In a more restricted sense, Latin America comprises those countries of the Americas which developed from the colonies of Spain, Portugal, and France. Because these European powers used languages derived from Latin, the term Latin America was devised to designate the parts of the New World which they colonized. The areas that are now Belize and Guyana were colonized by the British, and the official language of those countries is English. Suriname was colonized by the Netherlands, and Dutch is the official language. These countries' histories differ from those of others in the region and are generally treated differently by scholars.
Presently, IFRE offers volunteering opportunities in Latin America, including Peru and Costa Rica. IFRE is currently in the process of expanding its volunteering opportunities in Latin America by adding even more countries and programs. To learn about our volunteer programs in Latin America, please visit the following links: