Volunteering in Argentina
Are you ready to use your skills and compassion to change your life and the lives of people you touch? Would you like to travel in South America? Consider volunteering in Argentina for an unforgettable life experience.
From the majesty of Glaciers National Park (a UNESCO world-heritage site), to heart-pounding waterfalls and fabulous beaches, Argentina is home to spectacular scenery. Amidst this beauty, along with rich history, bustling cities, and wonderful food, you can work to transform lives.
Despite its beauty, Argentina has significant need for humanitarian work provided by volunteers. About one-third of the country lives below the poverty line, andthe country's children suffer the most. There is an overwhelming number of orphans living on the streets, forced to scrounge through garbage dumps for food
Today, local organizations working to serve poor communities and children in Argentina need volunteers more than ever!
This is where you come in. when you join volunteering in Argentina, program, you can help by working in children's outreach, teaching English, working in health care, promoting dental care, working with disabled and special-needs children, or in community development. The possibilities are indeed infinite.
Help orphans and impoverished families in Argentina while you contribute to lasting change in their lives and communities in which they live. Make a huge positive impact on the lives of those in need while on an exciting adventure in a beautiful country.
Make lifelong connections and be inspired! Request information about volunteering in Argentina and choose a program that speaks to you!
Available Volunteer Projects in Argentina
IFRE offers a number of unique and exciting volunteer projects in Argentina. No matter what type of experience you are hoping to have, we have a program which will suit your interests and ensure you make a real impact in Latin America. Take a look at our available projects and find one that speaks to you!
Do you have a strong desire to travel to Argentina and volunteer to improve the lives of children in need? In recent years, the number of disadvantaged children in Argentina has increased dramatically. Deprived of safe, stable homes and loving care from their families, these poor children often become victims of physical and psychological abuse. They are desperately in need of attention, love, friendship, and basic necessities. Moreover, the government is unable to provide sufficient support to these kids.
Join IFRE’s Children volunteer program in Argentina, andyou will have a wonderful opportunity to give much needed help, love, and attention to disadvantaged kids. These underprivileged children are in urgent need of care and protection.There is no better way to help them than by participating in this rewarding volunteer program that aims at protecting themfrom the harsh realities of life on a daily basis. We guarantee that it will be an unforgettable experience for you and these children, with whom you will share your time, energy, and love.
Although Argentina is one of the most beautiful countries in Latin America, it is still struggling to support its communities with proper resources and reliable infrastructure.The fields of education, health and medicine, housing, electricity, and transportation still require a lot more effort and development. Unfortunately, many local NGOs and municipalities are lacking sufficient recourses to solve the issueand are in desperate need of capable and committed volunteers.
IFRE’s Community development volunteer program in Argentina focuses on ways to help local organizations in planning and implementing projects that will improve the quality of life forlocal Argentineans.During this project, you will beprimarily helping with construction and restoration of community-based buildings, especially in rural areas. You may also assist in other development projects, such as income generation, agriculture, raising animals, and gender empowerment.
In recent years, the government of Argentina has been overwhelmed with a rising number of disabled children with severe physical and mental disabilities. Because of this, it has not been able to provide the proper amount of support and resources to the local organizations that are striving to help these disabled children lead more productive and self-sufficient lives. As these childcare organizations are running out of manpower to fully operate their services, they rely on volunteer programs in Argentina for the continuation of their projects.
You will get a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to provide much needed love, care, attention, and therapy to these disabled children and teens. IFRE works with local institutions, psychiatrists, physical education trainers, and educational psychologists. This project might be emotionally challenging, but extremely rewarding for volunteers, as you help make a difference in the lives of disabled children.
IFRE’s Dental volunteering program in Argentina is a great opportunity for you to become part of a highly reviewed and reputable healthcare program, work alongside and learn from dental professionals,and gain practical experiencewhile helping improve the dental health of disadvantaged people.Each volunteer will be assigned a mentor, so this program will be not only a volunteer opportunity, but an internship as well.
When you join this medical project in Argentina, you will be working in local hospitals mostly shadowing and assisting the local doctors and nurses in treating sick patients, carrying out training, and providing basic care. This program would be a perfect fit for those who are looking to build their career in the field of healthcare.
Gain lifechanging experience in the medical field while making a difference and seeing an amazing country. Visit the project page to find pricing and complete information.
Are you considering improving your Spanish language skills to help you connect with the people you are volunteering to help, and enrich your experience abroad? Then IFRE's Argentinean Spanish Language Program is the perfect choice.
