Love Volunteers

Community Development Placement

Buenos Aires, Argentina show on map
Celebrate the children of impoverished communities and build their sense of worth by hosting birthday parties for those who would otherwise go without. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Singles
Couples
Groups
50+

The program

This wonderful community development program currently works on three key projects;

Ciudad Oculta - Around 45 minutes away from central Buenos Aires by car, Ciudad Oculta (The hidden city) houses around 100,000 people within just five square kilometres, a slum area of epic proportions. Urban poverty has resulted in children having no green spaces to play, crime rates are high and the streets are dangerous. This project, which supports approximately 750 children, offers school supplies and volunteer tutors.

Happy Birthday! - The objective of this very special program is to strengthen the children’s sense of self-worth and adaptability to their social environment by establishing emotional bonds that will stimulate their development. The project provides a monthly birthday party celebration for each community centre to celebrate these wonderful children and acknowledge the birthdays of those in that month.

Water for Peruti - Perutí is an indigenous village located in the middle of the Misiones jungle in the Northeast of Argentina, more than 1,500 kilometres from the city of Buenos Aires. The community is made up of 85 families who live in a state of abject poverty as a result of the commercial deforestation and exploitation of their lands. Over 75% of the children in Peruti suffer from malnourishment. Originally established to set up clean water for this community (now accomplished) a long term Humanitarian Assistance project now operates.

Goals of this Project:

  • Provide educational support for the impoverished and at-risk children of Ciudad Oculta
  • Celebrate the children of impoverished communities and build their sense of worth by hosting birthday parties for those who would otherwise go without
  • Improve the health and long term wellbeing of the marginalized indigenous community of Perutí
  • Provide an opportunity for cross cultural exchange between volunteers and locals

How you can help

This volunteer program provides essential support to a huge number of children and families in Argentina. From hosting birthday parties for impoverished children to build their confidence and self-worth to tutoring vulnerable children living at risk in slum conditions and providing health services to an indigenous community, international volunteers on this program are delivering support to those in need. Volunteers will find this an extremely eye-opening and rewarding program, where they will gain a huge amount of knowledge and experience in delivering programs that empower others. No two days will be the same, as volunteers work around the larger Buenos Aires metropolis, or even travel on the monthly trip to Perutí to support team members on humanitarian programs. Regardless of the task, volunteers will be helping those who desperately need additional support.

  • Deliver resources to schools in impoverished areas and help with extra-curricular activities
  • Deliver humanitarian assistance programs
  • Tutor impoverished children aged 3 – 12 in a class room setting in math, Spanish, and English
  • Organize and host birthday parties for marginalized children
  • Assist program staff with organization and other task as required

Typical day

A volunteer’s work day on this project will generally last between 4 and 6 hours and while we ask all volunteers to be flexible in this regard, a typical daily schedule is likely to go something like this:

7:00am Breakfast at the hostel

7:30am Walk or bus to project site

8:00am Pre-start meeting with project supervisor

8:15am VOLUNTEERING DUTIES START

A tea break and lunch break will be fitted in during the day, but often the timing of breaks will change based on the needs of the local staff and number of volunteers on hand.

2:00pm VOLUNTEERING DUTIES END

2:15pm Debrief with project supervisor

2:30pm Walk or bus back to hostel

Evenings Free time to relax and grab some dinner or explore the sights and sounds of central BA!

Details on Arrival

This project is available year-round and programs start every SUNDAY.

Spaces on this project are limited and therefore subject to availability. Early booking is recommended.

