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Volunteer in South America

Volunteering in South America with IVHQ

Volunteer in South America with International Volunteer HQ, the world’s most affordable and trusted organisation for volunteering in South America. IVHQ has over 10 years of experience in placing international volunteers on South America volunteer programs and we offer a diverse range of short-term volunteer abroad programs in Peru, Brazil, Argentina, Colombia and Ecuador.

As a volunteer in South America with IVHQ, you will play a hands-on role in supporting important community projects which support the long-term goals of your host community. You will have the opportunity to be immersed in the local community as a volunteer, while exploring South America in your free time. IVHQ makes it easy and affordable to organise volunteer trips to South America and we specialise in providing safe, affordable and responsible volunteer opportunities.

Whether you want to volunteer in South America and learn Spanish, take a volunteer trip for summer or during a semester break, or go volunteering in South America for a gap year or career break, IVHQ has a volunteer opportunity for you.

Best South America Volunteer Programs

Every year, thousands of international volunteers choose to take volunteer trips to South America with IVHQ and we offer the largest range of volunteer opportunities in South America. Whether you want to volunteer and teach English in South America, support construction projects, wildlife volunteering, or nursing and medical volunteer abroad projects, IVHQ has volunteer work in South America that is suitable for volunteers with a range of skills and experience.

Our volunteers trust us to ensure they can volunteer abroad in South America with confidence, knowing they’ll be supported at every step of the journey. With online training, airport pick-ups, program orientations, safe accommodations and meaningful volunteer work, IVHQ offers the best South American volunteer programs.

Applying to volunteer in South America is simple, once you have decided where to volunteer in South America and which project you would like to join, you can apply online.

Learn more about how to volunteer in South America and explore our volunteer opportunities available in the destinations below.

Volunteer in Buenos Aires in Argentina with International Volunteer HQ
18 years and over, or with a parent or guardian
Programs start the first and third Monday of the month
Between 5 and 10 volunteers start each month
Projects
Childcare Teaching English Healthcare Construction and Renovation Sports Education
Program fees
From US$590 (2 weeks) to US$1940 (12 weeks)
Language requirements
English
Volunteer in Argentina - Cordoba with International Volunteer HQ
18 years and over, or with a parent or guardian
Programs start every Monday
Between 5 and 20 volunteers start each month
Projects
Childcare Teaching/Education Healthcare Construction and Renovation Sports Community Elderly Care Special Needs Care
Program fees
From US$295 (1 week) to US$2015 (12 weeks)
Language requirements
English
Volunteer Abroad in Brazil with International Volunteer HQ
Only 18 years and over are eligible
Programs start every first and third Monday of the month
Between 20 and 40 volunteers start each month
Projects
Childcare Teaching English Carnaval Sports Community Development
Program fees
From US$495 (2 weeks) to US$3355 (24 weeks)
Language requirements
English
Volunteer Abroad in Colombia with IVHQ
Only 18 years and over are eligible
Programs start on the 1st and 15th of every month
Between 5 and 20 volunteers start each month
Projects
Childcare Teaching Construction and Renovation Feeding the Homeless Elderly Care
Program fees
From US$270 (1 week) to US$3120 (24 weeks)
Language requirements
English
Volunteer Abroad in Cartagena, Colombia with IVHQ
Only 18 years and over are eligible
Programs start on the 1st and 15th of every month
Between 5 and 20 volunteers start each month
Projects
Childcare Teaching English Sports Development Community
Program fees
From US$450 (2 weeks) to US$2030 (12 weeks)
Language requirements
English
Volunteer in Ecuador with International Volunteer HQ
18 years and over, or with a parent or guardian
Programs start every Monday
Between 10 and 20 volunteers start each month
Projects
Kindergarten Street Children Work School Break School Support Teaching English Music Physical Education NGO Support Community Development Shelter Support
Program fees
From US$290 (1 week) to US$1660 (12 weeks)
Language requirements
English
Volunteer in Santa Elena, Ecuador with International Volunteer HQ
18 years and over, or with a parent or guardian
Programs start every first and third Monday of the month
Between 5 and 20 volunteers start each month
Projects
Kindergarten School Break Teaching English Environmental Education Sports Education Community Development
Program fees
From US$315 (1 week) to US$1685 (12 weeks)
Language requirements
English
Volunteer Abroad in Cusco, Peru with International Volunteer HQ
18 years and over, or with a parent or guardian
Programs start every Monday
Between 25 and 60 volunteers start each month
Projects
Childcare Teaching English Medical Animal Care Jungle Conservation Construction and Renovation Andean Immersion Special Needs Care Holiday Experience Spanish Service Learning Course
Program fees
From US$320 (1 week) to US$3905 (24 weeks)
Language requirements
English
Volunteer in Lima, Peru with International Volunteer HQ
18 years and over, or with a parent or guardian
Programs start on the 1st and 15th of every month
Between 5 and 20 volunteers start each month
Projects
Special Needs/Childcare Teaching English Medical Construction and Renovation
Program fees
From US$180 (1 week) to US$2455 (24 weeks)
Language requirements
English

How to get started

Pick a destination + project and apply for free
Meet your personal volunteer travel expert
Pay the registration fee to secure your place and upgrade your MyIVHQ account
Get ready to volunteer abroad, we’ll support you every step of the way!