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Volunteer in Central America

As a volunteer in Central America with Projects Abroad, you have the opportunity to contribute to sustainable long-term development in disadvantaged communities in Belize or Costa Rica. We run meaningful volunteer programs in regions across the globe, from Africa to Asia, and one of our most popular areas is Central America. Volunteering in Central America allows you to immerse yourself in diverse cultures amid tropical landscapes that feature Mayan and Aztec ruins.     

Though not located in Central America, Jamaica is another one of our popular tropical destinations and has a range of worthwhile volunteer projects and internships for all ages and skill levels. Regardless of which country you choose to volunteer abroad in or what project you do, your efforts will have a tangible impact on the lives of others.

Volunteer in Central America: What can I do?

A Projects Abroad volunteer in Central America leads an outdoor activity for children in Costa Rica. Whether you want to volunteer in Central America during a gap year, career break, or volunteer vacation, Projects Abroad has a program that will suit your interests and goals. We offer a wide variety of programs in Central America that include teaching English and raising literacy levels, working with children at care facilities, and coaching sports.

In Central America, we also have two Conservation & Environment Projects for anyone who wants to contribute to the protection of endangered ecosystems. In Belize, you can help preserve the Belize Barrier Reef, and in Costa Rica, you will work in tropical dry forests and cave systems.

Volunteering in Central America: Cultural and Sightseeing Opportunities

Volunteers in Central America spend their leisure time touring museums in Costa Rica.While volunteering in Central America, you can spend your leisure time traveling and exploring. Most weeks are spent working from Monday to Friday, with your weekends free to explore new and beautiful places in Belize and Costa Rica. You can visit stunning mountains and beaches, and learn about the culture and traditions of the communities you are living and working in.

We want all of our volunteers to experience complete immersion in the countries we work in. In most of our destinations, including Costa Rica and Belize, most of our volunteers live with host families (on Conservation & Environment Projects, volunteers typically live in apartments or lodges). We encourage volunteers to ask lots of questions and to explore these different cultures. Projects Abroad also recommends that our volunteers bring plenty of batteries and film and be prepared to take hundreds of pictures. There is not one moment of Central America that is the same and not even a picture can completely capture the beauty that defines these landscapes!

Projects available for Volunteers in Central America

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