Volunteer in Central America

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Volunteer with Turtles in Costa Rica

Spend some time in the wild coastal areas of Costa Rica. Work with a local charity to help protect adult and baby turtles. Facing extinction, turtles are increasingly at risk. This programme offers you the opportunity to be part of a vital project that aims to ensure that as many turtles as possible make it out to sea. Surrounded by stunning, golden beaches, living in a Costa Rican cabin, right...

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Volunteer & Surf Panama

Travel to a tropical Island off the Caribbean coast of Panama and experience a volunteer abroad project like no other! Help build up and support Native indigenous communities, live in a national park among wildlife on a tropical island and play on the beach and on the surf catching waves! This great project focusses big smiles and big waves! The project serves local indigenous located throug...

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Volunteer With Children in the Mayan Highlands of Guatemala

Global Dental Relief's Guatemala clinic kicks off in Antigua, the ancient Spanish colonial capital of Central America and Mexico. The first day in Antigua is spent walking cobblestone streets and learning about the vast history of this ancient capital. After Antigua, we begin the journey overland into the Mayan Highlands to set up our dental clinic. Spanish is only one of the languages spok...

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AFSNext: Education, Development and Healthcare in Guatemala

Guatemala is as varied in local culture and ecosystems as it is in neighboring countries. As a volunteer in Guatemala, you'll begin to explore this heart of Mayan civilization and quickly understand why so many people have a special place in their heart for Guatemala. With an opportunity to visit idyllic beach towns, wander Mayan ruins, and climb active volcanoes, you can spend plenty of time a...

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Central America - Guatemala, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Roatan

In Guatemala and Nicaragua, study Spanish, live with home stay families, and teach at local community schools with your new language skills. Then volunteer at a sustainable arts center and live in an eco-lodge as you learn about permaculture and alternative building techniques, enriching your experience as you embrace local cuisine, folklore, and indigenous culture. As you learn first-hand abou...

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Academic Programs International (API)

Experience meaningful travel in Central America with Academic Programs International. Students will get the chance to partake in community service activities in the serene nation of Costa Rica. Typical volunteers are those Americans and Canadians who easily embrace new cultures, are ready to work on community service projects under tropical conditions, and are interested in protecting the natur...

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A Broader View Volunteers Corp

Unfortunately, the public health care system in Honduras is one of the worst in Latin America. In La Ceiba and the surrounding towns there are very few good hospitals and even most middle class families are unable to afford them. Therefore, able healthcare volunteers are needed to assist in local hospitals which are often poorly-equipped. Nursing and medical students and professionals will E...

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Volunteer in Central America with Raleigh International

This is not a holiday! You'll be living alongside some of the world's most fascinating communities. A Raleigh expedition to Costa Rica and Nicaragua is a unique opportunity to help tackle poverty, whilst living in some of the most beautiful places on earth. Choose to spend 10, 7 or 5 weeks on expedition. We'll guide you through up to three exciting challenges: - Building community cent...

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Build Abroad

Build Abroad is the leader in construction volunteering trips, offering trips working on housing, schools, and disaster relief. Build Abroad feels that construction volunteering is the best way to give back to a community. Construction projects provide a physical impact in a community that will last for years. Currently Build Abroad has locations in Costa Rica, Guatemala, Nepal, Peru, and Thail...

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Gapforce

Gapforce offers meaningful volunteer abroad programs in Central America. Participants have the chance to make a difference in the lives of locals through community based projects. Volunteers can choose to volunteer in Belize or Guatemala. Programs are open to individuals who are at least 17 years old.

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Kalu Yala

The Outdoor Recreation Program’s objective is to provide the residents and visitors of Kalu Yala with high-quality recreational opportunities that promote health, education, and culture by preserving Kalu Yala’s extraordinary biological diversity. Here, you will study different land management practices and will set the standard for tourism in Kalu Yala. You will also be responsible for raising...

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Volunteer Abroad with Personal Overseas Development (PoD)

Experience Central America while giving back through a volunteer placement with Personal Overseas Development. Participants can dive in the Belize Barrier Reef to help support Reef Conservation or work with endangered animals at "The best Little Zoo in the World," or work with children in orphanages. Adventure junkies will be more than satsified by oppotunites to zip line, scuba dive, spelunk, ...

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Volunteer with Turtles in Costa Rica

Contribute to the Sea Turtle Conservation Project in Costa Rica, which helps preserve the countrys incredible biodiversity through the protection of endangered sea turtles nests and the release of turtle hatchlings into the wild. The program was established in 1989 and has more than 20 years of experience in the conservation and protection of endangered sea turtle populations on Costa Ricas...

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Greenheart Travel

Choose from three different volunteer programs in Costa Rica offered by Greenheart Travel. Participants may partake in an organization aimed at helping abused children, assist at an ecological reserve, or work with local conservation experts in a private reserve. Programs usually last one to two weeks.

