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Live, Work & Travel in Latin America


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South American Explorers - As well as unrivalled advice about travelling in South America, SAE promotes the region and collects information about volunteer and research opportunities. South American Explorers have physical addresses in Quito, Cusco, Buenos Aires and Lima.

CloudHead Art - An art and education NGO looking for people to teach photography, design and video to students between the ages of ten to 18 in at risk communities. This can mean anything from an underserved neighbourhood on the outskirts of Salta or a small indigenous village in the campo.

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Employment in Latin America

Employers, Agencies & Placement Services

Association of American Schools in South America - Teachers recruited for work in South America.

Casa de la Iguana - A Livingston hostel whose staff should be able to handle a hangover and possibly some nudity too, if one TripAdvisor review is an indication: “Stay here if you want to see the permanently drunk manager running around naked.”

Journey Latin America - Overland tour leaders occasionally recruited.  A note from Claire Milner, Recruitment Manager of JLA: "Please do not, repeat NOT include any mention whatsoever of our company in your publications. Not to sound ungrateful, but we are totally SWAMPED with unsolicited job enquiries, most of which are from unsuitable candidates, and we do not have the manpower to respond to them all."

La Hamaca Hostel - If you can see yourself talking, helping or drinking with their guests, and still be up early enough for breakfast then volunteering in this hostel in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, could be for you. Cleaning and cooking is taken care of so volunteers are wanted for their customer service and communication abilities. Participation in their work exchange earns somewhere to sleep, breakfast and lunch, the opportunity to earn commissions and $300 per month. Do read up on the city though - it won’t appeal to everyone.

South America Overland - Though there is no employment information on their website they have in the past recruited for an experienced diesel mechanic to maintain their 16 tonne Mercedes 1625 truck.

Employment Resources for Finding Work in Latin America

Advice & Useful Sites for Finding Work. - A Caribbean recruitment company with hundreds of vacancies online and ready to apply to with one click. has forums, chat rooms, relocation guides, job seeker interview technique information and 24/7 customer support. This service is not free to job seekers.

Mexperience - An excellent site for those looking for information about living and working in Mexico, including self employment, moving to Mexico and a guide to Mexican immigration. In addition, there are travel guides, food guides, stuff about learning Spanish, real estate and something for those looking to retire to the country.

Partners of the Americas - Promotes opportunity, development and voluntary work throughout the Americas.

South American Explorers - As well as unrivalled advice about travelling in South America, the SAE promotes the region and collects information about volunteer and research opportunities. SAE also employ volunteer staff and paid clubhouse managers. South American Explorers have physical addresses in Quito, Cusco, Buenos Aires and Lima. - Search for jobs in the Caribbean and Cayman Islands.

University English Teachers - Mexican TEFL school provides their graduates with lifetime job assistance and placement programme.

The Ultimate Peru List - News and features for those living abd working in Peru. Includes a selection of job classifieds.

Gap Year & Voluntary Work in Latin America

Unpaid Positions & Adventure

Aires Buenos - Found in a small town in southern Chile with eight universities, Aires Buenos has a permanent work trade programme to attract volunteer staff to help around both their hostel and permaculture project. Roles that need filling include guest relations, carpentry, massage therapist, tour developer and green architect. A shared dorm room, two meals a day and a monthly stipend month is provided in exchange for five work days a week. Proof of insurance and a ten week commitment is required.

Aldea Hostel - A San Jose hostel that we have noticed looking for volunteers to work in exchange for lodging and breakfast.

Aldea Hostel - This Aldea, in Cordoba and related to the one above, is also thought to accept work exchange volunteers.

Alto Mar Hostel - This accommodation option in Arraial d‘Ajuda has been welcoming backpackers for 30 years. They are always looking for easy going people who either want to spend some time in Brazil, or are already there and want to stay a bit longer. Travellers willing to stay a month and trade four to six hours of their day to work at the bar, in reception or showing backpackers the nightlife of Arraial d'Ajuda will get a bed, breakfast and laundry service. Some knowledge of Portuguese is a plus.

Amauta Spanish School - Language courses, voluntary work and activities in Cusco, Peru.

Amazon-Africa Aid Organization - Volunteer doctors and dentists required to make a difference in Brazil.

Amigos de las Aves - This Costa Rican bird refuge requires volunteers, described as a 'person Friday,' to help with various tasks from making toys to feeding duties. Homestays are available for around $15 per day. If you do not feel comfortable working with mentally disturbed Macaws other tasks are available from gardening to fundraising and spreading the word.

Amigos Spanish School - Non profit organisation based in Cusco. For every four hours of your Spanish classes you pay for one child's education and food. Volunteer work available.

Andean Outreach - The Andean Outreach programme is a not for profit organisation that strives to improve the life of Andean people through international volunteers. The last we looked this site and organisation was being restructured.

Animal AWARE - A Guatemalan organisation operating the largest No-Kill animal shelter in Central America. They need volunteer help with looking after over 300 dogs and nearly 100 cats.

The Ara Project - A Costa Rican licensed zoological park and non profit organisation dedicated to the conservation of the two native macaw species of Costa Rica. Two low cost volunteer programmes, at either the breeding centre or release site, are available.

ARCAS - Welcomes volunteers or interns to help keep an eye on the wildlife and sea turtles in Guatemala. The minimum commitment Is only one week. Volunteers will need to pay expenses of $50 to $100 per week but a stipend may be available for a longer commitment or if you have expertise in certain areas.

Argentina ILEE - A Spanish school in Buenos Aires, Cordoba and Patagonia. Volunteer work and internships available.

Asociacion Widecast - A sea turtle conservation project in Costa Rica, volunteers are encouraged to join them at any point during the season. For over 20 years they have welcomed students, travelers and professionals from countries around the world who have an interest in hands on conservation and data collection work with an endangered species. Volunteers can commit from a week up to several months of their time participating in their programme in Gandoca Wildlife Refuge and Cahuita Nationa Park.

Ayni - A non profit grassroots organisation in Peru with opportunities for volunteers.

Backpackers San Pedro - We have only spotted one reference to this place in Chile's Atacama Desert taking on volunteer staff but they are worth a try if you find yourself in the desert town with empty pockets. Cat lover preferred.

Bananas Hostel - Should you find yourself in need of a place to stay for free in Itacaré, Brazil, and spot a giant banana walk in and ask about a work for stay arrangement. Knowledge of both English and Portuguese is needed through.

The Barrio Planta Project - An education initiative created to empower low-income children and adults living in Nicaragua.

Barking Horse Farm - Barking Horse Farm in Costa Rica offers two different volunteer options: a workstudy programme for those who have experience with horses but not with natural horsemanship, and an internship position for more experienced riders.

Belize Audubon Society - An environmental protection organisation, BAS prefer volunteers that have already worked in developing countries, in community, tourism or small business development, teaching, art, conservation or park management. Volunteers should be available for three months. Marine park volunteers should have dive qualifications and be available for at least one month.

Betanbauer - Internships and Volunteer work with Spanish classes in the Argentine city of Cordoba.

Black Cat Hostels - Two hostels in Guatemala, one on Antigua, the other in Xela that often need volunteer bartenders able to commit to five hours a day, six days a week, for two weeks.

Bothy Hostels - Free accommodation in either Arequipa or Puno in exchange for working four to six hours a day in the bar, on reception or the tour desk.