If you are working/studying in the field of construction, water supply, electricity or architecture then help this community with building their homes
Important Notice: All communication for this particular volunteer program has to take place in Spanish language as the project manager speaks Spanish only. Thank you for your understanding! :)
The government no longer supports these neighbourhoods for the construction of basic infrastructure. They thus have to manage building the water system, electric circuits and houses by themselves. At Identidad Vecinal, many adults are trained in the field of construction and manage to rebuild the neighbourhood as good as they can. However, they do need external help from people that are experts in this field.
If you volunteer at Identidad Vecinal as a construction and logistics assistant, you can help them in their daily challenges to build houses for the community. This includes not only the construction of the houses, but also to get them hooked up to the water supply and electric supply. Many houses also just have to be renovated. Moreover, they are building a hospital right now and will need help with the organisation of the different rooms and the logistics.
Other than helping in the daily construction, you are invited to suggest any new implementations you want to do or advise them on any techniques or subjects that might help them to better accomplish their job. Show them your experience and teach them what you know, while you learn from them. There are many ways in which you can help the entire community if you have knowledge in the field of construction and logistics. Be creative !
The other activities of Identidad Vecinal include education of the children of the neighbourhood and they organise many activities for them. While volunteering there, you are invited to join in these activities and have fun !!
Of the 40 million people living in Argentina, about 50% live in the province of Buenos Aires alone and thus generate a very dense concentration. During the 20th century, millions of people migrated from rural areas around the country to work in the industrialising capital. In 1994, the outskirts of Buenos Aires counted 340 major industries that each employed at least 500 employees. 20 years later, most of these industries have closed and moved to Asia and now leave the region with only 2 industries remaining and over 2 million work places less. The ever growing population of Buenos Aires and this disappearance of work places has thus created huge suburbs that are no longer able to respond to the needs of the people living there and Buenos Aires today has over 40% of it’s population living in poverty. One of these regions is La Matanza, counting about 2.5 million inhabitants and located 50 kilometers from the center.
In this region, Identidad Vecinal was created 9 years ago. More than just an organisation, it is a big family and a local community that strives to increase living conditions for all the people living here. We count over 70 members and work in various fields of work. As the government does not officially help most of these regions around Buenos Aires, we have to manage all of the daily challenges themselves.
This project was covered by SHARE A DREAM
For any additional information on Identidad Vecinal and to discover how you can contribute this project by helping from home as an expert or by donating, please visit their website. To apply for a volunteer position at Identidad Vecinal, please start your application on Volunteer World.
A lot of sport and music activities are organised with the kids of the neighbourhood. Furthermore, visits to the center of Buenos Aires are organised by the NGO to show them around.
A person from the NGO comes to pick up and drop off each volunteer at the airport.
The volunteers all sleep together in a 5 bed dorm in the main building. There is also a common shower, toilet and kitchen they can use.
1 meal/day is provided for the volunteers (most of the time its dinner). The remaining food can easily be bought in the shop next door and they have a kitchen they can use at all times.