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 workshop on suturing during our Medicine internship for teenagers in Argentina.
Medicine Internships in Argentina for Teenagers
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  • Fixed dates during school break
  • This project is only for 15-18 year olds
  • From 2 weeks
  • From $3,105 USD
A high school student takes a child's blood sugar measure on our medical internship in Peru
Medical Internship in Peru for Teenagers
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  • Fixed dates during school break
  • This project is only for 15-18 year olds
  • From 2 weeks
  • From $3,005 USD
Teenage volunteers doing work with children in Peru, go on an organised weekend trip to Mach Picchu.
Childcare & Community Volunteer Work in Peru for Teenagers
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  • Fixed dates during school break
  • This project is only for 15-18 year olds
  • From 2 weeks
  • From $2,605 USD
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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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