Free (or Cheap) Volunteer Work in Bolivia

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Free or Cheap Volunteer Work in Bolivia

 

With food and accommodation so cheap in Bolivia adding a sense of purpose to your travels can be the greater motivation for volunteering here than merely saving money.

 

Grassroots Volunteering in Bolivia

The organisations listed below have either got in touch with us to add their details to this or another of our websites, or we otherwise have reason to believe they are actively looking for international volunteers and charge reasonable or no fees to join in, live and work with them:

Fox Language Academy

www.foxacademysucre.com

Either tackling a class on your own or alongside one of their professional language teachers, this Sucre based language academy doesn't charge a thing for your help. They may also be able to provide somewhere to stay or will help you look and, if you don't want to teach, help with volunteering at nurseries, orphanages or other organisations in the area. It is up to the volunteer how much time they choose to commit. Some volunteers only have time to spend a few days, others stay for months.

Where: Sucre.
Accommodation & Costs: There are no fees but volunteers pay their own living expenses including accommodation.

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Comunidad Inti Wara Yassi

www.intiwarayassi.org

Who wouldn't want to take a wild cat for a walk and work with monkeys? Parents can take their children too - the kids can help with the birds and turtles. If you wear glasses, take a spare pair as some of the monkeys like to play with them. A very popular animal sanctuary, CIWY now run three refuges. With less infrastructure at the newer sactuaries the work can include construction tasks. Minimum stay is 14 days, though working with felines and certain monkey groups requires a minimum of 29 days..

Where: One of three refuges in Cochabamba, Santa Cruz and north of La Paz.
Accommodation & Costs: Meals and basic accommodation is included in the fees, which vary at each park and by time committed. Think £10 to £15 per day and you'll be about right.

Volunteering in Bolivia

 

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Condortrekkers

www.condortrekkers.org

Volunteers assist local guide with taking tourist on treks. When not hiking tasks include: promotion, teaching English to the guides, exploring new routes, translation, equipment maintenance, trip preparation, activities with the children from the projects they support and whatever new ideas you wish to introduce. Guiding and tourism experience is desirable but not required but basic Spanish is needed to communicate with the Bolivian guide.

Where: Sucre.
Accommodation & Costs: Volunteers must pay their own way and for their first trek (around $72), and must find their own accommodation. A rented room in a shared house starts at around $60 per month. Whilst hiking, all costs are covered by Condortrekkers, including vegetarian/vegan meals.

 

Help Exchange Networks in Bolivia

Workaway - https://www.workaway.info/hostlist-BO.html
HelpStay - https://www.helpstay.com/projects-abroad?keywords=Bolivia&XID={XID_HASH}
HelpX - http://www.helpx.net/hostlist.asp?host_region=923&network=9
WWOOF - http://www.wwoofindependents.org/host-list/bolivia/

 

Other Ways to Travel or Stay for Free in Bolivia

Stay for free in return for caring for local residents' homes or pets. Join Trusted Housesitters to live rent free as a house sitter (Americans may prefer this link). You can also get a free $25 Airbnb credit from us here.

 

Volunteer Experiences*

Volunteer in Bolivia at a Children’s Center (Interview Part I) - The founder of a children’s centre in Bolivia answers questions about her project.
Wild Times with Balu: Volunteering at ‘Inti Wara Yassi’ Wildlife Preserve in Bolivia - It is neither too hot nor too cold for Andrew and the one bear.
Tigres Jungle Bootcamp - While volunteering in Bolivia with Comunidad Inti Wara Yassi, Chelsea develops a bond with a leopard so strong she thinks about buying land in the country.
Volunteering In Bolivia: Back To Bartending - Finding herself unable to function without volunteering Trisha Velarmino gets behind a La Paz bar.

 

* not all these volunteer experiences are with grassroots NGOs or low cost organisations

Image courtesy Amaury Laporte