Volunteers in South America assist a young child with horse riding at our Equine Therapy Project in Argentina.

Volunteer in South America

Support communities in need and gain real-world experience while you explore South America

Join a volunteer trip to South America with Projects Abroad to experience life on this amazing continent as you give back to local people. Through our projects, you’ll gain a deeper insight into the challenges faced by communities or the environment. You’ll then become part of our ongoing efforts to address these issues.


In South America, we offer various volunteer programs and internships in several countries across the continent. We can help you find a program that best matches your goals and interests. These are some of the ways you can benefit from volunteering in South America:


  • Gain practical work experience
  • Help implement long-term, sustainable solutions to problems
  • Improve personal skills like communication, planning, and teamwork


On one of our volunteer opportunities in South America, we take care of all details and provide a hassle-free experience. All you need to do is focus on what’s important to you: doing the best you can at your project. Our staff are also available 24/7 to help when you need it. They’ll help ensure you get the most out of your time in South America.

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A volunteer working with children in Peru sits with a child in a classroom to help them with an activity.

From $2640 CAD

Volunteer with Children in Peru
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Work with local teachers to support early childhood development at disadvantaged childcare centres

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 2 weeks
Projects Abroad volunteers interact with a child in Argentina during a community day at a local care centre.

From $2520 CAD

Volunteer with Children in Argentina
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Live in vibrant Argentina and prepare children for school through general development and teaching them basic life skills

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 1 week
A student finishes an English exercise on the white board at a volunteer teaching placement in Peru.

From $2290 CAD

Volunteer Teaching in Peru
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Work a at schools in Peru and help young students and teachers improve their English language skills

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 2 weeks
Projects Abroad volunteer working with children in Mexico cares for a baby at a care centre for children from working families.

From $3090 CAD

Volunteering with Children in Mexico
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Work with children and support their care and education in kindergartens and daycare centres

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 2 weeks
A volunteer and staff member work together on a reforestation initiative during Conservation volunteering in Costa Rica.

From $3295 CAD

Conservation Volunteer Work in Costa Rica
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Live in Costa Rica’s dense tropical dry forest and work on the frontlines of conservation

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 1 week
A high school student takes a child's blood sugar measure on our medical internship in Peru

From $3295 CAD

Medical Internship in Peru for Teenagers
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Learn directly from doctors in hospitals and do health checks during outreaches with a group your age.

  • Fixed dates during school break
  • This project is only for 15-18 year olds
  • From 2 weeks
Children play on the swings under the supervision of a volunteer working with children in Costa Rica

From $3090 CAD

Volunteer with Children in Costa Rica
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Live in central America and prepare children for school by teaching important early childhood development skills

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 2 weeks
Projects Abroad Conservation volunteers build an eco-wall using recycled plastic in the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador.

From $3295 CAD

Conservation Volunteering in the Galapagos Islands
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Work in the Galapagos National Park and contribute to the conservation of many unique ecosystems

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 1 week
This image depicts a Projects Abroad volunteer photographing a shark during their marine conservation work in Belize.

From $3845 CAD

Marine Conservation Work in Belize
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Get a PADI diving certification and work with conservationists to protect marine life in the Belize Barrier Reef

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 1 week
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Can't find what you're looking for?

We’d be happy to talk about creating a custom project for you. Most of our staff have been volunteers themselves, so they’re ready to answer your questions, big or small.

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What volunteer work can I do in South America?

Our volunteer programs in South America address different social and environmental issues. No matter where you go, all of our projects focus on long-terms, sustainable goals that you’ll help work towards. For example, you could support early childhood development at care centers. Or, work in animal rehabilitation and help with reforestation efforts in the Amazon Rainforest.


You can also choose to complete a global internship to gain valuable experience for your resume. We offer internships in fields like medicine and human rights So, you could find yourself shadowing doctors at a busy hospital in Peru, or raising awareness of human rights in Argentina.


South America is largely a Spanish speaking continent. As a volunteer, you can also use your time here to sharpen your Spanish skills by doing a language course

Where can I volunteer in South America?

Where you choose to go influences the type of work that you’re able to do. In South America, we have programs in:



Each country offers something slightly different, whether it’s the culture, scenery, or the challenges you program focuses on.


Certain countries may offer a totally unique experience. For example, you can explore fascinating ancient Incan ruins on our Archaeology Project in Peru. Likewise, the amazing biodiversity of the Galapagos Islands is one of Ecuador’s unique features. In Argentina, you can learn about equine therapy and the impact it has on children with disabilities.


South America faces many challenges today. Social inequality, limited access to healthcare, and habitat loss are some of the major issues. Think about where you want to use your time and energy, and help us provide sustainable solutions in the communities of South America.

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