The region of Patagonia, located both in Argentina and Chile, is not only an ideal destination for adventurous globetrotters in South America. Patagonia also offers unlimited opportunities for meaningful and conscious travelling.
Volunteering in Patagonia will give you the opportunity to get a taste of living in one one of the most exciting destinations in South America. At the same time, you will have the chance to experience the essence of authentic Patagonia: its people and their social and environmental struggles.
By offering yourself as a volunteer, you will be in direct and equal contact with the locals, their convictions and beliefs, their struggles, their friendliness and open mindedness, and, most importantly, their love for the land they live in.
Patagonia, with many of its areas still untouched by the careless hand of industry and capitalist globalization, is a land rich in natural wonders and awe-inspiring beauty. However, national policies do not truly protect its treasures, overriding the locals’ right to self-determination and threatening the environmental balance. This South American region is menaced by foreign companies’ interests and the acquiescence of some local politicians, while most Patagonian people have access to very little besides the beauty of their land and the ever-present wind.
Mapu Association's international volunteer program in Argentinean and Chilean Patagonia seeks to benefit the development of the Patagonia region through its various projects.
Mapu Association is a volunteer-based organization with no overhead costs, which means that every contribution made by volunteers is directly used to promote, sponsor, and execute development projects in Patagonia. Though Mapu has no paid staff, you will receive personalized and careful attention when organizing your volunteering experience in Patagonia, not only from Mapu's coordinators but also from Mapu members who have previously volunteered.
Volunteers who bring their solidarity and committed participation to Patagonia stay involved and provide support even after they have gone home. As a result, the organization continues to generate positive actions and solidify the joint effort regardless of where its members reside.
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