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Should you use your spring break to volunteer in Latin America?


If you’re someone who loves traveling, Latin America is probably on your list by now, or if it’s not, it definitely should be. Many people use the volunteering method to be able to enjoy traveling but also covering many of their expenses by working as a volunteer at the place they visit. In this article, we’re covering whether you should use your spring break to visit Latin America or not. There are a few things that you need to know before you make the decision to travel there. Let’s begin.

Not all of the countries in Latin America are exactly the same

Latin America is a pretty big portion of the Western Hemisphere and it has a lot of different circumstances due to the geographical positioning, various religions and beliefs, interesting culture, art and what not. We’re saying this because even within a country in Latin America all of the previously mentioned things can vary depending on what location you’re at.

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For example, Mexico, Guatemala, and Peru are all homes to the population that has a different culture and religion. Make sure to do your research on the country and even the part of the country in which you want to stay, before your spring break starts so that you can be ready for the trip when the time comes.

You may be thinking that Guatemala is always warm and sunny and pick up only your shorts and t-shirts just to find out that sometimes the temperatures during the night can be freezing cold. You don’t want to find yourself in that situation, do you?

The Visa Requirements are not always the same

It is already well known that you need a Visa in most of the countries in order to be able to stay for a certain time period. In Latin America, the visa requirements can really vary a lot by country, but there are some general things that you can have in mind. Here are a few tips.

Some of the countries in Latin America will have an automatic tourist visa that will be offered to you upon arriving at the airport. These kinds of visas are usually okay when it comes to staying there for about a month and up to three months. Argentina and Chile offer visas that last up to ten years or as long as your passport is eligible.

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Other countries such as Brazil will require you to have a visa before you even arrive there, so keep that in mind.

Some countries in Latin America have pretty strict rules about what needs to happen if your visa expires while you’re still there. Most of them will simply ask you to submit your documents for a re-activation request while some of them will force you to leave the country until you open up your visa again. You should definitely have this in mind and plan accordingly in order to avoid unwanted situations.

We hope our guide helped you learn some basic things about Latin America. We definitely encourage you to volunteer there if you’re a person that likes to see new cultures and locations.

Peter is a freelance writer with more than eight years of experience covering topics in politics. He was one of the guys that were here when the started.