Volunteer in El Salvador
El Salvador a really up and coming destination and if you would like to visit and do something meaningful search volunteer projects where you can be more than just a tourist. There are local NGO's and non profit organisations who offer volunteering programs to international participants where you can help communities, animals and the environment.
Volunteer Programs in El Salvador
Volunteer Organisations in El Salvador
Guide to Volunteering in El Salvador
Experience life in a developing country and choose from a selection of summer, community and conservation volunteer programs in El Salvador. A lot of people overlook El Salvador and choose to volunteer in Mexico and other more well known countries in the region, but if you are looking for an authentic experience we highly recommend you consider this destination.
Volunteering in El Salvador on a budget is quite easy and there are lots of ways to save money. Hostels and accommodation is quite cheap and a lot of programs include shared housing in the fee. This destination is a lot cheaper to visit than others in the region. As a volunteer you will usually be expected to help around 5 - 6 hours per day Monday to Friday. Weekends will be free for you to explore the country, various sightseeing trips and excursions are available. There are start dates all year round.
Types of Programs
Most programs have a focus on community development and conservation. A lot of charities and non profits work to help disdvantaged people in the country and sometimes they recruit international participants to help, roles can include education, heatlhcare, awareness and teaching.
Some organisations offer nature preservation programs where you can work with local staff at national parks and with wildlife, tasks can include:
- Litter collections
- Planting od native and trees
- Removal of invasive plants or weeds
- Clear out the trails and paths for visitors and keep them clean
- Work with wildlife preservation
- Volunteers usually need to be aged 18 years or older on the volunteer program start date
- A mandatory criminal background check (For all children related programs)
- Although not a compulsion; however, volunteers are required to know intermediate or beginner level of Spanish, especially in teaching programs
- Participants are encouraged to be fun, creative, enthusiastic and friendly
El Salvador is a lot safer than you might think. There are problems in the country with crime and gangs but generally this doesn't affect voluntourism. Local staff and other participants are your best guide for advice on places to see, places to avoid and any dangers or things you should watch out for. You will likely make new friends with locals and learn more about El Salvador, the people and culture. Try not to be paranoid and let the crime put you off applying, it is very easy to hear past stories and be put off from planning a trip to a certain country and then not visit. We think you should be open to seeing new places and there are lots of countries which a few decades ago were off limits like El Salvador are now some of the most up and coming travel destinations in the world.