Spirit of the Andes is a not-for-profit organization that supports indigenous women from neighborhoods in El Alto, La Paz, and Cochabamba.

Volunteer with Spirit of the Andes, Bolivia

Spirit of the Andes is a not-for-profit organization that trains indigenous women from marginalized neighborhoods in El Alto, La Paz, and Cochabamba to knit high-quality products from Bolivian alpaca, llama, and cotton yarns.

Volunteers will usually find monkeys, kinkajous, felines, other mammals, macaws, and parrots at Merazonia.

Volunteer with Merazonia in Ecuador

Merazonia is a dynamic rescue and rehabilitation center for trafficked and abused Amazonian animals. Volunteers work with animals under strict guidelines and help maintain the grounds and enclosures. Learn more about the work, its requirements, and how to apply.

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.

Jatun Sacha volunteers can choose from sites in the Amazonian or Coastal rainforest, Andean forest, or on the Galapagos Islands.

Volunteer with Jatun Sacha in Ecuador

Jatun Sacha (JS) is a self-sustaining nonprofit organization that owns and maintains five private nature reserves working closely with communities to “promote the conservation of Ecuador’s biodiversity”. Volunteers work eight-hour days and can choose from sites in the Amazonian or Coastal rainforest, Andean forest, or on the Galapagos Islands.

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.

Volunteers are rewarded with spectacular scenery of snowy mountains and herds of guanacos.

Volunteer with Conservación Patagonica in Chile

Conservación Patagonica’s volunteer program in Chile runs November-April, and volunteers come for three-week stints, camping and backpacking in the field. The work is focused on trail building, ecosystem restoration, and perfect for anyone looking to rough it with purpose.