Children and Youth Outreach
Children and Youth Outreach (Córdoba)
Volunteer to improve the lives of young Argentineans
- Provide companionship & guidance to the youth of Argentina
- Immerse yourself in a vibrant culture
- Utilize your skills to help the less fortunate
- Volunteer abroad affordably & safely
Poverty is prevalent throughout much of Argentina. Many parents are unable to sufficiently provide for their children. Such missing necessities for these children as they grow up often include: adequate nutrition, education, companionship, guidance and personal attention. In association with a number of Argentinean non-profit organizations, municipalities and schools, IFRE places volunteers in numerous "buddy roles" in an attempt to provide love, friendship, support and care for underprivileged children. As a volunteer in Argentina working in the Disadvantaged Children/At-Risk Children Program, you can help children educationally, emotionally and physically, giving them a change to live healthy and productive lives. Volunteers support care centers with various tasks such as preparing meals and helping children with their homework. Volunteers may also assist local staff to implement creative development-enhancing activities such as art, dancing, sports, games, computer lessons, music, etc. With your support, you can help to keep children off the streets and away from negative situations, which are counter-productive to their education and brighter futures. While this project requires patience and dedication, volunteers will have a unique and unforgettable experience as they positively change the lives of children who need it the most.
Beginner to intermediate Spanish skills are preferred. If you cannot speak more than basic Spanish, we suggest you enroll in our Spanish language course to make your stay more rewarding – both for you and for the children you are helping. No additional qualifications are required to volunteer in the Disadvantaged Children/At-Risk Children Program in Argentina. However, interested individuals must have a passion and eagerness to help impoverished and disadvantaged children. Volunteers are expected to be sensitive, flexible, adaptive, patient and proactive.
As a volunteer in the Disadvantaged Children/At-Risk Children Program, volunteers work with municipalities or organizations 4-5 hours per day, Monday through Friday. Depending on individual skills and interests and the needs of the local staff, daily activities may include but are not limited to:
- Teaching basic English, health, math, science or other subjects
- Providing daily care to children
- Helping prepare and serve food for children
- Teaching children life skills such as gardening, painting, building, sewing, etc
- Leading extracurricular activities such as games, sports, art, music, dancing, etc
- Promoting fundraising activities
- Assisting local administrations
- Helping plan events and excursions
- Assisting families
- Assisting medical staff
IFRE manages your living accommodations in Argentina. Your hostel is located in a charming neighborhood in the city of Córdoba. Córdoba boasts numerous exciting opportunities for volunteers to see a city with a bright future which maintains echoes of its colonial and culture-rich past. Córdoba's vibrant culture has produced a number of influential writers, its own musical style known as "El Cuarteto" (in addition to classical, jazz, rock, pop and techno). There are also many monuments, lively festivals, pleasant theaters and a pulsing nightlife. Volunteers reside in accommodations located just minutes from the downtown area. This unique living situation is often conducive to fellow volunteers getting to know each other. A must-do for Argentinean volunteers are the local Tango lessons provided for participants in IFRE's living accommodations. These accommodations also house our local operator's headquarters – ensuring vital and constant contact with our in-country coordinators. Our field staff visits volunteers regularly and always happy to help our volunteers in any way needed.
Please provide a typical day activities of the volunteers.
Volunteers will work 4-5 hours per day, Monday – Friday assisting with a variety of activities for the children including homework assistance, games, athletics, arts and more.
Where do I stay? How far is the project from the accommodation? How do I commute every day?
Volunteers will stay in a hostel with fellow volunteers or with a host family, depending on their placement. There is public transportation available by bus for $0.80 (USD). Placements are 20-45 minutes from provided accommodations.
What is the name of the project I would be placed?
We work with several organizations; therefore, the placement will depend on the current need for volunteers.
Is this project available all-round the year? If not, when does it close and for how long?
No, it is not. Summer vacation in Argentina is January-February with winter break for 15 days in July. The program is not available December 10th – March 1st.
Any important information you want to share about this project.
Intermediate knowledge of the Spanish language is not required, but recommended to better facilitate communication between volunteers, fellow adults and the children.