Volunteer in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Opportunities for volunteers to join projects that aim to tackle the social issues faced by many communities in the vibrant city of Buenos Aires. They include volunteering with children, volunteering as a teaching assistant and volunteering in soup kitchens & kindergartens.

You can join for 2 weeks up to 12 weeks and we have places available all throughout the year.

Individuals, groups and couples all welcome.

Cost for airport pick-up & drop off, accommodation at a shared volunteer house, programme materials and training start from £820.

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About the Project

Volunteer at an orphanage in Buenos AiresThere are a range of volunteer projects in Argentina available on this programme, depending on your Spanish level, including; teaching English, working with children, healthcare, community & sustainable development and more. Below are a few of the projects you can apply for as a volunteer in Argentina, however we have many more available, so please get in touch with us for more information.
  • Working with children in Buenos Aires
  • Volunteering to teach English as a foreign language
  • Volunteering in a Community Soup Kitchen
  • Childcare volunteering in Kindergartens

For further details on these projects, please click here

For those with intermediate or advanced Spanish ability, we also have many other volunteer projects available in Buenos Aires, Bariloche, Iguazu as well as further afield in Bolivia and Mexico. Example projects include; Healthcare/ medical volunteering, Teaching, Psychology, Sustainable development, PR & Journalism internships with NGOs, community development and so on.

For further information or to request a list of all of our available volunteer projects in Argentina please email aaron@workingabroad.com

Please note that you can join this volunteer programme even if you have no Spanish skills. We can arrange for you to take an intensive Spanish course (at extra cost) at the start of your stay, to get your language skills to a level where you will be able to participate in one of the volunteer projects in Argentina later on. We will work with you to assess your suitability and structure a plan to get your Spanish level to a sufficient level to volunteer.

Spanish lessons are also available for all volunteers, no matter your Spanish ability. We can organise a course for you to get you ready to volunteer on your chosen project. Comprehension, Grammar, Pronunciation and Conversation are all covered and courses are designed to use these skills in real-world situations. All the Courses have didactical and pedagogical materials. Generally it will take you 4 weeks of Spanish courses to go up from one level of Spanish to another, and we assess your suitability for each project depending on your Spanish level (none, basic, intermediate or advanced).

For costs for Spanish lessons or if you have any questions please email us.


Volunteer to Care for Disadvantaged Children in Buenos Aires

Volunteer with children in Buenos AiresThere are two kindergartens located in the neighborhood of Necochea, Buenos Aires. The teachers there care for and educate about 40 children between the ages of 2 and 5 years old. Both projects began in 2008 and so their infrastructure, educational and recreational materials for the kids are still improving. Children also eat breakfast and lunch there. Although it’s a simple kindergarten, it’s an educational, recreational, healthy and safe environment for the kids to stay in while their parents work. Tasks will include:

  • Help with cooking and cleaning
  • Assist in the maintenance and repair of the kindergarten
  • Assist teachers in the classroom and follow the lesson plan
  • Play with children during breaks and when the teachers need to work alone
  • Help the older children with educational activities on the computer (they have 3 computers)
  • Feed, clean and care for the babies 

Minimum stay 4 weeks - Basic Spanish Required


Volunteer as an English Teacher's Assistant in Buenos Aires

Volunteers working at teaching assistants

Volunteer in a bilingual elementary school in Buenos Aires, for children aged 6 to 13 years. Besides teaching English and basic subjects such as math and science, the school organises art workshops so that the children develop comprehensively.

The goal for the school's teaching methods is for the children to be open-minded, so that they develop a critical mind and are individuals with a social conscience. It encourages participation, discussion of ideas and learning to listen to others. The school needs volunteers who speak native English to help the teachers in giving classes. Tasks will include:

• Helping the teachers to prepare classes and workshops.
• Practice pronunciation, reading, writing, listening skills, grammar and vocabulary with the students. 
• Creating special workshops for the students.
• Helping the students to prepare fror their international exams.

Minimum stay 4 weeks - No Spanish Required


Volunteer to Teach English in an Extra-curricular School 

Teaching Volunteer in Buenos AiresVolunteer in an extra-curricular English school for more than 30 students learning English in order to improve their future job prospects. The children generally have demanding timetables from their state schools and come to the English school in their free time for four hours. The school doesn’t just serve as an academic centre, also offering the children a safe place where they can use their free time productively. Tasks will include:

  • Planning lessons and keeping up with the curriculum set by the headmistress
  • Setting and marking homework
  • Monitoring progress through tests
  • Writing school reports
  • Preparing students for international exams when necessary
  • Acting as a responsible adult and maintaining discipline 

Minimum stay 4 weeks - No Spanish Required


Volunteer at a Community Soup Kitchen

Volunteer working at a soup kitchen in Buenos Aires

This project started in 1994 driven by volunteers of Villa 21 in Barracas neighborhood. La Villa 21 is a large unstable housing settlement south of Buenos Aires. The neighborhood faces serious health problems, as it is located on the creek that divides the capital city of the province, and is highly contaminated, causing respiratory and gastrointestinal diseases that primarily affect children.

