Volunteer in Latin America

Volunteer in Latin America with GVI and explore a land endowed with lush forests, long stretches of Caribbean beaches, Mayan ruins and so much more! Choose from exciting project locations in Costa Rica and Mexico, both offering a variety of projects in:

 

– Animal Care
– Teaching
– Child Care
– Construction, and
– Wildlife and Marine Conservation!

 

Whether you are on a gap year, a volunteering holiday, a career break or are looking for an internship programme, volunteering in Latin America with GVI will ensure you will be able to make a difference  during your time in country, while offering the opportunity for personal growth and development.

OUR PROGRAMS IN Latin America

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Under 18's Volunteer and Adventure Experience in Costa Rica

Latin America - Costa Rica - Manuel Antonio
Discover Manuel Antonio in Costa Rica when you volunteer on community construction projects for underprivileged children

Program Type

Under 18

Duration

2 - 4 weeks

Price from

£1,495.00

"The holistic approach of our programs in Quepos allows us to contribute to the education of the children where and when our work is needed the most. "

- Stephen Meyer - Ex-Costa Rica Country Director
Marine Conservation

Under 18’s Alternative Spring Break Marine Conservation Experience in Mexico

Latin America - Mexico - Yucatan
Spend your spring break volunteer trip exploring Mexico’s underwater environment and learning about vital conservation issues, earn your PADI Open Water certification, and immerse yourself in Mexico’s vibrant culture!

Program Type

Under 18

Duration

1 week

Price from

£1,350.00

"Martin was the first one who spotted it. Approximately 2.5 metres of pure bull shark madness faced us. We just couldn’t believe it! So graceful it swam around us for a minute or two and we studied every single fin move motion. It swam in a half circle in front of us then turned around, swam back and disappeared."

- Alexander “Sven” Scott - Sweden
Marine Conservation

Mexico Marine Conservation Short Term Internship

Latin America - Mexico - Yucatan
Start your career the right way: with an adventure! Located in the stunning Yucatan Peninsula, enter the marine conservation industry by gaining valuable first-hand experience and contributing to the largest

Program Type

Internship

Duration

6 - 24 weeks

Price from

£2,045.00

"The experience I gained during my time training with GVI has allowed me to go on to work within the conservational research field. This has been a stepping stone into a career in conservation that I would not have had access to without the GVI Internship program."

- Heather Gilbert - Canada
Construction
Teaching

Under 18’s Alternative Spring Break Costa Rica Community Development

Latin America - Costa Rica - Manuel Antonio
Use your spring break wisely contributing to vital community development projects on Costa Rica’s stunning Pacific coast.

Program Type

Under 18

Duration

1 week

Price from

£1,200.00

"The holistic approach of our programs in Quepos allows us to contribute to the education of the children where and when our work is needed the most. "

- Stephen Meyer - Ex-Costa Rica Country Director
Wildlife Conservation
Marine Conservation

Wildlife Expedition in Costa Rica

Latin America - Costa Rica - Jalova
Contribute to the long-term management and conservation of the coastal rainforests of the Tortuguero National park in Costa Rica

Program Type

Volunteering

Duration

4 - 24 weeks

Price from

£1,460.00

"Surrounded by amazing, rich and diverse rainforest is surreal. Whether its trudging knee deep in mud or working a leatherback, it is truly a rewarding and unforgettable experience!! Plus, there aren´t many opportunities to meet people from such different walks of life."

- Josh Haley - United Kingdom
Marine Conservation

Under 18's Mexico Marine Conservation Awareness

Latin America - Mexico - Yucatan
Learn about issues facing marine conservation and earn your PADI Open Water qualification in Mexico's pristine Yucatan Peninsula

Program Type

Under 18

Duration

2 weeks

Price from

£1,695.00

"Martin was the first one who spotted it. Approximately 2.5 metres of pure bull shark madness faced us. We just couldn’t believe it! So graceful it swam around us for a minute or two and we studied every single fin move motion. It swam in a half circle in front of us then turned around, swam back and disappeared."

- Alexander “Sven” Scott - Sweden
Construction
Teaching

Alternative Spring Break Costa Rica Community Development

Latin America - Costa Rica - Manuel Antonio
Take your spring break to a new level, instead of simply travelling spend your time giving back to a local community in Costa Rica.

Program Type

Volunteering

Duration

1 week

Price from

£850.00

"The holistic approach of our programs in Quepos allows us to contribute to the education of the children where and when our work is needed the most. "

- Stephen Meyer - Ex-Costa Rica Country Director
Marine Conservation

Alternative Spring Break Marine Conservation Program in Mexico

Latin America - Mexico - Yucatan
Do more with your spring break this year. Travel to the Caribbean and immerse yourself within the world of marine conservation, earn your PADI Open Water certification, and spend time

Program Type

Volunteering

Duration

1 week

Price from

£1,250.00

"Life at Pez Maya has an odd tendency of filling itself with very rich and otherworldly experiences that one would be lucky to encounter in a year. Our work here is primarily for the purpose of preserving the biodiversity of a region with forests, lagoons, mangroves, and coral reefs, all within a few miles of each other, an area extremely valuable in natural capital. More specifically, we are working to achieve a stable balance between the built and the natural world. Given that we at least share a significant awe and admiration for the wilderness, it is natural that we also find ourselves enjoying other, tangentially related experiences: The mellow strumming of a guitar, the fresh taste of a good meal after our hard work, a riveting conversation, a cold beer, some good body surfing. People here seem very alive, every hour full with activity and learning, often proactive and always positive. It is a good place to be. The days here are simple but busy, natural, and held together by the ideal we believe in to restore the natural world."

- Doug Coughran - USA
Teaching

Volunteer on Teaching English and Community Development Projects in Costa Rica

Latin America - Costa Rica - Manuel Antonio
Discover Costa Rica and volunteer teaching English to local children and community members in the town of Quepos

Program Type

Volunteering

Duration

2 - 24 weeks

Price from

£895.00

"Assisting in the school teaching English has been a lot of fun. The kids find the way we speak hilarious so it´s funny to hear them copy us! English is really important for any job here in Costa Rica so it´s great to have the opportunity to help them with that. "

- Valentinna Vulin - Sweden
Marine Conservation

PADI Instructor Internship

Latin America - Mexico - Dive Academy
A comprehensive, well-rounded training programme, taking a PADI Open Water diver to being a highly qualified and specialised PADI IDC and MSDT instructor with our extensive marine conservation expedition.

Program Type

Internship

Duration

30 weeks

Price from

£8,100.00

"I only knew what I wanted to do as a recent graduate from a B.s in Biology, but I didn’t know how to get there. Then GVI’s Mexico Marine Expeditions came along. They not only gave me training, but a whole new experience and expertise in marine science work; and lots of good friends from around the world. Because of my GVI experience, I was able to get a paid job in a marine protected area, doing what I love the most, diving and helping protect the ocean. After a year I became the biological and reef monitoring coordinator in an NGO, turning a dream into reality."

- Lluvia Soto Jiménez - Mexico
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