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Excellent 4.8rating (13)

Health Promotion and Prevention Center

location
6 - 24 weeks  ·  Age 18 - 50+

rating  Excellent 4.8  · 
  Verified by Volunteer World
  Good response rate

Highlights

  • Exchange with people from different cultures from home.
  • Get immersed in Argentinean culture.
  • Put your skills into practice in a friendly environment.
  • Learn about the argentinean heatlh system
  • Leave an impact in the community

Especially suitable

Age 18+
Singles
Couples
Families
Groups
50+

About the program

This Health Center has many medical specialties, but they also give a lot of importance to preventive medicine and the promotion of health in the neighborhood.

Highlights

The position is ideal for a person interested in working with a community health center focus in health promotion and prevention. 

This Health Center has many medical specialties, but they also give a lot of importance to preventive medicine and the promotion of health in the neighborhood. ..

About the program

Highlights

The position is ideal for a person interested in working with a community health center focus in health promotion and prevention. 

This Health Center has many medical specialties, but they also give a lot of importance to preventive medicine and the promotion of health in the neighborhood. The doctors and nurses organize campaigns and workshops for the community; visit their homes in order to understand the social and economical root of health issues, and to help more effectively.

Why is this project important for the community?

This health center has a comprehensive concept of "health" that goes beyond the biological fact of the illness. Health is understood as a process affected by various causes, including poverty. Therefore, doctors work in an interdisciplinary way, as a team, that integrates the different specialties for better care. Furthermore, they work to promote community participation in preventing and finding solutions.

Along these lines, the health center works in an integral way with the neighborhood without leaving aside the context of the population to which it serves.  This perspective seeks to break with the idea of ​​the doctor as the owner of the truth and tries to demonstrate that scientific knowledge along with popular knowledge can have a greater impact and better results.

Among the specialties that the center includes are: Pediatrics, general medicine, gynecology, obstetrics, odontology, psychology, social work, nutrition, psychopedagogy, and nursing. They also organize different workshops and activities for the community.

Availability

The Health center is open from 8 to 17 from Monday to Friday. It is recommended that volunteers go during the morning, which is when most of the activities happen, but the same may change and will be agreed with the Director of the Health Center, Fernando, who will also be their coordinator in the project.

Location

This health centre is located in Jose Leon Suarez, on the outskirts of Buenos Aires. Its easily accessible through public transportation (train and buses), about one hour from Buenos Aires downtown. The first day, you visit the Institution accompanied by the volunteer's general coordinator so you can know how the get there, to be aware of the facilities and staff. Then you have a meeting with the director in order to arrange a precise schedule and activities.



Typical day

Volunteer’s Role

Volunteer's tasks will depend on their commitment and interests, anyway, volunteers will start as spectators so they can learn how the health center and the professionals work. All areas, activities, and workshops are open to the volunteer who can participate both in the ...

Typical day

Volunteer’s Role

Volunteer's tasks will depend on their commitment and interests, anyway, volunteers will start as spectators so they can learn how the health center and the professionals work. All areas, activities, and workshops are open to the volunteer who can participate both in the activities inside the center and those carried out in the field according to their interests. Moreover, volunteers learn a lot about the Argentine Health System, how to work in a team different from what you learn in universities, you can share your own knowledge as well as learn a lot from the people you share your experience with

For this reason, an intermediate level of Spanish is required, so that the volunteer can become more involved with those who work in the center and with the community. It is imperative that the volunteer develops an outlook of communicating with people, taking into account that this is an institution that serves the community and that their concern is to understand the people living there and their health problems.


Free-time activities

Volunteer can enjoy the city during the weekend. Buenos Aires offers a wide range of cultural activities: theaters, museums, concerts, etc.

Free-time activities

Volunteer can enjoy the city during the weekend. Buenos Aires offers a wide range of cultural activities: theaters, museums, concerts, etc.


Requirements

Requirements

Minimum Age: 18 years

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)

Education Requirements

Students of nursing, medicine and related careers related to health and social sciences. at University level

Required Documents

Application Form

Nationality Restrictions

No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.

