Low cost volunteering in Paraguay

The charity Original Volunteers offers a comprehensive programme of new opportunities for people from the US and UK who want to volunteer abroad. One of the many destinations volunteers can choose from is Paraguay. Free accommodation is offered in return for helping various charity projects in the capital, Asuncion.


Volunteers arriving at Asuncion airport will be met by a charity worker and taken to their accommodation. They will be placed in projects dedicated to helping the vulnerable Asuncion street-children, and will have a complete support team during their stay – for free!

The only money which volunteers in Paraguay will need to contribute is the one-off £125 registration fee paid to join Original Volunteers, and the meals which they’ll eat cheaply at Paraguayan cafés.  This really does make the project a low cost volunteering experience!

The charity workers are eager to welcome the volunteers to their city. They’re hoping that volunteers will bring with them much-needed English language skills, and fresh approaches to teaching and inspiring the children in need.


Paraguay has a rich history, and has inspired many artists. One of the most prolific of these was acclaimed English novelist Graham Greene, who spent a lot of time in the country. Greene’s works, Travels with my Aunt and The Honorary Consul were written during his stays in Paraguay. Each book has been made into a film: The Honorary Consul starred both Michael Caine and Richard Gere. In addition, the spectacular Iguassu Falls were the location for the film The Mission, starring Robert de Niro and Jeremy Irons.

Paraguay is one of the cheapest countries to volunteer abroad in South America. However, this prize has a sorrowful cause. Poverty is rising, partly due to the global economic crisis. Climate change is also having a disastrous effect, affecting Paraguay’s agriculture. Gap-year volunteers often flock to South America, but Paraguay has long been left off the beaten tourist track. This year, though, publishing house Bradt are bringing out the first travel guide dedicated to Paraguay. Paraguay’s unique environment and fascinating culture are sure to leave lasting memories with the charity’s volunteers.