Volunteers

Volunteer is a Latin word! Come and find out why! The dictionary says that to volunteer is to work on behalf of others, but when you put your bit to help people in need, everyone comes out a winner. Latin America is waiting for your help!

What's a volunteer ?

We are part of a rich world but of uneven distribution, there is a huge difference between those who have a lot and those who have almost nothing. Under these circumstances the environment is also affected. A lot of selfless organizations fill in the gap that lets a lot of the Latin population without assistance. You can be part of that help, whether protecting endangered species, lending a hand to the elderly, teaching young children, cooking in a soup kitchen or working in a national park. Come and help people in need to improve their quality of life as you develop your skills, meet new friends and learn to see the world with other eyes.

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Choose your Volunteer Project and send the online application form.

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Fill out and send the Volunteer Additional Info Package like your CV, letter of recommendation, letter of intention, etc.

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Before leaving, print out confirmation and make sure you have all emergency numbers in your hand luggage. And live your experience!

Highlights

  • Learn about the new culture by becoming a part of a community.
  • Contribute to a sustainable change.
  • Boost your Spanish by interacting with local people daily.
  • Make friends with like-minded volunteers from all over the world.
  • Get inspired by discovering other ways of living life.
  • Flexible duration anywhere from 2 weeks to 12 months.

What's Included

  • Travel assessment.
  • Volunteer project placement.
  • Housing.
  • Intercultural workshop and orientation.
  • Volunteer support and advice.
  • Weekly tours and recreational activities calendar.
  • Airport transfer service on arrival.
  • Volunteer certificate.
  • 24/7 emergency phone.
  • COINED tutorship.

Choose your Project

CARE CHILDREN VOLUNTEER ABROAD

Children everywhere need that hug, that genuine smile, that hand who takes them out of their daily routine and into a new world of intercultural exchange. A small gesture such as cleaning a dirty nose truly contributes to their happiness. Children are always hungry for having fun, of sharing their friendship in exchange of learning to count in a foreign language. Our Care - Children Volunteer placements imply tasks from serving breakfast at a social kindergarten and playing football, to making little trips with adolescents, but can also involve simple teach tasks, such as assisting the school-going children with their homework. Even when there are no specific task-descriptions at the beginning of your placement and you have to figure out yourself how to help, remember that just being there has a positive impact on the children’s life. Here below you will find placements in kindergartens, orphanages, day cares and so on.

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CARE CONDITIONED VOLUNTEER ABROAD

Our Care - Conditioned placements stand for lending a hand in carefully selected local organizations that focus on helping society's most vulnerable people in order to make their lives rewarding and more complete. What means being conditioned or being socially vulnerable? When we talk about Care - Conditioned placements, we talk about helping out in projects which assist people who, for example, are suffering from AIDS or HIV, who have had a troubled past and are trying to recover (think of the homeless, drug addicts, prisoners, sex workers and so on). Tasks consist of assisting the staff, helping the locals with their daily activities and setting up new entertaining workshops

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CARE ELDERLY VOLUNTEER ABROAD

After a long life of hard working, everyone should enjoy a nice, quiet old day. Unfortunately, this is not the case for many elderly in Central and South America. Due to personal, economical or social circumstances, many aged find themselves alone and living in homes or shelters. Volunteers are welcome to cheer up their day! At first sight, this appears not to be one of the most attractive categories for the typical volunteer, but those who are willing to give it a try and dedicate their time to those who have earned our respect and affection, will certainly not regret it! Generally the job is quite easy and placement tasks examples are accompanying the elderly, assisting the regular staff with daily duties and setting up new entertaining activities.

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COMMUNITY WORK VOLUNTEER ABROAD

Always dreamed about immersing yourself completely in Latin American ways of life? Living the true lives of locals, drinking, eating and sleeping the same way? Placements that you find in this category will place you at the heart of the society and side by side of those who are trying to improve their social environment. Cooking in a soup-kitchen, sorting out books in the public library, weeding in the community’s kitchen gardens, doing the administration of a neighborhood center, this are a few examples where you can volunteer doing community work. All placements have one thing in common: the preservation of some extraordinary ways of life and working with local people to achieve wellbeing for everyone. Check out some interesting possibilities here.

