Volunteer in Bolivia

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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.

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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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Projects Abroad
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Projects Abroad
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Operation Groundswell
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Love Volunteers
This program makes a truly positive impact on impoverished children and youth through the support of a variety of programs. T...
Youth International
Explore the cultures of South America with Youth International in spring or fall of 2018! As a Youth International participan...
Foundation for Sustainable Development
FSD's Bolivia program supports the efforts of our local partner organizations to bring community-driven development to people...
The Great Projects
The Bolivia Wildlife Sanctuary is tucked away amongst a dense riverine valley near the town of Coroico, roughly 100km from th...
Kaya Responsible Travel
Kaya Responsible Travel is looking for volunteers to join them in Bolivia. Sadly, Bolivia is one of the poorest countries in...
Pachamama Universal
Our place, a SHAMANIC ASHRAM, was built 25 years ago. The founder has written more than fifty books and have given conference...
Registration is open for our March, April, September, October and November programs. Nestled in the breath-taking Andes Mount...
La Senda Verde
La Senda Verde wildlife refuge is located approximately 2.5 hours by bus from La Paz and is situated between the small towns...
Are you looking for… – a genuine and secure NGO to work with? – an adventurous experience in Bolivia, to be in touch with rea...
America Solidaria
America Solidaria seeks Fellows who are interested in implementing effective projects that help alleviate inequality and pove...
Sustainable Bolivia
Sustainable Bolivia is looking for dedicated individuals to fill some openings with our partner organizations supporting wome...
Cuso International
Cuso International works collaboratively with overseas partner organizations on locally and nationally managed projects. Our...