Volunteering is a great way of traveling, truly immersing in the local culture, learning, helping and improving someone’s quality of life. It can be a lot of fun and a great learning experience for both sides. And if you look in the right places it can even be a cheap way of traveling.
Central America is a great place for people considering becoming a volunteer. Most of the poor towns are in need of teachers, doctors and extra hands willing to work. There are also opportunities that will allow you to preserve the local forests, jungles or wildlife. TrueTravellers.org is a great place to start your research as it focuses on low fee or free volunteer travel opportunities.
Here are 3 Organizations in Central America that are always looking for Volunteers:
Widecast Costa Rica – This is a cool option for nature lovers. Widecast is an organization that works in over 40 countries around the world. In Costa Rica they work hard to protect Sea Turtles that come to nest in the Pacific and Caribbean coasts. They also do research and work hard to educate locals about how they can help to preserve these wonderful animals.
My Favorite Bilingual School in Honduras – MFBS is a school in San Pedro Sula that was created to provide high quality, bilingual education to kids. In exchange for volunteering here you learn a lot about the local culture. It first opened its doors in 2010 and is working hard to give the best education to kids so they can have better opportunities later on.
Ak’ Tenamit Guatemala – This is an organization that has been promoting indigenous community development in the Caribbean town of Rio Dulce, Guatemala, for over 10 years. They believe that the best way to get rid of poverty is through education and learning how to generate income. If you are a teacher or trained as clinical personnel and want to share your skills and knowledge this is a cool opportunity for you.
There are many more great organizations that accept volunteers all over Central America. These are just a few great examples of organizations you can contact.
So, if you have the time, the will to help and want to spend some time learning about cultures from Central American Countries. All you have to do is find an organization that can use your knowledge and skills in the country you want to visit.