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EDUCATION VOLUNTEER ABROAD

Whether you are a professional or just have finished high school, we bet that you have special skills that you can share with enthusiastic pupils in Latin America and Spain. In our Volunteer Program we have many placements that involve one or more teaching tasks and we have put them all together in this category called Education. We are not only talking about teaching English or another foreign language, but also about giving homework support, setting up handcraft workshops, giving dance classes, starting theatre clinics, organizing music seminars and arranging football training, to give you just a few examples. Never imagined teaching young mothers how to cook your specialty of a local dish? Well, here is your opportunity. Of course, there will be other tasks as well, but your main goal is sharing your knowledge and abilities. This way you increase the intercultural awareness in the local community, give many people the chance to forget their daily troubles trough educational activities and enrich everyone involved, including you!

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NATURE VOLUNTEER ABROAD

Is there something more beautiful than seeing the birth of a sea turtle, observing an Andean Condor take off or watching the dawn from way up the mountain? We don’t think so and for that reason we are proud to present this volunteer category. National parks, zoos, refugees and so on: all examples of placement opportunities for volunteers who love to dedicate their time to Mother Nature. There is a huge variety in tasks, from digging up turtle eggs to spotting howler monkeys and from conserving rare species of plant life to castrating homeless dogs and cats. The best thing of these placements is that for most of them you do not need any previous conservation experience and you will receive relevant training at arrival. Here below you will find some interesting Nature placements that have one thing in common: the sceneries in all projects are truly stunning!

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REPAIRS AND RENOVATION VOLUNTEER ABROAD

Sometimes you only have a short time to dedicate to volunteering. Or maybe you just want to see quick results. Perhaps you are quite handy and like to help where really needed. Possibly you prefer to enjoy long term effects immediately? Are you planning to volunteer with colleagues, family or friends? Then this category is the one you are looking for. Repairs & Renovations placements are volunteer opportunities which are focused on improving and renovating the housing and buildings of the local projects. For example, a small day care in Argentina needs to have its walls painted, but the teachers can’t find the time to do it. Or, a shelter for homeless people in Guatemala is having problems with the roof since the last hurricane and needs a practical volunteer to assist them with the reparation. Imagine yourself working hard and getting pretty tired and dirty, but seeing the results of all that hard work just before going home again. Nice idea, don’t you think?

F.A.Q.s

You can ask for support in many ways. Sponsorship is the most common iniciative to contribute your time and efforts to a necessary cause.

 

We do not provide grants or scholarships to our volunteers, but we can support any initiative to finance their Volunteer Program. Beside this, we have participated in and even we organize special programs related with the "Youth in Action" program (a program of the European Union for young people). We also cooperate with different organizations around the world encouraging the solidarity and tolerance in hundreds of people.

 
 

Yes, you can! In fact, we will be proud and glad to help you organize your time in a consecutive program. You can combine several destinations and help in different types of volunteering. The more people and nature benefit from your assistance, the better!

 

A CV which shows international work experience catches the attention of potential employers and greatly improves your chances to find an appropriate job. You will show that you are independent and adjust well to different situations. You will prove that you can work with people from different cultural backgrounds which is, in our globalized world of today, a tremendous asset. What is more, it will show that you are a sensitive-altruistic person, that sympathises with the social situation of underprivileged communities.

 

Yes, you can! We encourage volunteers who want to make an effort together. You and your friends, colleagues and/or relatives can choose the volunteer project on our website www.intercoined.com   or request a special program in order to make sure that you all can volunteer together in the same project at the same time

 
 

You can use a tourist or student visa, depending on the country you select and its regulations. For further information, we suggest visiting the following websites:
Argentina: www.migraciones.gov.ar
Chile: www.extranjeria.gov.cl
Costa Rica: www.migracion.go.cr
Guatemala: http://www.migracion.gob.gt/
Spain: http://extranjeros.mtin.es/es/index.html

 
 

If you need to speak another language or not to volunteer depends on what project or destination you prefer. However, in every COINED destination you will find opportunities with and without specific language requirements and you always have the possibility to take Spanish lessons before starting your Volunteer Program.

