Assistant in a support-center for victims of abuse Community Development and Tourism Supporter Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia Beyond South America
This NGO brings together farmers and indigenous organizations for community development and tourism, as an alternative way to increase and diversify economic resources.
Caretaker of Several Bird Species Cochabamba, Bolivia Beyond South America
Several bird species have been kept by humans illegally, and can therefore no longer live in their natural habitat. You can help them.
Caretaker in a Park for Rescued Animals Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia Beyond South America
Take care of rescued animals and creat a semi-libral habitat for them. Monkeys, birds and other endangered species found a new home here.
Physiotherapists and Chiropractors for a small NGO Cochabamba, Bolivia Beyond South America
Physiotherapists, Chropractors and people with background in healthcare and experience in working with people with disabilities for a vital NGO
Carer for children with imprisoned parents Cochabamba, Bolivia Beyond South America
Working in a daycare-center for children with imprisoned parents in Cochabamba/Bolivia
Activities counselor in a vital social-community Cochabamba, Bolivia Beyond South America
Help out with teaching, construction, workshops, education or childcare in a vital social-community.
English Teacher and Caretaker Cochabamba, Bolivia Beyond South America
Help 13 adopted children by giving English lessons, homework guidance, organizing activities, or renovating the family’s living environment.
Sport and Activity Guide for Children Quito, Ecuador Beyond South America
This project offers physical education and all kinds of sports programs. Motivated volunteers with a passion for sports are needed all year long!
Local Dog Shelter Assistant Cochabamba, Bolivia Beyond South America
Are you a dog lover and would you like to contribute? Volunteer at this dog shelter, the biggest in the area with 140 dogs.
Assistant in a center for children of sexworkers Cochabamba, Bolivia Beyond South America
All-round volunteers needed in a daycare center for children of sexworkers
Assistant in a support-center for victims of abuse Cochabamba, Bolivia Beyond South America
Volunteers needed to help out in a NGO supporting victims of abuse in Cochabamba/Bolivia

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Project Details

We are a non-profit agency, offering handpicked and sustainable volunteerpositions in South America.

About Beyond South America

Beyond South America is a small nonprofit agency in Cochabamba, Bolivia. It all started in 2012 with a few volunteer positions at "Casa de la Alegria", a foundation that provides therapeutic workshops to youth- and childcare projects in and around Cochabamba.

Everyone in our team has been a volunteer, traveled to a foreign country alone and knows how difficult it can be. We’ve met many volunteers who have had bad experiences, have been left alone in their projects, and lacked support. With that in mind, we decided to start organizing different volunteer opportunities, with hand picked projects, host families we know well, airport pickups, 24/7 support, and most importantly: We want to get to know our volunteers, so we can help them find not just any, but the right project for them.

Since then we’ve grown and have become the "ones to go to when in need" for stranded volunteers in Cochabamba. We’re still a small, familiar organization but by now have partnerships in Bolivia, Brazil, Ecuador, and Guatemala, and are looking for enthusiastic, open-minded and skilled volunteers for a wide variety of positions in our handpicked projects.

As we have all lived our own lives of voluntary work all around the world, we understand the needs of volunteers, their concerns and wishes. We also care about our collaborating organizations, we offer only sustainable projects, that guarantee safety and on site support for our volunteers.

It may sound naïve, but we actually believe that volunteering can change the world for the better. Acts of solidarity, global learning and intercultural exchange break down borders that exist between cultures and in your own mind. Anyone who has ever worked in another country, who has given his time and energy to a good cause, knows that this can be an unforgettable experience, even a life changing moment. Your own impressions and the ones you leave in others, the learning experiences on both sides, bring the world closer together.

The feedback we receive from our volunteers and from our partners speaks for itself and shows that both sides benefit from volunteering. Many projects in Latin America need committed volunteers and helping hands to continue their important work. Motivated people, who work responsibly and in solidarity, also function as an impulse for the projects and their employees and prove that it makes sense to continue their work.


We try to combine the needs of projects and volunteers with our work and work towards finding the right project for volunteers and the right volunteer for the projects. Therefore, we want to get to know you, learn more about your background, your abilities, desires and fears, in order to propose suitable projects to you. Of course, we are also happy if you already have a project in mind and we gladly organize an unforgettable experience for you.


Currently we offer positions in projects working in the following fields:

  • Childcare

  • Education

  • Youth Development

  • Teaching

  • Community Work

  • Circus Arts

  • Healthcare

  • Environmental Education

  • Reforestation

  • Conservation

  • Animal Care

  • Urban Gardening

Check out our vacancies and please note, that ALL the profit of Beyond South America still goes to the Foundation "Casa de la Alegría" supporting and sustaining their work. So volunteering with Beyond South America means, you contribute directly to a good cause, bettering the lives of children in Bolivia.

So come with us to Beyond South America.

The main focus of the project is on
NPO Status
Yes, registered non-profit organization
Foundation Year
Contact Person
Laurie IJzerman
Spoken Languages

Social Impact

"Be the change you want to see in the world" - Mahatma Gandhi -

Talking about social impact is always difficult because it can be so hard to messure. How long does a mural you‘ve painted with kids last? How long will they remember the dance-moves you taught them? Where did their first English words lead? How old is the turtle that you have released now, and how many of the trees you‘ve planted will still stand once you are old? The boy you‘ve prepared lunch for, what came of him? The funny joke you‘ve told the fisherman, did he tell it to his friends and they had a good laugh?

While some changes are very visible, will others never be noticed?

Earlier we wrote about handpicked projects and sustainability. We dont want projects to depend on volunteers. Volunteers should be an important „add on“, an addition to the work the projects are already doing.

However, they should be much more than a "nice to have". The work done by volunteers shouldn't be work that was just invented for them. We try to apply a "do no harm" approach when we open up positions for volunteers. So what is a „do no harm“ policy? For example: We advise projects to seek volunteers with a commitment of minimum 2-3 months when working in responsible positions with kids (in shelters, children who have been abused, ..). We also do not have partnerships with orphanages as the disruptive relationships between the children and the constantly changing volunteers, endanger the much needed stability in the kid‘s lives.

The social impact of our projecst is defined by the projects themselves and your abilities, your skills, your motivation. You need to be the change that you want to see in the world.

Pursued Sustainable Development Goals

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