Much of Venezuela’s population still lives in poverty and the country, although it has made notable progress over the past decade, is very much in need of the aid provided by volunteers. Because of this, there are several options for foreigners wishing to lend a helpful hand in this South American oasis.
Most volunteering programmes are centred on Venezuela’s larger cities, but you can find projects in more remote areas as well. Options include working with street children, volunteering in an orphanage, teaching English, working on infrastructural projects, caring for animals in a zoo, and even participating in a marine conservation programme. There are also several programmes revolving around health issues.
You can also combine volunteering with Spanish classes, as there are quite a few programmes that offer both. However, at least some prior knowledge of Spanish is required for a few volunteering programmes, so make sure you look into this before you apply. Other requirements may vary from one project to another, but you do have to be over 18 in order to be able to volunteer in Venezuela. No past experience in volunteering is needed.
Volunteering programmes come with a fee, which covers accommodation and meals, language courses and other activities, and sometimes transportation to and from the project site. Other expenses you will have to factor in include round trip flight fares, visa and travel insurance, any vaccinations you might be required to take prior to arriving in Venezuela, and general daily expenses.