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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.

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

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

My story Volunteering at a psychiatric hospital in Cusco Peru

Tuesday October 21, 2014 - Posted by

I worked as a volunteer in a psychiatric hospital in Cusco (Peru) that offers health care for outpatients, temporary inpatients and residents. Most of the time, I worked with a group of temporary inpatients, with schizophrenia, personality disorders and depressive disorders. I had the opportunity to work together with a psychologist; my working hours were Monday to Friday, from 9 am until 1 pm and I spent one month volunteering here.
In my home country (the Netherlands) I just finished my master in medical psychology, so I had experience with patient contact. However, I never worked with psychiatric patients, which made volunteering in this hospital in Peru there a totally new experience and a great opportunity.


21 Oct

My Volunteer Experience with teenage girls in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Friday September 20, 2013 - Posted by
Volunteer experience with teenage in Buenos Aires

My volunteer experience really began before I even started my work. I decided to volunteer in Buenos Aires, Argentina to improve my Spanish and give back to the world. I think that this is something that is very important for everyone, especially young people to do in their lives. I prepared for volunteering at the project by spending some time living in the city of Buenos Aires, Argentina and exploring everything that it has to offer. It is full of food, such as great steak, and culture, such as the famous MALBA Museum. I also prepared by studying Spanish at AMAUTA Spanish School and what I learned was very useful as a volunteer!

20 Sep
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