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The spanish and portuguese-speaking portion of the Americas, South America is a great place to awaken your backpacker spirit and get to know local communities. There’s a range of possibilities for a volunteer in South America. You can help an orphanage in Ecuador, teach English to the Quechua people in Peru, or help run an social project in Bolivia. These are just examples of how much you can contribute to actual change in the world by becoming a volunteer in South America!
South America is a great destination for a gap year because it’s rich in experiences and generally not expensive. A great way to save money on your gap year is to volunteer in South America, so you can get free accommodation in exchange for your help. Speak to the locals and learn spanish while understanding the accents from each country! You can also get to know the rainforests in Brazil, Ecuador or Colombia... And why not visit Machu Picchu in Peru, one of South America’s most famous destinations?
You can find free accommodation in South America in exchange for help in a project to fight deforestation, a school or an NGO in South America. Start by filling out your profile at the Worldpackers website or app, and get ready to live an unforgettable adventure! Don’t forget to list your skills and preferences, add some photos to your profile and communicate with hosts. You can check opportunities on our host list and apply by becoming a member of the Worldpackers community!
As a member, you can contact as many hosts and travel safely as many times as you want.
Become a member of our community to get access to all of its benefits.
Apply to as many positions as you want, and chat with any host.
If a host thinks you’re a good fit, you’ll be pre-approved.
Check for required documents, tickets, and local health recommendations.
Confirm your trip with all the Worldpackers safety.
Have a transformative experience and make a positive impact.
After your experience together, you and your host leave reviews.
Sign up for our WP Programs to earn some money while you travel.