Located in the southeast area of Peru, is one of largest parks in South America.

The area of the park encompasses parts of the Andean department of Cusco and the jungle department of Madre de Dios. It protects 2 million hectares (4.5 million acres) of a territory rich in flora and fauna species, and a variety of habitats including high Andes, cloud forests, and lowland tropical rain forests.

Port Elizabeth is located on the Indian Ocean and set along the shores of Nelson Mandela Bay. With moderate climate year round, this area of South Africa is popular for water sports and also many historical attractions. Game viewing is possible at the nearby Addo Elephant National Park.

Our volunteer placements are based in the township of Gqubera. The focus of the ABV program is community support, especially to the children in this township. Poverty, child neglect, alcohol abuse and a high unemployment rate are some of the many challenges this community faces on a day-to-day basis. The diversity of needs and great lack of services for this community shows in terms of a shortage of educational institutes with only 2 primary schools and 1 high school available to the children.

The life in the townships has many sides to it and is most of all an exciting way of seeing everyday life as almost 70% of the population live in communities like Gqubera. Volunteers are welcome with open arms, and are well looked after in the community. Volunteers are not alone, and work side by side the local staff to ensure their safety and comfort.

With help from international volunteers this community is benefitting from support in the local schools, sports programs as well as crèches/children's centers.

Volunteering Projects in South Africa Port Elizabeth

Overview

  • Project length: From 1 week to 4 weeks (** Mondays Arrival Only **)
  • Arrival Airport: Port Elizabeth (Code: PLZ)
  • Work Schedule: Monday to Friday, 7 hours per day
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily
  • Requirements: Tourist Visa.
  • Age Limits: Minimum 18yrs or older for solo travelers.
  • Minimum Age: 12 to 17 yrs if traveling with parents
  • Airlines: South African Airlines, Virgin, Delta, British Air, Emirates, KLM
  • Vaccinations: Hep A, Typhoid wwwnc.cdc.gov

Program Schedule

  • Airport meet and greet in Port Elizabeth airport
  • Monday to Friday volunteering. 35 hours per week
  • Weekends free to sightseeing
  • Typical shift work hours are  8:00am - 3pm with lunch break
  • Support: Local ABV Director support 24/7 during placement
  • Departure: ABV Staff Escorted Airport Transfer

Not included:

  • Flights to South Africa. Entry Visa. Vaccinations. Local Transportation. Travel & Health Insurance. Laundry and Internet

We have social welfare programs, as well as environmental/conservations programs on the Islands. On Santa Cruz volunteers can work with very small children, babies, toddler and also pre-school and higher education. On San Cristobal our environmental projects focus on sea turtle, marine iguana, green house growing and sea lion conservation efforts.

The capital of Leyte province, Tacloban City is in the eastern Visayas over 350 miles from Manila.  The city is located on the Cancabato Bay, which divides the island of Leyte and Samar.

The climate is consistently hot and wet throughout the year, and on average May is the warmest month.   This area is known for its historical significance to the Second World War, as well as for natural ecological beauty.

This is a primarily Waray speaking city with a large population of Roman Catholics.

Because of the growing economy Tacloban has a relatively low poverty rate compared to other parts of the country. However there is a lot of disparage between the classes.  Many people, mostly children live in constant hunger, with limited resources and need assistance from the projects our volunteer support. 

Overview

  • Project length: From 1 week to 8 weeks
  • Arrival Airport: Tacloban (Code: TAC)
  • Work Schedule: Monday to Friday 8 hours per day
  • Requirements:Tourist Visa
  • Age Limits: Minimum 17yrs or older for solo travelers.
  • Minimum Age: 12 to 16 yrs if traveling with parent

Inclusions

  • Accommodation: Host Families
  • Meals: Breakfast and dinner daily
  • Arrival: Airport meet and greet by ABV Staff
  • Orientation: Project Overview and Orientation
  • Support: Pre-trip written guide, In-country ABV staff available 24/7
  • Departure: ABV Staff Escorted Airport Transfer

Not included:

  • Flights.  Entry Visa. Departure taxes. Vaccinations. Local Transportation. Travel & Health Insurance. Laundry and Internet

Granada sits on Lake Nicaragua, one of the largest and most scenic lakes in the world. Granada is still off the beaten path for the typical traveler, and as a result, the ancient city’s enthralling local culture continues to shine through.

