Maximo Nivel is a locally based organization in Costa Rica, Guatemala, and Peru. Volunteer abroad—get involved, make an impact, and learn to serve by working at local projects.
Since 2003, Maximo Nivel has been a leader in educational travel and study abroad. We are a professional, ethical, and hard-working organization that is completely dedicated to providing a great experience to every participant, student, traveler, and client!.
In your volunteer abroad program at Maximo Nivel:
- Field Managers work side-by-side with volunteers to ensure integration at project sites.
- Great home-base facilities, open 7 days/week, including holidays.
- Special add-on programs: Surf School, Scuba Certification, Yoga Certification, and more
- Earn university credit via our School of Record: California State University-Monterey Bay
Here are some of our popular volunteer abroad projects:
Homelessness and poverty have left many children in Latin America without access to proper education and a loving environment. Maximo Nivel’s childcare projects aspire to change children’s lives by providing caring and nurturing volunteers to work, study, and play with them. Our childcare programs are the right place for caring and responsible people who want to improve the lives of underprivileged kids. Attention and care go a long way, especially in the development of young people and your help is very much needed and appreciated.
The public education systems in Costa Rica, Guatemala, and Peru do not offer high quality ESL classes (English as a Second Language). Speaking English is a life-changing skill for people in developing countries, because the language opens both academic and professional opportunities, and provides a path out of poverty. Most middle and upper class students learn English at private language centers, which unfortunately are too expensive for a large part of the population. This creates an unfair gap between those who can afford English and those who can not.
Construction projects in Latin America are the highest impact volunteer programs available—you can literally see and touch the work you do and the impact you make! Central and South America are especially interesting places to learn about both traditional and more modern building methods. Here you can work with adobe, plaster, and bamboo or cement block, drywall, and aluminum. Construction and renovation work benefits developing communities that need help to create infrastructure such as housing, schools, churches, and community centers.
Maximo Nivel’s Animal Care programs are available in Guatemala and Peru. In Latin America, animals are not viewed as family members, nor is there a well-developed culture of animal rights. Overall, there is a lack education and understanding of animals and their unique needs. Side streets are frequently filled with small packs of abandoned dogs and cats who suffer from hunger, abuse, and health issues. The lack of spaying and neutering also means these animals breed quickly. Exotic species are sometimes illegally captured and kept as pets; and farm animals are often neglected due to poverty and a lack of resources. Proper veterinary training and care is not always easy to find.
Costa Rica, Guatemala, and Peru offer universal healthcare to their citizens and all 3 countries have large nationalized healthcare systems. However, in Latin America, government funding and bureaucracy along with large rural populations means that many patients do not have equal access. Hospitals and clinics for low income families often lack staff and the proper resources keep the most vulnerable populations healthy. By volunteering in a medical placement you are truly making a difference in the lives of hospital professionals and their patients.