Volunteer in Argentina
Argentina is a an amazing destination full of culture, colours and great places to see. If you would like to do something rewarding you can apply to volunteer and help people, wildlife and the environment in places like Buenos Aires, Cordoba and rural areas.
Volunteer Programs in Argentina
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Guide to Volunteering in Argentina
With so many volunteer destinations in this continent choosing where to go can be difficult but we highly recommend Argentina which is a great country to give back. You can choose from a diverse range of programs, you will get to interact with local people, possibly improve your Spanish, learn about the local culture and also have a positive impact.
In 2001 an economic crisis hit Argentina hard, unemployment is high and wages are very low. This aso might be a shock to you but approximately 25% of Argentina's population live below the poverty line - this is something you won't get to see on your average holiday here but this is where you can play a role in helping. So whether you would like to take a gap year in Argentina, or just want to give back you will be able to find a program for you.
Top Reasons to Apply
- Placements are truly life-changing, some people return again and again and you will create new friendships and memories to stay with you
- No visa is required to participate and you stay for up to 90 days
- You shouldn't have any health issues when visting the country either and there are no specific vaccinations required
- There is a warm climate all year round
- Expect spectacular scenery, friendly people, a warm climate, great food and tasty wine
- Lots of free time to discover more of your surroundings
Location of Projects
You can find NGO's, local projects, grass roots, free/low cost projects and also large sending agencies which operate throughout the country. Popular locations include:
• Buenos Aires • Mendoza • Cordoba • Neuquén • San Luis. Other locations include: • Chubut • Corrientes • Entre Ríos • Jujuy • La Rioja • Misiones • Río Negro • San Juan • Santa Cruz • Santa Fe • Tierra del Fuego
These are all very safe destinations with structured placements, where you choose really depends on the placement you are interested in / personal preference (would you prefer to be in a big city or some more rural).
Patagonia is a great destination to volunteer if you would like to experience somewhere relatively untouched by tourism - this is one of the most beautiful places in the world with breathtaking beauty! Here you can work with local people helping education or help protect the nature of the region. For more options in this region visit our South America volunteer page.
Volunteer in Buenos Aires
Around 30% of the population of Argentina live in Buenos Aires (around 3 million people), this is also one of the most popular cities in the world to visit and you can do more by working here in a voluntary capacity. By choosing to volunteer in Buenos Aires you will get to experience the cosmopolitan atmosphere and European feel to the city. Buenos Aires is a popular city destination and just the name brings up up lots of image of tango, colour and entertainment.
Argentina as a country has gone through some difficult times in recent years with economic and social problems and Buenos Aires has suffered from a lack of investment and crime issues. But this city is still a great place to visit and you will not be disappointed if you stick to the tourist route and check out some of the city highlights of which there are a lot. The new Pope of the Catholic Church was also born in Buenos Aires so what more of a reason could you need to check out this city for yourself.
Types of programs available to join in Buenos Aires include teaching, medical/healthcare and community initiatives. There is the need for improving infrastructure and creating better living spaces throughout the city, you can join group programs working outdoors in parks and community centres. Local children get to learn English as schools and this is where you can help, native English speakers are required all year round where you can help youngsters learn or help coach sports. This will be a lot of fun!
You could also work in clinics helping vulnerable and poor members of society which require special attention. These placements are a great way to gain medical work experience, or if you already work in this profession a chance to give back. Most placements in Buenos Aires are flexible so you will get lots of free time to taste the local food, go sightseeing and see famous attractions.
You will get to discover this city fascinating with new friends made from the project you are participating on and also the local staff might be able to show you around the city. Buenos Aires is a safe city to live in and crime against tourists here is very rare but usual safety precautions should be taken seriously especially at night.
Types of Volunteer Programs in Argentina
You can find other programs throughout the country though depending on your interests. Lots of organisations in Argentina helping people get out of poverty, improving infrastructure and improving living conditions. There are also programs where you can help wildlife and the environment. We have a rewarding range of structured, free and low cost opportunities, research projects and apply today!
Volunteer with Animals in Argentina
Argentina is a very naturally beautiful destination with the Andes Mountains and Patagonia, participating on environmental programs in these locations is highly recommended. There are lots of wildlife volunteer projects available, you could volunteer with monkeys which are special placements. A lot of animals in this region are under threat due to habitat destruction and poaching and people are needed to work at rescue centres which help wildlife and particularly the carayá monkeys in places like Cordoba.
Volunteers on these projects can get involved in feeding the monkeys; monitoring orphaned monkeys; observing and studying social groups; constructing cages and caring for other animals such as llamas, capuchin monkeys, American lions, donkeys and dogs. No previous experience is required, just a passion for animal welfare and a desire to help as much as possible. Volunteers at the centre would live on site, in a rustic stone bungalow with the other volunteers.
At weekends, you can travel to the local town of La Cumbre and experience the beautiful and enchanting Argentinian culture. Volunteers who are looking for an unforgettable experience and want to make a difference to the lives of animals are welcome to apply for this position.
If you are a British Passport holder visa’s are not required for a stay of 90 days. If you're from another country, you might need to check your visa requirements in advance of departure. You don't need any previous experience, just aim to be fun to be around and try to be positive. Some organizations requesting people are aged 18 and over when joining programs, you will also need to be able to obtain a tourist visa and be in good health.
People from all around the world apply and this country is especially popular with United States and British citizens. Being able to speak Spanish whilst will make the experience a lot more enjoyable, you will be able to interact with local people and in real life situations like shopping or buying things it will make the process easier. Once in country you can join Spanish classes in Argentina in places like Buenos Aires, Cordoba or Mendoza or more rural areas of the country.
Most organisations offer structured placements which include accommodation, you have the choice of shared hostels, guesthouses, home stays or you can pay a bit extra for a private hotel room. A home stay is our top recommendation especially if you are keen to improve your language skills, you will live and eat with a local family who will provide you with two meals per day. Families are checked prior to placing volunteers and so your safety is guaranteed.
How to Apply
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Volunteer in Argentina for Free
The following organisations offer low cost and free volunteer opportunities in Argentina:
- Patagonia Volunteer - You will need to pay a one off fee of fee for a structured placement in Patagonia
Help & Advice
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