEERING: Website administration, fundraising, campaigning.



World Service Enquiry, is the only registered charity providing expert, impartial information and advice about working and volunteering in the third world to people of any faith or none. As World Service Enquiry, Christians Abroad provides information on voluntary and paid opportunities, short or long-term in aid, development and mission programmes overseas - for skilled and qualified professionals and unskilled people. Our comprehensive 2006/7 guide, updated annually, is geared mainly to unskilled people without professional experience. It gives details about how to start a search for voluntary placements and work overseas, outlines organisations with information on development issues and international organisations who recruit volunteers. For those considering where and how they can best use their experience abroad, World Service Enquiry also provides One to One vocational career guidance. They provide a forum space to discuss your interest in working overseas and possible ways forward. E-volve is our unique internet self coaching program, written by a leading life coach to help you access your suitability to work in international development and aid. For those already qualified with some work experience we publish a monthly job magazine, Opportunities Abroad, available on subscription, which contains up-to-date vacancies (overseas and in the UK) from international and UK agencies. Alternative email address VIRTUAL VOLUNTEERING: Translators, media specialists, sales and marketing, database design and administration, fundraising. Volunteers with offending backgrounds may be accepted.



Involvement Volunteers - Deutschland is the European office of Involvement Volunteers which is based in Australia. It enables people to participate in voluntary activities related to conservation, enviroment, farming, social service and education in over 50 countries around the world. An updated placement list can be found on the website.



Catholic Network of Volunteer Service (CNVS) is an organisation of nearly 200 full time, Christian faith based volunteer programmes. The programmes offer volunteers the opportunity to volunteer on a full-time basis (30+ hours/week) for as little as one week to three years. Programmes place people in numerous ministries, and in over 110 countries. We are based in the US and place volunteers in all 50 states in the US. Guiding users should check for the most current placment information on our website under Response Directory. We may have placements for volunteers with an offending background, depending on the offence, but acceptance varies between programmes.



Healing the Children (HTC) sends medical teams to countries that request our assistance. We perform surgery on the poorest of the poor in these countries. There is no cost to the families of these children. All talents and skills are donated by our team members. We document all cases for future reference to do any necessary follow up and in case any child need to come to America for more extensive surgery. If this is required Healing The Children pays the cost and supplies host parents for the child's stay in America. There are 13 chapters spread across the US and each send teams to different locations at different times of the year. There is no more haunting image than that of a suffering child. For many of us, such images - and in our world, they are everywhere - are a call to action. Have you ever wanted to heal the children? You’ll find the perfect vehicle for your caring in Healing the Children, a non-profit, volunteer organisation dedicated to healing children around the world. In many places in our world, children suffer and die or live disfigured lives because medical care that could help is unavailable to them. Changing this situation is the goal of Healing the Children. We envisage a world where every child has access to medical care, and all our work is aimed at achieving our goal . . . one child at a time. Physicians from many surgical specialties, paediatricians, dentists, nurses, hospitals, laboratories, airline personnel, teachers, translators, social workers, and many other professionals generously give their time and expertise to Healing the Children. Our generous donors help us meet substantial travel and communication expenses. And loving host families open their hearts and homes to offer HTC children those powerful, healing gifts, security and love. Without these wonderful people, HTC could not function, and every single one of them is a volunteer. Since 1979, such Healing the Children volunteers have changed the lives of more than 140,000 children. Take a moment to explore our webpages. See what love and caring can do in the lives of children in need. Visit our chapter webpages and imagine yourself playing an active role in healing the children. Join us in this mission! As we are working with children, we do a background check on each volunteer to ensure the safety of the children.

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