Bolivia is South America’s poorest nation, but it is rich in so many other ways. It boasts diverse landscapes, a rich culture and an ancient, interesting history. Bolivia is South America’s most indigenous nation; over 60% of the population claim indigenous heritage. Due to its poverty and lack of resources, Bolivia has a need for volunteers.

Photo credits: Matthew Straubmuller.

Work with Animals

Bolivia is a country known for its tremendous indigenous wildlife. The nation has a number of zoos that protect the wildlife. As a volunteer you will be working on feeding animals, cleaning, and helping spread awareness.

Teach English

Bolivia is in need of native English speakers. As a volunteer you will teach English to young children and young adults.


Bolivia has a number of orphanages and they are in need of volunteers. As a volunteer you will help with administrative work, help take care and teach children, and plan and conduct activities for children.

Volunteering Tips

Know before You Go: Spanish is spoken in Bolivia, and you will probably encounter many people whose English is not very good. Try and learn as much Spanish as possible before visiting the nation. More importantly, listen to audio of people speaking and practice speaking yourself to prepare yourself for you visit.

Best Places to Volunteer: Santa Cruz, La Paz, Sucre Cochabamba, a town over 2500m above sea level in the central highlands. Cochabamba has been described as having the world’s best climate – dry, warm days and cool nights. This vibrant university town is a magnet to students from all over South America. By living in Cochabamba, you'll have all the benefits of a historic town which has also prospered commercially.

Health and Safety of Volunteers in Bolivia

As a volunteer in Bolivia, you are recommended to be vaccinated for Hepatitis A & B, Typhoid, and Yellow Fever. If you plan to spend a lot of time outdoors, also get a Rabies vaccination. For more information visit MD Travel Health.

Bolivia is a relatively safe nation for tourists. Know that protests against the government happen somewhat often and that they can cause disruptions in major cities.


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