Volunteers in South America assist a young child with horse riding at our Equine Therapy Project in Argentina.

Volunteer in South America

Support communities in need and gain real-world experience while you explore South America

Join a volunteer trip to South America with Projects Abroad to experience life on this amazing continent as you give back to local people. Through our projects, you’ll gain a deeper insight into the challenges faced by communities or the environment. You’ll then become part of our ongoing efforts to address these issues.


In South America, we offer various volunteer programs and internships in several countries across the continent. We can help you find a program that best matches your goals and interests. These are some of the ways you can benefit from volunteering in South America:


  • Gain practical work experience
  • Help implement long-term, sustainable solutions to problems
  • Improve personal skills like communication, planning, and teamwork


On one of our volunteer opportunities in South America, we take care of all details and provide a hassle-free experience. All you need to do is focus on what’s important to you: doing the best you can at your project. Our staff are also available 24/7 to help when you need it. They’ll help ensure you get the most out of your time in South America.

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A Projects Abroad volunteer teaching English in Ecuador

From $2,270 USD

Volunteer Teaching in Ecuador
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Live and work in the Galapagos and help disadvantaged children improve their English conversation

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 1 week
Last Minute Trip
A workshop on suturing during our Medicine internship for teenagers in Argentina.

From $3,070 USD

Medicine Internships in Argentina for Teenagers
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Travel to South America with a group your age and learn directly from doctors, while also studying Spanish

  • Fixed dates during school break
  • This project is only for 15-18 year olds
  • From 2 weeks
Last Minute Trip
A high school student takes a child's blood sugar measure on our medical internship in Peru

From $2,970 USD

Medical Internship in Peru for Teenagers
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Learn directly from doctors in hospitals and do health checks during outreaches with a group your age.

  • Fixed dates during school break
  • This project is only for 15-18 year olds
  • From 2 weeks
Last Minute Trip
Teenage volunteers doing work with children in Peru, go on an organised weekend trip to Mach Picchu.

From $2,570 USD

Childcare & Community Volunteer Work in Peru for Teenagers
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Join a group of volunteers your age and support disadvantaged children and do community work while exploring Peru

  • Fixed dates during school break
  • This project is only for 15-18 year olds
  • From 2 weeks
A student finishes an English exercise on the white board at a volunteer teaching placement in Peru.

From $2,065 USD

Volunteer Teaching in Peru
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Work a at schools in Peru and help young students and teachers improve their English language skills

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 2 weeks
Projects Abroad Conservation volunteers build an eco-wall using recycled plastic in the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador.

From $2,970 USD

Giant Tortoise & Sea Lion Conservation in the Galapagos Islands
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Work in the Galapagos National Park and contribute to the conservation of many unique ecosystems

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 1 week
Last Minute Trip
A human trafficking awareness campaign during our Human Rights internship for high school students in Argentina

From $3,070 USD

Human Rights Internship in Argentina for Teenagers
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Work with people your age and learn directly from lawyers and human rights professionals

  • Fixed dates during school break
  • This project is only for 15-18 year olds
  • From 2 weeks
Female Projects Abroad Medicine intern learns how to tie a sature at a hopsital as part of her medical work experience in Argentina.

From $2,520 USD

Medicine Internship in Argentina
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Get medical work experience by learning directly from doctors in different hospital departments

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 1 week
A student speaks to a local man during a campaign on her Human Rights internship in Argentina.

From $2,520 USD

Human Rights Internship in Argentina
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Gain practical work experience and help raise awareness of human rights issues in disadvantaged communities

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 1 week
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We’d be happy to talk about creating a custom project for you. Most of our staff have been volunteers themselves, so they’re ready to answer your questions, big or small.

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What volunteer work can I do in South America?

Our volunteer programs in South America address different social and environmental issues. No matter where you go, all of our projects focus on long-terms, sustainable goals that you’ll help work towards. For example, you could support early childhood development at care centers. Or, work in animal rehabilitation and help with reforestation efforts in the Amazon Rainforest.


You can also choose to complete a global internship to gain valuable experience for your resume. We offer internships in fields like medicine and human rights So, you could find yourself shadowing doctors at a busy hospital in Peru, or raising awareness of human rights in Argentina.


South America is largely a Spanish speaking continent. As a volunteer, you can also use your time here to sharpen your Spanish skills by doing a language course

Where can I volunteer in South America?

Where you choose to go influences the type of work that you’re able to do. In South America, we have programs in:



Each country offers something slightly different, whether it’s the culture, scenery, or the challenges you program focuses on.


Certain countries may offer a totally unique experience. For example, you can explore fascinating ancient Incan ruins on our Archaeology Project in Peru. Likewise, the amazing biodiversity of the Galapagos Islands is one of Ecuador’s unique features. In Argentina, you can learn about equine therapy and the impact it has on children with disabilities.


South America faces many challenges today. Social inequality, limited access to healthcare, and habitat loss are some of the major issues. Think about where you want to use your time and energy, and help us provide sustainable solutions in the communities of South America.

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