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International Volunteering & Careers
International Volunteer Programs
Central & South America
Our opportunities in the Americas have a range of roles so most sites
can fit for everyone.
Email answered Questionnaire & we can find one that is right for you.
|Costa Rica &
a Ticket out of Poverty
The organization, Accion, will
tell you that microfinance originated in South America.
What is new is how the idea has caught fire. Microfinance is not
about infusing money.
More, it is about the skills gained, the pride & power when you
see your enterprise fly.
We need people who can teach incremental skills:
bookkeeping & accounting.
Experience in small business development.
Weaving, embroidery & village crafts.
banking & finance.
...of cooperatives & credit.
Experience with eCommerce & Fair Trade.
Farming & rural livelihoods.
Lead by Laughing
organization is directed by one of the funniest & warmest
directors that I have ever met.
Needless to say, she has a strong & happy team. I believe there
is much to be learned from this director.
Great for Public Administration, Business, International
Development & Social Work internships!
c. David Zimmerly
Professionals & Students Needed
We have 3 medical sites: Caribbean,
Central America(CA) & the Sacred Valley
for: nurses, nurse practitioners, doctors, midwives, Public
Who is needed?
--People to answer the phone and count out pills at the
--The CA clinic needs a wide gamut of nursing,
medical, dental & pharmacy personnel
--The hosptial needs nurses, nurse practitioners, physicans
assistants, doctors and residents.
--Most needed at the
Caribbean hospital are midwives, family practice, dentists,
eye, ENT, cardio-vascular.
March 2013, the hospital will then have room for Social
Workers who can do
outreaches to address
the poverty that is creating the medical problems. (~Paul
--Spanish a must in Sacred Valley; English
suffices in Caribbean; CA: simple Spanish ok
c. David Zimmerly
|Costa Rica: Mujer-a-Mujer
This organization is devoted to the needs of women. They
work on gender-based violence;
run a day care center for
women that work in the factory; teach and sell crafts so that
women can generate income; prevent teen pregancy; offer support
groups and do educationals.
--You need not have fancy skills, just a desire to help women.
--Life experience if you want do educationals or vocational
psychologists & social workers to conduct individual & group
--Do you have a skill that would help generate
income? sewing? baking? quilting? crafts?
essential if counseling, but don't need if you are working in
the gift shop.
& Honduras: Working with Children & Youth
families are poor, their kids must earn income...shining shoes.
--Peruvian org offers an alternative to life on the streets.
--Education is a ticket out of poverty.
--Armies of tutors that can help kids
succeed in school & in life.
--Patience & ability to explain
home work are the most important qualifications.
workers, counselors, psychologists, nutritionists, voational
Gender Studies requested in Peru.
--Honduras requests: teach English, hygiene & health; soccer,
--Librarians to inspire a love of reading &
people to read to kids
--Puppetry, clowning, theatre, mime,
arts & crafts to instill a love of the arts
--Carpenters, plumbers, electricians, day care operators to
--Spanish is helpful but if you don't have it,
the kids will teach you!
Peru: Community Development
anti-poverty organization in coastal areas focuses
on Education, Community Health,
small business development/ income generationa,
rebuilding homes after earthquake.
psychologists & community organizers
people who can tutor kids
--Nurses, Public Health
--Have your own small business?
Teach the ropes!
--6 month commitment & Spanish a
AIDS in the Americas?!
All too often we associate the AIDs
pandemic with Africa
and neglect those impacted in other parts of the world.
We have org that is dedicated to
preventing the transmission of AIDS from mother to child
and school for HIV+ kids (that got HIV
People who love kids:
Parents, grandparents, foster parents, nannies, students.
Teachers. Early childhood education. Tutors. Art Therapists.
Nutritionists. Nursing. Medical. Dental. Social work & psychology.
c. Thomas Muirhead
Caribbean: Vocational Training
in the making
Want more than tropical sunsets
and snorkeling. Want to be of use?
ticket out of poverty is teaching people skills.
wwod workers & electricians to teach their trade
English, Science, Math, Reading, Computers or Nutrition.