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Sonrisas Sanas Advanced Dental Volunteer Nicaragua

Travel to Nicaragua with Dental Clinic Sonrisas Sanas to participate in the only volunteer program that focuses on giving you practical hands-on dental experience. Our program is completely personalized and designed for pre-dental and dental students, and professional dentists who want to help low-income families. The program provides participants with an interactive dental experience helping p...

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Be more than a Spanish student – Volunteer and Explore!

In addition to our Spanish programs we offer volunteer projects throughout Costa Rica for anyone 18 or over. Volunteer in the areas of social work, education (most popular teaching English to local kids in public schools & kindergarten), nature & environment, wildlife and animal protection. Our volunteer program is eligible for all students who have completed a Spanish course with Intercultu...

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Volunteer for the Nicaragua Healthcare Program

Sign up for a volunteer vacation in Nicaragua and do more than reach out to a local community. You can immerse in a new culture and take part in outdoor activities ranging from horseback riding to surfing! This program involves mornings filled with smiling children eager to learn from you and afternoons of various activities. Discover the town’s surrounding nature while strolling along fores...

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Operation Wallacea - Honduras

Operation Wallacea is a research and environmental organisation, working alongside university and college academics to build long term datasets to put towards various conservation management goals. We recruit volunteers to help out with the data collection, and train them in the skills and background that's needed to help effectively. There's also the option to complete dissertations or senior ...

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Volunteer Programs with Toucan Education Programs

Live in Central America for a few weeks and volunteer in a community with Toucan Education Programs (TEP). Participants are placed in projects according to goals, skills, and interests. Volunteer placements include community development, social services, and healthcare. Program offers accommodations and at least two meals a day.

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Costa Rica Sea-turtle conservation Internship

Romelia Sea Turtles Conservation Project conducted since 2009 has as a primary goal the conservation of SEA TURTLE populations that nest on the beaches of this wildlife sanctuary in Montezuma, Costa Rica. The project includes activities as; monitoring of nesting sea turtles females, night patrols, activities of protection and monitoring of the nests. The lands at Refugio Nacional de Vida Silve...

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Volunteering Solutions

Volunteers may pick from six programs in Central America created by Volunteering Solutions. These placements give participants a whole new volunteering experience where they can work in the areas of Disability Issues, Orphanages, and Healthcare. They are immersed into a new culture and language while helping the local population.

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AIFS Study Abroad in Costa Rica: Semester or Year

Study abroad for a semester or academic year in the lively capital of San José with AIFS. Earn up to 23 credits through courses taught in English or Spanish at Veritas University, with no previous Spanish language study required. Choose one of three academic programs: - Spanish Language, Liberal Arts, and Environmental Sciences Program - Spanish Language and Internship Program (language...

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SPI Study Abroad

Spend two to four weeks in the amazing country of Costa Rica. SPI Study Abroad offers a program that will help participants improve their Spanish skills while helping in various projects such as home repair and painting, working in orphanages, and public works. Enjoy the pristine white sand beaches, explore the lush forests, and visit Rincon de la Vieja, during the free time.

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Costa Rica & Nicaragua Spanish and Soccer

This language adventure spans two beautiful and culturally rich Central American countries from the highlands of Costa Rica to the spectacular volcanic islands of Nicaragua. Learn Spanish as you explore magnificent river valleys, a grand colonial city, lush tropical rainforests, and a verdant island in the middle of Central America's largest freshwater lake. Attend Spanish school in Costa Ri...

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Volunteer to Teach English with TeachPTY

TeachPTY is an English-teaching after-school program that aims to bring together international volunteers with third grade students from Pedasi, Panama. Its goal is to improve English language education in elementary public schools in Panama, while enabling cross-cultural awareness. The TeachPTY methodology follows Panama's Ministry of Education (Meduca) guidelines and is intended to complem...

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Central America Semester: Roots of Rebellion

Central America: a narrow strip of steaming jungles and fiery volcanoes, unites two massive continents and splits the world's largest oceans. Rising out of the sea at a confluence of five tectonic plates, this causeway of cultures and ecological diversity is an explosion of rapid biological and cultural change. Today the countries of Central America continue their historic legacy of adaptation,...

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Jakera Costa Rica

The lively beach town of Santa Teresa is world famous for surf breaks across beaches pristine, uncrowded and seemingly endless. After surfing and sunbathing are over for the day – and Spanish lessons and volunteering! – the town comes alive with funky surf shops, cafes, restaurants and nightspots for every taste and budget. Your experience will be based at ‘Jakera Jungle Surf Camp’ where we ...

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Travel For Teens

In this program from TFT, participants will immerse in the day to day life of a beachside community. They will also spend time with local school children and help to improve community facilities. The second half of the trip features surfing lessons on one of the best beaches in Costa Rica.

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Global Education Squads in Costa Rica!

Squads Abroad empowers youth organizations around the world to improve health and educational outcomes. Our model matches teacher-led Middle and High School groups with community driven sustainable initiatives.Global Education Squads are comprised of 6 or more students traveling with 2 or more free teacher-chaperone. Each Squad chooses a defined focus area, volunteer partner organization, and a...