Volunteer in Latin America

The volunteer program at NPH is full of opportunities. We invite university graduates over the age of 21 to give a year of service, helping vulnerable children and families across Latin America. There are a wide range of roles to choose from.

Watch this video to understand more about long-term volunteering with NPH.

Our program is a 13 month commitment, in one of 9 countries in Latin America or the Caribbean. We offer our volunteers a range of experiences from unique friendships, life enriching cross-cultural encounters and unique work experience.

Our volunteers share their talents and knowledge while serving others. Often our volunteers are highly trained and skilled individuals, serving in roles which would be difficult to fill in-country.

No fees!

There are no fees charged to be a volunteer! You will receive accommodation and food, as well as a small monthly stipend. You will however need to pay for your flights. NPH NZ will cover your health and accident insurance. Fortunately Latin America is a lot cheaper than New Zealand. You will need savings to ensure you can afford to pay for any extra expenses which may come up including MIQ upon returning to New Zealand.

Volunteering during Covid19

You will be required to:

  • be fully vaccinated against Covid19
  • take a Covid19 test before leaving the country.
  • you may be required to isolate upon arriving in the NPH home.
  • you may be required to wear a mask.

You can read more about volunteering during Covid19 on our NPH USA website.

What makes a good volunteer?

The most effective volunteers come to NPH with a positive life-loving attitude, a strong work ethic, flexibility, realism and a sense of humour.

We also seek candidates whose main motive is to help the children and be good role-models. NPH volunteers are respectful of the cultures in which we work. Spanish language ability is preferred. However, a willingness to learn Spanish quickly is also acceptable.

Unless you are a near native Spanish speaker you will be asked to go to language school upon arrival in the country. You are also encouraged to take Spanish language classes in your home country before leaving.

Application process

We have 2 intakes (January and July) for long-term volunteers. See our Volunteer Requirements, Volunteer Opportunities, as well as our Volunteer Application.


You can read some testimonials of past volunteers. You can also read this blog from Christine Hill who is currently volunteering at NPH Honduras.

Further resources can be found on our NPH USA website.

If you have further questions, please get in touch with our NPH NZ office. Contact: info.nz@nph.org or 09 2160635