El Salvador is one of the lesser visited nations of Central 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 poorer countries in South America, El Salvador has a need for volunteers to work in diverse areas.

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.

Volunteer Programs in El Salvador

Displaying 1 - 14 of 14 programs
Proyecto Mosaico e.V.
Proyecto Mosaico: Volunteer Work in Central America
Multiple Countries
9.36 •14 reviews

You can become a part of our work! Share your time, experiences and...

The Fruit Tree Planting Foundation
Help Plant Fruit Trees in El Salvador
El Salvador
10 •4 reviews

Join FTPF every July in El Salvador, a country where deforestation &...

Surf Strong
Help Local Youth in El Salvador While Learning to Surf
El Salvador
9.86 •7 reviews

Surf Strong is a surf school and youth center which works with local...

Centro de Intercambio y Solidaridad (CIS)
Teach English for Social Justice in El Salvador
El Salvador
9.75 •4 reviews

The mission of the Centro de Intercambio y Solidarity (the CIS) is to...

Habitat For Humanity
Global Village Volunteer in El Salvador
El Salvador
10 •2 reviews

About a third of El Salvador's population does not have access to...

HELP International
HELP International - Volunteer Projects in El Salvador
El Salvador
8.5 •2 reviews

Join HELP International on a volunteer project in El Salvador...

Teaching You - El Salvador
Teaching English as a Second Language in El Salvador
El Salvador
10 •1 review

Teaching You El Salvador offers a space for people to volunteer by...

Proyecto Mosaico e.V.
Support Environmental Protection Initiative (El Salvador)
El Salvador

This organization works on several topics in the field of...

Azul Soul Project
Help Youth in El Salvador - Helping Tomorrow's Leaders Today
El Salvador

At ALMA, our mission is to instill El Salvador's youth with the...

Your Culture and Mine
3-Week Immersive Volunteer and Tour Program in El Salvador
El Salvador

Our summer program for 18-25 year olds is an incredible experience and...

Turtle Trekkers
Turtle Conservation in La Pirraya
El Salvador

Volunteering is the best and worst experience of your life. It is...

King's Castle
King's Castle - Volunteer Program in El Salvador
El Salvador

King's Castle welcomes volunteers from all over the world to serve the...

ArtCorps Artist for Social Change
El Salvador

Every ArtCorps artist works directly with a local non-governmental...

What People Are Saying

Teaching you is such an amazing organization who truly do everything they can for the students. From teaching them English at such a young age to having scholarships for girls with great grades to...


The Fruit Tree Planting Foundation organized a wonderful experience planting fruit trees in the neighboring communities. Everything was taken care of; lodging, transportation and a few local...

watering trees

I thoroughly enjoyed this trip from beginning to end. I was very impressed with the organization of the project. Our Habitat – El Salvador contact was excellent. Katy (spelling?) was a joy to work...

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