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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Marine Conservation

Marine Conservation Expedition in Mexico

Latin America - Mexico - Yucatan
Earn your PADI diving certificate when you contribute to marine conservation projects in Mexico’s Mesoamerican coral reef

Program Type

Volunteering

Duration

4 - 24 weeks

Price from

£1,795.00

"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
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 Tortugero 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
Volunteer with Children
Teaching

Volunteer on Childcare Projects in Mexico

Latin America - Mexico - Yucatan
Discover Mexico and volunteer at a children's centre run by Save the Children. Work to provide a safe environment for the children to learn and play

Program Type

Volunteering

Duration

2 - 24 weeks

Price from

£995.00

"Leaving the project – even after this short time – I find I’m connected and I’m sad to say goodbye to a place where I felt more than welcome."

- Gesa Glanz - Denmark
Construction

The Pura Vida Adventure for Youth

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 - 3 weeks

Price from

£1,395.00

"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

Marine Conservation and PADI Divemaster Internship in Mexico

Latin America - Mexico - Yucatan
Get your PADI Divemaster qualification and boost your career when you join a scuba diving and marine conservation internship in Mexico’s picturesque Yucatan peninsula

Program Type

Internship

Duration

24 weeks

Price from

£5,095.00

"After an incredible three months of living and working at Pez Maya. I have chosen to undertake my Divemaster course in the small fishing village of Xcalak, which is located far down south of the Yucatan Peninsula, on the Belize/Mexico border. XTC dive center is blessed with outstanding diving. In one day I was lucky enough to see two nurse sharks, two porcupine fish, moray eels, four rays including eagle rays, turtles, manatees and an abundance of other fish species and healthy corals, not at all unusual for a day’s diving in Xcalak!"

- Clare James - United Kingdom
Animal Care

Veterinary Project in Mexico

Latin America - Mexico - Yucatan
Travel to the Caribbean town of Playa del Carmen and assist with animal care and raising awareness on pet care practises

Program Type

Volunteering

Duration

1 - 12 weeks

Price from

£845.00

Wildlife Conservation

Jaguar Conservation in Costa Rica

Latin America - Costa Rica - Jalova
Discover Costa Rica and assist in the protection of the endangered Jaguar. Develop new skills and an in-depth understanding of the tropical coastal rainforest

Program Type

Volunteering

Duration

2 - 12 weeks

Price from

£1,050.00

"It’s every big cat lovers dream to be able to capture a glimpse of the elusive jaguar, and being here gets you so close to realizing that dream. The excitement of setting up jag cams, being able to ID these cats and witness new behaviours is truly addictive. Knowing these amazing cats are thriving here gives hope for future conservation."

- Kim Packard - Australia
Teaching
Volunteer with Children

Social Science Internship in Mexico

Latin America - Mexico - Yucatan
Help vulnerable children learn and develop when you intern at a Save the Children centre and further your career ambitions in Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Program Type

Internship

Duration

4 Weeks - 12 weeks

Price from

£1,545.00

"I feel this GVI internship for me personally, has created new paths and opportunities for my future more than developing myself to be more employable.  In this time, I’ve been able to practice my people skills as often as I breathe; improving my communication skills and making connections with people daily.

Working closely with the field staff member, I am able to observe, step by step, the different ways of managing, supervising and solving problems. After my Leadership Course and work placement, I have been able to employ my own ways and practice what I have learnt.

I would recommend this internship it as it did develop me professionally and personally. . I have been able to work closely with people who I feel have opened my eyes and inspire me to be better. I have had the opportunity to become a difference in the lives of people who I would have never had met if it weren’t for this program"

- Christy Chandra - Australia
Volunteer with Children

Volunteer with Children in Costa Rica

Latin America - Costa Rica - Manuel Antonio
Travel to Quepos and volunteer on a community project helping disadvantaged children with lessons and extra-curricular art workshops and games

Program Type

Volunteering

Duration

2 - 24 weeks

Price from

£895.00

"The kids both within the school and the center can be a challenge to deal with, especially because of the language gap. However, the moments when you and the kids put effort into understanding each other and the concepts, a spark ignites. It is those moments that remind you why working with kids is so rewarding and memorable."

- Julie Clark - Canada
Volunteer with Children
Teaching

Arts and Childcare Volunteering in Mexico

Latin America - Mexico - Yucatan
Visit Mexico's Playa del Carmen and volunteer at a children's centre run by Save the Children. Encourage new skills and confidence through creative arts

Program Type

Volunteering

Duration

2 - 24 weeks

Price from

£995.00

"Once we arrive at our destination we’re immediately greeted by an overwhelming amount of local children. They all gather around greeting us with hugs and kisses, it’s a delight to see their faces light up as we all walk in. They are the most polite, adorable, grateful kids I have ever known, and not a minute goes by without an array of grinning faces staring back at me. It really is a pleasure to be a part of their lives, even just for a short amount of time. It really is a life changing experience. I can only hope that we have had the same impact on their lives as they have had on mine. It’s going to be impossible to say goodbye."

- Camilla Brahde - United Kingdom
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