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.