At a glance
- Help care for animals at a dog shelter, and learn by shadowing a vet at a local clinic.
- Care for animals that have experienced cruelty, neglect, injury, and abandonment.
- A rewarding part of the project is helping to find loving new homes for the dogs.
16 or over
At your Veterinary Medicine internship in Argentina, your work will focus on the following areas:
Help out at an animal clinic
Initially, your role at the clinic will be observational. You’ll shadow the vet, and see how they diagnose and treat animals. You’ll help feed and wash the animals, and clean enclosures. Under supervision, you may also be permitted to assist vets with administering treatments, operations, and general care.
Assist in a dog shelter’s daily operation
The shelter we work with is run by the local town hall. However, the shelter receives very little funding, is understaffed, and the conditions are extremely basic. They care for more than 150 dogs, who remain here until they can be rehomed.
You’ll help by feeding the dogs, making sure they have fresh water, and giving them attention. Spending time with the dogs is an important part of preparing them for adoption. When necessary, you can also assist with vaccinations and delousing.
Find dogs new homes
A rewarding part of the project is helping find new homes for the dogs. Community days and weekends are often dedicated to taking puppies and finding them new homes in the town centre.
Where will I do Animal Care work in Argentina?
You will work in Argentina’s second largest city, Cordoba. This young, dynamic city is one of Argentina’s friendliest.
Your animal care work in Argentina will be split between a veterinary clinic, and a dog shelter. The vet is located about 15 minutes from town. And the dog shelter is located in Villa Allende, a short distance from Cordoba.
On your time off time in the evenings and over the weekends, there is plenty to see and do. You could walk around the city centre, visit the Cathedral of Cordoba, or go to a symptomatic orchestra at the theatre. The flea market is also a great option. Here you can try local Argentinian dishes, and meet up with other interns and volunteers.
Volunteering for professionals
This project is also perfect for qualified professionals. With your skills backing up our ongoing efforts, we can make an even bigger difference together. We'll match you to the placement where your skills are needed most.
This means you can share your training and and knowledge with others. You can work hand-in-hand with our partner organisations and local communities to support sustainable development.
If you have relevant skills or qualifications, read more about how you can make use of them with Projects Abroad.
Measuring our impact
Our projects work towards clear long-term goals, with specific annual objectives. Every volunteer and intern we send to these projects helps us work towards these goals, no matter how long they spend on our projects.
Every year we take a step back and look at how much progress we've made towards these goals. We put together a Global Impact Report, which documents our achievements. Find out more about the impact our global community of volunteers, interns and staff make, and read the latest report.
Leisure activities and free time
Argentina is a vibrant South American country bursting with colour and rich heritage. Along with contributing to worthwhile projects, a trip with us to Argentina means you can explore this fascinating country.
Enjoying a coffee at the Plaza de San Martin, with its street performers and iconic statue of General Jose de San Martin, is the perfect way to spend an evening. It’s located in Cordoba, where our projects are based, so you don’t have to travel far for this experience.
For thrill seekers, you can take a weekend trip to La Cumbre where you can go paragliding off lofty cliffs. The surrounding nature is breathtaking and a horse ride around nature trails here is well worth it.
There are also enriching cultural experiences, like the Evita Fine Arts Museum or the Teatro del Libertador General San Martin. You can also learn more about the country’s history at local museums.
There will likely be other volunteers in Argentina with you. So you can choose to explore solo, or with a group of volunteers from different projects.
Safety and staff support
Your safety and security is our prime concern. We have many procedures and systems to ensure you have the support you need to enjoy your trip with peace of mind. Our Projects Abroad staff are available 24 hours a day to help, and will be on-hand to make sure you settle in well at your accommodation and placement. If you encounter any problems, they will be available to help at any time.
Find out more about safety and backup.
Meet the team in Argentina
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