i am currently in Copacabana in Bolivia. I was wondering if anyone could advise me as to how i could manage to volunteer either here in Bolivia, Argentina or Southern Brazil.
Ideally i would look to work with children, perhaps orphans or help to support a local community. I was looking to voluntter for 2 - 3 weeks but do not have a lot of time to sort it all out.
Can anybody suggest an organisation i could simply walk into or phone up and sort out some volunteer work? I would not be looking to pay great sums of money to a big organisation, but of course would pay for my accomodation, food etc.
Any help would be much appreciated.
Have you tried bruce peru in Peru?
Few organizations accept volunteers for such a short period. It will cost them more time to teach you what to do, than the actual tasks you will perform for them. The places that will accept can be a fun experience, but will be more a tourist-venue than a real volunteer project...
In Montero-Bolivia you can show up at the orphanage of the Madres Salesianas, or try the oncological hospital in Santa Cruz-Bolivia. Near Villa Tunari/Cochabamba there seems to be a very famous animal-recovery project that attracts crowds of backpackers.
Have fun anyways...
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Try www.idealist.org, they have a big database with all different kinds of projects.