Volunteer in El Salvador

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Traces of the Zika virus have been found in El Salvador. To learn more about Zika and how to avoid getting infected, read the Washington Post's article on Zika precautions.

El Salvador is one of the lesser visited nations of South America. Often overlooked due to its better known neighbors such as Guatemala and Costa Rica, El Salvador has experienced a civil war and gang violence in the latter part of the last century, which are the main reasons why people choose to avoid the nation. However, what people do not know is that even though some violence continues, it is almost exclusively between rival gangs and tourists are virtually never involved. As one of the poorest countries in South America, El Salvador has a need for volunteers to work in diverse areas.

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Construction: El Salvador has always had poor infrastructure, and thus volunteers are required to help in various projects. Due to natural disasters, namely earthquakes and hurricanes, El Salvador has seen many buildings destroyed in the last decade. As a volunteer, you will have an opportunity to work on construction projects for houses, schools, and churches.

Education: Due to its poor educational system, many young El Salvadorans don’t have proper access to education. As a volunteer, you will work in schools and help teach children, focusing mostly on teaching them English. You will also have an opportunity to work on arts and crafts projects with the children as well as play sports with them.

Health Care: Like most developing nations, El Salvador has a poor health care system. As a medical volunteer, you will be able to work with doctors and nurses and help take care of patients.

  • Volunteer Support: If you volunteer in El Salvador through an organization, they should have a support system in place for you which you can turn to for help and support. Your home country’s embassy or consulate can be reached in San Salvador for further information and support as well.
  • NGOs/Nonprofits: El Salvador has many nonprofit organizations. This is a complete list of NGO's in El Salvador.
  • Know Before You Go: A basic level of Spanish is highly recommended and will be helpful for your visit, but it isn’t really a requirement; you will have an opportunity to learn some of the language while you are there.
Health and Safety of Volunteers in El Salvador:

As a volunteer in El Salvador, you are highly recommended to get certain vaccinations. These include Hepatitis A & B, Typhoid, Yellow Fever and Rabies.

In terms of safety, most Western travelers don’t face any particular safety threat. It is important to remember to be aware of your surroundings however, and to not carry around valuables in public places.

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El Salvador

The Fruit Tree Planting Foundation
Join FTPF this July in El Salvador, a country where deforestation & soil erosion has had serious environmental, social, & eco...

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Habitat For Humanity
About a third of El Salvador's population does not have access to adequate housing. Since its commencement in 1992, Habitat f...

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HELP International
Join HELP International on a volunteer project in El Salvador. Participants can either join as volunteers or international de...


Proyecto Mosaico e.V.
You can become a part of our work! Share your time, experiences and ideas with our partner projects and their participants. Y...

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Every ArtCorps artist works directly with a local non-governmental organization that is an expert in its field. Artists stren...

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King's Castle
King's Castle welcomes volunteers from all over the world to serve the people of El Salvador in a wide range of capacities. W...

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The objective of the NCBA CLUSA Farmer-to-Farmer program in El Salvador is to support Salvadoran cooperatives in leveraging t...

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Surf Strong
Surf Strong is a surf school and youth center which works with local at-risk youth. We provide surf lessons free of charge to...

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Cuso International
The purpose of this placement is to strengthen the capacity of the organization and its staff in the areas of proposal writin...


Actuality Media
Spend a month abroad shooting a documentary in a developing country and produce a story that could change the world! There ar...

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Azul Soul Project
At ALMA, our mission is to instill El Salvador's youth with the leadership abilities and social awareness necessary to lead t...

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Your Culture and Mine
Our summer program for 18-25 year olds is an incredible experience and tremendous value. Our summer programs include a stay w...

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Turtle Trekkers
Volunteering is the best and worst experience of your life. It is every human emotion rolled into one week. Your heart will b...