IFRE currently offers highly affordable Spanish language classes.These classes are exclusive to IFRE volunteers participating in the Argentina volunteer program. In Argentina, IFRE partners with a highly reputable Spanish school that employs qualified and experienced Spanish teachers and offer the most intensive and effective Spanish courses in the country.
In this combined experience abroad, volunteers work at their volunteer project and learn Spanish within the same day. For example, volunteers can take Spanish classes from 9:00-11:00 AM (before lunch) followed by volunteer activities in the afternoon.
Alternatively, volunteers may take Spanish classes from 3:00-4:00 PM (after their day's volunteer work). Most of the projects are located close to the Spanish school, so it is possible for volunteers to design a personal schedule. IFRE invites you to improve your Argentinean experience by learning or improving your Spanish.
Volunteering in Argentina: Fees & Start Dates
IFRE programs begin every Monday year-round. If you have travel constraints, you can still start your chosen program on any day of the year.
Please check the program page for the available dates
Since 2006, IFRE has been the most trusted and respected volunteer abroad organization in the world, and also the most affordable. We’re dedicated to providing the highest quality volunteer programs at the lowest fees, which make it possible for everyone, especially students, to volunteer internationally and make a positive impact in the lives of others.
We believe in 100% transparency. Rest assured, we never use middlemen. Your one-time registration fee of $299 covers our administrative costs. The low weekly fee is paid in the host country directly to your host family and project (via country coordinator), and includes housing, food, and minor expenses. IFRE is a non-profit organization, so your program fees are tax deductible.
Volunteer Program Fee (US$)
|Weeks||Hostel Shared Room/ No Meals||Host Family Private Room/Half Food||Medical (Hostel Shared Room/No meals)||Medical(Host Family Private Room/Half Food)|
Program Fees Cover:
- Accommodation (host family)
- Food (local food 3 times a day)
- Program Orientation
- In-country support
- Personalized project
- Pre-departure information
- Certificate of completion
- Fundraising ideas and letters
- Discount for returning volunteers
Program Fees Exclude:
- Personal expenses on soft drinks and foods
- Daily transportation
- Airport return transfer
Volunteering in Argentina Program: Arrangement of Room and Food
When deciding to volunteer abroad, you want to be sure you go with an experienced organization that will make all of your arrangements for you and ensure you are housed, fed, and well taken care of.
While volunteering in Argentina, IFRE will take care of everything for you so you can focus on making a difference and exploring your exciting destination. We have carefully vetted every single aspect of your trip. You will have safe, secure, and comfortable accommodations, healthy local meals provided for you, and on the ground guidance and support throughout the duration of your trip.
As a volunteer in Argentina, you will stay either witha host family or in avolunteer hostel.
Our host families are socially respected and experienced with hosting international volunteers. They have a strong interest in your safety and well-being and demonstrate this with caution and care. In most host family situations, you will share a room with another volunteer of the same gender.
Our Hostel (Volunteer house)is located in a charming neighborhood in the city of Córdoba, 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 are always happy to help our volunteers in any way needed.
When you join IFRE’s Argentina programs, our local staff stays in contact with you either with face-to-face visits or via email/telephone. You are always welcome at our local offices in Argentina. If project placement is local, we request that you stop by the office once a week to keep us posted on how you are doing with your homestay and project. Ifyour project placement is further away, then our local staff members maintain communication by either email and/or phone and try to visit every 2-4 weeks if possible.
Argentina is a vibrant and colorful country that boasts multi-faceted and fascinating cultures. You can experience this broad diversity, as well as many common local traditions during your stay.
IFRE's volunteer programs in Argentina are located in and around the extraordinary city of Córdoba. In Córdoba, there are many preserved historical buildings from the colonial era. Córdoba is a university city with the oldest university in all of Argentina – the Universidad Nacional de Córdoba which was founded in 1613. An amazing UNESCO World Heritage Site is located within the city limits and Córdoba is a pristine and admirable example of a developing city maintaining its culture-filled picturesque past.
Córdoba boasts numerous exciting opportunities to explore Argentina during your time off. This city with a bright future maintains echoes of its colonial and culture-rich past. Córdoba's vibrant culture has produced a number of influential writers, and even has 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.
For the duration of your project, you will have weekends free. There are a number of things to see and do during this time off. While IFRE does not arrange activities during this time off, our local staff members and coordinators can provide priceless assistance in making appropriate arrangements for travel throughout Argentina.
Most volunteers in Argentina use this time for self-exploration and countrywide travel. Argentina is one of the most beautiful countries in the world offering many opportunities for an amazingly unique experience. Please feel free to use the resources offered by our Argentinean staff members – travel tips, advice, and publications about Argentina to help make the most of your free time.
