Voluntario Global

Teaching English as a Foreign Language

Buenos Aires, Argentina show on map

Non-profit | Voluntario Global

This project is an affordable school for the children of the town whose parents belong to the working class. Children have access to languague education. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Singles
Couples
Families
Groups

 Volunteer's Tasks

The volunteers use their knowledge of English to help the students in group classes. The presence of native speakers evidently is very helpful to the children’s learning of the language.

Your role in the school will be proportionate to your level of Spanish and the amount of time you can volunteer for. Consequently, this program is ideal for undergraduate students of modern languages on a year abroad, particularly those interested in teaching. If your Spanish and/or time is limited, you will be able to assist classes.

Why is this project important for the community?

Although there are no professional teachers, the volunteer teachers provide a rich and cultured education. Other English schools are between three to five times more expensive than this one, therefore, parents living in nearby neighborhoods are not able to send all of their children to study English. This is why the school is important for the community; it allows all the children to have the same opportunities and access to education, and it is also a way to fight for social justice. There is a lack of infrastructure, such as running water and paved roads in this particular neighbourhood and it is also known to be “left aside” because the state does not intervene. However, the school helps the families and also the young people of the town, because it also provides a first-job opportunity to students that are more advanced. This allows students to have a disposable income with which they can travel; an almost foreign opportunity to most.

Local Coordination

 Silvia, the owner and director of the school, is also the coordinator for Voluntario Global there. She has made this a place of recreation, where the children come in the late afternoon, after going to school, to study English while taking a cup of tea in a relaxed and family atmosphere.

 What can you learn as a volunteer?

Learning is a two-way street because the volunteer also learns through this experience. Their official duties are to assist the teenaged teachers, help them with pronunciation or grammatical rules, correct homework, read and explain to the children the basic elements of the language. Moreover, they can also help the oldest students get ready for international exams. This work allows the volunteer to exchange with people from different cultures, mainly thanks to the mix between communities from various countries of Latin America. Furthermore, teaching is the perfect exercise to learn how to speak to an audience and to get its attention. The volunteer learns to communicate with the youngest children who don't speak English correctly, and is able to learn how to adapt quickly and use other means of communication. Above all, the volunteer is able to create relationships with their students that will go beyond the classroom.

How does your work impact on the community?

Not only does this school offer the families a chance to further their education, it also provides a center for community. It is a place of exchange and hope, based on the idea that the children are able to study and to have a good future, because their parents were not awarded with the same opportunities even if the schools and the best universities are free. Students are able to connect more intimately with the volunteers and share their cultural differences, their accents, theirs travels and more. The volunteers also symbolize hope for the students that admire them because they are role models. They make the students believe in a brighter future and instil in them the motivation and aspiration to achieve their goals, no matter how big and regardless of their current socioeconomic status.

Schedule

The school is open from March to mid-December and works Monday through Friday, 4.30 to 7.30pm. It welcomes between 80 and 90 students of all levels and ages, for two-hour lessons. They also teach on Saturday morning to adult students, but the volunteer will be able to choose if to attend on the weekends or not. 

Apply for a Grant with Voluntario Global

Applications are now open to volunteer with us in 2018!

The grant will give you USD 300 to use in any of our long term (8 weeks or more) program + accommodation (without meals). You will need to pay for the remaining of the total cost.

Our volunteer programs provide pre-departure support, program orientation upon arrival, weekly follow-up, accommodation, and 24/7 support.

Grant applications will close on November 1 2018.

Typical day

You can take the bus or metro to get to Retiro, a station in central Buenos Aires. From there, you can take the train to Pablo Nogués, which takes approximately an hour. On your first day, you will have an informal chat with the program coordinator, Silvia, where she will explain how the school runs and tell you in which classes you can help.
The following days, you will join a group to begin your volunteer work.

The volunteers work every week with different groups. These groups are divided by age and level. The volunteer works together with the coordinator and teacher preparing the class and especially helping individual students with greater difficulty.
Classes last 2 hours per group and 1 hour is dedicated to planning and 30 minutes to snack with students.

Details on Arrival

The school is open from March to mid-December and works Monday through Friday, 4.30 to 7.30pm. It welcomes between 80 and 90 students of all levels and ages, for two-hour lessons. They also teach on Saturday morning to adult students, but the volunteer will be able to choose if to attend on the weekends or not.
Volunteers can begin every class day.

Free-time activities

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

Swimming
Concert/Music
Safari/Zoo
Museum/Opera
Sports
Riding
Yoga/Meditation

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 (basic level) and English (fluently)
Criminal Background Check
required
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

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Before your journey

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Fee includes: Placement + Accomodation. Apply for a Grant with Voluntario Global

Applications are now open to volunteer with us in 2018! 

The grant will give you USD 300 to use in any of our long term (8 weeks or more) program + accommodation (without meals). You will need to pay for the remaining of the total cost.

Our volunteer programs provide pre-departure support, program orientation upon arrival, weekly follow-up, accommodation, and 24/7 support.

Applications are now open to volunteer with us in 2018! 

If you want to apply for next year, please state so in you application to be considered.

Accommodation
Feel at home in Buenos Aires

Voluntario Global works with three different accommodations in central Buenos Aires. Depending on availability and closeness to the project assigned, you will be booked in either if them. Meals are not included here, however, you will have access to a fully equipped kitchen to prepare your meals everyday. Our coordinators in Buenos Aires always make sure the accommodations are clean, confortable and respectful of our volunteers. You will be sharing a room with other volunteers and travellers from all over the world. You will also have free computers and wifi access to use. Bedsheets and towels will also be provided.

What we offer

  • Excellent location: The Residence is located, literally, in the heart of Buenos Aires.

  • Easy access: three blocks away main avenues, all very close to the Obelisco.

  • Everything you need: Located in areas plenty of transportation, shops, bars and restaurants.

  • Comfort in all rooms, single or shared.

  • Full-equipped kitchen and living room, TV, Internet.

  • Breakfast room, computers, luggage storage, tourist information.

  • Free WiFi Access in all Common Areas.

  • Laundry service (at extra cost).

Dorm Room
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. An airport pickup isn't included within the program fees either. 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.
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)
$999.00
8 weeks
$1,690.00
12 weeks
$2,290.00
24 weeks (max. stay)
$4,000.00
Average fees
$208.00/week

You can volunteer at the project site in Buenos Aires/Argentina between 4 weeks and 24 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Voluntario Global 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 Voluntario Global during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.
  Americas South America Argentina  Buenos Aires, Piedras 1178

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