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SOUTH AMERICAN GAP YEARS

purple square A great backpacking destination, the jungles and mountains of South America continue to be popular with gap year travellers. We have some great language learning courses in places like Argentina and Brazil. Maybe you would like to work with animal and environmental projects in Ecuador or Chile, or even contribute directly to the lives of local people in Peru or Bolivia through community building initiatives.

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Culture and Volunteer experiences in Asia, Africa and South America

Culture and Volunteer experiences in Asia, Africa and South America

Gap Year Provider: TRU Experience Travel, Worldwide
Begin with an orientation to the country you have chosen, it is great way to embrace your new environment and become familiar with the new culture. After this fun packed orientation you will be able to begin on your volunteer project, from Teaching, Conservation, Construction or Healthcare.

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Volunteer in Central America

Volunteer in Central America

Gap Year Provider: Raleigh International,
A Raleigh expedition to Costa Rica & Nicaragua is a unique opportunity to experience incredible cultures and help tackle poverty in some of the most beautiful places on earth. You will be working towards: Community resilience, Environment volunteering and an exhilarating adventure trek.



Childcare Gap Year

Childcare Gap Year

Brazil, Chile, Canada, Romania, South Africa, Tanzania
Volunteering on childcare projects puts beaming smiles on the faces of vulnerable children. By simple interaction and play, be part of helping children learn English and supporting their carers who really appreciate your help. Oyster offer worthwhile projects in Africa, North and South America.



Conservation Projects Abroad

Conservation Projects Abroad

Worldwide
Volunteer on a Conservation & Environment placement with Projects Abroad and help to conserve some of the world’s most beautiful and fragile ecosystems. You may find yourself diving on our Shark Conservation project in Fiji, working in the heart of the Amazon rainforest or working with sea turtles



Trusted and Affordable Farming Volunteer Programs

Trusted and Affordable Farming Volunteer Programs

Africa, Asia, South & Latin America
Are you willing to get your hands dirty to help make a difference in communities in need? International Volunteer HQ offers a range of outdoor work and agriculture volunteer programs in developing countries across Africa, Asia and Latin America.



Building Projects

Building Projects

Worldwide
Volunteering on a Building Project with Projects Abroad will give you a great opportunity to help construct, repair and build houses or classrooms across the developing world. Whatever you are involved with you will have the opportunity to make a long term difference to the community.




Volunteer in Conservation around the world

Volunteer in Conservation around the world


From Turtle Conservation in Bali and Sri Lanka to Eco-Agriculture Conservation in Costa Rica and Guatemala, International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ) provides a range of highly affordable and high quality Conservation volunteer programs around the world.



Volunteer Teaching

Volunteer Teaching

SPECIAL OFFER!

Worldwide
A wonderfully rewarding way to gain voluntary teaching and renovation experience during your gap year! Spending time working on a project that aims to improve the education and living conditions of children around the world.



Teaching Jobs Abroad

Teaching Jobs Abroad

South Africa, Tanzania, Nepal, Romania, Brazil, Chile, China, Thailand
The demand for English teachers around the world is astronomical, take China, where there are 350 million people learning the language at any given time. Combine teaching and TEFL courses or volunteer in sports or childcare projects to create a rewarding adventure and experience!



Learn a Language Abroad

Learn a Language Abroad

Argentina, Bolivia, China, Costa Rica, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Jamaica, Mexico, Moldova, Mongolia, Morocco, Peru, Romania, Senegal, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Togo, Vietnam
Why not learn new languages in a diverse community in the developing world? With help from our teachers you will improve your speaking, reading and writing skills through one-on-one tuition and group sessions. There will also be plenty of opportunity to practice your new skills with your host family




Care with Projects Abroad

Care with Projects Abroad

Worldwide
Projects Abroad offers the chance to care for underprivileged children in orphanages, day care centres, special-needs centres and kindergartens. As a volunteer you will enhance the growth, development and well-being of the children.



Costa Rica Coast-to-Coast

Costa Rica Coast-to-Coast

Costa Rica
Complete the award winning Trekforce Jungle Training course. This covers survival skills, creating your camp out of the jungle, jungle first aid, jungle route training, evacuation training including our thrilling solo survival night!



Medical Experience Abroad

Medical Experience Abroad

Worldwide
By volunteering on a Medicine & Healthcare Project you will have the opportunity to experience the challenges faced by medical institutions across the developing world. You will have the chance to gain work experience whilst helping some of the poorest people in the world.



Dance Gap Year

Dance Gap Year

SPECIAL OFFER!

New York, New York Cordoba, Buenos Aires, Mendoza, Argentina
Primarily focused on the choreographic process, Dance Gap Year includes dance pedagogy, technique classes and community workshops. Classes are heavily focused in Modern, Contemporary, Improvisation, Hip Hop, and body wellness. Dancers put on a show case and must complete a 50 hour internship.




Sports Coaching Volunteer and Internships

Sports Coaching Volunteer and Internships

Worldwide
Are you passionate about sport and passing on valuable skills to children? Grab this opportunity to take part in a project aimed at developing children’s sports skills while encouraging their emotional, social, physical and academic growth.



Volunteer in Childcare around the world

Volunteer in Childcare around the world


We try to make our volunteer programmes affordable to nearly everyone while keeping the high level of quality people expect from us. IVHQ are the worlds leading volunteer organisation, to find out more get in touch.



