Panoramic view of the town of La Esperanza, Honduras.

Volunteer with El Maestro en Casa in Honduras

Founded with the assistance of a retired secondary school teacher from the United States, El Maestro en Casa is a program that serves the rural poor. Volunteers who can commit to 2.5 months may work as academic teachers or in outreach, teaching classes in basic English, computers, art, music, crafts, and practical skills such as bicycle mechanics or cooking, but there are opportunities for shorter-term volunteers as well.

View down a street of a church tower in historic Cartagena, Colombia.

Volunteer with Casa de Cultura de la Boquilla, Colombia

La Boquilla’s Casa de Cultura (cultural center) seeks volunteers to teach English to locals working in tourism or related fields. Volunteers are encouraged to bring their ideas for children’s arts and crafts projects to the Casa de Cultura, with training is done by previous volunteers.

The Urubamba river valley in Peru.

Volunteer with Kiya Survivors in Peru

Kiya Survivors, based in Urubamba (an indigenous village in the valley of the same name near Cusco, Peru) is dedicated to children and youth with special needs. Volunteers receive a two-day training session, might work with practical needs or if they’re interested and skilled, help Kiya’s therapy team.

View over the rooftops of Sucre, Bolivia.

An Introduction to Bolivia for Volunteers

With six major cities located at altitudes of 2,574-4,150 meters (8,445-13,615 ft), Bolivia is a country that can, quite literally, take your breath away. For potential volunteers—opportunities in community development, education, conservation and wildlife preservation abound—it’s useful to know a little more about the country’s landscapes, cultures, and peoples.

Livestock grazing at the edge of a lake.

Volunteer in Mexico: Sexto Sol Center for Community Action

The Sexto Sol Center for Community Action (SSCCA) in Mexico works in community development, education, and health, as well as agriculture and environment. SSCCA tends to have more interested volunteers than space available, and it is better able to place volunteers closer to their travel dates rather than many months out as volunteer needs change.

Beautiful turquoise water on the beach at Colombia's Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona.

Volunteer with Fundación Mariposas Amarillas (FMA) in Colombia

Based in the beachside city of Santa Marta, Fundación Mariposas Amarillas (Yellow Butterflies Foundation in English) is a grassroots organization that seeks to fight poverty and social injustice. They welcome people with any and all skills, or even none at all, and while basic Spanish is required, FMA can arrange lessons from local teachers at discounted prices.