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Volunteers will be based in Córdoba, the second most populous city in Argentina. Córdoba is a city located in the centre of Argentina, with a distance of approximately 700km to Buenos Aires, the capital of the country. 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 in host families or in a private room in a shared apartments.
In the Hippotherapy project volunteers 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.
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.
In the Rugby Program, volunteers work with children in impoverished neighborhoods in the outskirts of Córdoba city. The discipline and group spirit of this team sport 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 rugby training and the education about nutrition and healthy eating. Volunteers can help by playing with and teaching the kids about rugby, improving the rugby field, fundraising for the centre, helping in the kitchen with healthy food preparation, teaching some basic English and translating promotional texts.
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.
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.
If your application is successful you will accepted and we will then get to work organizing your placement. You don't have to pay us anything at this stage. (We are the only volunteer organization which begins preparation for your placement before any funds are paid). It is an honor for us to do this as you have chosen GVN and the communities we serve for your volunteer work and after you have chosen to "Join Us" we will send further detail on your placement with information on how to prepare for your trip abroad, including:
*Placements longer than 8 weeks are available, please contact us or apply online for details.
*Based on an 8 week placement
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.
Apply now for the Argentina Program:
Start Date: Every Monday of each month
- Volunteers should arrive in Córdoba on the Sunday before their start date to attend the orientation session on Monday. Accommodation will be included beginning that Sunday you arrive).
Length: 2 week to 24 weeks
Hours: 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.
There is a 30km distance between the international and domestic terminal in Buenos Aires, so you may want to consider flying through another airport, such as Santiago de Chile.
We have compiled a list of frequently asked questions which we receive at the GVN inbox. This is a great place to start if you have questions about Global Volunteer Network and our placement process. This information should answer the majority of questions you may have.
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.
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) to 8 °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.
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.
We are currently offering three different projects, but are hoping to add more projects at a later stage.
Community Development Project - assisting a local library with recreational and educational workshops.
Gender Equality Project - volunteering at a centre for single mothers who have escaped abusive environments or have been abandoned.
Rugby Project - helping at a project that enables children in poor neighbourhoods of Cordoba to get active in a rugby club.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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/
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.
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.
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.
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.
Of course. Please see our project pages for more information on each project and to submit an application.
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 apartment with other participants. The apartments have running water, hot water, electricity, and a western-style toilet. Three meals a day are provided.
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.
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