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High Five… Volunteering in Latin America!

Volunteering. It’s an amazing way to give something back, gain skills that will stay with you for life, boost your CV, and see the world, all at the same time.

And what better place to do all that than in Latin America? The continent has culture, beauty and adventure in spades, as well as loads of worthwhile projects that needs your help. It’s safe to say that we think volunteering in Latin America deserves a big, fat High Five.

So how do you choose which project to join? Here are five which we think really stand out. Not only are they great causes, but they all last between 1-2 weeks. A pretty different way to use your annual leave, right?


Five of our favourite volunteering projects in Latin America

1. Work with wildlife in the Amazon

Bit of an animal lover? There’s an amazing project in the Peruvian Amazon that will see you volunteering at a wildlife rehabilitation centre. These animals are threatened by habitat destruction and illegal trade, and you’ll work alongside the centre’s staff to feed and care for the animals, as they’re prepared to be released back into the wild.

2. Help underprivileged children in Peru

Making a difference doesn’t get much bigger than this. You could spend your days helping out at a drop in centre for children in Cuzco, Peru, where kids are often forced to drop out of school to work and beg on the streets. This project provides children like that with a place to get guidance and support. You could find yourself helping with homework, teaching English, and organizing games. All this bang in the middle of Peru – the perfect place to explore more of the country.

3. Make a difference in Brazil’s favelas

Delve into Rio de Janeiro and volunteer at a community-run daycare centre in one of Brazil’s largest favelas. As well as helping the children there to develop, you’ll be allowing their mums to go to work and support their families. A life-changing opportunity to experience Brazil like the locals, as well as making a real difference to people’s lives.

4. Hatch baby sea turtles in Cosa Rica

This is a unique opportunity to explore Costa Rica and learn more about its wildlife. The highlight? Volunteering at a sea turtle conservation project, where you could end up monitoring the baby turtle hatchery. Truly amazing.

5. Building blocks in Guatemala

Looking for a physical challenge? Head to Guatemala and take part in a community building project. After a couple of days learning Spanish, you’ll work alongside Mayan communities to help improve their standard of living. The people here live on just $1 a day, so helping to build something like an energy efficient stove that consumes less wood will make a real difference to the locals’ lives.


This is by no means a comprehensive list, and is just a taster of the projects that are on offer. You can read about the project above, plus loads in other countries, in our Volunteering brochure. If you’ve volunteered in Latim America, let us know about in the comments box below!
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  1. Norbert LIBERMAN

    Good morning,

    I am interested by your 5 High Five Volunteering project in Latin America.
    I have a special interest for the 2 following projects :
    – N° 2 concerning the Help underprivileged children in Peru
    and
    – N° 3 Make a difference in Brazil’s favelas.

    My profil : I am Frech gentleman of 64 years old and retired now, but I am working as an experience passer in a French University named “Paris 12″ , situated in Creteil (94) – Paris area.
    I am also supporting the young children from 10 to 14 yo, in the help of their homeworks at primary school and college degree in French language andon their English studies.

    My goal to day, is to be useful to the Latin America development skills after a 42 years of working experience in the Education,Teaching and Training area.

    I dream to transmit my social, cultural and life experience on the 2 High-Five volunteer program of STA Travel in Latin America.

    I speak : French, English, Turkish and a little Spanish ……
    I am volunteer for peaceful places and for progressive approach in Education and Cultural areas.

    Thank you by advance to considere my application for these Humans Help projects.

    Best regards.

    Norbert Liberman , mobile line : + 33 6.70.30.50.35

    907 days ago
    • Sylvia Dauber

      Would you fancy doing voluntary work in Israel
      with children?

      906 days ago
      • Norbert LIBERMAN

        Message to the ATTENTION of : Sylvia DAUBER -

        YES ..

        My email address : norbertLiberman@aol.com

        Regards

        906 days ago
  2. Norbert LIBERMAN

    See my commens below, please …..

    907 days ago

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