- 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.
Bridge Abroad (www.bridgevolunteers.org)
Earthwatch Institute (www.earthwatch.org)
Global Crossroad (www.globalcrossroad.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)