Whether you are looking for somewhere to go on your gap year, or are looking to make a trip that is a little unusual this summer, then why not head down to Latin America? If you want a holiday with a difference, then take a look at some of the amazing volunteering opportunities that can be found throughout the continent of South America and Central America.
Volunteering whilst travelling can be an amazing experience. Knowing that you are making a difference to the world whilst soaking up all the culture around you is a truly unique feeling that nothing else comes close to. As well as being a good way to help the world, it is also a really good way to beef up your CV and prove yourself to potential employers when you finally return home.
If you want to work with people then there are a huge amount of chances to volunteer in Guatemala and other countries in Central America that have been affected by relatively recent natural disasters. If on the other hand, you are interested in the preservation and conservation of wildlife then head over to Costa Rica.
The jungles of Costa Rica are home to a fascinating array of creatures that cannot be found anywhere else in the world. The current threat to rain-forests however, mean that some of these animals need special attention. In particular are monkeys. Costa Rica is home to four native monkey species which include; the Central American Squirrel Monkey, the Mantled Howler, the White-Headed Capuchin and the Geoffroy’s Spider Monkey. These incredible animals are unfortunately on the decline, and need people like you to volunteer in Costa Rica to make all the difference.
Working with monkeys is one of the most entertaining, interesting and rewarding things that you can do, so if you do decide to head to South America this year, make sure you head to Costa Rica to experience these fantastic monkeys first hand!