Care Volunteer Projects in Argentina
- Placement locations: Cordoba
- Types of care projects: Centres for children/adults with disabilities, children’s homes
- Age of children: 4 – 16, adults
- Number of people cared for: 15 - 20
- Role: Volunteers work on achieving the goals set out in the Care Management Plan, including improving literacy and numeracy, promoting early childhood development, increasing emotional support and care for children.
- Accommodation: Host families
- Price: From
- What’s included? Food, accommodation, transfers to and from our specified airport, transport to and from work where required, insurance, personal webpage, induction and orientation, 24/7 support
- What’s not included? Flights, visa costs, spending money
- Length of placement: From two weeks
- Start dates: Flexible
Although Argentina has made a lot of progress since the economic crisis in 2001-2002, it still faces considerable challenges as a result of income and regional poverty. This is in evidence in the neighbourhoods we work with; communities with problems such as lack of education, marginalisation, drug use, and general lack of support to children. As a volunteer you will provide that added extra element of individual care and attention that every child needs, but which the staff in the organisations we work with rarely get the chance to provide.
You can read more detailed information about the aims of the project in our Argentina Care Management Plan.
Voluntary Special-Needs and Childrens' Homes Placements with Projects Abroad
If you are volunteering in Argentina with children you will have the chance to work in a number of placements in Cordoba - Argentina's second city - and the surrounding area.
Projects Abroad works mainly with childrens' homes. Most of the homes are relatively small and here you will be very hands-on, helping with the everyday care for up to about 20 children. At these placements, you are given freedom to develop your own activities to entertain the children. Volunteers here will find that the days pass very quickly, although you can expect to feel tired out at the end of it!
We also work with a number of centres for disabled people and others with special-needs. If you have a love of horses then you could even combine this with a caring role on our Equine Therapy project. When you apply, please let us know where you feel you would best be able to help and our staff will work with you to find a suitable placement.
Volunteering abroad on a Care Project in Argentina
You might take classes or workshops where you focus on painting, pottery or music with a group of children or help look after a home's garden or pets. The older children will probably need help with their homework at the end of the day. There are also opportunities to get involved in physiotherapy sessions at some of the placements with disabled children, if you have experience in this area.
When volunteering on a Care Project in Argentina you are likely to be asked to help with a wide range of activities, depending on the age-group and needs of those you are working with. You may be required to help the staff with basic care duties at certain times of the day, but there will be other times when the work is less structured and you can help by simply playing with the children.
As a care volunteer you will receive regular workshops, run by our project coordinator. The workshops will provide you with information about the care system, tools and tips on how to organise your work and will be an opportunity to receive and give feedback. You will also be able to learn new activities to carry out at your placement.
Whatever skills and talents you have, volunteer work in Argentina will give you the opportunity to put them to good use. Teach the children to dance, draw, or play football with them, you could even arrange to take the children on a day trip. The more time and effort you put in, the more rewarding your placement will be, both for the children you are working with and for you yourself.
This placement is fully researched, safety audited and risk assessed in accordance with the British Standard BS8848 for the Adventure Travel Sector.