Argentina - Spanish Language and Community Projects in Córdoba
Join one of three projects in the cultural capital of the Americas, Córdoba, Argentina. Immerse yourself in Argentinian culture and improve your Spanish, all while volunteering with children, animals, or the elderly.
|Location of Project||Córdoba, Argentina|
|Project Length||Min 3 weeks - Max 12 weeks|
|Arrival Airport||Córdoba Airport (COR)|
|Volunteer Work||Community center, animal shelter, or home for the elderly|
|Age||18 - 100|
|Arrival Day||Sunday (project starts Monday)|
|Accommodation||Homestay, shared room, or private room in a student residence|
|Support||Local in-country team and 24hr emergency support|
|Airport Transfers||Included on arrival day|
|Insurance||Comprehensive travel health insurance with volunteer abroad coverage|
|Orientation||Training and excursions upon arrival|
|Pre-Departure Kit||Full project details are sent following registration|
|Spanish Course||1 week Spanish language intensive course upon arrival|
What's Not Included
The city is known by many as La Docta because of its many universities and scientific institutes. Around 200,000 people study here, which makes the city's population one of the youngest and liveliest in South America. In 2006, Córdoba was designated the cultural capital of the Americas, and the title fits the city perfectly. Four excellent municipal galleries – dedicated to emerging, contemporary, classical, and fine arts respectively – are within easy walking distance of each other and the city center. The alternative film scene is alive and kicking. Young designers and artisans exhibit their work at a weekend crafts market that sprawls for blocks and is one of the best in the country. On top of the natural beauty of this region, the cultural diversity, and developed economy, it is the warmth and hospitality of its people that makes Cordoba such an attractive city.
About the Project
This project is comprised of two parts: the first two weeks are devoted to Spanish language learning, where volunteers are given intensive Spanish language lessons and an introduction to the life and culture in Córdoba. Following the first two weeks, participants will proceed on to their volunteer work in any of the following projects:
Córdoba Community Center
This community center assists people of all ages: children, teenagers, adults, and the elderly that are at risk of social exclusion. The center organizes events, gives food and clothing to those who need it, and provides a comfortable social environment for all.
This animal shelter is a facility that houses homeless, lost, or abandoned animals; primarily a large variety of dogs and cats. The goal of the animal shelter is to provide a safe and caring environment until the animal is either reclaimed by its owner, placed in a new home, or placed with another organization.
Home for the Elderly
This project takes place at a licensed elderly home whose mission is to be a haven for elderly people who have been abandoned by their families and are excluded from the social system.
At the start of this program, volunteers will participate in a 1-week Spanish course. The Spanish course will have twenty 55-minute classes per week with a maximum of 8 students per class to increase the amount of personal attention each student receives. Volunteers will be placed in intermediate or advanced levels and will focus on improving their speaking, reading, listening, and writing skills.
Volunteers will enjoy excursions in the area, such as visits to La Bombonera Stadium, Evita's Museum, Palermo Forests and will participate in recreational activities ranging from tango lessons to bowling and movie night. Support and advice from the knowledgeable staff will also be available as well as a certificate of participation upon course completion.
Please note that volunteers who are fluent in Spanish are eligible to skip this portion of the project, although this is not recommended as this is a fun way to get to know the area and other volunteers with whom you will be working.
Important Note: In order to have a more successful experience and overcome the language barrier, applicants with basic or no Spanish are recommended to take extra Spanish lessons before volunteering.
Extra fee of Spanish course: $320 USD per week.
Volunteer Work and Contribution
Following the 1-week Spanish intensive orientation, you will move on to your volunteer work in Córdoba.
Córdoba Community Center
You will work 5 days a week, around 4-6 hours per day. The work is usually in the morning, although help is sometimes needed in the afternoon as well. Normally weekends are free although you may be needed on special events and occasions. Your duties will include:
- Assisting in various kitchen duties
- Serving breakfast or lunch
- Setting up workshops and planning events
- Assisting the regular staff with routine duties
- Helping with the community closet
- General maintenance work
- Welcoming people to the organization
Here you will work 5 days a week, around 4 hours per day. Your tasks will include:
- Feeding and walking the animals
- Checking on the animals and their cages
- Processing new animals
- Assisting owners that are looking for their pets
- Providing assistance in the spaying/neutering of animals at the nearby vet clinic
- Setting up veterinary appointments
- Assisting with research activities
- Educating the community to protect the environment
Home for the Elderly
Here you will work 5 days a week, around 4-6 hours per day. Your duties may include:
- Providing friendship to the elderly and keeping them company
- Organizing cultural events and sports activities
- Going for walks and running errands with the residents
- Various kitchen duties
- Assisting with gardening and general maintenance
- Providing support to the existing staff
- Organizing music shows and games
- Assisting the residents in their daily tasks
Accommodations: Volunteers can either choose to stay in a shared room or in a home stay:
The home stay has two rooms available for volunteers. One of the rooms has a single bed and a private bathroom equipped with a closet, heating, a desk and a chair. The other room has air conditioning, a shared bathroom, a desk, and an area to store your personal belongings. This is a great way to experience a level of cultural and linguistic immersion that goes far beyond the limits of a tourist.
For a more social experience, you also have the option to stay in a shared room at a student residence with other volunteers from all over the world. The student resdience is located in the center of Córdoba, nearby many different facilities such as banks and grocery stores. You will have kitchen access, internet service, cable TV, cleaning service once a week, telephone service to receive calls (available to make calls with prepaid cards), and towels and bed linens (changed once a week). There is electricity and hot water, but no washing machines. The rooms are shared between 2 volunteers each and a bathroom is shared with other volunteers as well.
Private rooms can be reserved for an additional fee of $120 USD per person.
Food: Breakfast is included if you are staying in a home stay or a shared room in the student residence. Meals are not included if you are staying in a private room. However, all the student residences have fully-equipped kitchens so volunteers can buy, store and cook their own food easily.
Internet: Internet is only available in the student residence.
Laundry: Towels and bed linens are changed once a week in the student residence.
- Minimum age: 18 years at the start of the program
- Minimum education: high school diploma or equivalent
- Personal characteristics: flexibility, adaptability, sense of responsibility, and sensitivity towards other cultures, ways of life, and conceptions of work
- Commitment to the project and its goals
- Beginner's Spanish