You are about to discover a new culture, accomplish something unforgettable, and explore what Argentina has to offer!
Bring your adventurous spirit to stunning South America. Volunteers will be based in Córdoba, the second most populous city in Argentina. Córdoba is a beautifully historic city located in the centre of Argentina, approximately 700km from Buenos Aires, the capital. Volunteers are required to have at least a basic level of Spanish, but the program includes one week of Spanish lessons to kick-start your experience. The accommodation for the program will be either with local host families or in a room at a student residence.
It was an amazing experience to immerse in the Cordobean culture of Argentina and to meet all the wonderful people: our placement hosts, other teachers, volunteers and especially the kids we were teaching.
Jennifer | Argentina Volunteer
It is a great first country to start volunteering if one has never done it before. I definitely recommend more people to go there and experience this amazing country.
Sarah | Argentina Volunteer
Just Choose a Project and Apply!
Our projects are located in and around Córdoba, a city in central Argentina. Volunteers in this program will live in either a home stay situation in an Argentinean home, a student residence or a shared apartment. All housing options have electricity, hot and running water, and a western-style toilet. Please expect the accommodation to be simple, as you will be staying in typical middle-class Argentinean homes and apartments. The 'Córdobeses' are known to be very friendly, so you will soon feel at home!
Are you an equine enthusiast? Do you love to see the smiles that horses bring to people? In the Horse Therapy project you will assist a dedicated team of specialists support disadvantaged children in a rural area just outside Villa Allende, a 20 minute bus ride from Córdoba. This project works to improve motor and sensory skills of children through horse riding and physical movement. Volunteers in this project will be involved in helping taking care of the horses, interacting with patient’s guardians or parents and accompanying patients through their introduction to the program. Other tasks include assisting therapists and teachers, helping the veterinarian and getting involved in the many team activities.
Are you passionate about gender rights and equality. Want to help girls and women in their fight for independence and better health? In the Gender Equality program, volunteers work at a centre for single mothers who come from abusive homes or have been abandoned. The centre focuses on women's rights, women's education and empowerment, assistance with prevention of domestic violence, and women's health. Volunteers in this program can get involved with workshops, such as sewing or dressmaking, as well as caring and accompanying female victims of abuse and domestic violence. Other tasks include teaching basic English, making diapers, helping in the kitchen and maintaining the library of the centre.
Do you want to help create better communities? Meet locals and help them meet their goals? At the Community Development project volunteers work with children and adults on improving their education by teaching English or assisting with other tasks, which are related to community development. You will help at a small open library, which is located in a poor neighborhood of Córdoba and organises a variety of recreational and cultural activities for the community. Volunteer tasks may include the organisation of recreational activities, teaching English to children and adults, developing creative programs, such as art, music or dance and help with administrative issues.
Are you passionate about animal conservation? Love the idea of working to protect and preserve endangered animals? At the Animal Conservation project volunteers help to contribute to the conservation of animals under threat or near extinction in Casa Grande, a typical Argentinean town surrounded by the Cordoba Mountains. This project works to recover and rehabilitate animals from the surrounding areas that have been abused or held illegally. Volunteers in this project will be involved in helping with the general care of animals and reparation or construction projects. Volunteers will also have the opportunity to help maintain the friendly atmosphere of the park and work with everyday tasks adapted to their own interests. Conservation at this park includes the participation of children from schools in the local areas and is complemented by promotional educational, research and tourist activities focused on environmental care.
Are you a rugby, soccer or hockey fan? Do you understand the confidence that can be gained from sports participation? In the Sports Program, volunteers work with children in impoverished neighborhoods in the outskirts of Córdoba city. Sports such as soccer, rugby and hockey are played in different seasons and on different days of the week. The group spirit of these team sports is helping the children to change some of their already ingrained habits and it teaches them to fight for what they want from life. Further, the health of the kids improves through the training and some receive education about nutrition and healthy eating. Volunteers can help by playing with and teaching the kids about sport, improving the field, fundraising for the club, helping in the kitchen with healthy food preparation, teaching some basic English and translating promotional texts.
Our vision is to connect people with communities in need, with a particular focus on vulnerable women and children. We do this by supporting the work of local community organizations in countries through the placement of international volunteers.
