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Volunteer opportunities in Argentina

Argentina is the second largest country in South America and the 8th largest in the world. Historically, Argentina has had a large middle class compared to other Latin American countries, but a succession of economic crises has significantly reduced its numbers. Today, the segment of the population that remains financially well off stands in sharp contrast with millions who live with economic hardships or in poverty.

VIP offers you opportunities in Santa Fe, Cordoba and other areas of Argentina to volunteer in education, social services, and child care to help improve the lives of those most affected by economic hardship.

Volunteer Abroad Program Overview — Argentina

After your ten day stay in Buenos Aires you will travel by sleeper bus to your host community. Wherever you volunteer, our local representative or host family greets you and follows up on your service project and homestay orientation. When your project is completed you return to Buenos Aires by sleeper bus.A group of volunteers in Argentina with vegetables

Evaluation takes place at our office whenever possible and then we transfer you to the international airport for your flight back home.

Since launching its volunteer program, VIP Argentina has hosted volunteers from Canada, Germany, Great Britain, Ireland, Spain, Switzerland and the US, as well as a multinational group.

Requirements

Arrival

Upon arrival at the international airport in Buenos Aires you will be greeted by a person in charge of transportation and transferred to your host family.

Where you'll be staying

A group of volunteers in Argentina

During the whole program you will live with an Argentine family: the first ten days in Buenos Aires and the following weeks in your project host community. Families differ considerably from one area to another. They are closely screened and oriented by VIP's homestay coordinator in Buenos Aires and by our local representatives in the interior. In all cases the coordinators are in frequent contact with you during your homestay.

It is nowadays difficult to define a typical Argentine family. Moreover, there are slight differences between Buenos Aires families and families in the interior, but one thing we can say is that they all belong to the struggling middle class, some of them on the upper segment of it.

For example, hosts can be professionals belonging to a two-income family (they would be considered upper middle-class according to Argentine standards). Most families have two or three children still living at home. Other families (in the interior mainly) can be self-employed and own their own businesses. In the city, and now more than before, in the provinces, hosts could be single parents with children. On rare occasions, a one-member household could host. Most upper middle class families are college-educated people, genuinely motivated to be exposed to the intercultural exchange and many may have had a homestay experience abroad themselves.

One of the most important characteristics of Argentines is their willingness to make a guest feel at home. They always consider it an honor to be able to offer their homes and make their participants feel welcome. When a family makes the commitment to host, they are given an orientation to acquaint them with the characteristics of the program. They also agree that, besides providing suitable accommodation, they are expected to spend time with the participant and do their best so that the experience proves enriching for them and for the visitor. It is important to bear in mind, though, that families living in Buenos Aires can have a much faster rhythm of life than those in the interior who stop after lunch for a “siesta”. According to experience, 90% of the families can offer the visitor a private bedroom and a shared bathroom.

Orientation

You will receive two different orientation sessions - one on arrival at our central offices in Buenos Aires and the other in your host community. At our offices, the short orientation covers the differences in customs, language, etc. so you can adapt more easily to your family and to the service experience. At the host community, you will be exposed to an overall picture of the host project.

Program Fees 2016*

8 weeks US$ 2,925
10 weeks US$ 3,725
12 weeks US$ 3,975
16 weeks US$ 4,580
20 weeks US$ 5,160
24 weeks US$ 5,660

What the program includes:

Extras (at additional cost)

Upon request we can offer additional language training, day trips and post program excursions, at an extra cost.

What the program doesn't include:

Language Courses

After the first orientation, your language skills are evaluated to “tailor-make” your Spanish program based on your level and needs. Special emphasis will be placed on communication skills and Argentine idioms. Our Spanish coordinators have ample experience in teaching. The teacher and staff help you take full advantage of your stay in Buenos Aires. They assist in suggesting visits to historical landmarks, museums, typical ethnic neighborhoods etc., so that you put into practice what you learn during your course.

Payment Schedule

A deposit of 20% of the total program fee is required with your application. It is non-refundable upon notification of acceptance and is applied to the total program fee.

The balance of the program fee is required 30 days before departure.

Cancellation policy

Cancellation after acceptance and prior to placement confirmation - the deposit is forfeited.

Cancellation after confirmation of placement - 50% of the program fee is forfeited.

No show or early departure from program - 100% of the program fee is forfeited.

*Published prices remain subject to change in case of major currency fluctuations. Contact your sending office.

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