Who would be a suitable participant?
Depending on the project you select we may require your background check. Placement in medical and healthcare projects requires notarized documentation of your medical school, nursing school, or other medical credentials.
What we can offer you
Maximo Nivel’s volunteer abroad programs take place in Antigua, Guatemala; Cusco, Peru; Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica; and San Jose, Costa Rica. We also have off-site programs on the Pacific and Caribbean coasts of Costa Rica and Guatemala, and in the Amazon Jungle and Sacred Valley of Peru. Experience Central America, South America, or become a “country-jumper” and experience all of Latin America!
Volunteer Working with Children
Volunteer Working with Children
Working with Children is the right place for caring and responsible people that want to improve the lives of underprivileged kids. Attention and care can go a long way, especially in the development of young children. Childcare projects take place in a variety of settings ranging from orphanages to daycare facilities and community centers.
Volunteer Teaching English
Speaking English is a life-changing skill for people in developing countries. English language skills open both academic and professional opportunities, and provide a path out of poverty. Teaching English projects involve students of all ages and can take place in schools, churches, and community centers. You can make a real difference by teaching English.
Costa Rica, Guatemala and Peru are 3 of the most bio-diverse countries on earth. You volunteer alongside biologists and other local experts working on very worthwhile projects including protection of endangered species, reforestation, environmental awareness, and sustainable farming.
Volunteer in Medical & Healthcare
Medical and healthcare programs provide volunteers the opportunity to work alongside doctors, nurses, physical therapists, and other healthcare professionals. Depending on your training, volunteer placements take place in hospitals, clinics, assisted living facilities, and HIV centers. Volunteer programs are led by Maximo Nivel’s on-staff Medical Specialist.
Construction volunteers work on building or repairing schools, community centers, and homes for children. Construction work is physically demanding, including digging, carrying bricks, mixing cement, plastering, painting, and cleaning. Volunteers are led by Maximo Nivel’s professional, on-staff Construction Foreman.
Volunteer in Animal Care
Animal Care volunteers work at shelters that take in abandoned animals and provide medical treatment and daily care. Volunteers bathe, brush and exercise the animals, as well as provide basic training, clean cages, and give love and attention. Limited spaces are also available at our exotic animal care facility in Guatemala and our university-run zoo in Peru.
Eco-Agriculture programs place volunteers in small, sustainable coffee-producing communities in Costa Rica and Guatemala. Volunteer work varies by season and includes all aspects of coffee production. You work outdoors in all weather conditions and the work is physically demanding, involving lifting and the use of tools.
Volunteer with Indigenous Communities
Indigenous Culture volunteers live in small, rural villages with complete immersion into traditional, native life. Volunteers work and live with an indigenous family—caring for animals and livestock, doing agricultural work, weaving, assisting with local construction projects, and working with children at the local school.