 
 

The characteristics of the housing will be according to the Volunteer Project you have selected. Some projects hosts their volunteers within the project area, specially those which are focused on nature conservation. On the other hand, projects which are located in the city usually offer accommodation in the city center either in residences or home-stays. At the same time, some projects have dialy meals included due to the place where they are located.
All these accommodation options are a great opportunity to interact with local and foreign people, learning about different cultures and making new friends from all around the world. For more information about housing, please contact us.

 
 
 

It depends on the project. Generally volunteers are asked to work from 20 to 30 hours a week. Sea  turtle projects may required work during night patrols. In other cases you can work on saturdays.  But we always give to our Participants a project that fits with his or her profile and interests.

 
 
 
 

We invite everybody (though you have to be at least 18 years old) to enroll in our Volunteer Program. Many projects don’t require special knowledge or previous experience, however you must have the ability to adapt to a different reality and be willing to contribute to a good cause. Every volunteer with lot of enthusiasm and real desire to aid is welcome and can make his or her time at the local project worthwhile

 
 
 
 

All projects and Host Organizations that receive volunteers from our Volunteer Program are carefully selected by especially trained local staff. By offering  constant support  to all projects (by sending them all the help and volunteers they need), we build and have been building during the past years long lasting relationships with the local projects. This ensures us that your help truly is appreciated and needed. No one can explain you this better than volunteers who have been before you. Therefore, we invite you to ask us for contact information of other COINED Volunteers, they will tell you personally about their experiences.

 
 

At COINED we work to ensure delivering our volunteers a high quality program and feel responsible for their well being and safety. Furthermore, we check all our worldwide projects to ensure they are suitable for our volunteers and respect the Program's aims. In each COINED destination we work hard to match you to the right project and give you the best experience possible. The enrollment fee covers all the key elements such as recruitment, matching, marketing, administration, training the Host Organizations as well as the support of your local in country team. We work hard to save you time and minimize uncertainty in order to guarantee your safety and success.

 
 
 

The deadline for enrollment is six (6) weeks before the intended start date of your Volunteer Program. During this period, we will be in touch with you regularly to discuss the volunteer posts that match best with your profile and wishes.

 

We recommend that you have a sufficient level of Spanish that guarantee the communication with local people and the successful development of the program. Some volunteer projects, specially those with children or the elderly, may require an intermediate level of Spanish depending on the tasks. However, you always have the possibility to take Spanish lessons in our schools before starting your Volunteer Program.

 
 

We look for people who enjoy challenges and have sensibility, flexibility and adaptability as well as a sense of responsibility towards other cultures, ways of life and conceptions of volunteer work. You must be a proactive, self-motivated person. You will not have every minute of your work day planned and resources are scarce. Flexibility and patience are the keys for a great experience.
We want you to give your time and energy to help communities in need!

 

We offer the possibility to do your Volunteer Program in one of the following countries: Argentina, Chile, Costa Rica, Guatemala, and Spain.  We work with important Partners and non-profit Host Organizations, which have been recruited after a rigorous process that ensures the successful of your Program. You have our assistance and support from the moment we receive your inquiry until the day you return back home. We have an extensive experience and an excellent relationship with our Partners and Host Organizations and we know the desires and expectations of our Participants.

 
 

Volunteering creates a feeling of personal satisfaction. You can get a unique opportunity to  experience a  different culture while producing a positive impact. It can be both challenging and rewarding. By volunteering abroad you will improve your language skills, have a deep insight of local life and broad your view of the World.  

 

Life Changing Experiences

"As a student at this school I have been very satisfied with everything. I have felt that my Spanish has developed so much in such a short time. My teachers have been fantastic!!! Group classes combined with individual classes are ideal and make a difference. The school atmosphere is wonderful and everyone is so helpful here, all of which make attending classes a real pleasure. Thank you!"
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Kathy L.
German, 29 years old
"This is the second time I come to Argentina and I love it! The School’s facilities are very good, we have internet access and a lot of things. The best things about these courses is that teachers and staff help you make of this a wonderful experience. Come and see it for yourself!"
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Alice R.
Brazilian, 22 years old
"My experience in Buenos Aires was great. The teachers are well trained for each level. I liked the activities that the school offered. During my 4 weeks studying Spanish I received a lot of amazing touristic spots info and another info to get advantage of my stay in the country."
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Ricardo C.
Brazilian, 18 years old