Index of Activies Cozumel Accomodations Getting To Cozumel Cozumel Local News in English Cozumel Island Events History & Culture of Cozumel Return to the Homepage
VolunTOURism Resources - Other Places to Make a Difference
Sierra Club

Want to Make a Difference Somewhere Else in the World? Here are Resources to Help You!

Visit their website
Programs: volunteer, internships, teach English
Duration: 1 week - 6 months
Ages: 16+
Credit available
Countries: China, Ecuador, Ghana, Guatemala, India, Kenya, Nepal, Peru, Philippines, South Africa, Thailand, Vietnam
Requirements: For health care programs, participants must be studying or working in the field. Many projects in South America require intermediate Spanish
Cosmic Volunteers is a US-based tax-exempt charity that sends hundreds of volunteers abroad each year to work on humanitarian projects in non-western cultures. Our volunteers come from the US, Canada, the UK and dozens of other countries. Come find out why we're the best volunteer organization you've never heard of.

Communities EcoAgriCulture Program
Visit their website
Programs: languages
Specialization: Sustainable agriculture
Duration: 2 weeks +
Ages: all
Countries: Costa Rica
Requirements: Openness to new experiences and the ability to step outside your comfort zone. Cultivating Communities offers a two-week programme that focuses on organic and sustainable agriculture and community economic development in La Flor, a mountain village in central Costa Rica. The program includes accommodation and meals with local host families, two hours of Spanish classes daily, recreational tours and more.

Rainforest Program
Visit their website
Programs: volunteer, internships, study
Duration: 1-6 months
Ages: 17+
Countries: Brazil
Requirements: Flexibility, initiative, sense of humor
Saving forests, changing lives! Join international researchers and volunteers protecting one of the world's top biodiversity hotspots while working with our neighbours to generate forest incomes. Programs include Natural Resource Management, Conservation Planning, GIS, Forest Restoration, Agro-forestry, Medicinal Plants, Education and Research, Payment for Environmental Services and Community Ecotourism.

-to-i Meaningful Travel
Visit their website
Programs: volunteer, internships, work, teach English, adventure
Duration: 1 week - 6 months
Ages: 17+
Countries: Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Cambodia, China, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Ghana, Honduras, India, Kenya, Nepal, Peru, Philippines, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Thailand, Uganda, Vietnam
Requirements: An open mind and desire to make a difference.
i-to-i Meaningful Travel works in partnership with hundreds of locally run projects around the world, offering you the chance to make a difference on your next trip in a safe, supported, and sustainable manner. Whether you have 2 weeks or 2 months they can help you arrange a life-changing travel experience.

Conservation Experience
Visit their website
Program: volunteer
Specialization: Wildlife conservation and animal rehabilitation in southern Africa.
Duration: 2-12 weeks
Ages: 17+
Countries: Botswana, South Africa
Requirements: No previous experience is required. All skills are taught on the placement. African Conservation Experience is the original and most experienced organization to offer voluntary work experience placements in wildlife conservation in Southern Africa. We work with eleven diverse projects that include animal rehabilitation, animal behaviour research, nature reserve management and veterinary work. Volunteers contribute to conservation and gain valuable hands-on experience.

de las Américas
Visit their website
Programs: volunteer, internships
Specialization: International development and public health
Duration: 5-8 weeks
Ages: 16+
Credit available.
Countries: Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay. Requirements: Minimum sophomore year of high school, two years of high school Spanish or the equivalent.
AMIGOS offers 5-8 week programs in which students immerse themselves in a Latin American community. Participants will strengthen their Spanish skills and collaborate on sustainable development projects. To learn more, call 1-800-231-7796 OR email

-Cultural Solutions
Visit their website
Programs: volunteer, internships, teach English, adventure
Specialization: Caring for infants and children, working with elderly, disabled, women's empowerment.
Duration: 1-12 weeks
Ages: 16+, or 8-15 with a parent guardian
Countries: Brazil, China, Costa Rica, Ghana, Guatemala, India, Morocco, Peru, Russia, South Africa, Tanzania, Thailand.
Requirements: No special skills are required. Anyone can volunteer!
Cross-Cultural Solutions is a recognized leader in volunteering abroad sending over 4000 volunteers annually to 12 countries with start dates year-round. Work side-by-side with local people and experience another culture like never before. Volunteering abroad with Cross-Cultural Solutions is the experience of a lifetime.

Vision International
Visit their website
Programs: volunteer, internships, work, teach English, languages, adventure.
Specialization: Conservation and humanitarian projects.
Duration: 1 week -1 year
Ages: 18+; family volunteering trips also available
Credit available.
Countries: Argentina, Belize, Bolivia, Borneo, Brazil, Cameroon, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Ghana, Greece, Guatemala, Honduras, India, Italy, Kenya, Latvia, Madagascar, Malaysia, Mexico, Mozambique, Namibia, Nepal, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Rwanda, Seychelles, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sumatra, Swaziland, Thailand, Turkey, USA, Uganda, United Kingdom, Vanuatu, Zambia.
Requirements: Many programmes require only a willingness to help and learn, however some programs require some amount of physical ability.
GVI sets up critical conservation and humanitarian projects in countries throughout the world and sends volunteers to promote sustainable development through research, conservation, and education. GVI offers internship opportunities and there is opportunity for those who are interested to receive college credit.

