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South America Volunteer Programs

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South America Volunteer Programs

Would you like to travel and explore deep in to the continent of South America? Are you looking to make a meaningful vacation while volunteering in impoverished communities for an opportunity to learn the culture and traditions?

Volunteer programs allow you the opportunity to directly help people in need and animals that are suffering.  While volunteering you will be able to learn new practical, social and communication skills that will help you thrive in your social and professional life. It is also the perfect and exciting way for you to see the world and travel to places you might never have considered and immerse in a new culture, while living like a local.

IFRE features the best and most affordable volunteer abroad programs across 20 countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America. Since 2006, IFRE has hosted more than 22,000 happy volunteers in over 200 life-changing programs that have brought positive changes in the community. By joining IFRE ‘s volunteer programs you will be bridging gaps to improve lives of poor communities around the world while learning new technical and social skills that will build your self-confidence.

You and your group can now join best volunteer programs in South America program for a fulfilling and life-changing experience. Contact us today and join thousands of volunteers around South America who are happily working for disadvantaged communities while travelling and living like the local people.

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Benefits of joining South America Volunteer Programs

There are many benefits from joining the South America opportunities. This is one of the best introductions to the vastly diverse continent, giving you an unparalleled experienced. It’s an incredible opportunity to experience a safe, life changing, and fun volunteering opportunity.

See below for the many benefits:

Helping Others

When you volunteer, you are making a direct impact on the people affected by your cause. Whether you’re taking care of malnourished infants, fostering an abandoned or abused pet, or building a home for a family in need, you are making a change to lives. One of the most essential things that all people need is connection. By volunteering abroad you help create and build connections.

Learn Something New

Learning new skills to enhance your career outlook is one of the most valuable benefits of volunteering. The volunteer opportunities in South America experience provides you countless opportunities to learn new practical, social and communication skills that will help you thrive as a human being.

Raise Awareness

When you volunteer, you will be helping raise awareness for a cause and organization. You will likely do this without realizing it by talking to your family and friends about your experience and the lessons you’ve learned throughout the process.

See the World

One of the most exciting benefits of volunteering is the opportunity to see the world and travel to places you might never have considered. The volunteer trips to South America programs get you off-the-beaten track to discover a side of the world beyond the brochures and to have a culturally immersive experience. It’s truly the best opportunity to build life skills, while getting to see the world at the same time.

Building Community

The world today has become self-centered and individualistic, which is gradually eroding the benefits of community. South America programs are a great way of rebuilding community. It does this by helping to cultivate friendships by create stronger bonds between friends, family and coworkers as they are brought together to work for a cause that is bigger than themselves, and larger than life

IFRE offers a wide range of programs in South America giving you a range of options to choose from. Whatever your purpose, desire, passion and location, you will never regret your decision while working with IFRE. Below, you will find various volunteering opportunities that best fits your interests:


Health Project in Peru

healthcare projects peru

There are many people in Peru who are deprived of proper health care, as facilities are expensive and not easily available. This is more prevalent in the rural areas where most of the poor indigenous people live.

People have to cover huge distances to get fundamental medical care and in the process many succumb to curable diseases, which is tragic. To avoid this from happening and making treatment accessible to every Peruvian, IFRE has created volunteer trips to South America that largely support medical professionals and establishments.

When you join this project, you will be supporting and helping in health clinics or hospitals by spreading awareness of sanitation. You’ll also perform checkups and assist the doctors or nurses. In your free time, you can visit the fascinating Andean nation, swarming with national parks, leaving you impressions of the Incan and Spanish culture, and much more. All these experiences will change your perspective on life, while helping to make a difference in the lives of people in needy.

Other Volunteer Opportunities in Peru

Other than this volunteer healthcare program, IFRE offers other incredible programs in Peru. We have variety of programs including orphanage, teach English, teenage mothers program, and many more that will meet your interest and passion.


Teaching English in Ecuador

The universal language of English is on the rise in Ecuador, sadly though, adequate English teachers are scarce. For its booming tourism industry a sound command over the language of English is vital for seizing important job opportunities in the competitive market. IFRE has created the programs in South America to focus on providing English teachers to the local schools.

Your role in South America volunteer programs is to work either urban or rural schools, teaching English conversational skills to the children. You will also be mentoring, guiding, and act as friend for them. Your efforts will profoundly impact the lives of these children.

Other Volunteer Opportunities in Ecuador

Besides this volunteer teaching English program, IFRE offers other incredible programs in Ecuador. We have variety of programs including orphanage, Galapagos conservation, medical, and many more that will meet your interest and passion.


HealthCare in Guatemala

medical volunteer guatemala

Guatemala is still in its development phase and faces a massive problem of providing basic healthcare facilities to all its people, especially the rural segment. Therefore, IFRE’s volunteer in medical opportunities in South America project teams up with hospitals in rural areas and strive its best to make the necessary healthcare facilities and treatment accessible to these people.

