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Becoming a volunteer in South America is an exciting and rewarding experience that will change your life. Prepare before you travel by researching each of the Latin American countries that you are interested in doing volunteer work in. Some specialize in certain types of volunteer jobs more so than others so it is important to be informed.

4 Cultural Tips to Prepare Yourself for Volunteering in Peru

Wednesday October 11, 2017 - Posted by
4 Cultural Tips to Prepare Yourself for Volunteering in Peru

4 Cultural Tips to Prepare Yourself for Volunteering in Peru

Communication between people in general, and maybe especially between people of diverse cultural backgrounds, comprises much more than simply verbal cues.

Hidden cultural differences in attitudes and behavior often cause a great deal of misunderstanding and friction. Understanding and embracing these differences could mean the difference between a wonderful and enlightening trip to Latin America, and a nightmare experience!

While there are many ways in which your culture and that of Peru may be similar, there will be several aspects that differ (and sometimes drastically!). As an expat and former volunteer in Peru, I have had to overcome these growing pains myself. Two years ago I came to this beautiful country to Volunteer in Peru and I experienced a culture far different from my own, yet in a way that was exciting, refreshing and maddening all at the same time.

Prepare for Volunteer Work in Latin America

In order to help you to prepare for your Volunteer Work in Latin America, I will talk about four ways that the Latin American culture (or, more specifically, the Peruvian culture ) differs from people from Europe and the United States. Prepare yourself for a great experience and check out our tips to best embrace the rich Latin American culture, especially here in the Land of the Incas!


11 Oct

Why volunteering is the Best Thing that Happened to Me

Monday October 31, 2016 - Posted by
Why volunteering is the Best Thing that Happened to Me

Why volunteering is the Best Thing that Happened to Me

Many people underestimate the value of volunteering, but the reality is that there are numerous reasons why volunteering is a worthwhile and rewarding experience. And if you do your volunteer work in Latin America or in any other country of culture different than yours, this adds even more value to your experience! As Maria, one of our volunteers in Peru said: Be a Volunteer in Peru is the best thing that has ever happened to me! Here are her six reasons.


31 Oct

6 Reasons to Volunteer in Ecuador

Thursday May 05, 2016 - Posted by
6 Reasons to Volunteer in Ecuador

Volunteering abroad will provide you with an unforgettable experience. Specifically in Ecuador, working as a volunteer will provide you with many opportunities to grow and travel in Latin-America.

Here are 6 reasons why you want to register for a Volunteer experience in Ecuador:

  1. Ecuador is a beautiful country, so volunteering here will allow you to explore its gorgeous landscape and rich history. There are countless activities to do depending on what your interests are!
  2. (more…)

05 May

Volunteer work in Peru: an amazing experience

Monday June 15, 2015 - Posted by
Volunteer work in Peru: an amazing experience

Ingrid van Lamoen

Buenos días mamita! Cómo estás señorita linda?
That´s what I hear every morning when I enter the ‘comedor’ at the home for elderly people in Cusco, Peru, where I’m doing volunteer work.
The ‘ancianos’ are just finishing up their breakfast as I start my volunteer job, so the first thing I do every day is cleaning the tables and sweeping the floor. After this, I join the señora who is in charge of the women´s department, for various chores. For example one day we supplied footbaths for the ladies that were interested. So I distribute hot water bowls, help taking off their socks and shoes and put them on again. Another day we mop the floors inside or outside, or we shower some of them. I help to hand the towels and to help some of the ladies to get dressed. At the end of the morning it is already time for lunch; we serve the lunch and clean up afterwards. (more…)

15 Jun

Volunteering in Rio de Janeiro living the local life

Monday June 15, 2015 - Posted by
Volunteering in Rio de Janeiro living the local life

Volunteering in Rio de Janeiro living the local life.
Riiiiiiooooo de Janeeeeiiiroooo!!!! When I think of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, I instantly think of the immense annual carnival and a party is already in my head. Guarded by the giant statue Christ the Redeemer, or Cristo Redentor, and its famous beaches Copacabana and Ipanema, the city of Rio de Janeiro seems to have it all. However, in the shadow of the exciting buzzling city life and tourist attractions such as Escadaria Selarón and Santa Teresa, Rio is unfortunately also well-known for something less exciting; the favelas. It is estimated that around 12 million people are living in favelas across the country. The people that live in such a ‘slum’ live under poor conditions often without sanitation etc. However, life here is getting better and big differences can be noticed in the favelas itself. Not all of them are only for the poorest in Rio, for example Rocinha (the biggest favela area of Rio), has developed into a city within a city. There are shops, hospitals, banks, schools and more! (more…)

15 Jun

Reasons for Volunteering in Cusco, Peru

Tuesday June 02, 2015 - Posted by
Reasons for Volunteering in Cusco, Peru

Are you planning on travelling to Peru and stop by Cusco? Why not spending some more time living in this amazing city and have a great experience at volunteer project of your choice! Add meaning to your travels and offer a helping hand to people who will truly appreciate that. There are many different volunteer programs in Cusco that are waiting for you.

Due to the many tourists arriving every year in Cusco, the infrastructure in the city has changed over the years. Especially around Plaza de Armas and the surrounding streets, you can see a lot of modernization and services for travelers. There are many nice restaurants, bars and other public facilities that have a modern touch and remind you of the Western world. (more…)

02 Jun

Add meaning to your travels and volunteer in Quito

Wednesday May 27, 2015 - Posted by
Add meaning to your travels and volunteer in Quito

While you’re traveling through South America, you might want to do something that benefits a country and its people. If you’re heading to Ecuador, why not stop in its capital, to give a helping hand at one of our volunteer projects in Quito. Besides helping and getting to know the community, you’ll be able to improve your Spanish skills helping you to reaching your goal of fluency. Let us give you some reasons why Quito is the perfect destination to do volunteer work. (more…)

27 May

Volunteering in Montevideo

Thursday April 23, 2015 - Posted by

Uruguay: the hidden beauty of Latin America

Volunteering in Montevideo? This is a great option if you want to improve your Spanish while doing volunteer work in Latin America. Why not doing it in Montevideo! You can take Spanish classes in Uruguay in combination with a volunteer project or start right away with working at one of the volunteer projects here. For most projects you need to have a certain level of Spanish however, there are also many where a good level of English is sufficient. (more…)

23 Apr

Volunteering in the still undiscovered Venezuela

Tuesday January 20, 2015 - Posted by

Venezuela is a country not yet discovered by the big crowds. Doing volunteer work here is a good way to get to know this hidden jewel. Dos Manos Travel has a great volunteer option in Santa Elena, close to the Brazilian border. Signing up for this project means helping out in community activities and nature projects for kids and adolescents. These young people would otherwise lack educational and creative opportunities. The help of the volunteers makes a huge difference in their lives. Apart from a great help to the kids you will also be of tremendous assistance to the schools. Your help raising environmental awareness and gender equality is much needed.


20 Jan

Volunteering with indigenous kids at risk in Mexico

Monday October 27, 2014 - Posted by

Always wanted to do something useful in a foreign, sunny country? Why not go to Mexico! In San Cristóbal de Las Casas there is a social service organization that works with indigenous children and young people (aged 0 to 20). They are in situations of risk and exclusion, from a rights – and gender – perspective. Through various programs that support the promotion, protection and exercise of their rights, the project tries to improve the quality of life of indigenous children and young people. Apart from this, the organization educates the local population about the need to respect the rights of children and youngsters. Also the organization is involved in research, network building and lobbying activities.


27 Oct
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