Culture & Community

Culture & Community

Worldwide
Projects Abroad offers the unique experience to immerse yourself in the local culture through our Culture & Community Projects. Whether you are on our Nomad Project in Mongolia or participating on our Khmer Project, you will become an important part of a local community overseas.



Conservation Gap Year

Conservation Gap Year

Australia, Costa Rica, Galapagos, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Namibia, S.Africa, Malaysia, Borneo, Romania, Ecuador
Make a genuine difference with Oyster's many links to charities and organisations from around the world. Volunteer with exotic wildlife and help with environmental conservation by choosing from a variety of beautiful and exotic locations. Volunteer from as little as one week to up to 12 months.




Medical Volunteer and Internships

Medical Volunteer and Internships

Worldwide
Many hospitals are understaffed and require assistance with basic treatments and more complex procedures if you have the credentials necessary. You have the opportunity to help people back to health.An incredible opportunity to gain medical experience as an Intern or Volunteer abroad.



Summer Projects for 16-19 year olds

Summer Projects for 16-19 year olds

Worldwide
Our Short-term Special Projects for 16-19 year olds offer teenagers the chance to volunteer and make a difference during their summer holidays! Projects Abroad has a wide range of projects from our Care & Panda Project in China to Conservation Projects in Peru.



Trusted and Affordable Sports Volunteer Programs

Trusted and Affordable Sports Volunteer Programs

Africa, South & Latin America
Keen to share your love of sport with students from low income communities? International Volunteer HQ offers a range of affordable sports volunteer programs in developing countries across Africa, Asia and Latin America.



Affordable Volunteer Abroad Programs from £120

Affordable Volunteer Abroad Programs from £120

Africa, Asia, South & Latin America
IVHQ provides safe, responsible, and extremely affordable volunteering placements in developing countries all over the world. Each year we place thousands of volunteers on our programs abroad, making us one of the world's most trusted volunteer organizations.




South America Explore

South America Explore

Peru, Ecuador
An 8 week South American adventure combining Spanish lessons, a Trek to Machu Picchu, volunteering at our jungle animal sanctuary and a visit to the Galapagos!



Sports Coaching

Sports Coaching

Canada, Romania, Brazil, South Africa
Take part in coaching a range of sports including football, rugby, cricket, netball, swimming or skiing. Help and support groups of disadvantaged children around the world or enjoy combining your love of skiing or snowboarding with instructing. Combine sport and travel passions and make a difference



Teach English Abroad

Teach English Abroad

Worldwide
A Projects Abroad teaching placement is ideal for anyone who would like to make a positive contribution across the developing world. Your role will include working with local schools, NGOs or universities, where you will find yourself taking classes or teachers with lessons.



Teach English around the world

Teach English around the world


If you want to volunteer to teach English then we could send you to Costa Rica, Bali, Peru or Kenya! We have access to lots of programmes where the work you do will make a real difference to the children you teach. Find out more here....




Trusted and Affordable Medical Volunteer Programs

Trusted and Affordable Medical Volunteer Programs

Africa, Asia, South & Latin America
Looking to gain invaluable experience for your medical career and assist communities in real need? International Volunteer HQ offers affordable volunteer programs for pre-medical and medical students in developing countries across Africa, Asia and Latin America



Expedition Leadership Training

Expedition Leadership Training

UK, Costa Rica
Quite possibly the best gap year on the planet! Join us on a four month expedition starting with training in the UK then leadership and survival training in the jungles of Central America. Jobs offered to the top candidates!



Law & Human Rights

Law & Human Rights

Worldwide
Volunteering on a Law & Human Rights placement with Projects Abroad gives you the chance to make a real difference to the lives of people in the developing world.



More gap year ideas

Looking for something else? We have plenty more gap year ideas to inspire you.





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Popular South America Destinations:
Peru, Chile, Brazil, Argentian

Quick South America Facts:
Population - 400 million
Languages - Spanish and Portuguese

Visa Information:
A working holiday visa is required for some countries and there may be a restriction on how long you can work with one employer. Check with your gap year provider.

Opportunities to visit South America

South America and Latin America brings to mind the tropical rain forests and huge rivers, but this enormous landmass, connected to the North American continent by the thin Isthmus that contains the famous Panama Canal, has a very varied geography, including the high Andes mountains, the Atacama Desert, and more ancient cultures than you can shake a stick at.

South America also includes the world famous Inca trail in Peru which is high up on on many of the 'things to do before you die' lists. The trail includes a 42km trek through tropical cloud forests and spectacular mountain scenery high up in the Andes before reaching the ancient Inca settlement and lost city of Machu Picchu. The trek takes 4 days and is surely one of the most memorable things you can experience on your year out in South America.

Ask a hundred people where they would like to go on a gap year and top of a lot of people's list will be the continent of South America. Fortunately, the companies who advertise with us are well aware of this demand and offer a huge range of gap year jobs and courses to suit everyone.

If, during your year abroad in South America, you would like to work with children, teach English as a foreign language, help out on community development, conservation or animal research projects, take up seasonal internships with local companies, take part in adventure tours, gain experience with medical projects, or if you just want to go trekking in the jungle, you will find all this and much more right here!