Maximo Nivel is a leading organisation in study abroad and educational travel. Our projects run year-round with programme lengths ranging from 1-52 weeks. Our multilingual teams are available 24/7 at each of our locations to support the 5,000+ participants that step through our doors every year. Being locally based in each country allows us to foster strong relationships to make a real impact in each community we serve.
Maximo Nivel also offers students the opportunity to gain university credit for service learning projects through the study abroad programme.
With placements in Costa Rica, Peru and Guatemala, volunteers can enjoy exploring the beautiful sites of Latin America while making a positive contribution to the local communities in an underdeveloped country.
A variety of projects are available, including:
Working with kids
Working with kids project is perfect for anyone looking to make a difference in the lives of underprivileged youth. With homelessness and poverty leaving many children in Latin America without proper care, these kids depend on the resources and staff from community centers, daycares, and after school programmes. Previous experience working with kids is helpful, but not required; a passion for youth development and working with those less fortunate, is.
Knowing the English language opens academic and professional opportunities to establish a path out of poverty for many of the local students. This placement is ideal for anyone who wants to contribute to the advancement of residents who otherwise would not have access to such lessons. All Teaching English volunteers receive a mini lesson on the basics of teaching English, so you feel confident preparing and conducting your lessons. Volunteers must be fluent or native English speakers.
Medical and healthcare
Medical volunteers must be enrolled in an academic programme or certified medical professionals. Duties performed depend on the level of experience, but all volunteers are a huge help in servicing local patients who have little to no healthcare access.
There is a significant number of stray cats and street dogs in Guatemala and Peru. In addition, exotic animals are often captured from the wild in hopes of being turned for profit. Placements are in shelters and rescue centres established to help save and care for as many of these animals as possible. The only requirement is an unconditional love for all animals and the commitment to do whatever it takes to ensure proper treatment and recovery.
Organic and sustainable farming and agriculture are necessary to protect the land and grow quality products. Working alongside local farmers, volunteers provide support through every step of production from growing to harvesting to processing. Those interesting in learning about sustainable farming are encouraged to apply.
Use your hands to help develop local communities in Latin America--literally. Volunteers help to build community centers, churches, schools, clinics, housing, and more. These projects are for those who don’t mind physical labor, a little dirt, and a lot of teamwork.
Sea turtle conservation
Work alongside biologists and local researchers to learn all about how small projects like these are making a difference in prolonging the existence of sea turtles. You will tag and collect data of the eggs and turtles, maintain and protect hatcheries, participate in beach cleanup, and conduct nighttime group patrols.
Indigenous communities are the ultimate example of sustainable living. Volunteer placement with a Mayan or Andean community is meant to provide a 100% cultural immersion experience where volunteers learn about traditional values and customs, foods, language, and daily life. In turn, volunteers act as a member of the community and assist with daily chores and tasks.
The Amazon Rainforest is considered the planet’s lungs by many eco-biologists. It’s one of the last primary forests in the world with a completely unique ecosystem. Unfortunately, not even the Amazon goes untouched. Deforestation began with small farmers and eventually commercial logging operations began some time after. Now, in hopes of restoring what was destroyed, volunteers are pulling together to rebuild through organic gardening, trail maintenance, and wildlife monitoring.
Keeping white sand beaches and a thriving marine ecosystem requires a commitment to protection and conservation. Contributing to the area’s sustainability involves trail and beach maintenance, light construction, beach cleanup, day patrols, research, and much more depending on the needs of the project.
Looking for a way to really live the meaning of holiday spirit? Volunteers involved in a holiday programme spend time in a variety of volunteer projects depending on the chosen itinerary. Most projects include holiday activities such as planning festivities for the children and elderly, wrapping and distributing gifts, and organising events. It’s the perfect programme for volunteers looking to deliver holiday cheer to those in need and learn about traditional customs in a Latin American country.
What we are looking for
Accepted degree subjects
Additional job details
- Costa Rica
- Contract, dates and working times
How to apply
Click Apply to start your application now. This job will be available on Prospects until 4 February 2021
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Closing date: Continuous recruitment