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.
Choose your Volunteer Project and send the online application form.
Fill out and send the Volunteer Additional Info Package like your CV, letter of recommendation, letter of intention, etc.
Before leaving, print out confirmation and make sure you have all emergency numbers in your hand luggage. And live your experience!
- 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.
- Travel assessment.
- Volunteer project placement.
- 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
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:
Costa Rica: www.migracion.go.cr
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
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