A field of coffee plants in Nicaragua.

Volunteer with Bridges to Community in Nicaragua

With an emphasis on shared work and community empowerment, Bridges to Community makes long-term commitments to the communities where it works. Learn how volunteers can help, along with practical details such as how to apply, costs, and requirements.

Long Way Home's current primary project is the construction of an elementary and vocational school using rammed-earth tires and polypropylene bags, water harvesting, and trash-filled bottles.

Volunteer with Long Way Home in Guatemala

Long Way Home’s focus is the promotion of green and alternative building practices. Volunteer work is either physically demanding or educational in nature with children and youth. Learn more about organization and its work, along with practical costs, requirements, and volunteer opportunities.

The Utila Iguana Conservation Project operates the Iguana Station, located on the island of Utila.

Volunteer with Utila Iguana Conservation Project, Honduras

All you need to volunteer with Honduras’s Utila Iguana Conservation Project is a passion for nature. The work includes caring for the iguanas, butterflies, tarantulas, geckos, and other animals at the station, but it can also include teaching, public relations, gardening, maintenance, or ecological research, depending on your skills.

Volunteer tasks can include releasing sea turtle hatchlings to the ocean and keeping records of turtle activities.

Volunteer with Associacion Conservacionista de Playa Malena, Panama

Panama’s Associacion Conservacionista de Playa Malena is a nonprofit group of community volunteers dedicated to the protection of the beach and its wildlife. While all are welcome, volunteers aren’t accepted outside turtle season, as much of the work focuses on protecting nesting sea turtles during hatching season.

Guatemalan women hand weaving on a loom.

Volunteer with TRAMA Textiles in Guatemala

TRAMA Textiles is a women’s weaving association in Guatemala’s second city. Their mission is to “create work for fair wages for the women of Guatemala”. There’s no minimum time commitment for volunteers, but you can take on more complex projects with a longer stay, and if your Spanish skills need polishing, there are many language schools in the city.

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.