Volunteer in South America

Become entranced by the Latin flair and diversity of this fascinating continent!

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South America, the planet’s fourth largest continent.    Image credit: ekler, Shutterstock

A continent famous for its spectacular  levels of biodiversity, South America is without doubt a mecca for wildlife enthusiasts.  And it’s not just famous for its wildlife!  The flair and exuberance of South America’s Latin cultures are also world renowned, embodied by the cacophonous carnival which snakes its way through the streets of Rio de Janeiro each year.  With twelve culturally distinct countries, visitors from all over the world are drawn to wonders such as Brazil’s Christ the Redeemer statue, the ancient Inca citadel of Machu Picchu and mysterious statues left by a vanished people on the isolated Easter Island.

The rugged wilderness of Patagonia, the soaring peaks of the Andes, the scorched Atacama Desert and the verdant rainforest of the Amazon; all can be found in South America, illustrating just how diverse this magnificent continent is.  When it comes to wildlife, the Amazon Rainforest truly is the jewel in South America’s crown, with this single forest believed to contain 10% of all the species found on Earth!  South America’s seas and oceans are also incredibly rich in marine wildlife, including biomes as illustrious as the Galapagos Islands.  However, unfortunately, in spite of this richness, there are many species in need of protection, including several species of Sea Turtle, Galapagos Penguins and the Galapagos Islands Fur Seal.  Volunteering in South America is one way that visitors can help to protect these (and other species) under threat.

Click here for  a comprehensive list of marine conservation volunteering projects in South America.

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Bartolome Island, Galapagos. Photo Credit: Sheila Say, Shutterstock

Article content sources: World Wildlife FundIUCN Red List.