We are excited to get your placement under way where you will:
Be a part of GVN's efforts to inspire learning, innovation and action to unlock the potential of vulnerable communities around the world. Work with exceptional grassroots projects in community development, conservation and wildlife, personal development, fundraising and physical challenges.
Have the 24/7 support of a non profit with 12 years experience in placing 19550 volunteers that will provide you with an affordable and rewarding placement.
Volunteer with a world-class organization which is recommended by Bill Gates and CNN.
Be a part of progressive non profit that has raised over $2 million to help women and children in need.
Have the comfort of knowing that GVN staff have collectively flown over 1 million miles to ensure you get a quality placement.
Make a long-term impact in your community of choice - it's not just a vacation.
How GVN works...
The first step is to fill out an application to see if we have a place for you. Then if your application is successful you will be accepted and we will then get to work organizing your placement.
GVN is a registered Charitable Trust, so volunteers finance themselves, or can fundraise online with our unique GVN platform, with US donors receiving tax receipts. The Program Package provides you with all that is listed below, along with personalized support from our expert staff and the knowledge that you'll be working with a reputable and registered charity with over 12 years experience in the field.
At the heart of our work is the communities our volunteers work to support - we ensure that these communities truly benefit from your time in Argentina and that the Program Package fully supports you financially while you're volunteering.
The Program Package also includes a project donation, which supports the work the GVN Foundation does in addressing nutrition, education and healthcare needs, as well as supporting longer-term development approaches, including income generation activities and microfinance.
Your program package includes:
Personal support from your Program Specialist throughout the preparation process.
Your Program Guide, with all the details on Argentina and your placement.
Fundraising strategies and access to our crowd funding platform where you can raise up to 100% of the cost your trip, with tax receipts for your US based donors.
Access to Your Own Online Journal: which helps you to communicate effectively and easily with your family and friends back home.
Opportunities for Preferred Pricing and Personalized Service when booking Airfares: through our travel partner GYT Flight Centre who go the extra mile to support GVN volunteers.
Accommodation: Home stay, student residence or shared apartment.
Meals: 2 meals daily (Breakfast & dinner).
Airport pickup: On arrival date.
Training: In-country orientation and training.
Supervision: In-country staff supervision.
Support: Pre-departure personal support from your volunteer coordinator, 24/7 in-country support from partner, and 24hr emergency line.
Extras included: Spanish lessons (one week), Fast Integration Program where you will quickly get to know Argentinean and international students which will help you make friends and get to know the city.
An opportunity to debrief and provide feedback
Free access to GVN Changemakers program which alerts you to future internship/job opportunities at GVN.
A Letter of Completion in Volunteer Service.
The opportunity to stay connected with your project.
Global advocacy and fundraising campaigns to continue your part of the movement for social change with an international non-profit that has granted over $2 million to our partner organizations.
The program package does not include: Flights, insurance, visas, vaccinations, project transportation, departure from the program.
We recommend you allow a weekly budget of US $50 for your other expenses such as bottled water, personal items, beverages, transportation and entertainment.
Your Program Package
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Your Program Package
For those securing far enough in advance, there is a possible US$300 discount. Confirming your placement early on allows us and our partner communities the ability to plan in advance with confidence in terms of volunteer numbers and funding for the months ahead.
Is there opportunity to take classes such as language or cultural activities while on the program?
Yes! All volunteers will receive four hours of group Spanish classes each day for the first week of their project. However, we can arrange for additional Spanish lessons beyond this first week for an extra fee. Additionally, volunteers will be introduced to Argentinian and international students in order to quickly get to know the city and make friends.
What is the climate like in Argentina?
The climate in Córdoba can be divided into four different seasons. While summer lasts from November to early March, with temperatures ranging from approximately 15 °C (59 °F) to 27 °C (81 °F), winter (May to September) will bring temperatures from about 4 °C(39 °F) to8 °C(64 °F).
In spring and autum there can be days of extreme temperatures, such as a high of above 30 °C and a nightly low of temperatures around freezing.
What hours am I expected to take part in the program?
Usually volunteers will be helping up to 6 hours at their projects each day (Monday - Friday), but occassionally volunteers are asked to stay longer at their project on a particular day, which will be compensated with less hours on the following days.
