I am writing for my girlfriend who is looking for volunteer work in south america for next year, she is willing to do anything,
Eg: teaching,or whatevere. She is an Emergency Doctor here in Australia, so i am sure she would do medical clinics or whatever. If anyone has information about any volunteer work over there it would be great. She wants to do this while i'm travelling around SA.
are you familiar with wwoof?
this is an organization that basically provides you with contact info for various organic farms in any country in the world.... the farms usually need volunteers year-round... the work is hard, and usually there is no pay, but they may provide you with a place to stay and/or food... you can find their website if you do a search online for "wwoof"
Here is something interesting and that will make a difference:
The Inka Porter Project (IPP) is an NGO based in Cusco, Peru, working with porters and muleteers since 2002. The Inka Porter Project is developing a training and drop-in centre for porters and muleteers in Ollantaytambo, two hours from Cusco.
The centre will empower indigenous workers in the trekking industry such that they have the skills and confidence to make positive choices about how they work. It will provide a place to talk and advice and encouragement about channels for informing authorities of abuses and problems. Self-esteem tends to be very low amongst porters and muleteers. This, compounded with the lack of employment in Peru, contributes to the prevalence of very poor working conditions.
We are currently looking for funds to employ training staff, but expect the centre to be staffed by volunteers for at least a year. We wish to recruit volunteers for a minimum of one year in the following roles: Training Centre Director, two Centre Managers, a Training Manager and Training Coordinator.
If you would like the be involved in the establishment of this exciting new project, please visit:
Then email a CV with covering letter to Louise Norton at:
Deadline for applications for these roles is 3rd October 2004, although late applications may be considered.
She could maybe try www.i-to-i.com or www.gvi.co.uk
I will be volunteering at this place myself around late March during my travels through South America. Anyway, it is an animal reguge place in Bolivia. They definitely need the help, and it looks like a cool thing to do for a while.
Here's the link: