Spanish Programs for Volunteers
You may want to put your Spanish language skills into immediate action by devoting some of your time to a worthwhile volunteer project while you are polishing your skills. Almost all Language Link programs can help you do this. Please be realistic, however, and understand that to really make a meaningful impact, it is best to have a stay longer than just a few weeks.
Many of our schools do this in a very informal way. Language Link lets them know about your interests and skills, and then the school will use its extensive local contacts to suggest possibilities for you. An example is Cuernavaca, Mexico, where there are many needy groups welcoming your help. Most of these deal with street children and orphans. Some schools have close affiliations with local projects. PLFM of Antigua, Guatemala often sends volunteers to the God’s Child Project. Becari of Oaxaca, Mexico, encourages help for the Centro de Esperanza Infantil, known in English as Oaxaca Street Children Grassroots, a program helping the street children of Oaxaca.
Other programs have very well developed volunteer programs with very specific opportunities. Some charge a volunteer placement fee, and some require a minimum stay. Please see these schools under their Program Descriptions.
Intercultura of Heredia, Costa Rica
Intercultura of Sámara Beach, Costa Rica
Conversa of Santa Ana, Costa Rica
ECELA of Cusco, Peru
IMAC of Guadalajara, Mexico
Simón Bolívar of Quito, Ecuador
ECELA of Buenos Aires, Argentina
Españolé of Valencia, Spain
ECELA of Santiago, Chile