How does GVN choose volunteers for this program?
Each GVN program has different criteria depending on our partner's requirements. Every application is reviewed to ensure that the minimum requirements (as set out on the program page) are met. Next we look to see what skills or experience you have that relate specifically to the program. We are also interested in any previous volunteer experience you may have (either local or international), travel experience, and your particular interest in the program.
After reviewing your application, should we require any further information from you, we will email you to request this.
How safe is it to volunteer in Argentina?
As in many countries, foreigners are perceived as wealthy in Argentina. Although the people are generally warm and friendly towards foreigners, as well as appreciative of the work done by volunteers, not every individual is the same. We work extremely hard to ensure you are placed in safe environments while volunteering and security policies are in place to achieve this. However, as in any situation at home or abroad, there is no way to erase all potential threats.
In Cordoba and other major cities in Argentina it is important to be wary of pick pocketing, especially in crowded areas. You should also avoid extremely remote areas where you will be alone. Furthermore, you should be aware that there are active volcanoes in Argentina and minor earthquakes are relatively common. Volunteers will be given further safety advice in their orientation session.
Can you accommodate specific dietary requirements?
Please indicate any dietary restrictions on your application form. Vegetarians can be catered for but you need to let us know beforehand.
What age do you have to be to volunteer?
You must be 18 years or older to volunteer. There is no upper limit for volunteers; we only require that volunteers are in good health.
Are we able to do any sightseeing while volunteering?
Yes. Volunteers have their weekends free for travelling and we do recommend that you take advantage of being in Argentina to see some other places of interest.
What clothing is appropriate for the program?
Volunteers should dress conservatively at all times, according to the custom in Argentina. Volunteers need warm clothing for the nights and also light, loose clothing for the day, when it can be hot. However, please note in which season you will be visiting Argentina as temperatures vary between the different months of the year.
Are there holidays or festivals I should be aware of when travelling?
The major holidays to be aware of in Argentina are:
Carnival: February 20 and 21 Holy week: April 5 and 6 Labour Day: May 1 Day of the First National Government: May 25 Independence Day: July 9 Christmas: December 24,25 New Year's Eve: December 31
Holidays in Argentina are perfect dates to go on trips and combine volunteer programs with travel and other activities. However, there are some additional holidays that have not been listed here, please get in touch with us if you would like an extended list.
How do I pay my fees?
Your program fee is payable to Global Volunteer Network 10 weeks prior to the 1st of the month you wish to volunteer. Please note, your placement is not confirmed (ie secured) until your program fee has been received. Please note that all charges incurred by the payment of the program fee are at the volunteer’s expense, e.g. if a bank transfer incurs a bank fee at the point of origin, that is at the expense of the volunteer. Seventy percent (70%) of the program fee is refundable until two calendar months before the 1st of the month you are due to begin your program. For example a volunteer with 15 July 2012 as their start date would need to submit their refund request form by the last day of April 2012 to be eligible for a refund. Refer to GVN's legal terms of service for full details.
Is the program available year round?
All programs are available year round.
Where will I be located?
The projects are located in Cordoba, in central Argentina.
What languages do I need to be able to speak to become a volunteer?
The staff at our partner organisation speak English, but the locals at your specific project may have very limited English. Volunteers will need at least a basic level of Spanish, however, one week of Spanish lessons is included for all volunteers. Further, we can arrange for Spanish lessons before or after your project, but this will include additional costs for housing.
Do I need travel insurance?
All GVN Volunteers must have insurance. You are free to take out insurance cover through any provider of your choice. However, as some policies do not cover volunteering, we recommend you check you are covered during your volunteer placement.
For your convenience we have arranged a comprehensive package specially designed for volunteering. It includes excellent medical and accident coverage as well as “loss of deposits” cover which covers fees paid to GVN, airlines etc. If you would like to learn more just follow this link: http://www.globalvolunteernetwork.org/insurance/
Can you tell me more about your partner in Argentina?
Our partner organisation is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting cultural and educational exchange between youth and adults in different countries around the world. Apart from volunteer programs, they also run student exchange programs.
What is the course content of the training?
Volunteer orientation takes place on the first Monday following arrival on Sunday. This is a 1-hour meeting which includes information about the program, the partner organization, and living in Argentina. Volunteers are also given further information about their project, such as schedules and rules for behaviour at the projects.
