You are working or studying in the field of textile production and want to volunteer in order to help or advise them in their activities.
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! :)
To create workplaces for the people of the community, Identidad Vecinal started a local textile industry one year ago. It began with 4 people and a small production of 300 clothes for a cleaning company. Only one year later, they employ over 12 people and now have a production of over 2500 t-shirts, raincoats, boots, bags and many other textiles that they sell in different parts of Argentina.
If you volunteer at Identidad Vecinal as a textile assistant, you would help them in their daily activities in the textile fabric. This can be by helping them make the clothes as usually or by suggesting and teaching them new collections they can make. You could thus spend time at the fabric to teach the people that work there and that are not expert how to better use their machines and how to make different and better clothes you know how to make.
Furthermore, if you have experience in the field of production chains, you can help them optimise their work flow and thereby help them achieve a better efficiency. If you have ideas on how to increase their production by finding new partners or clients around the world that want to buy their clothes or new areas to which they could direct their textile production then Identidad Vecinal would be very thankful for your help. There are many ways in which you can help this community if you have knowledge in the textile field. 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.