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.

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.

Volunteer Programs in Bolivia

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Kaya Responsible Travel
Kaya Volunteer Programs in Bolivia
10 •1 review

The highest of the countries of South America, Bolivia has an...

La Senda Verde
La Senda Verde - Animal Refuge
9.71 •7 reviews

La Senda Verde wildlife refuge is located approximately 2.5 hours by...

Volunteer in Bolivian Andes with Amizade
10 •3 reviews

Registration is open for our March, April, September, October and...

Comunidad Inti Wara Yassi (CIWY)
Animal Volunteer Program in Bolivia
9.5 •6 reviews

Volunteer with rescued wildlife in Bolivia at one of Comunidad Inti...

Volunteer with BiblioWorks, Bolivia - Various Opportunities
10 •4 reviews

Are you looking for… – a genuine and secure NGO to work with? – an...

Up Close Bolivia
Education and Community Development Projects with UCB
10 •3 reviews

Are you seeking a meaningful volunteering opportunity, supporting...

Cuso International
Professional Volunteering Overseas
Multiple Countries
8.67 •3 reviews

Cuso International works collaboratively with overseas partner...

Pachamama Universal
Volunteer at a shamanic ashram near Cochabamba, Bolivia
9 •1 review

Our place, a SHAMANIC ASHRAM, was built 25 years ago. The founder has...

America Solidaria
Fellowship for Latin America and the Caribbe
Multiple Countries
10 •1 review

America Solidaria seeks Fellows who are interested in implementing...

World Unite!
World Unite! Volunteering & Internships in Bolivia

Bolivia: Embark on an adventure through fascinating landscapes and...

Amizade Service Learning Program: Experience Bolivia

Amizade has maintained partnerships with community organizations in...

NPH Volunteer Program in Bolivia

Do you love children? Are you interested in serving in Latin America...

Agape Adventures
Mobile School for Street Children & Medical Care

Making a difference in the lives of those less fortunate is something...

The Great Projects
Wildlife Conservation in Bolivia

The Bolivia Wildlife Sanctuary is tucked away amongst a dense riverine...

Sustainable Bolivia
Teach English in an Orphanage in Bolivia

Hogar Cristo te Salva, one of Bolivia´s partner organizations is an...

What People Are Saying

I volunteered with BiblioWorks for 8 months as the both the Volunteer Coordinator and the Communications Director. I am a teacher-librarian and I was able to use my knowledge, skills and love of books...

I spent a month volunteering with Up Close Bolivia teaching English classes at the school in Mallasa, as well as helping out with some of their social media and communications and I had a FANTASTIC...

I have volunteered at parque Ambue Ari, one of three parks run by Communidad Inti Warra Yassi, twice now. The first time for two months and the second for just over three and I have loved it so much...

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