ICYE: Latin America

In Latin America ICYE volunteers are received to Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Honduras and Mexico. In addition, it is possible to apply for a voluntary work period in the United States.

Argentina

In Argentina the volunteers work among children and youth, in tasks supporting their studies, for instance. It is also possible to be placed in assisting coordinating international voluntary work. Shared accommodation with other volunteers.

NB! The volunteers must know Spanish.

Bolivia

Antti vapaaehtoistyössä Boliviassa

In Bolivia the ICYE volunteers work especially among children and youth – in support centres for street children and youth, for instance. Volunteers are received also to human rights organizations and to workplaces working with people with disabilities. Most of the voluntary workplaces are situated in the area of La Paz, Cochabamba, Santa Cruz and Sucre. Accommodation in most cases in a host family, but sometimes also at the voluntary workplace.

NB! In Bolivia the voluntary workplace of each volunteer is usually decided after their arrival to the country, when the volunteers have personally discussed about their wishes with ICYE Bolivia.

Brazil

In Brazil ICYE voluntary work is done especially among children and youth. Volunteers are received by a support center for street children, a kindergarten for the children of needy families and an educational center for disabled children and youth, for instance. Most of the voluntary workplaces are situated in Porto Alegre. Accommodation, almost without exceptions, in a host family.

Colombia

In Colombia the volunteers work mostly among children and youth – in kindergartens, schools and support centers for street children and sexually abused children. Some of the volunteers work in support centers for disabled children and youth. Voluntary work is available also among homeless elderly and at the ICYE office of the country, for instance. Most of the voluntary workplaces are situated in Bogota or near it. Accommodation in most cases in a host family.

Costa Rica

In Costa Rica the volunteers work in children’s homes, kindergartens, environmental education projects, schools, youth organizations and institutes and project of the social work field. It is possible for the volunteers also to be placed in cultural organizations. Accommodation in most cases in a host family, in environmental education projects at the voluntary workplace.

Ecuador

In ecuador the volunteers have been placed in kindergartens, preschools, schools, centers for disabled people, environmental organizations and health centers, for instance. Accommodation often in a host family, but also sometimes at the voluntary workplace or in a shared accommodation with other volunteers.

Honduras

In Honduras the volunteers work especially among children and disabled people – in a kindergarten or a center for disabled children and youth, for instance. Volunteers work also in projects working for advancing human rights, development of the countryside, health and the position of women and indigenous people. Accommodation in  a host family or at the voluntary workplace.

Mexico

In Mexico ICYE volunteers are received by e.g. kindergartens, schools, support centers for street children and a home for the elderly. Voluntary work is done also in the field of environmental and art education, for instance. The voluntary workplaces are situated in different parts of Mexico, such as Chiapas, Mexico City, Puebla and Toluca. Accommodation in most cases in a host family, but also in some cases at the voluntary workplace.

USA

In the United States the volunteers mostly work among homeless and disabled people. Voluntary workplaces are situated in different parts of the United States, e.g. in New Hampshire, Oklahoma and Massachusetts. Accommodation in most cases at the voluntary workplace.