Visit their website
Programs: volunteer, internships, teach English, languages
Specialization: Volunteer medical placements
Duration: 2 weeks +
Ages: 16+
Countries: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Cambodia, China, Costa Rica, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Jamaica, Mexico, Moldova, Mongolia, Morocco, Nepal, Peru, Romania, Senegal, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Togo.
Founded in 1992, Projects Abroad has grown to a team of 250 sending nearly 3500 volunteers annually to over 22 countries. Volunteers go at any time, for as long as they wish. Our most popular programs include: medical placements, business and journalism internships, as well as conservation, care and teaching projects.

Service Corps
Visit their website
Programs: volunteer, internships, study
Duration: 2-48 weeks
Ages: 18+
Credit available
Countries: Belize, India, Mexico, Peru, Thailand
Requirements: No specific skills required
Work side by side with community members on hands-on, sustainable development projects in health care, the environment, education, business, human rights, women's rights, and more. Study abroad programs focus on sustainable development, the environment, and history and culture. Immerse yourself in the culture and make a difference. Real projects—real experience.

in Action - Volunteers in International Development
Visit their website
Programs: volunteer, internships
Duration: 4 weeks - 12 months
Countries: Liberia, Mexico, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda
Visions in Action is an international non-profit which implements grassroots, community-based development programs that contribute to achieving social and economic justice in the developing world. VIA seeks skilled, self-reliant volunteers interested in education, human rights, public health, HIV/AIDS, micro-enterprise, and community development.

Challenge International
Visit their website
Programs: volunteer
Duration: 5-10 weeks
Ages: 18-30
Countries: Costa Rica, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Ghana, Guyana, Kenya, Tanzania, Vanuatu. Requirements: Motivation to make a difference and see the world.
YCI builds the skills, experience and confidence of young people to effect positive change in their communities. Our projects focus on local youth involvement and address the issues youth face, including HIV/AIDS education, gender equity, skills training and environmental protection. Projects are identified and led by local partners who are knowledgeable in local needs and conditions. YCI is involved in monitoring and evaluating long-term impacts to ensure sustainable change.

Learning Connections
Visit their website
Programs: volunteer, internships, work, teach English, adventure
Specialization: Teaching, childcare, healthcare, environment, conservation, sports
Duration: 1 week - 6 months
Ages: 16+
Countries: China, Ecuador, Ghana, Guatemala, India, Korea, Peru, United Kingdom, Vietnam. Requirements: Some programs require a teaching certificate; others require a university degree; others have no special requirement.
YR Learning Connections, in partnership with Cosmic Volunteers (India, Ghana, Vietnam, Ecuador, Peru and Guatemala), Volunteering Solutions (India), CSV (United Kingdom) and The State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs, P.R. of China (China), offers programs for individuals and groups to high school and university students plus programmes for professionals presently practising in specialized fields.

Global Service-Learning & Volunteer Programs
Visit their website
Programs: volunteer, internships, study
Specialization: Community-driven service, intercultural immersion and exchange
Duration: 1 week - 6 months
Ages: 12-89
Credit available
Countries: Bolivia, Brazil, Germany/Poland, Ghana, Jamaica, Mexico, Northern Ireland, Tanzania, USA
Requirements: No skills required, just a willingness to help!
Amizade empowers individuals and communities through worldwide service and learning. Each of our programs offers participants the opportunity to make a difference through community-driven service, deepen their understanding of the local environment through deliberate community-based learning, form friendships through intercultural immersion and exchange, become a more engaged global citizen, and develop their own understanding of service through reflective inquiry.

for International Partnership
Visit their website
Programs: volunteer
Duration: 6 weeks - 9 months
Ages: 19+
Countries: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, China, Ecuador, Ghana, Great Britain, Ireland, Morocco, Nepal, New Zealand, Nigeria, South Africa, Turkey, USA
Requirements: Maturity, flexibility, common sense, enthusiasm, reliability, and sensitivity.
Opportunities for individuals or groups to do international community service in health, social services, environment and education. Work with a rural development project, volunteer in a health clinic, work with children, teach English—the opportunities are endless! Language immersion, homestays, and host project placements with local co-workers and international volunteers, make VIP distinct.

How Can My Family or Travel Group Make a Difference in Cozumel?
Cozumel is fortunate to have a growing community of organizations that serve as social and environmental stewards of the island. But for travelers coming from other countries, it’s often difficult to get connected to these organizations where donations and impact can be made.

Cozumel Volunteer Connection can help families and other travel groups organize a meaningful vacation with a purpose here in Cozumel.

Click here to read more about Cozumel Volunteer Connection!

Click here to see what Cozumel Volunteer Connection can do for your Travel Group!

What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us.
What we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal.

Albert Pike (33rd Degree Mason and head of the Southern Masonic
Jurisdiction of the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry 1800’s)

Join the Sierra Club today

Copyright © 2000-2013 Sherri Davis, All Rights Reserved. All website content is the property of Cozumel Insider unless otherwise attributed and cannot be used, displayed or reproduced without express written permission from Cozumel Insider. Contributors retain the copyright to their work where applicable; please do not take art or words without permission. Other graphics and reference materials are used and attributed as per the Fair Use Provision of The Copyright Act and individual terms of use.