The dining room is visited by approximately 50 people from the neighborhood for lunch every day. The space is also available to support teenagers when there are volunteer teachers willing to help them. Volunteer tasks include:

  • Help with cooking in the Soup Kitchen.
  • Serve breakfast and lunch to kindergarten children.
  • Serve lunch to families who visit the Soup Kitchen.
  • Assist in cleaning.
  • If volunteers are interested they can also provide educational support to teenagers in the neighborhood.  

Minimum stay 4 weeks - Basic Spanish Required


Childcare volunteering in a Kindergarten in Buenos Aires

Volunteer with children at a kindergarten

This Kindergarten is located on the outskirts of Buenos Aires, next to an old landfill site. About 60 children in the age 3-5 attend every day while their parents are working. The kindergarten is an educational centre where the kids can develop both intellectually and emotionally.

As a childcare volunteer, you will support the teachers at the kindergarten by:

• Helping the two teachers cook and serve food, do the dishes, the cleaning or any other tasks there are to be done
• Interact with the children through games, songs, drawings and workshops,
• Help to take care of the children
• Help to plan the activities in the kindergarten
• Teach the children numbers, the alphabet in Spanish, their first English words etc.
• Maintain personal contact and be a role model for the children

Minimum stay 2 weeks - Basic Spanish Required

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Dates & Costs

Volunteer in a soup kitchen in Buenos Aires

7th to 21st April 2018
21st April to 5th May 2018
5th to 19th May 2018
19th May to 2nd June 2018

2nd to 16th June 2018
16th to 30th June 2018
30th June to 14th July 2018
14th to 28th July 2018
28th July to 11th August 2018
11th to 25th August 2018
25th August to 8th September 2018
8th to 22nd September 2018
22nd September to 6th October 2018
6th to 20th October 2018
20th October to 3rd November 2018
3rd to 17th November 2018
17th November to 1st December 2018
1st to 15th December 2018
15th to 29th December 2018

You can join the project all year round, for 2 weeks up to 12 weeks, starting on a Saturday. Please check each individual project description for minimum durations. However, for all projects involving children, these do not run during the school holidays I.E are not available during December, January and February (Summer holidays in Argentina) and for 2 weeks in July (Winter holidays).

On all projects, you can volunteer up to 5 days a week, for a maximum of 5 hours per day.


Project Costs

Volunteers in ArgentinaFor all volunteer programmes, the costs are as follows; 2 weeks is £820, 3 weeks is £913, 4 weeks is £1007, 6 weeks is £1264, 8 weeks is £1520, 10 weeks is £1776 and 12 weeks is £2034. Every extra week past 12 weeks costs £130.

This cost includes volunteer placement, accommodation in the volunteer house in a shared room (to cover the duration of your project dates, you are of course welcome to stay in the house before and after your placement, but this would incur extra costs), airport pick up and drop off, training and volunteer coordination, and support from our partner organisation in Argentina. What is not included is your flights and travel to and from Buenos Aires, visa costs, personal and food expenses, and your own health and travel insurance.

For more information on costs for other durations, Spanish Lessons, or to live in alternative accommodation such as a homestay or shared apartment, please email Aaron at aaron@workingabroad.com

Food, Lodging, Travel

Volunteer Accommodation in Buenos AiresLodging in Buenos Aires:

Most volunteers choose to stay in our eco-friendly volunteer guest house, located in downtown Buenos Aires. The guest house is available for all projects. Our partner Residence in the city of Buenos Aires is also part of the Responsible Tourism Network. Therefore, it promotes environmental policies, which include energy consumption control system, garbage separation, preventive maintenance avoiding the waste of natural resources. 

  •     They recycle all furniture and have a green terrace. 
  •     Every room in the Residence has a window with access to natural light during the day and all lights use low consumption bulbs.
  •     Volunteers are given a short list of items upon arrival regarding the residence policies and are assisted during their stay.

Volunteer Accommodation in Buenos AiresWhat is provided at the accommodation:

  •     Excellent location: The Residence is located, literally, in the heart of Buenos Aires.
  •     Easy access: one block away from Cordoba Avenue, two blocks away from Lavalle, four blocks away from Florida and     very close to the Colon Theatre.
  •     Everything you need: An area with plenty of transportation, shops, bars and restaurants.
  •     Comfort in all rooms, single or shared.
  •     Fully-equipped kitchen and living room, TV, Internet.
  •     Breakfast room, computers, luggage storage, tourist information.
  •     Free WiFi Access in all Common Areas.
  •     Shuttle IN / OUT to the airport
  •     Laundry service (at extra cost)

Volunteer in Buenos AiresEnvironmentally friendly:

Like us, our partner Residence in Buenos Aires is committed to lessen the impact we make to the environment. Some of their actions include:

  •     Large reusable pump dispensers for toilettes to reduce unnecessary disposal of plastic.
  •     Recycling all furniture and have a green terrace.
  •     Energy consumption control system, garbage separation, preventive maintenance.
  •     Avoiding the waste of natural resources.
  •     Use of returnable or reusable packaging.
  •     Working with El Ceibo recycling community organization to recycle all glass, plastic and cardboard, and the company Eco Volta for the disposal of batteries.