Granada is also known as La Gran Sultana, in reflection of its Moorish and Andalusian appearance, unlike its sister city of León and historical rival, which displays Castilian trends.

Most of Granada's streets are narrow, as the city evolved centuries before the advent of motorized vehicles. Therefore, today, many streets allow only one-way traffic, offering a challenge to visitors traveling by car.

Nicaragua is the second poorest country in Latin America next to Haiti. The average family lives on less than 10 US dollars a day, barely enough to put food on the table and a roof over their head.  16% of the population survives on less than 2 US dollars a day.

With such a prevalence of extreme poverty, one would think that Nicaragua is a dangerous place to visit. But that is not the case in Nicaragua. According to the United Nations and other monitoring organizations, Nicaragua is the safest country for travelers in all of Latin America.

Volunteer Projects in Nicaragua Granada

Overview

  • Project Length: From 1 week to 8 weeks
  • Arrival Airport: Managua (Code: MGA)
  • Work Schedule: Monday to Friday 8 hours per day
  • Requirements: Proficiency in Spanish or Spanish Immersion Lessons
  • Age Limits: Minimum 18yrs or older for solo travelers.
  • Minimum Age: 12 to 17 yrs if traveling with parents.
  • Airlines: American, United, Delta, Spirit, Taca
  • Vaccinations: Routine Vac, Hep-A and Typhoid wwwnc.cdc.gov

Inclusions

  • Accommodation: Host Family
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily
  • Arrival: Airport meet and Greet (Volunteer pays for taxi to Granada US$45)
  • Orientation: Project Overview On-Site
  • Support: Pre-trip written guide, In-country ABV staff available 24/7
  • Departure: Airport Transfer (Volunteer pays for taxi to Managua Airport US$45)

Not included:

  • Flights to Nicaragua. Taxi airport Managua-Granada-Managua. Entry Visa (US$35). Departure taxes, some airlines include this fee in the airfare. Vaccinations. Local Transportation. Travel & Health Insurance. Laundry and Internet.

Ho Chi Minh City is Vietnam's largest city and major river port.  It is also a jumping off point for many other cities in Vietnam and also throughout South East Asia. A lively and expanding city, and once the "Paris of Asia" known for the wide boulevards lined with trees and French villas, now offers a mix of tea-houses, night life, local palaces, street cafes and beautiful pagodas.

With this growing population comes growing social inequalities. There is real poverty in Vietnam, especially on the streets of Ho Chi Minh City, where many wary countryside villagers end up in search of a better life. Rural poor people generally have small plots of low-quality land or are landless, and opportunities for off-farm employment are scarce. As they came into the city looking for opportunities they end of living on the streets, begging to make a living and supporting their families. Poor households tend to include more dependants, especially children.

Our programs focus on orphan and abandoned children. Access to love, food and education can change the life of Vietnamese children. It allows them to break the vicious poverty cycle that they would otherwise be destined for. Through education they can gain invaluable skills that can further assist in the development of the community and themselves. 

Ho Chi Minh can be visited year round, but expect heavy rain (May-November).  Dry season is from December thru April. 

