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Volunteer in Central America

Volunteering in Central America with IVHQ

Volunteer in Central America with International Volunteer HQ, the world’s most affordable and trusted organisation for volunteering in Central America. IVHQ has over 10 years of experience in placing international volunteers on Latin America volunteer programs and we offer a diverse range of short-term volunteer opportunities which are available year-round in Costa Rica and Guatemala.

As a volunteer in Central America with IVHQ, you will play a hands-on role in supporting important community projects while being immersed in a new culture, working alongside local people and learning from unique local traditions. IVHQ makes it easy and affordable to organise short-term volunteering in Central America and we specialise in providing safe, affordable and responsible volunteer opportunities in Costa Rica and Guatemala.

If you are looking to volunteer in Central America for summer, during a semester break, as part of a gap year or career break, or if you would like to take a volunteer vacation, IVHQ has a program for you. You can choose to volunteer in Central America for 1 week or more, and we’ll ensure that you make a valuable contribution no matter how long you have to volunteer.

Best Central America Volunteer Programs

Every year, thousands of international volunteers choose to take volunteer trips to Central America with IVHQ and we offer the largest range of volunteer opportunities in Latin America. Whether you are interested in teaching, childcare, construction, wildlife volunteering, nursing or medical volunteer projects, IVHQ has volunteer work in Central America that is suitable for volunteers with a range of skills and experience.

Our volunteers trust us to ensure they can volunteer abroad in Central 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 Central America volunteer programs.

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

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

Volunteer Abroad in Costa Rica with IVHQ
All ages. Plus under 18 volunteer opportunities
Programs start every Monday
Between 40 and 80 volunteers start each month
Projects
Childcare Working with Children - Manuel Antonio Teaching English Teaching English - Manuel Antonio Healthcare Healthcare - Manuel Antonio Eco-Agriculture Conservation Construction and Renovation Special Needs Care Holiday Experience Spanish Service Learning Course Turtle Conservation
Program fees
From US$355 (1 week) to US$4915 (24 weeks)
Language requirements
English
Volunteer in Guatemala with International Volunteer HQ
All ages. Plus under 18 volunteer opportunities
Programs start every Monday
Between 20 and 50 volunteers start each month
Projects
Childcare Teaching English Medical Animal Care/Animal Rights Turtle Conservation Eco-Agriculture Conservation Construction and Renovation Mayan Cultural Immersion Working with the Elderly Special Needs Care Holiday Experience Spanish Service Learning Course Turtle Conservation
Program fees
From US$310 (1 week) to US$3895 (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!