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Historically, Argentina was always considered a wealthy country, but since the financial crisis of 2001 and the deflation of the Argentine Peso, the country has faced many economic trials, including a drastic increase in poverty and the subsequent lack of subsidy for public services. In conjunction with local NGO's and volunteer organizations this project aims to help improve the quality of life for those living under these devastating conditions. By studying Spanish in the mornings and volunteering with children in the afternoon, you will have the unique experience of immersing yourself in all aspects of Buenos Aires culture as well as having the opportunity to practice your Spanish in real - life situations.

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Location of the Project:  Buenos Aires, Argentina
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Project length:  Min 2 weeks - Max 4 weeks
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Arrival Airport:  Ezeiza International Airport
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Volunteer Work:  Learn Spanish, provide support to children from underprivileged backgrounds
Age:  18 - 60
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Number of Volunteers:  Up to 20 International volunteers
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Important Note:  20 hour-per-week intensive Spanish course is included

What's Included

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Accommodations:  Single room in an apartment
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Airport Transfers:  Included upon arrival
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Insurance:  Comprehensive travel health insurance with volunteer abroad coverage
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Support:  Local in-country team and 24hr emergency support

What's not Included

Flights, food, local transportation, visa (if required), personal expenses

Buenos Aires is an exceptional city that melds the fiery passion of Latin America with European refinement.  This can be seen in the wide boulevards that lay next to cobblestone streets and in the bejeweled ladies lunching at extravagant restaurants while street children search through trash cans to find their next meal.  Latin music pours out onto the streets while rock and roll blares inside some bars. The city offers a spectacular mix of things to do, so whether you want to learn how to tango or see an impressive collection of European art, there will be something to suit your taste. 

The after school program provides a safe space for children from disadvantaged areas to participate in different activities. As a volunteer on this project you can select which activities you would like to be involved in. You may select to spend an afternoon exploring the city with friends allowing you to decide how intensive you would like your volunteering experience to be.

Afternoon activities with the children include, but are not limited to:

  • Playing sports and recreational games
  • Engaging in Arts and Culture workshops
  • Homework help and supervision
  • Helping to organize special events  like birthdays

Internet
Internet:  Volunteers can do their laundry at a local laundromat.
Laundry
Laundry:  WiFi is available
Accommodations
Accommodations:  You will be staying in a shared apartment with a local host in one of the best neighborhoods of the city (max. 40 minutes to the school). Volunteers will have a single bedroom with a shared bathroom and communal space.
Food:  Meals are not included but students have access to a fully equipped kitchen.

Please take note of the project's minimum requirements:

  • Minimum age: 18
  • Desire to improve the lives of the children
  • Adaptable, flexible, proactive and creative
  • Work well in a group, able to collaborate with others
  • Lots of energy

During your time volunteering you will have a selection of extensive activities in order to socialize with students and Argentines as well as practice your Spanish outside the classroom setting. These include:

  • Group Tango Class
  • Neighborhood Walking Tour 
  • Group Salsa Class 
  • Argentine History Class 
  • Museum Visit 
For an additional fee you can also join a range of low cost activities including wine tastings, bike tours, student dinners and cooking classes.

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