APPLICATION and BOOKING Process for South America Inside Volunteer and Language Travel
Are you interested in volunteering overseas? Do you want to learn Spanish abroad and immerse yourself in local Latin American culture? Are you looking to explore this amazing continent in a way that stretches beyond mere tourism?
Our application procedure is quick and easy. You are only 3 steps away from embarking on your unforgettable adventure abroad. We will confirm the reception of your application within 2 business days at the latest!
1. Choose Your Stay Abroad
• Pick your favorite project(s)
• Choose your Spanish course location, if desired
• Download the registration form and the questionnaire. Complete both documents with as much detail as possible
• Please follow the instructions on the first page of the form
person at South America Inside
2. Book Your Program
• After the availability of your project(s) has been confirmed, we will send you the Placement Agreement
• Sign the Agreement and pay the program fee
• After the payment has been received, we will send you the Booking Confirmation which includes further information about your stay and
your in-country support. You will also receive our “Country Handbook”.
3. Pack Your Bags and Off You Go!
• Please make sure to put your Booking Confirmation in your carry-on luggage. Remember that this has your in-country support information and all important telephone numbers, including the 24/7 emergency number,
are on it.
• Bon Voyage! Have a nice trip and an unforgettable stay abroad!
Note: If you don’t mind, please add a recent photo of yourself to your resume. Photos are used widely in resumes in Latin America and will help the project coordinator get to know you beforehand.
We require about 2 weeks, but no longer than 6 weeks, to obtain approval from the volunteer site regarding your participation. Keep in mind that some projects may be completely booked. We recommend applying at least 3 months prior to your desired trip start date to ensure that there is a spot available for you in your favorite volunteer project.
Regarding Internships, Work & Travel, Farm Stays, and Au Pair programs, we will need about 6 to 12 weeks to place you in a suitable company/farm/family. This is because all placements are done individually according to the application documents and needs of each participant. We recommend applying at least 4 months prior to your desired start date.
In order to help with the preparation of your time abroad, we encourage our participants to start their program with an in-country language course. The course not only helps you improve your language skills, but also eases you into your journey and allows you to meet liked-minded people. Find your dream location for a Spanish course here: Spanish Courses in Latin America
We look forward to receiving your application!
Why pay for volunteering abroad?
In the past, some volunteers ask us why they have to pay for volunteer work. We understand that paying a fee for volunteering might sound strange to you, however, you will have a better understanding after reading the following explanation.
The main part of the fee to volunteer goes straight to the local project where you will be volunteering. This ensures that the project can provide you with accommodation in a volunteer house or with a host family and, in most cases, 3 meals per day. Another portion of the fee goes to the local project so that they can maintain the tools, equipment, and materials that are required to carry out your volunteer work project. It also supports the employment of the on-site project volunteer coordinator.
At South America Inside, we ensure that there is an ongoing evaluation process of our projects. We monitor the volunteer projects to verify that they are well run, reliable, safe, and suitable for our volunteers. From your initial contact with us, we will work to the best of our abilities to offer you advice regarding different volunteer opportunities and respond to your questions and inquiries. We guarantee that you will receive high quality service and assistance from our office and in-country support staff from the moment that you arrive at the volunteer site. You will receive information, orientation materials, and language support prior to your trip and upon arrival.
We invest a lot of time, work, and diligence to compile the projects available on our website. We also aim to build long-lasting relationships with the various in-country projects that we partner with. The costs related to the recruitment of volunteers, maintenance of our website, and development of marketing and reading materials are substantial. Furthermore, we have expenses due to office rent, maintenance, staff, advertising, email and phone communication, and travel.
Although it is possible to organize your own volunteer placement in a country of your choice, you have to take into account the unexpected problems that may occur. Finding and evaluating a project is time-consuming and risky, as you may have no previous knowledge of the quality and safety. South America Inside will always back you up with our expertise and make sure that you have guidance every step of the way.
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