• There are hundreds of voluntary and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) working in Bolivia, making this a popular spot to volunteer.
  • Many of the opportunities included here follow the pay-to-volunteer model, and often include room and board, costing anywhere from US$200 to US$1000 per month. Options to do free volunteer work are more limited.
  • Research your placement carefully. Be aware that some profit organizations offer ‘internship’ or ‘volunteer’ opportunities, when in reality it’s unpaid work in exchange for free trips or activities.
  • Government-sponsored organizations or NGOs offer longer-term programs (usually two years) for which you receive an allowance, pre-departure briefings and ongoing organizational support.
  • Church-affiliated or religious organizations offer short-term opportunities, often on a group basis.
  • Smaller volunteer organizations (sometimes profit-based) offer independent travelers the opportunity to work on community projects. These usually have a two- or four-week minimum for which you pay.

International Programs

Amizade (www.amizade.org)

Bridge Abroad (www.bridgevolunteers.org)

Earthwatch Institute (www.earthwatch.org)

Global Crossroad (www.globalcrossroad.com)

GoAbroad.com (www.goabroad.com/volunteer-abroad)

GVI (www.gvi.co.uk)

i-to-i (www.i-to-i.com)

Real Gap (www.realgap.co.uk)

Projects Abroad (www.projects-abroad.co.uk)

UN Volunteers (www.unv.org)

Wayna Hilaña Yanapaña (WHY; www.whybolivia.org)

World Volunteer Web (www.worldvolunteerweb.org)