Overview

  • Project length: From 2 week to 8 weeks
  • Arrival Airport: Ho Chi Minh (code: SGN)
  • Work Schedule: Monday to Friday 5-8 hours per day
  • Requirements: Tourist Visa
  • Age Limits: Minimum 18 yrs or older for solo travelers.
  • Minimum Age: 12 to 16 yrs if traveling with parents
  • Airlines: United, Korean Air, China Airlines, Delyta, Qatar, Air France, Qantas
  • Vaccinations: Typhoid and Hep A wwwnc.cdc.gov

Inclusions

  • Accommodation: Guest House or onsite  dorm room 
  • Meals: 2 Meals a day (stipend)
  • Arrival: Airport meet and greet by ABV Staff
  • Orientation: Project Overview and Orientation
  • Support: Pre-trip written guide, In-country ABV staff available 24/7
  • Departure: ABV Staff Escorted Airport Transfer

Not included:

  • Flights to Vietnam.  Entry Visa. Departure taxes. Vaccinations. Local Transportation. Travel & Health Insurance. Laundry and Internet

Kathmandu is a captivating place. It is the capital and largest city of Nepal, and offers visitors a mix of the modern life and ancient culture.  A visit to Kathmandu is like stepping back into the 12th century. Parts of this bustling city are very crowded and run down, and other areas are architecturally stunning and home to numerous notable Hindi and Buddhist temples, monkeys, and ancient buildings.

Nepal's acronym of Never Ending Peace And Love, does well to characterize this nation of good natured and accommodating people.  Kathmandu has many attractions, but the essence of the country is its smiling, friendly people with their heartfelt palm-pressed greetings.

With a stunning backdrop of the tallest mountain peaks in the world, warm hospitable people and old world charm, Kathmandu is a exciting place to visit and volunteer. Take a step back in time, volunteer in Nepal.

Volunteer Opportunities: Social programs

Overview

  • Project Length: From 1 week to 12 weeks
  • Arrival Airport: Kathmandu (Code: KTM)
  • Work Schedule: Monday to Friday 6-8 hours per day
  • Requirements: Tourist Visa
  • Age Limits: Minimum 17yrs or older for solo travelers.
  • Minimum Age: 12 to 16 yrs if traveling with parents
  • Airlines: Qatar, Air India, Jet Airways, Thai Air, Ethiad
  • Vaccinations: Typhoid and Hep A wwwnc.cdc.gov

Inclusions

  • Accommodation: Host family/Shared House
  • Meals: 2 Meals a day
  • Arrival: Airport meet and greet by ABV Staff
  • Orientation: Project Overview andOrientation
  • Support: Pre-trip written guide, In-country ABV staff available 24/7
  • Departure: ABV Staff Escorted Airport Transfer

Not included:

  • Flights to Nepal.  Entry Visa. Departure taxes. Vaccinations. Local Transportation. Travel & Health Insurance. Laundry and Internet

Hanoi is a lovely city and capital of Vietnam. Located in the heart of the northern Red River Delta, Hanoi is a city of lakes, tree lined streets, and green parks that has a French colonial feel. Founded over 1000 years ago, Hanoi became the center of government for the Indochina Union under French rule in 1888, and later the official capital of independent Vietnam.

The orphanage is located between two villages in Central Kenya, about 15 miles from the small town of Kenol. The orphanage sits on an eight acre plot that is long and relatively thin, stretching down from the road at the top to a river at the bottom. The orphanage compound sits in the middle of this plot. It is a picturesque setting with hills on all sides, and many small trees and bushes. During the rainy seasons it is green and lush. There is only one road to the orphanage – a bumpy track that starts at the small town of Huhi (where the tarmac ends).

This placement will give you a true African village experience, quiet, no frills life style in a beautiful surrounding. There are wash rooms, toilets and shower rooms, but no electricity.