Free-time activities

Volunteers on this program will have the wonderful opportunity to stay in vibrant Buenos Aires, meet with amazing people and experience the exciting Latin American culture, while having the opportunity to explore this wonderful city. Known as the ‘Paris of South America’, Buenos Aires is filled with amazing architecture, fun nightlife and many cultural activities. Volunteers without two left feet can learn the tango – the traditional dance this country is famous for! This program offers many amazing volunteering and travel experiences for the international traveler.
Concert/Music
Hiking
Museum/Opera
Sports

Program Requirements

In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak Spanish (intermediate level)
Criminal Background Check
required
Education Requirements
at High School/University level
Required Documents
Emergency contact
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
While this project is best suited to those pursuing a career in the fields of anthropology, social work, social entrepreneurship and/or economics, volunteers who simply wish to be involved in a more ‘varied’ project are also welcomed as there are many ways you can assist and individual projects can often be tailored to suit the particular skills and interests or each participant. Volunteers will need an understanding of Spanish in order to communicate effectively with staff and students.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 08:00 - 14:00

Included Services

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Before your journey

Profound consulting and ongoing support (free)
Love Volunteers (your host organization) provides consulting and is keen to answer all your questions. Once you reserved your spot, you will receive the contact details of your volunteer project.
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On-site services

Services by Love Volunteers
  • Dedicated pre-departure support
  • Exclusive access to the LV Trip Planner! 
  • Airport pick-up on arrival 
  • Orientation & full safety briefing on arrival
  • Accommodation
  • Food & Meals
  • 24/7 local support network 
  • Project placement & onsite supervision
  • Lifetime LV Alumni Membership
  • The opportunity to make a REAL difference!
  • Certificate of Completion (on request)
  • LV registration fee
Airport Pickup at Ministro Pistarini Airport

Upon your arrival in Buenos Aires, you will be collected at the airport and delivered to your accommodation. Here you will receive an orientation to help you settle in, find out about your volunteering placement, the local surroundings and meet your fellow volunteers. A representative from the local team will fill you in on local and regional customs, traveling, rules and recommendations, and of course, what to expect from your volunteering experience. They will also provide you with your Welcome Pack, which contains a local sim phone card, local maps and a transport guide. This is a great opportunity to get to know your hosts, meet your fellow volunteers, and ask any last questions you may have.

  • Program Arrival Day: SUNDAY
  • Program Departure Day: SATURDAY
  • Arrival/Departure Airport: Ministro Pistarini International Airport (aka Ezeiza Airport), Buenos Aires, Argentina (Code: EZE)

Accommodation

Volunteers on this project are accommodated at one of Buenos Aires top youth hostels, which is perfectly located in a great area of central BA and within a short commute from the project site and the many attractions of this vibrant city. The hostel is well managed and meticulously clean, and Love Volunteers are usually all placed together.

All standard amenities are available in the hostel, including hot showers and modern bathrooms, laundry room with washing machine, air conditioning, microwave and there is even free Wi-Fi and computers! This is a perfect home away from home and a wonderful base for your stay in BA!

Private rooms and home-stay options are available on request.

Youth Hostel
Food & Beverages
Volunteers are provided with breakfast every day, and a cooked dinner three nights per week (included in program fee - includes main dish + drink). The food is plentiful, tasty and fresh! This gives volunteers to opportunity to use the remaining nights to experience the amazing culture and cuisine that Buenos Aires has to offer. Simply get a few of your fellow hostel mates together and head out to one of the hundreds of local restaurants, bars, cafes or Churrascaria’s (Argentina’s famous BBQ joints – YUM!).
Internet Access
Good access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Ministro Pistarini Airport (EZE) in Buenos Aires. We assist you to find cheap flights to Argentina.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Argentina provides security and is a plus to have.
Vaccines
If you are intending to volunteer in Argentina you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Argentina.
Costs: Prices in USD
4 weeks (min. stay)
$ 1,585
5 weeks
$ 1,769
6 weeks
$ 1,941
7 weeks
$ 2,125
8 weeks
$ 2,298
9 weeks
$ 2,470
10 weeks
$ 2,654
11 weeks
$ 2,827
12 weeks (max. stay)
$ 3,011
Average fees
$ 324 /week

You can volunteer at the project site in Buenos Aires/Argentina between 4 weeks and 12 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Love Volunteers will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Crowdfunding Service
Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in Argentina.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Love Volunteers during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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