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Mente Argentina

Supporting Impoverished Children

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Spend time as a volunteer in child development and provide kids in socially vulnerable positions with activities and extra-curricular engagement.

About the Program

As a volunteer, you will work with impoverished children and kids from socially vulnerable populations. The organization provides homeless children with shelter, food, schooling, and recreational activities in various children’s homes that are open 24/7. As a volunteer you will be able to choose from a variety of different projects including leading art, drama, or music classes, cooking, teaching English, playing sports, or accompanying the children on special outings. This job’s flexibility and wide range of tasks is ideal for an volunteer with multiple skills they’d like to share in order create better lives for vulnerable children.

Your tasks

You will help create a structured after school environment and build connections with the community. You will plan activities such as theater, dance, technology, and English programming, as well as tutor and assist students with homework. Be a part of the organizational and support system of this institution that works with over 100 youth. Make up games and incorporate learning into each lesson, while developing connections with local kids.

Participants can gain Spanish skills through this immersive volunteering experience as they use the language everyday conversing with children and in their free time activities.You can also gain extra Spanish practice with Mente Argentina's intensive short-term Spanish course during the first part of your volunteer experience.

Your benefits

Program coordinators from Mente Argentina provide pickup from the airport and 24 hour assistance to make sure your stay in Buenos Aires runs smoothly without any problems. We pay close attention to put interns in positions that match their abilities and interests, and give them support through the process of applying. The weekly outings and societal activities we offer help participants become familiar with and understand the Argentine lifestyle and really feel like a part of the community. You will heighten your global familiarity and get a better idea of the culture of Latin America through cross-cultural understanding. And last but not least, you get to know and cooperate with people from all over the world to achieve a collective goal and make friends for a lifetime.

Typical day

Being part of the program includes some hours of volunteering paired with free Mente activities in order to get to know Buenos Aires and also make some new friends.

In the morning, the volunteers usually meet up and start organizing their activities and schedules, for example around 9AM. They will plan the activities in order to support the kids. Those volunteers who arrange cultural and educational activities for older students will work during the afternoons. After traveling home to their apartments or host families, the volunteers can enjoy their free time and join the free Mente Argentina activities such as city tours, happy hours and meet ups. 

The program is very flexible and the exact tasks and schedules are being defined with respect to the volunteers interests, skills and schedules.

Details on Arrival

The program is available during the whole year, starting every Monday. 
The volunteer can move into the accommodation included in the program during the weekend before program start. We recommend participants to arrive 1-2 days before program start in order to settle.
The minimum stay for volunteering are 4 weeks but we recommend longer stays in order to get familiar with the organization and the tasks and improve the languages skills.

Free-time activities

Activities included in the program fee (at no extra charge):

- Buenos Aires City Tour
- Tigre and Delta Tour
- La Boca, San Telmo & Puerto Madero Tour
- Tango Lessons
- La Bomba Percussion show
- Buenos Aires Pub Crawl
- Buenos Aires Graffiti
- Mente Argentina Nights & Many more...

Concert/Music
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).
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Time Commitment
Regular working hours are hardly predicable. It mainly depends on the work force. Get in touch with Mente Argentina straight ahead to get more infos about current to dos and objectives.

Suitable for

Singles
Couples

Any questions? Just ask. We at Mente Argentina are happy to help you.

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Services by Mente Argentina

The indicated fees include the stay in a student residence. It is possible to stay in a shared apartment, homestay or a private apartment instead. The fees for those vary as indicated in the accommodation description below. 
Other included services are:
- Official International Volunteer Certificate granted by Mente Argentina
- Exclusive Accommodation in the best areas of Buenos Aires: Palermo, Belgrano, Barrio Norte or
Recoleta (all utilities and expenses included)
- 1 Week of Intensive Spanish Lessons (Monday to Friday from 9am to 1pm).
- Full access to Mente Argentina Tours & Activities
- Private Airport Pick Up
- Private Airport Drop Off
- Welcome Orientation
- Mente Argentina Welcome Kit (calling card, insider's city guide, maps, and more)
- Health Club Membership: Free Gym membership included
- Mente Argentina ISIC Global Discount Card
- Tango Lessons
- Conversation Language Exchange Partner
- Mente Argentina On-site assistance & Support Services 24/7

Airport Pickup at Ministro Pistarini Airport

Our driver will pick up the volunteer at one of the two local airports, EZE or AEP. The driver will be informed about the arrival time and flight number and double check the arrival time. He will wait for the volunteer in the arrival area right customs with a sign with the volunteer's name. The driver will bring the volunteer to his accommodation and will be in contact with the local coordinators who will meet the volunteer upon arrival.

Accommodation

All of our accommodation options are located in the most exclusive neighborhoods in Buenos Aires such as Palermo, Belgrano, Barrio Norte or Recoleta, close to public transportation, so that you can safely and easily navigate the city during your stay. 

Student Residence/ Shared Apartment/ Homestay/ Private Apartment

4 Weeks USD 1.340 USD 1.440 USD 1.490 USD 1.840
8 Weeks USD 2.190 USD 2.390 USD 2.490 USD 3.080
12 Weeks USD 2.990 USD 3.290 USD 3.440 USD 4.320
16 Weeks USD 3.790 USD 4.140 USD 4.340 USD 5.490

*Please feel free to ask us about special discounts for groups or longer stays

Guest Family Bedroom (Single)
Food & Beverages

With the student residence housing option and the host family option there is an optional meal plan available.

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)
$1,340.00
5 weeks
$1,544.00
6 weeks
$1,748.00
7 weeks
$1,953.00
9 weeks
$2,361.00
11 weeks
$2,769.00
16 weeks (max. stay)
$3,790.00
Average fees
$286.00/week

You can volunteer at the project site in Buenos Aires/Argentina between 4 weeks and 16 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Mente Argentina will let you know about the final price during your application process.
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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 must be made up to 30 days before to the volunteer program starts. This payment is also securely handled by PayPal or credit card.
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