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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 NGOs and volunteer organizations, this project aims to 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 Argentine culture as well as having the opportunity to practice your Spanish in real-life situations.

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

What's Included

Accommodations:  Single room in an local host's apartment. Options to upgrade to a host family with half board available for an additional fee.
Airport Transfers:  Airport pickup is included upon arrival
Support:  Comprehensive and professional pre-departure travel guidance, 24/7 GoEco emergency hotline, experienced local field team.

What's not Included

Flights, visas (if required), travel health insurance, meals, local transportation, return airport transfer, 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 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. 
This versatile project enables volunteers to study Spanish in the morning and volunteer with the local community in the afternoon. Choose one of these four placement options based on your interests and language level:

After school program: Volunteers will work with a nonprofit that helps youth living in extremely impoverished areas of Argentina. Their goal is to provide healthy development, happiness, and a hopeful future for these marginalized children. 
Volunteer tasks include:
  • Playing sports and recreational games
  • Engaging in Arts and Culture workshops
  • Homework help and supervision
  • Helping to organize special events, such as birthday celebrations
*No prior Spanish knowledge required. Two-week minimum committment.

Teaching English: This organization provides English language classes for both adults and children. Native English speakers provide real-life practice with students. 

Volunteer tasks include:
  • Conversation classes
  • Leading games in English
  • Assisting with lesson plans
*Requires native-level English. Two-week minimum committment.
This placement is not available during the months of January - March and July, due to school holidays.

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Children’s Home: Committed volunteers provide loving support to boys and girls, aged 2-15, who have been removed from the care of their parents and live in these homes temporarily.

Volunteer tasks include:
  • Plan and lead workshops
  • Prepare and serve meals
  • Lead activities and games
  • Homework help
*Requires basic Spanish. Four-week minimum committment.

Assisting the Elderly: Support the efforts of this organization to make low-income seniors feel part of the community. They offer snacks, yoga classes, film showings, a library, educational workshops and even a place to shower, if needed.

Volunteer tasks include:
  • Assist with workshops
  • Prepare and serve snacks
  • Lead activities and games
  • Be a social contact for residents
*Requires intermediate Spanish. Four-week minimum committment.
Internet:  Volunteers can do their laundry at a local laundromat (additional fee).
Laundry:  WiFi is available.
Accommodations:  You will be staying with a local host in one of the best neighborhoods in the city (max. 40 minutes to the school). Volunteers will have a single bedroom and share a bathroom and communal spaces with your host.
Food:  Meals are not included but students have access to a fully equipped kitchen.
Please take note of this project's minimum requirements:
  • Minimum age of 18
  • Police clearance
  • 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 volunteer placement you will have varied opportunities to socialize with students and Argentines alike,  as well as to practice your Spanish outside the classroom setting. These may include:
  • Neighborhood walking tours
  • Cooking or Mate tasting classes 
  • Theater workshops 
For an additional fee you can also join a range of low-cost activities including wine tastings, bike tours and  tango lessons.
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