Safety and In-country Support
Your safety is IFRE’s number one priority at all times, and you can have peace of mind knowing we will do everything possible to ensure you have a safe and secure experience while volunteering in Argentina. We offer pre-trip support, reliable and comprehensive travel insurance, airport pick-up, and availability to 24/7 guidance and support by an experienced in-country staff that is right there on the ground to help you every step of the way.
As soon as you arrive in Argentina, you will have the support of an experienced team of in-country field staff. The team is comprised of mature, educated, socially respected individuals who are dedicated humanitarians highly experienced in working with international volunteers.
Your main point of contact will be the in-country coordinator. They will select your Argentina volunteer project placement, make all the arrangements for your airport transfer, accommodations, and food, give you an orientation which covers culture, safety, and your service work, introduce you to your host family and project staff, and make periodic visits and calls to check up on your progress. You can reach out to the coordinator at any time with any questions, issues, or to ask for advice and they will be happy to assist you.
Volunteering in Argentina: Frequently Asked Questions- FAQ
When considering volunteering abroad, there are a million questions you are probably asking yourself. We have conveniently compiled a list of frequently asked questions here to help address your concerns and guide you on your journey to making the world a better place.
Which airport do I need to fly in to?
You will need to fly to Cordoba airport (Aeropuerto Internacional Ingeniero Ambrosio Taravella)
Do you organize airport pick-up services?
Yes, IFRE organizes airport pick-up services for you as one of our volunteers in Argentina. You will be welcomed and transferred to your accommodations directly from the airport after your arrival at the airport in Cordoba, Argentina. The airport pick-up is covered by your initial volunteer program fee.
What will happen if I miss my flight or arrive late?
It is vital for you to notify us about your missed flights or late arrivals. As soon as you are aware of a change, contact our in-country coordinator and they will schedule a new airport pick-up time for you.
How can I get to my accommodations from the airport, if I did not meet the IFRE’s local representative at the airport?
It is quite easy to get to your accommodations from the airport. You simply need to have the address of your hostel (volunteer house) with you and hire a taxi to take you there. Also, we provide the address details of our offices and volunteer house to our volunteers in Argentina. So, you should have no trouble getting to your desired destination even without the help from our local staff after your arrival.
Who will come to pick me up? How will I recognize this person at the airport?
Our local representative will be waiting for you at the airport arrival terminal. He/she will be responsible for picking you up from the airport on time and accompanying you to your accommodations before the start of your volunteer placement. You can recognize our local representative by a white signboard with your name on it. If for some reason you do not see them right away, you can call them, as their contact information will be provided to you before your flight to Argentina.
If my Argentina volunteer program begins on Monday, when should I arrive? If I want to arrive earlier than the starting date of my assignment, where will I stay and who will organize the accommodations? Will it cost me extra?
It will be much more convenient to simply book a flight to Argentina and arrive on Sunday, if your program begins on Monday.If you are arriving few days before the recommended arrival (or before Sunday), you will need to stay in a hotel and arrange your accommodations on your own. It will cost you extra and will not be included in your project fees. Let your in-country coordinator know of your plans, and they may be able to help you with your arrangements.
Who will bring me to the airport for my departure?
After the completion of your volunteer placement, it will be your own personal responsibility to arrange for your transportation to the airport. IFRE does not offer any kind of transport to the airport for departure. However, we can help you in finding a taxi to take you back to the airport if you would like our assistance regarding this matter.
What do I need to do prior to departure from my home country?
You will need to do many things prior to your departure from your home country. You will need to get properly vaccinated and visit your doctor, apply for your visa, obtain travel insurance, buy flight tickets, and do your research regarding the destination you will be traveling to.
Don’t forget to pack the following: passport, visa, a couple of photos, credit cards, some cash, flight tickets, comfortable clothing and shoes, toiletries, medicines, first-aid kit, sanitary towels, deodorant, insect repellent, mobile phone, laptop, adapter, chargers, and travel insurance. These are all necessary items for a safe and secure volunteering work in Argentina
Where are the projects located?
Our Argentina projects are all located in the beautiful city of Córdoba. During the 10th century, Córdoba was renowned all over the world for its achievements in the fields of architecture, education, and art. Córdoba in its simplicity stands out as a fascinating city with its labyrinth of narrow and winding streets, full of beautiful buildings and houses with colorful patios. Moreover, Córdoba is also quite famous for its gastronomy and artisan crafts.
Is there a minimum and maximum period of stay?
You can volunteer from one to twelve weeks in duration.
Can I extend my stay if I choose to do so?
Yes, if you would like to stay for a longer period of time and continue volunteering, you can do so without any issues. IFRE can assist you in extending the duration of your visa (if needed).
