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Volunteer in Central America and the Caribbean with Projects Abroad

Turtle babies make their way to the water at a beach in Mexico

As a volunteer with Projects Abroad, you will have the opportunity to experience the vibrant culture of Central America and the Caribbean whilst contributing to a worthwhile project and embracing life as the locals know it.

Which Countries Can I Volunteer in?

Projects Abroad volunteer, Maggie Everett, relaxes outside with the children from her care project in Costa Rica

We have a variety of destinations on offer, filled with exciting opportunities for project work, travel and cultural immersion. Projects Abroad offers projects in three destinations across Central America, and also works in the Caribbean, with projects running in Jamaica.

You can select your volunteering destination from the following countries:

For projects in Argentina, Bolivia, Ecuador and Peru, please read about Volunteering in South America.

What Volunteer Projects are available in Central America and the Caribbean?

Projects Abroad offers a range of different projects in each Central American and Caribbean country. Catered to each individual community, the projects differ from country to country, each providing an authentic and constructive experience. Projects in these areas include working with Incas in Peru, gaining practical medical experience in Mexican hospitals, and teaching at universities in Bolivia.

Click on a project below to see which Central American and Caribbean destinations it is offered in:

Projects Abroad Jamaica volunteers painting the Bryce Primary School bathrooms

What are the Requirements for Volunteering in Central America and the Caribbean?

Projects Abroad volunteer with a toucan in Barra Honda National Park in Costa Rica

From school-leavers to retirees, volunteers in Central America and the Caribbean can be of any age and of any experience. Whilst there is something for everyone, certain projects and destinations may have their own specific requirements for volunteers, so please be sure to check that you meet these requirements for any project you may be interested in.

If you have any specific requirements or skills for your volunteering experience, please let us know when you apply and we will be sure to take these on board.

Connecting with Central American and Caribbean Cultures and Communities

When volunteering with Projects Abroad, you will be placed with a host family in your destination of choice. From witnessing cultural traditions to delighting in the local cuisine, living with a host family gives you the chance to immerse yourself in the culture of your chosen country, and to experience life as a local would. Living with a host family also ensures that you will feel well-supported and looked after throughout your stay. Most host families live very close to your placement, so your journey to work is just a short walk or bus ride away. Many volunteers form strong bonds with their host families and keep in touch for years upon their return home.

Projects Abroad volunteer working on a medical community outreach

The people you meet during your overseas placement will undoubtedly become an integral part of your journey. In addition to building connections with locals, many projects will host volunteers from all over the world, allowing you to work alongside fellow international volunteers. Having likeminded people to share your experience with is a highlight for many of our volunteers. We also offer a range of social events and community outreach programmes in each country, which give you the opportunity to connect with other Projects Abroad volunteers, staff and community members.

When you’re not working, there will be time for sightseeing and exploration within your destination. You can experience a Mexican football fiesta, test your surfing skills on a Costa Rican beach, or visit the Bob Marley museum in Jamaica. Many volunteers also choose to travel further once their placement is complete, often with new friends that they have made during their time abroad.

Safety and Support when Volunteering in Central America and the Caribbean

Projects Abroad volunteer works with staff member on a reforestation project in Costa Rica

Projects Abroad has offices and local staff in every country that we operate in. We offer 24/7 support in each destination and are available to assist volunteers whenever necessary.

As with any placement, volunteering in a Central American or Caribbean destination comes with its own challenges. However, we are confident that with the right support, enthusiasm and work ethic, you will find your placement a rewarding and worthwhile experience.

Read more about Projects Abroad Safety and Security.

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