this summer, i am looking to travel to a spanish speaking country in south/central america to volunteer, get a job, or take college courses. im a college student and have a budget of $3000. the programs i have found seem extremely expensive, and i have no way to know which organizations are better than any other.
can anyone recommend either a program or an independent way to explore south and central america?? i'm open to pretty much anything!
thanks so much!
Sent you all the information you require to start on a private message. Anyone else who desires the same information..Central and South America..a great hassle free way to do it, especially if travelling alone and ways to find volunteer ops and regarding work..remember, as in the US and Europe, in all Latin American countries, non-citizens and non-residents require a work permit to perform full or part time gainful employment, there are many English schools that hire native speakers under the table however the hourly rate is usually very low, the hours are staggered and you could be deported if caught working by authorities, usually try to contact NGO-s and schools in advance, especially if you have a degree and some Spanish skills. Your prospective employer is the one who sponsors you for the work permit, so get that in writing before you travel. As a tourist you will be given from 30-90 days permit to stay in each country, tourists can of course volunteer and often volunteer posts lead into paid positions. Of course if you are not proficent in Spanish, I would recommend a tutor at home and a couple weeks of immersion classes after arrival.
I agree you can find a job in a languaje school! they wont pay you so well but you won't spend it so easily neither!
It might be uncool but in latinamerica you can solve whatever you want with some cash! you should know which country would you like to go and somebody will tell you the way!
I'm your guy if you want to come to Honduras!
There is a directory of free and low-cost volunteer opportunities
in South America here: http://www.volunteersouthamerica.net
Many of the programs listed are FREE to participate, some charge
local prices for accommodation (CHEAP) and some programs offer
free food and board for longterm volunteers.
Choose a few of the programs that you like, then post on this
and other boards asking who has volunteered there, IMO that is
a good to find out about a volunteer program.
I would suggest that you check for volunteer positions in the countries you are interested in on Idealist.org. You will find a multitude of organizations who need various types of assistance and will be glad to have you and also arrange a homestay for you with a local family ( usually at around $60 - $120 a week depending on country and locations) for private room and three local meals per day (in Latin America it will be mostly rice and beans). You will make friends, feel good and explore the world.
Again don't ignore: "There is a directory of free and low-cost volunteer opportunities
in South America here: http://www.volunteersouthamerica.net" If an organization asks you for $1000US or so to volunteer, that is far too much.