Will I have enough time to travel after work and on weekends?
Yes, our programs are designed flexibly for you so that you can spend some of your time exploring Argentina’s beautiful landscapes. You will generally work about 5 hours per day from Monday to Friday. The rest of the time you are welcome to explore this exciting destination.
Who will guide or support me in my Argentina volunteer project?
Our in-country coordinator will be responsible for guiding and supervising you throughout your time in Argentina. Similarly, our local staff will keep an eye on you at all times,and you will be well supported during your volunteer experience abroad.
Can I change my project if I do not like the one I chose?
Yes, you can change your projects if you have some issues withyour first choice. However, most of our volunteers hardly ever decide to change their projects, as IFRE works hard to help you select the project that is best for you and offers support to ensure a smooth and satisfying experience. If you are experiencing an issue, contact your in-country coordinator to discuss it. If there is availability at another project, they can help arrange your transfer.
Can I work in more than one volunteer project in Argentinaat a time?
Yes, you can volunteer in more than oneproject, if that is what you wish to do. However, you should keep in mind that each of our volunteer programs in Argentina requires you to work for at least 4 hours every day, so it can be physically exhausting to take on too much at once. Get in touch with our in-country coordinator if you’d like to begin the application process for two volunteer programs.
Keep in mind the schedules of the two projects might conflict. A better option might be spending half of your time at one project, then transferring to another project of interest for the second half of your trip.
How old should I be to take part in these projects?
You must be at least 18 year old in order to be eligible. If you are below the recommended age of 18, you must get a parental consent from your parents/guardians before joining a program, and in some cases, we may be able to make an exception. Some programs will allow you to volunteer alongside your parent/guardian even if you are a minor.
Who manages the IFRE volunteer projects?
All of our programs are managed by our in-country coordinators. You can depend on our in-country coordinator to offer you support and handle any issue you experience.
Will I receive any training before the start of my volunteer project?
IFRE provides a training class to you before the start of yourprogram, run by our in-country coordinator and local staff. The nature of the training will depend on the volunteer project but will always include a background on the culture and customs of your host country, your schedule and proposed service work, and any safety measures you need to keep in mind.
Is there a dress code in the project?
No, there is no dress code for any of our volunteer projects in Argentina, so you are free to wear clothing of your choice without any restrictions. However, we advise you to wear modest and decent types of clothing and be respectful of the culture you are visiting.
Why should I pay to volunteer abroad?
The money you pay to volunteer is needed to support our important humanitarian projects abroad. IFRE is a non-profit volunteer organization that does not run our programs for the purpose of making money but in order to help volunteers make a difference in the world.
However, we do not receive any funding from the government or any other sources, and we depend on the application fee you pay to run our offices. In addition, your program fees cover your expenses while you are traveling abroad, such as room, food, airport pick-up, as well as a generous donation to the humanitarian project you are working so hard to support.
Why are IFRE’s fees so much more affordable than the fees of other volunteer organizations?
IFRE is a non-profit dedicated to offering affordable programs to anyone who wants to help make a difference in the world. There are no hidden costs or middlemen involved. This helps us to cut down on unwanted expenses. IFRE is also a financially transparent organization that works together with many international organizations to keep our volunteer’s cost low and the standards of our program high.
Can I get a tax deduction for my volunteer program in Argentina?
Yes, you can get a tax deduction foryour volunteer fees. Being a 501(c)3 organization IFRE can provide tax deductions to its participants who wish to take part in any of its volunteer projects.
Can I get help to raise funds?
Yes, we can help you raise funds for your volunteer experience abroad. IFRE provides supporting documentation and can advise you on various methods you can use for your fundraising.
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Is it safe to travel to Argentina?
Argentina is a safe country to travel and volunteer in. With a relatively low crime rate and great police security, Argentina is on its way to becoming one of the safest places to travel in the world. It is extremely rare for foreign volunteers and travelers to come into potentially life-threatening situations while staying in Argentina. IFRE also puts effort in keeping you safe and away from danger.
What safety measures should I take during my volunteer trip in Argentina?
While Argentina is a safe country for foreigners, it is always a good idea to exercise some degree of caution. The occurrence of mass protests and violence is pretty rare, but still you always have to be vigilant of your surroundings and take precautionary measures, as you would do in any other country.
You must always make sure that no one is following you. You also have to keep your money, credit cards, and passport in a safe place. We advise you to do proper research before coming to Argentina. In addition, you will be briefed during your orientation on various safety measures you should be taking while traveling and volunteering.
What will happen if I get sick during my volunteering project?