Food and Meals

In the volunteer house, meals are not included. However, the house is surrounded by high quality, cheap restaurants, and most volunteers choose to eat out. The house is also equipped with a good kitchen, and volunteers sometimes cook traditional meals in the house.

Volunteer Requirements
All volunteers should be aged 18 and over, flexible, self-motivated, and willing to adapt to a new culture. Also, those interested in a professional internship project require either some relevant experience or a strong motivation in that area e.g. radio, health, graphic design.

Flights/Travel
Volunteers should aim to fly to Buenos Aires Ezeiza Airport, arriving on a Saturday (I.E. your project start date), as volunteering starts on Mondays (flights are also often cheaper on weekends). Upon arrival at the airport, you will be collected by a member of staff and taken directly to your accommodation. Most (but not all) nationalities can volunteer for up to 3 months without a tourist Visa.

Background & Video

Please see below for a video showing some of the volunteer projects in Buenos Aires:

Argentinian TangoAbout Argentina

Argentina, the eighth-largest country in the world, has experienced significant economic and developmental improvements in recent years, and this growth is projected to continue.  However, despite this, Argentina faces issues with inequality, unemployment and developing in a sustainable way, and this project aims to address some of these problems.  

From the mighty Iguazú Falls in the subtropical north to the thunderous, crackling advance of the Perito Moreno Glacier in the south, Argentina is also a vast natural wonderland. The country boasts some of the Andes’ highest peaks, several of which top 6000m near Mendoza and San Juan.

Read more about Argentina: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/argentina

Volunteer Testimonials

Volunteer Kelby from the USAKelby Broddie, from the USA, volunteered in the Organic Garden of a Psychatric hospital in Buenos Aires in November

My time on the project was amazing! I learned not just about the Argentinian culture but a little about some of the other people that I was living with in the house. I really felt like I made an impact on everyone there. It was nice to see the progress being made on the house in Villa Elisa and rewarding to talk with the patients at the psych hospital. I learned a lot about myself and developed more patience and understanding for others. I would definitely go back. I learned that you don't really have to know the language to communicate. I was one of the worst spanish speakers down there and yet I developed a great connection with the locals. Thank you for the opportunity to do this.


Volunteer Andrea from CanadaAndrea, from Canada, volunteered in La Quiaca community centre
I had an excellent time in La Quiaca. I loved the work and the people here. I've made some great friends in the community who I will stay in touch with after my time here. Volunteering in La Quiaca is a great way to immerse yourself into the culture and language of Argentina. Also I must admit that I love being able to walk to another country! I don't think that there is anything that could be improved here. It's very well organized and everything ran smoothly from start to finish.

 


Healthcare Volunteer Sara, from the USASara, from the USA, joined the Health Centre professional internship
I learned a lot by being in a health environment. The placement and application process helped to fit my interest although it was far. I gained knowledge from the various health professionals at La Salita that will help me with my future goals. I loved being able to be with the doctors and staff while learning of the social issues the community faces. In addition to health plus, I feel my Spanish comprension skills improved by listening to the doctors.


ex-Volunteer Tiffany from Canada
While my intention when first going to Buenos Aires was not to volunteer, it was no doubt the best decision I made there. I think it is easy to underestimate the juxtaposition within BA, and how difficult it is as a tourist, or even student, to really get to know what life in Buenos Aires is for the Locals. The project not only helps you see the real lives that are hidden behind Buenos Aires touristic exterior, but helped me understand the culture, language, and norms we so rarely come to understand when in a country so different from our own.


Arpine from the United States joined the teaching assistant project
My time working on the project was absolutely an experience of a lifetime! The staff was very helpful, organized, appreciative, inspiring, fun and passionate about their work. It was the perfect way to experience Argentina- by both having fun with other volunteers and feeling like you are part of a positive movement. I'm thankful to all the staff who put so much energy into making the organization what it is. I also made some amazing friends from all over the world (how often do you get to do that?) I have such great memories of the time I spent teaching English. I even became friends with a few of the kids on Facebook and get to chat with them every now and then! I hope to return to Argentina soon! I would highly recommend this program to anyone whose interested in volunteering in Argentina.

Volunteer with orphaned children in Buenos AiresHow to Join the Project

To secure a placement volunteering in Argentina on one of our volunteer projects, please complete and submit the form including your application payment of £195. If for some reason, your application is not accepted, we would reimburse this payment fully. However for those who are accepted, your balance payment is due 1 month before your arrival. Once you are confirmed on the programme, you will receive a pre-departure package with all detailed information on your project, amenities at the volunteer house, suggested items to bring etc.

 

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