Volunteering Projects in Kenya Kirithani

Volunteer Opportunities: Social Programs

Overview

  • Project Length: From 1 week to 8 weeks
  • Arrival Airport:   Mombasa (MBA)
  • Work Schedule: Monday to Friday 8 hours per day
  • Requirements: Tourist visa. Expect rural living conditions.
  • Age Limits: Minimum 17yrs or older for solo travelers.
  • Minimum Age: 12 to 16 yrs if traveling with parents.
  • Airlines: British Air, Emirates, Qatar Air, Ethiad
  • Vaccinations: Yellow Fever, Malaria, Hep A, typhoid wwwnc.cdc.gov

Inclusions

  • Accommodation: On site at orphanage
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily
  • Arrival: Airport meet and greet by ABV Staff
  • Orientation: Project Overview and Orientation
  • Support: Pre-trip written guide, In-country ABV staff available 24/7
  • Departure: ABV Staff Escorted Airport Transfer

Not included:

  • Flights to Kenya.  Entry Visa. Departure taxes. Vaccinations. Local Transportation. Travel & Health Insurance. Laundry and Internet

Phnom Penh, once considered to be the loveliest of Indochina's French-built cities, was called the "Pearl of Asia".  Today it is a bustling city. The city has a mix of French colonial and Khmer architecture, and sits at the base of the Mekong, Bassac and Tonlé Sap Rivers.  In the city there are a number of Wats (temple-monasteries), museums and other places of interest which can be visited on the weekends.

For some, the capital city can be quite a shock. Phnom Penh can be a very hot and dusty, the streets are busy with cars, people, motorbikes and street children begging for hand outs. In the past 30 years the country has undergone extreme challenges, war and destruction.

There is real poverty in Cambodia, especially on the streets of Phnom Penh, where many wary countryside villagers end up in search of a better life.  Poor people, particularly ethnic minorities, are often uninformed about their rights and lack access to legal assistance, health care and especially education.

Our programs focus on orphan children, rescued from a life on the streets. Providing a home based, love and support, and some education will help break the vicious poverty cycle that these kids would otherwise be destined for.

Overview

  • Project Length: From 4 week to 12 weeks
  • Arrival Airport: Phnom Penh (Code: PNH)
  • Work Schedule: Monday to Friday 6-8 hours per day
  • Requirements: Tourist Visa + Police Check
  • Age Limits: Minimum 18yrs or older for solo travelers.
  • Airlines: Korean Air, China Easter, Qatar Airways, Delta, United, Thai Airways
  • Vaccinations: Typhoid and Hep A wwwnc.cdc.gov

Inclusions

  • Accommodation: Home Stay or onsite at orphanage
  • Meals: 2 Meals
  • Arrival: Airport meet and greet by ABV Staff
  • Orientation: Project Overview and Orientation
  • Support: Pre-trip written guide, In-country ABV staff available 24/7
  • Departure: ABV Staff Escorted Airport Transfer

Not included:

  • Flights.  Entry Visa. Departure taxes. Vaccinations. Local Transportation. Travel & Health Insurance. Laundry and Internet

La Ceiba is the capital of Atlantida, which is the gateway to the Bay Islands. Our programs are located in the town of La Ceiba which is a typically coastal town with a mix of Latin, Caribbean and Afro-Antillean culture. The economy thrives on tourism as well as local plantations of pineapple and palms and bananas.

La Ceiba offers a lot to a traveler. With its close proximity to Pico Bonito Natural Park, marine reserves and wildlife refuge, it has the potential to develop into a major ecotourism spot in Central America. La Ceiba is famous for its Carnival week, which takes place during the Month of May to celebrate the patron saint, San Isidro. This is without doubt the largest and most important celebration held regularly in Central America.

Volunteer Projects in Honduras La Ceiba

Volunteer Opportunities Honduras: La Ceiba

Overview

  • Project length: From 1 week to 12 weeks
  • Arrival Airport: La Ceiba (LCE)
  • Airlines: Taca, Air Viva, Cayman Air
  • Work Schedule: Monday to Friday 8 hours per day
  • Requirements: Proficiency in Spanish or Spanish Immersion Lessons
  • Age Limits: Minimum 18yrs or older for solo travelers.
  • Minimum Age: 12 to 16 yrs if traveling with parents.