If you ever get sick and require immediate help while volunteering, our field staff will take care of you and bring you to the nearest hospital or medical clinic. Our in-country coordinator along with the doctors and medical professionals will do their best to help you in every way possible.
Be sure to bring along your passport along with a copy of your travel insurance policy if you visit the doctor or a hospital.
Why must I get travel insurance before beginning my volunteer trip?
IFRE requires you to have travel insurance to cover you in the event of illness, injury, or an emergency. Depending on your level of coverage, it may cover you in the event of theft, and offer protection against trip cancellation, etc.
IFRE works with a reputable insurance company and can offer you a reliable and comprehensive plan for your trip that will only cost you a few dollars each day.
What vaccinations do I need to have?
Hepatitis A, hepatitis B, typhoid, yellow fever, rabies, meningitis, polio, measles, mumps and rubella (MMR), Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis), chickenpox, shingles, pneumonia, and influenza are some of the vaccinations suggested by CDC and WHO for those planning to travel in Argentina for at least a week. However, you must visit your local doctor and ask them for advice. You can learn more about vaccinations for Argentina here
What are the principle health risks for volunteers in Argentina?
Like any country, Argentina has its own set of health risks and hazards, which you should be prepared for before traveling there. You must be cautious while volunteering outdoors and prepared to cope with the temperature and exposure to sun and insects. Staying hydrated all day long should be your top priority, but you should only drink boiled or chemically filtered water. You should avoid drinking from the tap and only eat food from hygienic places.
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Do I need a visa to volunteer in Argentina?
If you are a citizen of the USA, Canada, Australia, or Great Britain, then you only need a passport with a validity of at least 6 months to get an entry for 90 days without a tourist visa requirement. Other volunteers will need to apply for a visa to join our programs in this country.
How do I apply for a visa?
The easiest way to apply for an Argentinian travel visa is to visit the Embassy of Argentina located in your home country. You will have to fill out a visa application form and bring your original passport and a couple of photos for submission. You can also obtain a travel visa for Argentina upon arrival, although we do not suggest this to avoid any possible complications.
Be sure to do your research well in advance to determine what you will need to do based on your home country. The visa application process can take anywhere from a few minutes up to a few weeks.
Can I extend my visa while I am in the country? Can you help me with this?
Yes, you can extend your tourist visa if you wish to stay on longer and continue volunteering in Argentina. You simply need to visit the Immigration Department located in Córdoba to apply for your visa extension. Contact your in-country coordinator if you need advice regarding this matter.
How do I contact IFRE’s local coordinator during my trip?
You can contact IFRE’s local coordinator via your mobile phone or go online and email them your inquiry. We will provide you with the personal contact details of our local coordinators before the start of your tripso if there is an emergency, or you feel like you need help, then you can get in touch with them immediately. We suggest reaching out before you leave your home country in order to get acquainted.
How can I communicate with my family from Argentina?
There won’t be much trouble communicating with your family from Argentina. You will have access to telephone and Internet while in Argentina. You can either call your parents and friends or go online and chat with them on Facebook or Skype.
Can I use my phone during my volunteer project in Argentina?
Yes, you can use your personal mobile phone. However, you will need to contact your current provider before departure in order to determine if it will work in Argentina. Keep in mind that international roaming charges may apply, which can be quite expensive.
Can I buy a SIM card in Argentina?
Yes. You need to bring your original passport along with a recent passport size photo for documentation. It will take a couple of minutes to fill out a form with your personal details, but it will nonetheless be an easy task.
Again, be sure to check with your local provider before traveling to see if the SIM will work in your phone.
How can I get/purchase Internet services?
First, you will need to buy a local SIM card, and then buy an Internet data pack, which remains valid for a certain period of time, in order to access and use Internet. There may be internet available at your accommodations or your project, as well.
Is Internet available everywhere?
Yes, Internet services are available in the location where you will be doing all of your volunteer work in Argentina.
What do I need to bring to my volunteer project in Argentina?
You need to bring the essential things like modest clothes, shoes, rain jacket, umbrella, water bottle, backpack, hand sanitizer, flashlight, pocket knife, first-aid supplies and medicines, camera, sunglasses, sunscreen cream, insect repellent, passport, laptop, cell phone, USB drive, books, earplugs, masks, pair of flip-flops, towel and toiletries.
Don’t forget to pack important documents such as your passport along with a copy, another form of photo id, your volunteer placement information, proof of your travel insurance, and your visa, if applicable.
We hope we have addressed all of your concerns about volunteering in Argentina. IFRE is here to help guide you and support you in any way we can, and to offer you a safe and affordable volunteer experience abroad. Contact us today to get started!
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