Time Commitment

Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

What's Included

What's Included

Services by Voluntario Global

Volunteer Program

  • We ask that volunteers contribute a small fee to help cover the costs of coordination, administration, and supervision of their volunteer experience.
  • We provide support and guidance throughout your volunteer experience to ensure that you have a safe and fulfilling time in Buenos Aires.
  • Accommodation is not included, but we can help you with it and give you some recommendations.


Internet Access

Good access at the project site

What's NOT included?

What's NOT included?

Airport Pickup at Ministro Pistarini Airport

An airport pickup isn't included within the program fees either.

Accommodation

Please arrange your own accommodation.

Food & Beverages

Food, snacks or beverages are at extra costs.

Flight Tickets

The nearest airport is Ministro Pistarini Airport (EZE) in Buenos Aires. We assist you to find cheap flights to Argentina. FIND CHEAP FLIGHTS

Travel Insurance

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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. VACCINE CHECKER

Details on arrival

This program is available all year round, always starting on mondays.
Availability
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

Program fees

6 weeks (min. stay) 662€
24 weeks (max. stay) 662€
Average fees 68€/week

Program fees

68€ per week 6 - 24 weeks Age 18 - 50+

Payment methods

Visa Master Card Maestro American Express PayPal

NO CREDIT CARD FEES


Duration

6 - 24 weeks

Deposit

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

Your final payment will be agreed with Voluntario Global during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.


Meet your organization

Voluntario Global

Excellent 4.8 rating (13 reviews)

Non-profit - founded in 2006

Verified by Volunteer World

  Good response rate

Coordinated by

Milena

Spoken languages: Spanish, English

About the project

We aim to connect and empower local organizations in order to take a unified approach to community development.

Meet your organization

Who we are

We at Voluntario Global NGO define ourselves as community builders. A community builder is someone who, instead of offering provisional help, gets to know a community and its people, its weaknesses and strengths. In this way, we build a strong relationship with each community. A relationship that lasts a lifetime.

A community builder supports a community and the individuals who are part of it, discovering what is strong about them and helping to work towards improvement, development and growth. We define ourselves as community builders because we work putting emphasis on the fact that no person is more nor less important than another and that we are all equals working together. Volunteers, coordinators and organizations connect and unite to achieve a common goal in local development.

What we do

Voluntario Global helps organizations from local communities and neighbourhoods of Buenos Aires to improve the work that they are already doing and work towards strengthening local development together. This help may be in the form of different tools, such as volunteers or donations, or helping them to obtain new funding, grants and training.  Sustainable development, ecologically, economically and socially, is what drives our values system and the way in which we work. Whilst our new project in Pacheco is emblematic of our contribution to sustainable development and the environment, in order to enforce sustainable development on a social and economic level it is necessary to begin at the heart of the communities who need it most; it is through their inclusive economic growth and the empowering of future generations that our vision will be realized. Indeed, it is our duty to fight for what we believe is the right way to live. If we want to change the status quo, the youth need to feel capable and worthy of pursuing further education and having the same access to job opportunities as those from more privileged neighbourhoods. It is only once this fundamental of equality of opportunity is realized that humankind will be at peace and nature understood.

Where we work

As a large network of volunteers, institutions and organisations, Voluntario Global aims to generate awareness, knowledge and tolerance through cultural exchange and reflective analysis, enhancing our understanding of the tools required for the social transformation that we seek: ultimately, an economic, social and cultural system that is not based on self-interest or predation but rather on ties of cooperation, friendship and acceptance.

We work in many neighbourhoods from Buenos Aires city and surrounded area.

Our organizations form what we call The Voluntario Global Network of Organizations and its work is sustained through the donations we receive from volunteers. At Voluntario Global, we consider volunteering to be a two way process in which the exchange between the local area and the volunteer is cultural too. It is also important that we recruit open-minded volunteers with professional skills, abilities and experiences and place them in whichever project suits these talents most. Consequentially, their impact on the community in which they are working can be maximised. For example, those studying education in their home countries are likely to be teaching English whilst our recent Psychology volunteer position is tailored for those with an interest in that field.

Suggestions about:

Money:

  • ATM availability is generally good, but you should not rely solely on using international debit cards to access funds.  Be aware that there may be a limit on the number of withdrawals you can make per day, and the amount you can withdraw on each occasion.
  • You should ensure you carry alternative forms of payment, including a credit card (accepted in most major shops and restaurants).
  • At the moment, the value of the US dollar is in a constant state of flux.  Make sure to check the rate of exchange before obtaining pesos.