Inclusions

  • Accommodation: Host Families
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily
  • Arrival: Airport meet and greet by ABV Staff
  • Orientation: Project Overview and La Ceiba Orientation
  • Support: Pre-trip written guide, In-country ABV staff available 24/7
  • Departure: ABV Staff Escorted Airport Transfer

Not included:

  • Flights to La Ceiba. Entry Visa. Departure taxes. Vaccinations. Local Transportation. Travel & Health Insurance. Laundry and Internet

The capital of the South West Province is located close to the Gulf of Guinea. Once a German capital colonial city, Buea still boasts a handful of colonial era buildings, and architecture. Today Buea is the provincial capital of Cameroon and a university town. It is the only Cameroon provincial capital that is still considered a rural town mainly because it still lacks the socio-economic development of other areas.

La Serena is Chile's second-oldest town and maintains its Spanish neo-colonial style seen throughout the neighborhoods and downtown.  The city is dotted with beautiful green gardens,  30 churches, a romantic avenue of replica classical Italian statues and  elegant colonial buildings.  La Serena is a located about 250 miles north of the Chilean capital of Santiago (an hour flight or 6 hour overnight bus journey)

Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Cartagena is a charming walled city with massive fortifications, sea views, colonial architecture, cultural festivals and superb beach areas nearby. Due to its strategic location, Cartagena is a regular port of call for cruise liner, receiving up to 100 cruises during high season.

Named after the famous Scottish explorer Dr. David Livingstone who explored this area of the World extensively.   Livingstone’s architecture and culture still stirs memories of days gone by.  The city still has a colonial feel which people are incredibly proud of.  

The city is fascinating to visitors - museums, colonial architecture, traditional village life, local food and the general African lifestyle. Located only minutes away from Livingstone is Victoria Falls, a natural wonder of the World. This is an area of Africa which is rich in history, and offers adventure travelers an opportunity of a lifetime. 

Located in northeastern China, the city of Yantai sits on the coast of the Shandong Peninsula. Once recognized as the most "Charming City of China, Yantai is a small but busy shipping port city that to this day still retains some of its colonial charm. Unlike the large metropolis of Beijing and Shanghai, Yantai has its own unique character and history. In 1861, Yantai became one of the first opening ports in the modern China. There is evidence that the city of Yantai existed as long as 10,000 years ago and was used as a means of defense against pirates. Today you can still see the well preserved navy base which dates back to the Ming Dynasty.

Yantai is known for its year round pleasant weather, and an abundant of fruit industries. The long coastline around Yantai offer a plentitude of seafood - scallops, crabs and prawns, are all easily available. The striking scenery in and around the city has earned the area acclaim by the United Nations, which lists it as one of the most inhabitable places in the world. Rolling hills rise above the areas many rivers, and are framed by beaches and neighboring islands.

With China’s rapid economic development, facilities in Yantai are improving, more emphasis on education, and transportation is becoming more and more convenient. The need for native English speakers is high, as the country opens its doors to the rest of the World.

Holidays/Program Closed:
The Chinese Lunar New Year February 4 to 19
The China National Holidays from Oct 1 to 7
International Labour Day Holidays from May 1 to 3

Overview

  • Project length: From 1 week to 8 Weeks
  • Arrival Airport: Yantai  (YNT)
  • Work Schedule: Monday to Friday 4-5 hours per day
  • Requirements: Tourist Visa, native English speaker
  • Age Limits: Minimum 18yrs or older for solo travelers.
  • Airlines: Air China, Delta, United, China Souther, Korean Air, Cathay Pacific
  • Vaccinations: Typhoid and Hep A wwwnc.cdc.gov

Inclusions

  • Accommodation: Private dorm room with bathroom
  • Meals: 3 Meals
  • Arrival: Airport meet and greet by ABV Staff
  • Orientation: Project Overview and Orientation
  • Support: Pre-trip written guide, In-country ABV staff available 24/7
  • Departure: ABV Staff Escorted Airport Transfer

Not included:

  • Flights.  Entry Visa. Departure taxes. Vaccinations. Local Transportation. Travel & Health Insurance. Laundry and Internet

Lusaka is the colorful capital city that maintains a unique sense of African charm. The lively urban area is spread out over 30 miles with growing suburbs, shanty towns and large markets that are a hive of activity. The city has thousands of market stalls with fruit, fish, nuts, African art and clothing. Although the unemployment rate in the city is quite high, over 60%, there are few beggars and street crime. Most people try to make an honest living, selling their wares or services and are polite and friendly.

