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

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

£2,345.00

"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
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
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

£8,090.00

"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
Teaching

Volunteer to Teach English 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
Wildlife Conservation

Conservation Internship in Costa Rica

Latin America - Costa Rica - Jalova
Gain valuable field-based experience and boost your career on a conservation internship in the coastal rainforests of Costa Rica

Program Type

Internship

Duration

24 weeks

Price from

£4,910.00

"I am so pleased that I made a 6 month commitment to living and working in such a unique place. The wealth of biodiversity I wanted to experience has exceeded all my expectations. I have met wonderful people here who have further enriched my experience. The GVI Jalova 6-month internship was a great choice for me and I would recommend it highly."

- Rachel Aronson - USA
Teaching
Volunteer with Children

Community Development Short-Term 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

6 - 12 weeks

Price from

£1,845.00

"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
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
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