Safety:

  • The most frequent incidents of crime involve pick-pocketing and bag snatching in the streets, taxis and restaurants.  Distraction theft commonly occurs in crowded public areas such as cafes, trains and bus stations.
  • Keep a close eye on your personal belongings at all times-- especially when carrying around important documents like a passport.

Transportation:

  • Buenos Aires has excellent public transportation including intercity trains, subways, and buses.  Purchase a SUBE card from any kiosco, and add funds to your card at any of the designated SUBE kiosks, which are easily identified by a sign containing the SUBE logo.
  • SUBE rates vary, depending on the form of transportation you choose.  Subway rides are currently at a fixed rate of $7 pesos, while bus fares may range anywhere from $7.00 - $11.00 pesos.
  • The subway does not run all night, like in other cities.  
  • For a higher cost, taxicabs are easily obtained throughout Buenos Aires.  If you are unfamiliar with the city and have trouble communicating in Spanish, we recommend using ‘radio taxis.’  

Our history

The founder, Valeria Gracia, spent almost eight years of volunteering in a shantytown and there, she thought about a way of creating a project that would allow to have a deeper impact in the community. She thought about starting an organization that promoted continued education and training in order to create greater equality, and could, ultimately, empower people to organize themselves, be more involved and creative in their community, to start participating in social activities looking for solutions, defending their rights.

The NGO was founded in 2006 with many members of the community with a first objective when they saw a window of opportunity for a mediating institution that would allow for a mutual exchange between the local communities of Buenos Aires and foreigners eager for a deeper insight into them. Initially we assisted in just one school support project, yet gradually other organizations contacted us and were added to our Network. Today we have added new objectives and founded our space, Pacheco Community Center.

Fundings are always used toward making improvement for the communities we work with. Towards the end of 2014, we took the decision to create and construct a new community space for ourselves and the organizations with which we work.

Who are we looking for?

We consider volunteering to be a two way process in which the exchange between the local area and the volunteer is cultural too. It is also important that we recruit open-minded volunteers with professional skills, abilities and experiences and place them in whichever project suits these talents most. Consequentially, their impact on the community in which they are working can be maximized. For example, those studying education in their home countries are likely to be teaching English whilst our recent Psychology volunteer position is tailored for those with an interest in that field. Below we have summarized the kind of volunteer positions that we offer, all of which work towards our vision of greater social mobility.

13 reviews · rating4.8

Lexi Clifford rating5

2019 at Health Promotion and Prevention Center

This exercise was incredible. I truly loved the opportunity to get integrated into a health care system. Volunteering during a critical time in women’s reproductive health I was able to learn a lot about the nation and it’s history and laws. ...
Bethany Costello rating5

2024 at Sustainable Development Assistant

I had a incredible experience volunteering with Comunidad Milpa. I originally booked to stay with them for 4 weeks, which became 6, which became 10, and I still wish I could've stayed longer. During my time there I helped out with a variety of tasks - I worked in the garden, planting seedlings and ...
Bernadette Hoste rating5

2020 at Childcare Assistant

I have helped in different projects from this Association over many years. I worked with children, youngsters and adults. A great experience which has given me a lot! An exchange of knowledge, love... I definitely received as much as I ...
Laura Hammelsvang rating5

2020 at Childcare Assistant

My month in Argentina and in the kindergarten has forever changed me. I came as one person and left as a new person, full of experiences and memories for life. I learned so much working with these amazing kids and the wonderful volunteers. Voluntario global did an amazing job as coordinators and ...
Gretchen Hayslip rating5

2020 at Community Soup Kitchen

I volunteered in Buenos Aires in the Community Soup Kitchen with Voluntario Global. I would highly recommend this organization. The communication was very clear and the people at Voluntario Global were very helpful. A staff person accompanied you on your first day and then they checked in with you ...
Lars-Manuel Schneider rating4.6

2019 at Sustainable Development Assistant

During my time at Voluntario Global, I was responsible for different construction projects in a garden environment. Furthermore, helping to organize, preparing and participating in workshops was part of my work as well. Meeting people from totally different backgrounds was enriching and humbling. ...

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Americas > South America > Argentina > Buenos Aires

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