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.

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.

Baby tortoises at the Charles Darwin Station in the Galapagos.

How to Travel Responsibly in the Galápagos

The Galápagos Islands is a remarkable place in danger of being ruined by its own fame. If seeing the Galápagos is on your bucket list, it’s time to consider how you can visit this amazing place without contributing to its demise.

Moon Spotlight Rio de Janeiro

Moon Spotlight Rio de Janeiro is a 100-page compact guide to the colorful squares, sultry nightlife, and fabulous white sand beaches of this Brazilian metropolis and surrounding areas. Author Michael Sommers offers his seasoned advice on must-see attractions, and includes maps with sightseeing highlights so you can make the most of your time. This lightweight […]

Parque Nacional Conguillío, Chile.

An Introduction to Chile for Volunteers

While Chile has only a few local volunteer organizations, conservation and wildlife protection efforts can always use a helping hand. There are also many placement agencies and international organizations with volunteer programs in Chile.