Volunteer with Children in Argentina
- Placement locations: Cordoba
- Types of care projects: Centers for children/adults with disabilities, children’s homes
- Age of children: 4 – 16, adults
- Number of people cared for: 15 - 20
- Role: Volunteers work on achieving the goals set out in the Care Management Plan, including running educational games and group activities, and providing emotional support.
- Requirements: None
- Accommodation: Host families
- Length of placement: From 1 week
- Start dates: Flexible
Although Argentina has made a lot of progress since the economic crisis in 2001-2002, it still faces considerable challenges as a result of income and regional poverty. Projects Abroad works with a number of disadvantaged communities in Argentina, which suffer from problems such as lack of education, marginalization, drug use, and general lack of support to children. As a Care volunteer, you will help provide the individual support and attention that every child needs, but which the local staff rarely get the chance to provide.
You will find that you will have an important role to play, whether you are volunteering during a gap year, summer vacation, career break, or if you are retired and want others to benefit from your experience. All we ask is that you have energy, enthusiasm, and a commitment to the work. Our local staff will provide you with support throughout your project.
You can read more detailed information about the aims of the project in our Argentina Care Management Plan.
If you would like to volunteer in Argentina with children, you will be working in one of many placements in Cordoba, Argentina’s second largest city, and the surrounding area. If you have a love of horses, then you could even contribute to our Equine Therapy project. When you apply, please let us know where you feel you would best be able to help and our staff will work with you to match you to a suitable placement.
Volunteering in a Children's Home or Community Center in Argentina
Projects Abroad works mainly with children’s homes in Argentina. Most of the homes are relatively small and here your role will be hands-on, helping with the everyday care for up to about 20 children. At these homes, you are given freedom to develop your own activities to entertain the children. Volunteers here will find that the days pass quickly, although you can expect to feel tired out at the end of it.
Care volunteers in Argentina can also work in community dining halls where children from disadvantaged areas are fed and sheltered. Here you can help with feeding the children, assisting them with their homework, providing individual attention, and organizing fun activities for everyone.
I learned quickly what "making a difference" really is. I worked in Bethel’s Children home in Villa Allende, which is about a half-hour outside of Cordoba City. In Bethel Children's Home (or in any care placement), that is seeing love sliding off of you and onto the children, pouring onto them what they need most and lack if volunteers from Argentina and international alike do not offer that to them. The kids' vibrancy of love back onto you reflects that love, and that is how you can tell how much you are giving them. Read more...
Volunteering at a Special Needs Center in Argentina
There are opportunities in Argentina to work in a number of centers for disabled people and others with special needs. The ages of those you will be working with in these placements can be varied, and you may find yourself working with young children, teens, and adults. No experience is needed to participate in this program.
When helping out at centers for those with mental and physical disabilities, you are likely to be asked to help with a wide range of activities. The staff will need help with basic daily activities including meal times. You will also have some one-on-one time with individuals at your placement, helping them with basic education or activities of your choice. There are some opportunities to get involved in physical therapy sessions and help with necessary daily exercises. It can make a huge difference for these individuals to have your attention, support, and friendship, and you will quickly find that you are an integral part of the staff team.
Volunteering at a Care Placement in Argentina with Projects Abroad
Whatever skills and talents you have, volunteer work with children in Argentina will give you the opportunity to put them to good use. You could teach the children to dance, draw, or play soccer. You could even arrange to take the children on a day trip if you have permission from the placement and Projects Abroad staff. The more time and effort you put in, the more rewarding your placement will be both for the children you are working with and for you yourself.
If you are a high school student and first-time traveler you may want to consider our High School Special programs in Argentina.
The General Care Project in Argentina is available for less than a month if you don't have time to join us for a month or more. This project has been selected by our local colleagues as being suitable for shorter durations for both the host community and the volunteer. Although you will gain valuable cultural insight and work intensely within the local community please be aware that you may not be able to make the same impact as someone participating for a longer period. Volunteers who can only join us for one week work in the community dining hall placements, and can also participate in the Agriculture & Farming Project for one or two mornings during the week.