Volunteering in Paraguay offers a truly unique insider’s glimpse into this little visited country in the heart of South America. Get off the beaten track in Graham Greene country (author of The Honorary Consulate and Travels with my Aunt) in the capital Asuncion, and you will be submersed into another world.
With strong Indian culture and language, set against the quirky faded colonial architecture of this hot and steamy riverside city, you will forget any other world existed before Paraguay.
When you volunteer you will be involved in a variety of projects involving children – working in day care nurseries, with street kids projects or in community centres offering free and low cost education and fun activities to both disadvantaged city and rural communities. You may find yourself helping between activities with meal times, keeping the place tidy and generally supervising children. No experience is required.
Volunteers stay in shared volunteer accommodation and travel together each weekday with a volunteer coordinator. You will never be on your own whilst in Paraguay and weekends are free to relax and explore this hidden untouched gem of South America with newly made friends. A trip to the impressive Iguassu Falls on the Brazilian border is also a must when you have finished your volunteer work.
Paraguay is a country of fascinating contrasts and boasts exotic natural reserves and massive man-made dams. The capital and largest city is Asuncion, where much of the historical section, with its charming colonial buildings and plazas, are near the river and easily walkable.
Paraguay is one of South America’s least densely populated countries and in 2009 the population was estimated at 6.3 million with around 60% living in poverty, it’s economy revolves around agriculture and the official language is Spanish.
Come and volunteer in Paraguay and have the experience of a lifetime!