Community Development

NGO: Community Development Project (Buenos Aires, Cordoba)

Take Your Professional Skills Abroad
Community Development Project
  • Visit beautiful Argentina
  • Improve the lives of the locals
  • Immerse yourself in a new culture
  • Volunteer abroad affordably & safely

Project Summary

More and more NGOs in Argentina are striving towards self-sustainability in hopes of improving the living conditions of their fellow Argentineans and enhancing their surrounding environment. IFRE is collaborating with already existing NGO's and municipality centers to promote the development of rural communities. Volunteers from a number of backgrounds such as social sciences, social work, education, psychology, sociology, economics, management, marketing, political science, international relations can lend their expertise to receptive organizations and municipality centers in order to provide support to at risk, poor and malnourished children and families. Volunteer in Argentina in the Community Development Project and help locals develop skills that will improve their futures and quality of life. Through teaching deprived locals about nutrition, healthcare, economic opportunities and available resources, Argentinean families and children will be able to live healthier, more productive and happier lives.

Skills/Qualifications Needed

Volunteers must be 18 years old. Basic 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 the communities you help. No additional qualifications are required to volunteer in the Community Development Project in Argentina. However, interested individuals must be enthusiastic, good at working in teams, be able to organize events and projects and be sensitive, flexible, adaptive, patient and proactive. Volunteers must respect locals and host organizations, their rules and their projects.

Volunteer Responsibilities

As a volunteer in the Community Development Project, volunteers work with municipalities or organizations 4-6 hours per day, Monday through Friday. Depending on individual skills and interests and the needs of the local staff, daily activities involve, but are not limited to:

  • Marketing
  • Fundraising
  • Writing grant proposals
  • Aiding organizations with web design and information technology
  • Project planning
  • Surveying
  • Building and maintaining databases
  • Supporting with organizations' accounting
  • Teaching English, health, math, science, nutrition, etc
  • Assisting with administrative tasks
  • Organizing events and trainings
  • Assisting the public library
  • Teaching basic business skills
  • Promoting community health and sanitation
  • Supporting Schools
  • Helping community centers
  • Organizing recreational and extracurricular activities
  • Aiding institutional development and networking with local governments

Room/Food/Supervision

IFRE manages your living accommodations either in host family or hostel in Argentina.

Our host families are socially respected and are experienced with hosting international volunteers. They have strong interest in our volunteers’ safety and well-being and demonstrate this with caution and care. In most host family situations, volunteers will share a room with another volunteer of the same gender.

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. 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.

FAQ

  • Please provide a typical day activities of the volunteers.

    Volunteers can work in a Non-Government organizations (NGO’s) or Government offices alongside local staff and assist in carrying out activities in vulnerable communities. Usually a volunteer will have activities in the morning or in the afternoon depending the project; in general, the day starts at 10 a.m.

  • 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?

    Placement depends on the time of the year and activities the NGO has available. We generally request, upon receiving a volunteers application, that they are placed in the organization that has the most events or activities during their visit.

  • What are the activities involved in community development program? Please provide detailed activities.

    Volunteers will assist local communities, in both rural and urban Argentina, with projects that focus on community development. Volunteer’s primary objectives is to work in social projects that are organized, developed, and implemented by interdisciplinary groups comprised of representatives from different sectors of society. Due to the lack of adequate working opportunities in Argentina, socio-economic limitations hinder local community development. Through joint action by the families of each community, the local government and the social organizations ready to help them, it is possible to develop initiatives to improve the quality of life and future possibilities through increasing access to cultural, educational, social and vocational opportunities. The participant can work in NGO or Government offices.

  • 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 crucial for this placement.

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