While helping the people in need you will be providing your medical know-how and expertise to assist the hospitals and clinics with daily activities, organizing various healthcare campaigns, tracking and keeping patient’s records, distributing medicines, and providing necessary counseling to the patients. This will prove to be an enriching experience for you, while sharing your medical expertise.

Other Volunteer Opportunities in Guatemala

Apart from this volunteer healthcare program, IFRE offers other incredible programs in Guatemala. We have variety of programs including orphanage, teach English, elderly people program, and many more that will meet your interest and passion.

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Costa Rica

Turtle Conservation in Costa Rica

Do you love sea turtles? Are you looking for a career in wildlife conservation? IFREs has created this South America volunteer programs so you can save the turtles habitats of this endangered species by helping them to grow in numbers and to stop them from vanishing from this earth.

Your role during the program is to protect the sea turtles nesting population by safeguarding the nests from poachers and threats caused by beach erosion. Apart from this you will also be working alongside the local community, helping to introduce and implement various management strategies. You will also spend time in a rescue center rehabilitating turtles that are injured and sick.

This wonderful project will add a new dimension to your life, while helping these amazing sea turtles to increase their population in a safe and sound environment.

Other Volunteer Opportunities in Costa Rica

A side from this volunteer turtle conservation program, IFRE offers other incredible programs in Costa Rica. We have variety of programs including orphanage, teach English, medical, and many more that will meet your interest and passion.


Teaching English In Brazil

teaching project in brazil

English speaking and writing skills have become vital when trying to find a better job in Brazil There are community schools, which run English classes, however, they cannot provide adequate learning and teaching, due to the high number of students in each classroom. There is also a lack of fluent English speaking or native English speaking teachers, and the poor students are being deprived of English skills, as they cannot afford private tutoring. By joining high school volunteer opportunities in South America to teach English you will work with local schools in the favelas to change lives of the children and the future generation.

Other Volunteer Opportunities in Brazil

Besides this volunteer teaching English program, IFRE offers other incredible programs in Brazil. We have variety of programs including orphanage, street children, medical, and many more that will meet your interest and passion.


Volunteering With Underprivileged Children

Despite being one of the fastest growing countries in South America, Argentina has failed to address many social and educational issues. Due to poverty, illiteracy and the lack of saleable skills, the parents from rural and poorer areas cannot afford to provide adequate support and care for their kids, and therefore, they are left as orphans.

Many local orphanages are trying to provide shelter, food and clothes for these kids. IFRE volunteer opportunities in South America program works in partnership with local organization to offer homes, education, hope and love for orphans. This is the perfect opportunity for you to contribute to improving the tragic situations of the helpless Argentinean children.

Other Volunteer Opportunities in Argentina

Besides this volunteer underprivileged children program, IFRE offers other incredible programs in Argentina. We have variety of programs including teaching English, medical and many more that will meet your interest and passion.

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Skill and Qualifications

To join IFRE’s South America volunteer programs you do not need any skills or qualifications, however all healthcare and medical programs you will be required to have a medical certification. Most important is that you have a great love and passion for helping people from disadvantaged backgrounds, and possess a large degree of kindness, flexibility and patience. You should also be a proactive and enthusiastic person who enjoys tackling new challenges everyday.

The Start Date(s) 

Volunteer in South America programs begin every Monday all year-round. If you have travel constraints, you can still start your chosen program on any day of the year.

The Fee

As a non- profit IFRE work on 100% transparency for program fee allocation. Therefore, program fees are paid directly to the host family or to the local project. For as little as $165 you will be able to participate in South America volunteer opportunities for one week.  The fee caters for meals, housing, local support and minor expenses such as airport pick up.

To learn more about the fee for each country please follow this link

Housing and Food

During your medical volunteer work abroad, you will be living in IFRE’s safe and comfortable home provided by a local host family. The home is modern and comfortable offering you the best opportunity to fully immerse in the local culture and customs. You will also be served with three home cooked meals (breakfast, Lunch and dinner) per day. In some countries, you will stay at a volunteer house of a project hostel.

Learn more about what kind of accommodation or food is available in each location. Please feel free to contact us or see the individual link of the project given above.

How can you apply?

The application process is very quick and simple. You only have to press the APPLY NOW button and complete the information in the application form, and then submit.

To apply to South America volunteer programs program, please follow the APPLY NOW button at the top of the page

Why go with IFRE Volunteers?

IFRE was founded in 2006 with the goal to provide safe and affordable volunteer abroad programs. As a registered non-profit IFRE is highly regarded for safe projects, attention to detail, affordability, professional field volunteer support and diverse opportunities for cultural immersion. With over 200 programs in 20 countries across Asia, Africa and Latin America IFRE offers exceptionally high value and life changing volunteer opportunities abroad.

How can you go as a group?

IFRE will design for you and your group affordable and impactful best volunteer programs in South America. This is a perfect opportunity to engage in teamwork, while engaging in the new culture and getting to know each other better. This is a wonderful chance for you and your group to travel and try out something completely different. Contact us today to join IFRE’s affordable unique group experience.

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