Voluntariados in Argentina

Connecting Worlds offers volunteer projects in the following Latin American destinations: Argentina, Bolivia,  Ecuador, Guatemala, Panama and Peru. We team up with local organisations and NGOs.

 

The volunteer programs organised by Connecting Worlds last between one and 24 weeks, depending on the choice of destination. We offer and range of opportunities and projects that can be molded to the interests and needs of each volunteer.

 

Whether you’re traveling during a gap year/sabbatical and you want to experience Latin America from a unique perspective, or as part of a university project, we have the program for you!

 

While many international organisations add thousands of dollars to the development of their volunteer programs in Latin America, we choose to keep costs as low as possible without reducing the quality or the security of our programs.

 

Whilst maintaining our fair-cost policy, we find ways of offering accessible, high quality, secure programs for all our volunteers. This is possible, in part, because we work directly with local partners in other Latin American countries from our base in Argentina. This means we avoid the unnecessary costs generated from intermediaries, for example.

 

 

What’s included in our fair-cost policy?

 

All our programs include a fixed price Registration Fee of US$249 and a Program Fee that varies according to the duration of the program and the services included.

 

The Registration Fee covers the costs of all that Connecting Worlds has to do in order to organise the experience in an efficient manner and offer each participant a quality program. These costs include marketing, staff salaries, travel costs of staff who visit and inspect each of the programs on offer and Connecting Worlds’ solidarity fund among others. We need this fee just to sustain the organization.

 

The Program Fee is the total cost of everything related to the services that the volunteer will be able to take advantage of upon arrival to the destination of their choice. For example, accommodation, meals, transfers, the donation made to the volunteer project, welcome orientation and constant 24/7 support. The payment for this fee goes directly to the country in which the volunteer will be stationed, directly benefiting the local community. It’s a fee which helps organisations that work in the country associated with the program at hand to move forwards with their projects and generate work opportunities for the local community.

 

Thanks to our fair-cost policy, the volunteer benefits from not having to pay high fees and our local partners benefit from being able to invest in their projects and keep things moving forwards. Connecting Worlds also benefits from keeping the costs of its programs as low as possible because we get the opportunity to support local communities and make a difference in our own small but important way.

 

Teaching and Education:

In Argentina, education is not always available to all. There are many children who don’t receive an effective education because their families don’t have the money to pay for it, or because local transport is sufficiently available to be able to get them to school and back. Connecting Worlds works with educational institutions across Argentina which are sometimes severely understaffed and almost always poorly funded. Illiteracy levels in many locations is shockingly high.

Apart from teaching English in Argentina, educational volunteers can join educational institutions and/or groups which educate young argentineans about other very important matters — including sex education, drug abuse, HIV/AIDS and how to protect their health, theatre, art, dance, and more. There are many subjects and educational areas which are mandatory on the curriculum of first world countries, but which are not even close to forming part of standard educational practices in Latin America. Foreign educational volunteers can make a real difference in this area.

 

Community Development

Little or no education, a complete lack of opportunities for the development of new skills, poor housing conditions, areas which reek of poor sanitation, and medical help which is unattainable thanks to high costs or lack of public transport, are just some of the community issues which plague many towns and cities across Argentina. Rural communities are those which on average suffer the most.

Connecting Worlds has connections with a wide variety of local organisations across Argentina. These organisations manage projects which aim to visibly improve the employment, social, and educational conditions experienced by those who live in the local area. As a community volunteer, you’ll be able to connect with locals and the challenges they face on a very profound level. You’ll be able to help them find ways of improving at least one aspect of their lives on a day-to-day basis.

 

Work With Children

There are an endless array of volunteer projects all over Argentina which centre on child development. If you love spending time with youngsters, whatever the age, then you should consider devoting your volunteer time to a project which positively impacts the lives of the younger generation.

Connecting Worlds works with local organisations to offer working with children programs which relate to education, physical activity, creative skills, emotional support, and social development. Whilst young people are entertained by interesting community projects, there’s less time for them to become distracted by other things which will most likely bring them graver problems to deal with in the future. Lots of children in Latin America need the support of adult care, because that support is not available at home.

Volunteers who would be interested in working with children in orphanages should also make inquiries. The number of parent-less children, or abandoned children, across Argentina is staggering.

Wildlife & Nature Projects

If you’re interested in committing to a project related to wildlife, nature, or conservation, then Connecting Worlds can help. 

Participants not only get the chance to help in the fight against climate change, but they also get to experience what it’s like to live in amazing, unique environments across Argentina. Our international visitors spend a great deal of time in the company of locals and environmental experts, turning the experience into an incredibly rich exploration of indigenous wildlife and local culture.

