Latin American, Caribbean and Iberian Studies Program

Volunteer & Job Opportunities



On-Campus Resources


Local Internship & Volunteer Opportunities


  • Centro Hispano of Dane County: Offer general office support and/or assist individuals needing translation for cultural arts and outreach programs, court cases, ESL courses, housing assistance programs, the community center, or participate in an after school tutoring program at locations all over Madison. For more information, please visit email Volunteer Coordinator Michelle Albert via email at 


  • Colombia Support Network: (Stipend possible for Intern) -- Please contact for more information. Assist in communications with CSN Chapers; work with CSN Urgent Actions; assist with web page development, and/or help plan delegations to Colombia.


  • Envest is a for-profit global microfinance fund manager in Madison that aims to provide universal access to credit. Envest is looking for interns with coursework or relevant experience in accounting and finance, and with Spanish, French, or Russian language skills to assist with a variety of tasks such as analyzing and monitoring the financial and social performance of our global partners. There are also opportunities to contribute to our social media accounts and newsletters. Interns gain valuable experience in microfinance, impact investing, and international business. Internships are unpaid. Applicants should be prepared to commit 8-10 hours a week during the school year to make this a rewarding experience for all involved. For more information on Envest, please visit Please submit all internship inquiries to  Jon Bishop Thank you for your interest in Envest!


  • Family Farm Defenders promotes sustainable agriculture, workers’ rights, fair trade, food sovereignty, consumer safety, animal welfare and global justice. Volunteer and internship opportunities include: translating documents from English to Spanish, Portuguese or French; researching information for "Fact Sheets"; table at community events; engaging in grant writing; translating for farm tours with visitors from overseas; and media. Please contact familyfarmdefenders@yahoo.comfor more information. 



  • Madison Arcatao Sister City ProjectPlease visit their Facebook page for more information. MASCP maintains a close relationship with the people of Arcatao, El Salvador. They lead yearly delegations to Arcatao, support scholarships and regional organizers in Arcatao and contribute to the success of the US El Salvador Sisiter Cities. Please visit their Facebook page for more information, and send them a message inquiring about volunteer opportunities.



  • Schools of Hope: Midvale Elementary School and Lincoln ELementary school both seek Spanish-speaking Volunteer Tutors for bilingual programs in literacy. Both UW-faculty and students have previously participated in this program and found it very worthwhile and enriching. If you're interested in participating, please visit their website for more information. 


  • SERRV International (Madison, WI): SERRV International's mission is to promote the social and economic progress of people in developing regions of the world by marketing their products in a just and direct manner. Their goal is to alleviate poverty and empower low-income people through trade, training and other forms of capacity building as they work to improve their lives. SERRV has worked to assist artisans and farmers for more than 55 years and was one of the first alternative trade organizations in the world and also a founding member of the International Fair Trade Association (IFAT). SERRV International offers volunteer/internship positions in Latin America, as well as opportunities from time-to-time at their Madison headquarters.


  • Working Capital for Community Needs (WCCN): A nonprofit organziation w hose mission is to create opportunities for access to microfinance, services and markets to improve the lives and communities of the working poor in Latin America. WCCN empowers low-income Latin American entrepreneurs by sustaining partnerships with Microfinance Institutions (MFIs) and Fair Trade Agriculture Organizations in Ecuador, El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, Nicaragua and Peru. Please visit their website for more information about vounteer opportunities. 



International Opportunities




  • Amigos de las Americas: AMIGOS Volunteers conduct community health and development projects in Latin America in partnership with international development agencies, local non-profit and government agencies, and host communities. Participants typically live with host families and work in groups of 2-3 AMIGOS Volunteers per community, providing a unique opportunity to experience Latin America in a very personal way. PLEASE NOTE: Scholarships are available.




  • Centro Internacional de Agricultura Tropical (CIAT) - COLOMBIA/HONDURAS/NICARAGUA - CIAT is an international organization that researches sustainable agricultural development to alleviate poverty in the tropics. The intern's main function is to write (newsletter articles, research briefs, press releases, etc.). Please contact Nathan Clay ( for more information.


  • Child Family Health International- VARIOUS - is a global family of health professionals and students working at the grassroots level to improve the health of the world community. We carry out our mission by supporting our international partner communities though community health projects and Global Health Immersion Programs. CFHI’s 20+ programs in 5 countries connect local health professionals with international students and give first-hand insight into healthcare in underserved communities. Through CFHI programs, participants transform perspectives about self, about global health and healing.




  • Constru Casa- GUATEMALA - is a a non-profit organization based in Guatelama offering basic housing to families living in extreme poverty. Constru Casa always works in collaboration with local partner organizations to identify and select families of exceptional need. Beneficiary families participate in the construction of their home and also pay back one fourth of the total cost of their house over four years. Constru Casa collaborates with its partner organizations also in other construction projects and community service programs.








  • ENVEST- VARIOUS (Headquarters are in Madison)


  • Expanish- ARGENTINA - is a fast-growing International Education organization based in Buenos Aires, which offers high quality Spanish educational programs, from weekly courses to study abroad programs and volunteer placements in Argentina, with a concept of excellence and constant innovation and a mission to generate cultural immersion experiences in Spanish speaking countries. They offer internships at their headquarters in Buenos Aires where interns are compensated in part with free Spanish classes. A LACIS alum, Alexandra Lazar, is one of their Student Advisors.









  • Instituto Dois Irmaos/Two Brothers Foundation- BRAZIL - Instituto Dois Irmaos is a nonprofit organization based in the United States and Brazil whose mission is to provide educational opportunities in the favela of Rocinha in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, through local and international community service and cultural exchange. They are seeking volunteers, possibly interns, and students interested in conducting researach projects in partnership with their organization.






  • NISGUA: Working for Justice in Guatemala:- GUATEMALA - Human rights observers needed in Guatemala to provide constant international presence to Guatemalan witnesses involved in precedent-setting genocide cases and other individuals, organizations and communities in defense of their rights (6 month commitment required).
















US-Based Opportunities