Who organises my visa for my volunteer placement?
If you need one, you will need to organize your Visa through your travel agent before you leave for Argentina. The information pack includes links to Argentinean Embassies throughout the world. Volunteers from the majority of countries are automatically given a 90-day tourist visa on entry into Argentina. If volunteers wish to stay longer than 90-days, they have the option of crossing the border into Brazil, Uruguay, Chile or Bolivia and re-entering Argentina, where they will be given an additional 90 days.
Tell me more about flying into Argentina.
Volunteers need to fly to Cordoba airport, Aeropuerto Internacional Ingeniero Ambrosio Travella - Pajas Blancas (COR). If you will have a stop over in Buenos Aires, please note that the domestic and international airport are approximately 30km apart and that you most likely will have to transport yourself and your luggage between the terminals.
Are there any specific starting dates?
Volunteers need to arrive on the Sunday before the Monday they are planning to start their placements.
May I choose which project to volunteer in?
Of course. Please see our project pages for more information on each project and to submit an application.
What are the living arrangements when volunteering?
There are two possibilities for accommodation in Córdoba. The first option is a more traditional home stay in a typical Argentinean middle-class home. The host families have been carefully selected with volunteers in mind. All houses have electricity, running water, hot water, and a western-style toilet. You will eat meals with the family.
The second option is a room in a shared student residence. The rooms have running water, hot water, electricity, and a western-style toilet. Two meals a day are provided.
How do I get to the project?
You must catch a bus to your project each day. This will be explained during the orientation when you first arrive in Cordoba. The cost for the bus should not exceed US$65 per month.
Are there more expenses once I arrive?
The program costs cover accommodation, airport pick-up and all meals. If you plan on arriving early or staying on, then you will need to have spare money to cover your expenses during this time. Also, you may like to budget for activities you'd like to do during your days off. Other costs include buying bottled water, visa, departure tax, and any shopping you will do personally. Volunteers also need to pay for the bus to their project each day.
What happens if I get sick or have an accident while I'm in Argentina?
You should contact our partner organization who will take you to a clinic to see a doctor. If you are unable to contact our partner organization, you may call GVN using our 24/7 emergency hotline.
In order to understand Argentina today, it is crucial to learn about the Argentina of the past. This country has gone through periods of wealth and poverty, peace and war and has created both famous international players, e.g. Che Guevara, as well as sharing the powerful moves of the tango with the world.
The area which we call Argentina today was relatively sparsely populated prior to European colonisation. Native tribes that were settling during that time were for example Querandi, Guarani, Pehuenches, Mapuche, Selk’nam, Inca and Diaguita people. In the early 1600s Europeans arrived in the region often motivated by stories about large quantities of silver, which was the reason why the area was given the Latin name for the word silver (argentum).
One of the most important centres in the 1600s was Cordoba, which became an educational centre where Jesuit missionaries established ranches (estancias) in the hills to supply mules, food and wine to the surrounding regions. In 1613, the oldest university of Argentina was founded by the Jesuit Order, which is known as National University of Cordoba today.
In 1810, Buenos Aires declared its independence from the Spanish authority, with Rio de la Plata (the forerunner of today’s Argentina) following this model in 1816. By 1860, the Argentinean economy boomed, which attracted large numbers of immigrants from Italy and Spain. Mid 1900s, Juan Peron was elected president and made changes to the political structure of Argentina, while his wife Evita gets stuck into her social assistance programs to help lower-class women and children. When Evita dies of cancer and Argentina slides into a serious recession, Juan Peron is thrown from the presidency and a military junta takes control. Between 1976-83 an estimated 30,000 people disappeared in the so-called ‘Dirty War’.
In 1982, Argentina invaded the Falkland Islands unleashing a wave of nationalism in order to distract the country from its problems. After the Falklands War was lost, the first civilian leader was elected in 1983, Raul Alfonsin. At the end of the 20th century, the IMF granted Argentina US$40 million in aid. In 2002, president Duhalde devalued the peso and Argentina defaulted on a US$140 billion international dept – the largest default in history. In 2007, the current president Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner was elected as president, after her status as First Lady from 2003.