Volunteering Abroad Shouldn't Cost the Earth

Mission

Volunteer Latin America’s mission is to help protect Latin America’s flora and fauna, its biodiversity, and to offer the most cost effective way to become an environmental or humanitarian volunteer in Central or South America.

Our Objectives

  • To endorse and advance the conservation of wild habitats and their flora and fauna
  • To provide prospective volunteers with affordable and rewarding volunteer work opportunities
  • To provide a diverse and regularly updated range of environmental and humanitarian projects
  • To increase the number of people who can afford to volunteer abroad
  • To promote grassroots voluntary organisations and projects
  • To encourage people to consider a career in conservation or take a keen interest in environmental issues
  • To encourage people to meet new people, and accumulate life and career enhancing experiences and skills
  • To ensure that volunteering abroad through Volunteer Latin America is a rewarding and productive experience
  • To ensure that we treat prospective volunteers in a honest and cooperative manner
  • To provide green project funding for voluntary organisations and projects
  • To ensure our concerns for the environment and green policies remain an integral part of our organisation

Environmental Policy

We operate according to sound environmental principles and are fully committed to our green initiatives that help protect the environment, as well as policies which aim to manage our impact on society. Our innovative eco-strategy ensures we are the 'greenest' volunteer work facilitator on the planet. Here are some of the measures we follow to minimise any detrimental effects as a result of our business practices.

  • We run a 'paperless' office
  • We run a vegetarian office
  • We run a solar powered office
  • We generate funds for environmental initiatives in Latin America
  • We use part of our proceeds to fund our own environmental project
  • We use a laptop that complies with the advanced EPA Energy Star requirements
  • We try to directly offset our own carbon emissions by living eco-conscious lifestyles
  • We use 'green' products whenever possible (i.e. goods that are biodegradable, not tested on animals, or carry the Fair Trade mark)
  • We are carbon balanced to compensate for third party CO2 emissions (we purchased of a small parcel of Ecuadorian tropical forest in 2003 and offset 5 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions in 2007)