Because many villagers come to the city to seek a better life for their families, there is an extremely high number of street children, either orphaned or neglected. Children on the street lack access to food, protection, health care and education. This lack of education had debilitating effects on the community – children are not equipped with the tools to escape poverty and disease because they were unable to read, write, and calculate simple sums. In addition, youth are lacking the encouragement, competition, and social structure provided in school that allows them to maximize their human potential and realize their dreams.

Volunteer in Lusaka at a local school, youth center, prison project, orphanage or in a medical project.

Volunteering Programs in Zambia Lusaka

Overview

  • Project Length: From 1 week to 8 weeks
  • Arrival Airport: Lusaka (Code: LUN)
  • Work Schedule: Monday to Friday 8 hours per day
  • Requirements: Tourist Visa
  • Age Limits: Minimum 17yrs or older for solo travelers.
  • Minimum Age: 12 to 16 yrs if traveling with parents.
  • Airlines: South African Air, Ethiopian, Emirates, KLM and Delta
  • Vaccinations: Typhoid, Malaria Medication, Hep A wwwnc.cdc.gov

Inclusions

  • Accommodation: Home Stay
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily
  • Arrival: Airport meet and greet by ABV Staff
  • Orientation: Project Overview and Orientation
  • Support: Pre-trip written guide, In-country ABV staff available 24/7
  • Departure: ABV Staff Escorted Airport Transfer

Not included:

  • Flights to Zambia. Entry Visa. Vaccinations. Local Transportation. Travel & Health Insurance. Laundry and Internet

The name of Escazu comes from the indigenous voice ‘Iz-Kat-Zú’, which means ‘place to rest’, the town also known as San Miguel de Escazú.

The capital and largest city of Nicaragua sits on the southern shore of Lago de Managua with a volcanic skyline view. A mix of residential neighborhoods and commercial districts, Managua is the heart of Nicaragua and home to a quarter of the population. The national language is Spanish, and outside tourists areas, English is rarely spoken. Managua is ideally located between the colonial towns of Leon and Granada. In Managua and throughout Nicaragua there are many festivals celebrated, the most famous is Santo Domingo de Guzman after the cities patron saint, starting August 01st for 10 days. There are two distinct seasons dry: January to June and wet season is June-September.

San Jose is the capital of Costa Rica and is the cultural main hub for volunteers and travelers alike. Because so many locals speak English, San Jose is a great place to improve your Spanish.  Streets are mixed with western style chain restaurants next to bustling outdoor markets.   Although San Jose would rarely be called a pretty city, well-marked streets lead to some amazingly historical building architecture like the elegant 1897 National Theater.  Within every corner of San Jose can be found many theaters, museums, parks, plazas and zoos.

Renown for being such a clean city, Moshi is located in the densely populated Kilimanjaro region of northern Tanzania. The city sits in the shadow of Mt Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa.  Moshi is less touristy than Arusha, and has an appealing blend of African and Asian influences due in large part to it being the center of one of Tanzania’s major coffee-growing regions.

You can practically be anywhere in Moshi and feel imposed by the beauty of the mountain. Climbing the mountain is a draw for many travelers as well as the limitless options of safari, wild life spotting, banana and coffee plantation tours and national park tours.

Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Quito is also the capital of Ecuador.   The beautiful, bustling city sits high in the Andes Mountains an altitude over 9000 ft. Quito's Old Town is a wonder with neighborhoods lined with colonial architecture, some of it dating to the mid 1500s when the Spanish founded the city. It is a place of delicious food, friendly people, wonderful Andean music and colorful marketplaces.

