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South America Gap Year Destination Guide



South America includes a wide range of diverse destinations for the dedicated backpacker and gap year traveller. These include Brazil, Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela. The obvious attractions include the amazing natural and manmade sights, the fascinating people and different cultures and the feeling that this is one continent that is still relatively unexplored by your average gap year backpacker. Anyone looking for gap year jobs in South America needs to be aware that these are developing countries, without the means to support incoming workers, so your best bet is to find a volunteering placement or work experience opportunity, then combine that with tours, treks and adventures supplied by the companies below.



 
 

Companies that can help you find gap work in South America

 
Kaya Responsible Travel

Kaya Responsible Travel

Over 250 projects across 26 countries in Asia, Africa & Latin America. Choose to work with wildlife & environmental conservation or community projects. Skilled & unskilled positions from 2 weeks to 6 months.

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Oasis Overland

Oasis Overland

Overland adventure travel ranging from 8 day trips to 38 week expeditions in Africa, South America, Central Asia and the Middle East.Life-changing trips to some of the most inspirational places in the world!

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International Volunteer HQ

International Volunteer HQ

International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ) is the world's leading volunteer travel organization, providing affordable, safe and responsible volunteer programs in over 30 different destinations around the world. With program fees starting from just USD 10 per day, IVHQ is the volunteer organization of choice for thousands of volunteers every year.

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Pure Exploration – Immersive Adventure Travel Experts

Pure Exploration - Immersive Adventure Travel Experts

Global leaders in experiential travel and adventure education, our world-wide program destinations have been carefully chosen to challenge and inspire, and the immersive ‘learn to self-lead’ structure of the programs provide a wonderful space to gain confidence, focus on what’s important, and even find future career paths. Hike, climb, camp and explore beyond the beaten track in New Zealand, Patagonia, Nepal, Africa, Central & South America.

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What To See And Do In South America?


Marvel at Angel Falls

It’s the world’s highest waterfall and it’s in in Venezuela. Standing at 979m (321ft), it’s about 15 times the height of Niagara! There are two main ways to access the waterfalls: if you are adventurous, take an expedition and raft upriver to sit near the bottom, otherwise you can take a plane to gain an alternative view - both are unmissable!


Rio Carnival in Brazil is the world’s largest party

Every February, Carnival explodes onto the streets of Rio. Any excuse for getting dressed up and partying till dawn!


Visit Easter Island, the world’s most remote inhabited island

Easter Island falls under Chile’s domain yet it is over 2000 miles away in the South Pacific Ocean. The landscape is dotted with hundreds of the mysterious Moai stone heads, whose history is a fascinating way to discover the culture of the island.


Trek to Machu Picchu, the world’s most spectacular Inca ruins

The famous Inca ruins were only discovered in the 1900s but are now the most visited archaeological site in the world. Machu Picchu is a must-see if you travel to South America.


Lake Titicaca

Lake Titicaca is considered a sacred lake that lies on the border between Peru and Bolivia. Titicaca is one of the largest, highest, and deepest lakes in the world. There are 41 islands on the lake which are thought to be sacred too. There is also the labyrinth Chinkana.

 
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