The Volunteer Work Program provides the unique opportunity to live and work in Argentina. Students will experience first-hand its rich cultural diversity while cultivating a superior level of Spanish proficiency. Through the Volunteer Program, the school and the volunteers are able to make contributions to Argentinean society and to help bridge the gap between foreign visitors and native portenos.
Participants may choose both, the field and preferred location, of their volunteer placement. Possible fields of interest include social work, education, tourism, cultural work and catering. While most of school's projects take place in Buenos Aires, there are also projects located outside of the city. A complete list of the 30 projects can be sent upon request. Participation in Student Activities (e.g. lectures, tango classes).
When booking the Volunteer Work Package, we'll ask you to send us your preferences, your resume (CV) and a motivation letter. When arranging a placement, our Volunteer Coordinator considers the student's personal goals, level of Spanish proficiency, prior work experience and length of probable commitment, as well as the needs of the host organisation. When the volunteer organisation agrees on the placement, we'll send confirmation of the student's voluntary work (placement document). The final decision regarding the acceptance of a student in a project will be taken by the organisation.
Included in the package are:
- A Spanish Course, including accommodation of your choice
- Accommodation in one of our student flats.
- Organization of volunteer work
- Information package upon arrival
- Participation in Student Activities (e.g. lectures, tango class)
- Free Internet
- Volunteer meeting with initial information on Argentinean society and volunteer work placement
- One personal meeting with the Volunteer Coordinator
- One free Spanish Class per week
Upon arrival to Buenos Aires, students receive an information package with preliminary information regarding the volunteer work experience. Our Spanish school organises an introductory meeting with general information about Argentinean history and culture, working in Argentina as a foreigner, cultural differences and social hierarchy of Argentinean society. During a student's course of study, he/she will have the opportunity to personally discuss the appropriate placement in terms of goals, desired experiences etc. with the Volunteer Coordinator. During the placements, the weekly volunteer meetings enable volunteers to talk in general about their experiences and raise any concerns.
Students will need to have a minimum of eight weeks to dedicate to the Standard Volunteer Program. The first four weeks of the program will be spent studying Spanish; the volunteer placement will continue four weeks more. Extra weeks can be added; if you have a longer period of time available, you can consider participating in our Volunteer Plus Program. During the Spanish Course students can choose where to stay: with a host family, or in our Student flat. During volunteer work, students will be staying at one of our Student flats with other students and volunteers.
While participation in the Volunteer Program is completely free (all students pay is their course and accommodation), all volunteers are requested to pay a Volunteer Fee. This money will be used to support the projects. According to the most urgent needs of the projects, either we purchase food, or support the projects with their infrastructure (we purchase paintings, or help fixing a toilet, a broken window etc.), or we purchase educational materials.