Volunteering Projects in Ecuador Quito-North

Volunteering Programs in Quito

Volunteer Ecuador Quito Opportunities

Overview

  • Project Length: From 1 week to 12 weeks
  • Arrival Airport: Quito (UIO)
  • Work Schedule: Monday to Friday 8 hours per day
  • Requirements: Proficiency in Spanish or Spanish Immersion Lessons
  • Age Limits: Minimum 18yrs or older for solo travelers.
  • Minimum Age: 12 to 17 yrs if traveling with parents.

Inclusions

  • Accommodation: Host Families
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily
  • Arrival: Airport meet and greet by ABV Staff
  • Orientation: Project Overview and Quito Orientation
  • Support: Pre-trip written guide, In-country ABV staff available 24/7
  • Departure: ABV Staff Escorted Airport Transfer

Not included:

  • Flights to Quito. Entry Visa. Departure taxes. Vaccinations. Local Transportation. Travel & Health Insurance. Laundry and Internet

This program is located in a rural village about  5 miles outside of Mukono Town (mid way between Kampala and Jinja). This a rural community, with dirt roads that turn to sticky mud in the rainy season and dust in the dry season. BodaBoda taxi bikes share the road with bicycles and animals. This project programs serve the most vulnerable community members in Mukono District - children and the elderly. The main project is teaching in the village school which supports hundreds of children in the surrounding communities. The school provides not only needed education but opportunities for sports activities, health talks, feeding center and meeting place for the community.

Volunteer in this project and you will be part of the education project, youth sports, community building and be able to be 100% immersed in a rural African village.

Volunteering Programs in Uganda Mukono

Volunteer Opportunities: Mukono programs

Overview

  • Project length: From 1 week to 12 weeks
  • Arrival Airport: Entebbe (Code: EBB)
  • Work Schedule: Monday to Friday 8 hours per day
  • Requirements: Tourist Visa. Expect rural living conditions
  • Age Limits: Minimum 17yrs or older for solo travelers.
  • Minimum Age: 12 to 16 yrs if traveling with parents.
  • Airlines: KLM, Delta, Emirates, British Air, Qatar and United
  • Vaccinations: Yellow Fever, Malaria, Hep A, typhoid wwwnc.cdc.gov

Inclusions

  • Accommodation: Host Family
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily
  • Arrival: Airport meet and greet by ABV Staff
  • Orientation: Project Overview and Orientation
  • Support: Pre-trip written guide, In-country ABV staff available 24/7
  • Departure: ABV Staff Escorted Airport Transfer

Not included:

  • Flights to Uganda. Entry Visa. Vaccinations. Local Transportation. Travel & Health Insurance. Laundry and Internet

Alotenango is a town of about 16,000 inhabitants in Guatemala’s central highlands, approximately 10 km (6 miles) from Antigua. Roughly 70 percent of the town’s inhabitants are indigenous. The local economy is mostly based on agriculture and 35 percent of the population is estimated to be illiterate. Many families in Alotenango live below the poverty line and particularly the children suffer from poor living conditions and lack of adequate education and healthcare.

Volunteer in Guatemala: Quetzaltenango, more commonly known as Xela, is a beautiful city surrounded by mountains, volcanoes and laced with cobblestone streets. With several universities in the city, there are lots of young people, lively markets and colorful Mayan culture all around. Located in the highlands of Guatemala, Xela is about 2 hours (120 miles) from Guatemala City, and about 1 hour from the tropical Pacific coast.

Volunteer in Xela and experience the real Guatemala. Considered a bit grittier than Antigua, and a bit less touristic, this is a good choice for a serious, Spanish speaking volunteer. There are lots of naturist options nearby hiking, mountain climbing, biking, as well as the coast nearby. The city is not too big, and not too small, perhaps just the perfect size to be 100% immersed but still see some other foreigners during your time there.

