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 (extra fee)|
|Food||Half-board included (breakfast and dinner)|
|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 leading organization partners with non-profit Host Organizations operating in 8 countries in Latin America; Argentina is one of them. The organization helps these non-profits with their individual goals. For many of them, the primary goal is to make a noticeable difference in the community through access to health services, homes for underprivileged community members, services for working parents with children and persons with physical and mental disabilities.
This project is comprised of two parts: the first week is devoted to Spanish language learning, where volunteers are given intensive Spanish language lessons and an introduction to the life and culture in Córdoba.
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.
Important Note: In order to have a more successful experience and overcome the language barrier, applicants with little to no Spanish are recommended to take extra Spanish lessons before volunteering.
Extra fee of Spanish course: $370 USD per week.
Volunteer Work and Contribution
Following the 1-week Spanish intensive orientation, you will move on to your volunteer work in Córdoba and you will choose between the following three projects.
Kindergarten: This kindergarten provides children, infants to age 5, with the love and attention they require.
- Supervising and bonding with children
- Providing homework and reading assistance
- Preparing meals
- Setting up and cleaning up of meals and snacks
- Raising money for the project
- Planning fun activities and preparing educational material
- Playing with children during their break
- Routine task assistance to teachers
- Thinking up creative ideas to improve the organization
Equine Therapy: The center deals with individuals with various disabilities, including sensory, motor, psychomotor, and mild to moderate intellectual disability.
- Being mindful of the physical and mental state of the disabled
- Assisting in rehabilitation activities
- Working on maintenance
- Cheering them up
- Organizing sports activities
- Assisting with routine duties
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.
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
Accommodations: in order to improve your Spanish skills and enrich your experience, you will be lodged in a local home-stay with shared rooms for around 2-3 students. The home-stay includes: shared bathroom and shower, towels, bed linen and kitchen access, if required. The accommodations are located about a 20 - 30 minute bus ride from the school and volunteer project sites. Local busses cost around 50 cents per trip and you will be required to travel independently each day.
Food: half board is included (breakfast and dinner)
Laundry: there are a couple of laundry stores within walking distance of the accommodation, so volunteers can take their clothes there. The approximate cost per wash is around USD 5 - USD 6.
Internet: is available at internet cafes in the city (for an extra fee).
Upgrade: following registration, you will have the option to book a private room in a student residence for an extra fee of US$70 per week (subject to availability). Meals are not included in this option; however, laundry machines and internet access are available in the 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