• There are hundreds of voluntary and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) working in Bolivia, making this a popular spot to volunteer.
  • Many of the opportunities 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 for which you receive an allowance, predeparture 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.
  • Animales SOS An animal-welfare group caring for mistreated or abused stray animals.
  • Sustainable Bolivia Cochabamba-based not-for-profit with a variety of volunteering programs, both short- and long-term, through 22 local organizations. Also offers Spanish language classes.
  • Volunteer Bolivia Arranges short- and long-term volunteer work, Spanish language classes in Cochabamba and homestay programs throughout Bolivia.
  • WWOOF Latin America (www.wwooflatinamerica.com) Sets you up with volunteer opportunities on organic farms.

International Programs

Amizade (www.amizade.org)

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

GVI (www.gvi.co.uk)

Real Gap (www.realgap.co.uk)

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

UN Volunteers (www.unv.org)