Since most of French Guiana’s surface is represented by rainforests, there are quite a few volunteering programmes focused on ecology, eco-tourism, and preserving the natural reserves. Volunteer programmes in urban settings are less extensive than in other countries in South America, but if you look hard enough, you’ll probably be able to find a suitable project to work on, such as caring for children or volunteering as a teacher. Alternatively, several international volunteering placement agencies organise personalized programmes, so look into this option as well. Your fee will cover pre-departure briefing, lodging, meals, and ongoing support.


If you come from France or a country belonging to the European Economic Area, you can volunteer in French Guiana through the VCAT (Volontariat Civil à l’Aide Technique).

Over 18 years of age, a clean criminal record, and some knowledge of the French language are the usual requirements for volunteering programmes in French Guiana.


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