*Volunteers need to arrive in Guatemala in the morning. Last bus to Xela departs at 3:00pm. Overnight in Guatemala city is not included in cost of program.  Departure flights from Guatemala City need to be scheduled after 2:00PM.

Volunteer Projects in Guatemala Quetzaltenango (Xela)

Volunteering Opportunities in Xela

Overview

  • Project length: From 2 week to 12 weeks
  • Arrival Airport: Guatemala City (GUA)
  • Work Schedule: Monday to Friday 6-7 hours per day
  • Requirements: Proficiency in Spanish or Spanish Immersion Lessons
  • Age Limits: Minimum 18yrs or older for solo travelers.
  • Minimum Age: 12 to 17 yrs if traveling with parents.

Inclusions

  • Accommodation: Host Family
  • Meals: 3 per day M-F, 2 meals Saturday, no meals Sunday
  • Arrival: Airport meet and greet by ABV Staff
  • Orientation: Project Overview and Orientation
  • Support: Pre-trip written guide, In-country ABV staff available 24/7
  • Departure: ABV Staff Escorted Airport Transfer

Not included:

  • Flights to Guatemala. Entry Visa. Departure taxes. Vaccinations. Local Transportation. Travel Health Insurance. Laundry and Internet

Antigua is one of the most charming colonial towns in the Americas. Founded in 1543, Antigua was the capital of the area that is now Guatemala, Chiapas, Belize, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Costa Rica until 1777, when the capital was moved to present-day Guatemala City.  Antigua has largely retained its colonial ambiance to this day. It has a unique historic ambience that makes Antigua a fascinating place to visit and volunteer.

Our volunteer projects are based within the Eastern Province, outside the city of Rwamagana. which is located about one hour from Kigali, the capital city.  Rwamagana is a typically city with large market set up, a bank, petrol station, bus stations, post office, church, and small hotel and restaurants. Our program is located about 3 miles outside of the city (but still close!)

Housing Options:

Local Host family. English/French speaking, located near the town of Rwamagana. Private bedroom, breakfast and dinner daily (Lunch at project). Expect basic village life, safe community, internet nearby and local shops, some homes do not have indoor plumbing. This option requires volunteer to commute by local minibus to the school each day. Cost is less than $1 per day, round trip, and journey is about 3 miles.

On-site at the school dormitory. Private bedroom, with a lock. 3 local meals provided daily at the school with the children. Expect basic village life - a safe community, no indoor plumbing. Some access to electricity is available at the school, but not at the accommodation. This option is a rural setting away from town without evening entertainment. Some staff stay overnight at school and you will also have the boarding students for company, although their level of English is not generally good enough to allow for conversation. The facility is secure with a night watch man, even though this is a remote location.

Volunteering Projects in Rwanda Rwamagana

Overview

  • Project length: 1 week to 8 weeks
  • Program Schedule:
    · First term starts on 6th January ends 5th April,
     · Second term starts on 28th April ends 3rd July
     · Third term starts on 11th August ends 25th Oct
  • Arrival Airport: Kigali (Code: KGL)
  • Work Schedule: Monday to Friday 8 hours per day
  • Requirements: Teaching experience preferred. Enthusiasm a must!
  • Age Limits: Minimum 18yrs or older for solo travelers.
  • Airlines: KLM, Delta, Qatar Air, Ethiopian
  • Vaccinations: Yellow Fever, Malaria, Hep A, typhoid wwwnc.cdc.gov

Inclusions

  • Accommodation: Host Family or On Site Dorm Room
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily
  • Arrival: Airport meet and greet by ABV Staff
  • Orientation: Project Overview and Orientation
  • Support: Pre-trip written guide, In-country ABV staff available 24/7
  • Departure: ABV Staff Escorted Airport Transfer

Not included:

  • Flights to Rwanda. Entry Visa. Vaccinations. Local Transportation. Travel & Health Insurance. Laundry and Internet

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