--Don't feel you have particular skills?
help with the bookmobile or teach photography, drama, your
--Later they want to teach how to start a
business; run a Day Care; Marketing;
Service and anything else that will help people earn income.
Bolivia: Appropriate Technology & Construction
Bolivia is the
poorest nation in South America.
It is a long
walk to almost anywhere in most of remote, rural
Come build the roads, schools and
clinics to serve the people of these remote areas.
Or train about appropriate technology and
alternative energy sources
so that women don't
have to walk miles to forage for fire wood.
Who is needed:
--Construction experience or just plain muscles &
willingness for construction projects.
--Experience with construction and/or heavy
machinery to build roads.
--People that are savvy re
Appropriate Technology or interested to learn &
--Administrative & Office help. People that can get the office
Bolivia: Social Services, Education & Health
Once clinic & schools are built, help
deliver services in the remote rural areas.
Who is needed:
help in the cities. People flock to the cities
hoping to find work. There is none.
the family by shining shoes. Or kids live on the
--Social service workers for rural community outreach.
--Youth workers, social workers, psychologists to
work with street kids
that have been
abused or come from violent or alcoholic homes.
--Nursing, Pre-Med & Public Health students to
teach how to stay healthy
& Sexual &
--Dentists & dental students
who can do simple oral exams for people living on
players to teach & coach street kids.
--Fund-raising; marketing; social media to keep
Shoe shine boy sustains
Ecuador: Rural Development
Get an inside view of the toil it takes to
bring food to market in Ecuador.
Help improve the
lives of Ecuadorian campesinas and their families.
Who is needed:
--People with skillsi in organic farming
or just an
interest in learing and getting your hands dirty
--Animal scientists to help improve pastures, care &
yield of dairy cows
--Nutritionists that can
improve what farmers grow and eat
skills in setting up cooperatives
and alternative livelihoods for women such as crafts
|Help in the
high, High Andes
on hold due to budget cuts
The organization is indigenous and the director is well
versed in how international
development organizations work, i.e.
"project cycles" & "monitoring & evaluation".
If you want to learn how internatinal NGO's work...you can get a
helpful sampling here.
Bolivia has one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the
Bolivia also has high malnutrition in
We need assistance with:
Aquaculture & agriculture.
Water Sanitation. Micro-irrigation.
Natural Resources & environment.
|Teaching ESL &
Academics in English
Single mothers are the
driving force behind this school.
These struggling mothers wanted life to be better for their
The mothers feel that the ticket out of poverty is being able to
Who is Needed:
Native English speakers, ESL or TESOL training a plus.
Adept in teaching math, social studies, reading & English
but you do not need a teaching credential.
Strong people skills essential and you must connect well to kids.
Very cool: Organization provides food & room.
and/or Quechua Lessons
volunteers bound for South America,
want to improve
We have 2 sites--Bolivia and
where Spanish or Quechua langage lessons are
offered as an additional service.
lessons can also be arranged
in Costa Rica and Honduras.
|For me, this is
the Sacred Valley.
My colleague told me that I
must visit this place and these
"It has a special feeling," she said. I have never had such a strong
that this is a place where Heaven & Earth forces meet.
Our colleagues here generate income
through their spa, restaurant & resort
that then feeds & funds their development projects in the
Who and what are
needed. Volunteers to:
help to upscale spa & resort
--expand adventure travel services;
fly-fishing, mountain biking & birding
--marketing agriculture & fruits.
--sustainability--farming on dry land, eco-tourism, wind &
generation: small & rural business whizzes
--"all the nurses, doctors & public health volunteers that you can
--writing business plans & obtaining financing
building websites & SEO
down the road.org
Photo credits, thanks to: Citizen X; David
Zimmerly & Jeroen Neele.
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the real deal:
willing to do both the grunt work & the glamorous; able to live humbly & make a real contribution.
rather than one-size-fits-all approach,
we believe that if you are really going to make a contribution, we
must match your skills to where they are truly needed.
You can go
at any time of year though school schedules or hurricane season may create some constraints.
Duration of your stay can be determined with the Host Director.
Your schedule can usually be
keep the cost down & deepen your understanding of daily life. Or you can stay at a guesthouse.
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