If you truly want to experience the mystery that is South America, visiting it as a tourist will never be enough. To experience South American heritage, culture and uniqueness requires a person to completely immerse with the people of these countries, to really know them from the inside, as an insider. There are many different ways to do this. Studying Spanish, working at a local company or, what brings us to today’s topic, participating in a volunteer program. In all of them, you will get a very close contact with the local people and a deep knowledge of their culture.
There are many reasons that lead a person to volunteer, both personally and professionally. All of them can bring many emotional and career benefits to the volunteer, and depend on each other’s values and aspirations. Here are some of the most common ones:
Personal reasons to volunteer
- Learn new things.
- Help people most in need altruistically.
- Give back to society the benefits it brings us by being part of it.
- Improve environmental conditions and the future of the planet.
- Improve our own self-esteem.
- Create new relationships and make new friends.
- Finding our purpose in life.
- Religious motives.
Professional reasons to volunteer
- Acquire or perfect new skills and knowledge.
- Obtain a recognition or diploma.
- Implement social tasks in our work area.
- To better understand the culture and language of the social groups we work with.
- Develop and implement new ideas with a social background.
Why volunteer in South America?
One great way to become a part of South America is to volunteer in some of the important programs going on all through the year as a volunteer. All over Peru, Ecuador and Bolivia, hundreds of outreach programs are going on which are trying to help the disadvantaged population of these countries. Almost all of these outreach programs eagerly accept volunteers from all over the world to work with them.
Academia has always been very committed to solidarity values and to the countries of South America where we have schools. For this reason, we offer a wide range of volunteer programs in Ecuador and Peru, as part of our Spanish courses.
Learning Spanish is an important part of these programs, since it is the language spoken by majority of the people in these countries. Since Spanish is taught in a number of high schools and colleges around the developing countries of the world, this is not a problem for both the volunteers and the program management.
While many of these outreach programs work with the youth to make them capable, skilled and to educate them, some programs are dedicated towards health or environment. Other programs work with the indigenous groups to know more about their cultures and lifestyles. In addition, we offer several internship opportunities for those interested in living the South American labor market experience firsthand.
Some volunteer programs in South America offered by Academia are: