See South America in a new light

With just over a dozen countries to its name, South America is an intoxicating continent that lures visitors with its breathtaking natural wonders, samba-saturated beach towns and whispers of ancient civilisations. See South America in a new light by combining business and pleasure on an overseas working holiday. If you're taking a gap year or looking to add a unique point of difference to your resume, consider an internship in Colombia or Argentina where modern cosmopolitanism meets charismatic tradition. Work hard and play harder in cities known for their invigorating nightlife like Rio de Janeiro or Buenos Aires.

South America: Rio de JaneiroWork hard and play harder in Brazil

There are also plenty of opportunities to help improve the lives of South Americans across the country. Invest your time in Ecuador getting to know local street kids while teaching them English. Join a vital education program and help children and their families work towards a better future. If you are a nature lover, there are conservation programs where you can work to protect the magnificent Amazon rainforest (stretching across eight countries) by spreading awareness and maintaining patches of national park affected by deforestation.

South America: Amazon Village in PeruAmazon village in Peru | by Flight Centre's Mark Robertson

If you're eager for adventures abroad with priceless rewards, chat to a Flight Centre consultant about working or volunteering in South America. We will make sure everything is planned just right from airport transfers to on-site support, food, accommodation and visas. In your down time, try extracurricular activities like exploring the lost Inca city of Machu Picchu in Peru, hanging out with giant tortoise in the Galapagos or lacing up your hiking boots and tackling the snow-capped Andes. Whether you want to be involved in an archaeological excavation in Lima or hang ten helping out at a surf school in Rio, you won't be hard pressed to find a worthwhile cause to lend your support to in South America.

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