How to get the best out of your volunteer project in Buenos Aires
Why Volunteering in Buenos Aires?
Buenos Aires is a very interesting city, being the crossroads of many cultures and traditions, primarily as a result of families from the provinces and bordering countries coming here to make a living. Volunteering abroad is an opportunity to get to know an aspect of the Argentinian culture that sometimes is overlooked by the average tourist.
Our Spanish students in Argentina can choose between various volunteer projects around Buenos Aires in different sectors : underprivileged youth, volunteering in local communities and English classes. As well as being extremely interesting and rewarding, volunteering abroad can be an intense experience. Volunteers make it possible to tend bridges between people.
Interview with our volunteer coordinator in Buenos Aires
Delfina Medeot is explaining what volunteers in Buenos Aires can expect and how to get the best out of their experience in Argentina. There are some useful tips that I invite you to follow during your volunteer experience:
- Spanish classes!
Our program include 2 weeks of Spanish classes to get you started in Argentina... your lessons will help you understand locals and enrich your experience. So study and don´t skip class!
Sometimes locals may take a while to open up to new people, have a little patience and keep smiling... the ice will be broken soon.
- Be commited!
Arrive on time, follow your schedule and let the project coordinator know of any changes.
- Take initiative!
You're good at dancing, cooking or playing an instrument? No matter what your skills are, they are valuable, and we invite you to share them with the community. You can organise a workshop or a class and have a great time with the beneficiaries of the projects!
- Keep your word.
Especially when working with children and youth, they will take your word for granted. You will need to keep their trust if you want to achieve anything with them.
- Be flexible.
NGOs in Argentina are very much swimming against the current. They have wonderful staff and professionals who are committed and believe in what they do. But resources are scarce and things might look a bit disorganized. Offer your help and keep the work going.
- Have an open mind and heart!
This is the most important thing. Sometimes, your most appreciated gift can be a conversation, a shared lunch, a joke. Listen to people and engage in conversation. Volunteering in Buenos Aires is a very profound experience and we welcome you to take part in it!