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Volunteer & Language is the ideal combination if you want to immerse yourself in the culture and really get to know the people of the country you're visiting.

Volunteer & Language is available in:

:: Brazil
:: Chile
:: Peru

Your programme starts with a language course of 2 to 12 weeks, which is followed by a volunteer placement of either 4 weeks or 8 weeks. Please see the tables below for details of destinations, durations, placements and levels.

Placements are offered in the following fields: Social Work & Education; Environmental; Admin, Marketing & Cultural; Construction. Please note that you cannot choose your specific field of work until you have submitted your booking and we have sent out your Volunteer Profile form.

 

Why Learn The Language?

At Cactus we know only too well the benefit of speaking a bit of the lingo in a foreign country. It's not just the confidence and feeling of self-reward that comes from being able to communicate with the locals - it's also a valuable tool in making friends, breaking down barriers, staying safe, getting to grips with the local culture and, most importantly, having fun! By taking a language course before your volunteer placement you will achieve all these things and get much more out of your placement as a whole, as will the volunteer organisation out of you.

We work with what we consider to be the best school in each location for our client's needs. The criteria we base this on include location, quality of teaching, size of classes, facilities, accommodation and value for money. Having personally visited each of our schools we have both built strong relations and negotiated special prices to enable you, the volunteers, to gain the maximum from your programme at a low cost.

 

Your Language Classes & School

You choose the length of your language course (2 to 12 weeks). Your course will start on the first Monday of the month, and you will have 20 group lessons each week, which works out as 4 lessons each day in the morning, Monday to Friday. Classes are kept small (the exact class size is dependent on the school you attend) and all teachers are native, university-trained professionals. You will sit a short placement test on your first day to ensure that you are placed in the correct group according to your level.

The school also runs a comprehensive programme of activities and excursions for you to take part in during the afternoons and weekends, some of which are included in the price (eg. film night, dance class) and others of which are not (eg. trip to the beach, museum entry, meal night). During your language course you will have the chance to meet your local Volunteer Coordinator and prepare for your placement, which will follow on directly from your course.

  :: Volunteer (4 weeks) & Language (2-12 weeks)

With this programme your volunteer placement will always be 4 weeks. You choose how long you want to study the language beforehand (2-12 weeks). Your programme will therefore last for a min 6 / max 16 weeks. Please click on the location links below for full programme details.

 
LOCATION VOLUNTEER PLACEMENT FIELDS
 
Argentina, Buenos Aires Social Work & Education
   
Argentina, Córdoba Social Work & Education
Administration, Marketing & Cultural
   
Bolivia, Sucre Social Work & Education
Environmental & Nature
Administration, Marketing & Cultural
   
Brazil, Maceio Social Work & Education
   
Costa Rica, Heredia Social Work & Education
Environmental & Nature
Administration, Marketing & Cultural
   
Ecuador, Quito Social Work & Education
Environmental & Nature
Administration, Marketing & Cultural
   
Guatemala, Antigua Environmental & Nature
   
Guatemala, Antigua Social Work & Education
Construction
   
Peru, Cusco Social Work & Education
Environmental & Nature
Administration, Marketing & Cultural
   
Mexico, Mérida Social Work & Education
Environmental & Nature
Administration, Marketing & Cultural
   
Chile, Santiago Social Work & Education
Construction
 
Language Level: You must be at least intermediate/advanced level to take the 6 week option (2 week language course + 4 week volunteering), and at least lower intermediate level to take the 7 week option (3 week language course + 4 week volunteering). All other programmes are available to beginners.
  :: Volunteer (8 weeks) & Language (2-8 weeks)

With this programme your volunteer placement will always be 8 weeks. You choose how long you want to study the language beforehand (2-8 weeks). Your programme will therefore last for a min 10 / max 16 weeks. Please click on the location links below for full programme details.

 
LOCATION VOLUNTEER PLACEMENT FIELDS
   
Argentina, Buenos Aires Social Work & Education
   
Argentina, Córdoba Social Work & Education
Administration, Marketing & Cultural
   
Bolivia, Sucre Social Work & Education
Environmental & Nature
Administration, Marketing & Cultural
   
Brazil, Maceio Social Work & Education
   
Costa Rica, Heredia Social Work & Education
Environmental & Nature
Administration, Marketing & Cultural
   
Ecuador, Quito Social Work & Education
Environmental & Nature
Administration, Marketing & Cultural
   
Guatemala, Antigua Environmental & Nature
   
Guatemala, Antigua Social Work & Education
Construction
   
Peru, Cusco Social Work & Education
Environmental & Nature
Administration, Marketing & Cultural
   
Mexico, Mérida Social Work & Education
Environmental & Nature
Administration, Marketing & Cultural
   
Chile, Santiago Social Work & Education
Construction
 
Language Level: You must be at least intermediate/advanced level to take the 10 week option (2 week language course + 8 week volunteering), and at least lower intermediate level to take the 11 week option (3 week language course + 8 week volunteering). All other programmes are available to beginners.
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