Volunteer with Children and Dogs in Argentina
- Placement locations: Alto Alberdi, Cordoba
- Role: To work closely with trained dogs and assist in conducting specialized therapy sessions for children and young adults
- Type of placement: Zoo therapy center
- Number of people cared for: 12 to 15
- Age of people cared for: 6 to 25
- Requirements: Volunteers need to speak basic Spanish
- Accommodation: Host family
- Length of placement: From 4 weeks
- Start dates: Flexible
If you are interested in giving back and gaining experience working with people and animals, joining our Canine Therapy Project in Argentina is a great opportunity to combine elements of our Care and Animal Care programs. You will be based in the city of Cordoba, where you will work alongside a team of local professionals at the Jingles Foundation in Alto Alberdi, an organization that conducts specialized therapy sessions for children and young adults.
The Jingles Foundation has approximately 30 dogs of various breeds and ages. These animals are carefully selected and trained to be alert, obedient, and of a non-aggressive nature. As a volunteer, you will work with the dogs and children and focus on the social aspect and the benefits of canine therapy.
The majority of the children and young adults who come to the center are affected by psychological disorders, like motor and sensory impairments or behavioral disorders. It has been proven that regular contact with animals can increase patients’ mobility and both stimulate and comfort the children. You will learn about different types of treatment such as speech therapy, kinesiology, neuro-rehabilitation, and psychology for individuals, families, and/or groups who specialize in handling animals.
To participate in this project, you will need to speak basic Spanish. If you would like to learn the basics or improve your current Spanish, you can join a Spanish Language Course before or during your placement.
Your Role at the Canine Therapy Project in Cordoba
You will arrive at the center in the afternoons and get involved in the following tasks:
- Help with the daily maintenance and upkeep of the facility
- Assist the staff during sessions with the dogs and children
- Plan creative activities to do with the children
- Develop and contribute to the project evaluation reports
The work you do will vary from day to day. If you would like to have a more structured experience at the placement, your supervisor will be happy to discuss your work schedule with you.