Animal or plant experts are welcome on the programs, but it’s not a prerequisite. The most important thing is the willingness to support and commit the project you sign up to and hang in for the entire course. For more information about the many projects on offer, don’t hesitate in getting in touch.

 

Health and Medical Care

Healthcare volunteers have the opportunity to work in hospitals, rural-based clinics, and nutrition and/or health education centres. The projects available would particularly suit a medical student, a recent graduate, or perhaps even a medical professional looking to take a career break and dedicate his or her time to the medical needs of an Argentinean community.

Medical experience or qualifications are not a prerequisite by any means, however it is important to make sure you’re thoroughly prepared for a volunteer project of this nature. The reality of what you might come into contact with — surrounded by people suffering from medical conditions and without the means to get access to the kind of healthcare they really need — can be difficult for some people to bear. On the positive side, healthcare volunteers are able to make a huge impact on individual lives and circumstances.

Lack of manpower is a real issue for many medical institutions in Argentina. In most cases, just an extra pair of hands can be enough to change conditions and lift spirits.

 

Basic Facts

 

• Spanish is Argentina’s official national language 
• The Argentine peso is the official currency in Argentina
• The capital city is Buenos Aires
• The country is home to approximately 41,09 million people
• Argentina is famous for its contribution to the world of football, with a large proportion of its players heading success all over the world

• Argentina is one of the few countries in which two people of the same sex can be married by law
• Argentina spans across 2,766,890 square kilometers and is the second largest nation in South America, coming in only behind Brazil.

Reasons to visit Argentina

 

• To eat lots and lots of very tasty meat.


• To stare out across the pampas region for as far as the eyes can see.


• To ski or hike up incredible mountain landscapes in the country’s Patagonia region.

 

For more information about Argentina please visit this LINK

Program Fees

 

BUENOS AIRES:

 

Weeks Homestay (no meals)* Hostel (Daily Buffet Breakfast + 3 dinners a week)**
2 635 538
3 760 658
4 885 778
5 1010 898
6 1135 1018
7 1260 1138
8 1385 1258
9 1510 1378
10 1635 1498
11 1760 1618
12 1885 1738
Additional week 125 120

Hostel option: Volunteers are provided with Buffet breakfast every day, and a cooked dinner three nights per week (included in program fee - includes main dish + drink). This gives volunteers to opportunity to use the remaining nights to experience the amazing culture and cuisine that Buenos Aires has to offer. All standard amenities are available in the hostel, including hot showers and modern bathrooms, laundry room with washing machine, air conditioning, microwave and there is even free Wi-Fi and computers! Easy!

Homestay: Meals are not included. A damage deposit is required for all host families and shared apartments. It must be paid at check-in and will be refunded at check-out if there is no damage. Money will be taken out of the deposit to pay for any damages done by the participant. 

**A damage deposit is required for all host families and shared apartments. It must be paid at check-in and will be refunded at check-out if there is no damage. Money will be taken out of the deposit to pay for any damages done by the participant. 

 

BARILOCHE:

 

Social Projects:

 

Weeks Homestay (no meals) ** Hostel (Daily  Breakfast )*
2 835 605
3 1087 742
4 1339 879
5 1591 1016
6 1843 1153
7 2095 1290
8 2347 1427
9 2599 1564
10 2851 1701
11 3103 1838
12 3355 1975
Additional week 252 137

 

*Volunteers are provided with Buffet breakfast every day, and a cooked dinner three nights per week (included in program fee - includes main dish + drink). This gives volunteers to opportunity to use the remaining nights to experience the amazing culture and cuisine that Buenos Aires has to offer. All standard amenities are available in the hostel, including hot showers and modern bathrooms, laundry room with washing machine, air conditioning, microwave and there is even free Wi-Fi and computers! Easy!

 

 

What do my fees pay for?

 

REGISTRATION FEE:  Support and guidance from CW staff, program marketing costs, pre-departure assistance, staff salary, CW Solidarity Fund, administration costs, travel costs to inspect programs and communication costs with volunteers. We need this fee just to sustain the organization.

 

Program Fee Buenos Aires:  Accommodation with a host family or at a Hostel (Daily breakfast and 3 x dinners included), airport pick-up, orientation, program supervision, in-country 24/7 volunteer support and in-country administration costs.

  

What’s no included: Meals (homestay option), Air tickets,Vaccinations,Transportation to and from project, Certificate of Good conduct, Visa, Local travels and Personal expenses, International Insurance against sickness, accident and 3er party liability. In addition to providing health insurance, the plan must cover medical evacuation and repatriation. Our participants in Argentina generally find USD 80 to be sufficient for basic weekly expenses.