Although Argentina has a very high literacy rate – at 98 percent – this disguises some serious deficiencies in the education system, most notably the educational support for marginalized children. UNICEF reports that only 48% of students complete secondary and there’s a growing dropout rate amongst university students. Employers express discontent at the levels of preparation of the incoming workforce and according to an IBD report, 80% of businesses in all sectors believe that secondary education is key to changing this trend. Schools are crowded and class sizes are large. Classes also include a wide range of different levels and include students with wildly different learning needs. Materials and resources are also lacking.
Our Teaching program mission is to provide sustainable educational support within disadvantaged schools and communities to reduce inequality in education. Through our volunteers, we aim to empower underprivileged students by improving their future prospects and equipping them with the skills needed to actively engage in a multi-national community.
The schools we work with are a space which gives effective attention to all their students in an environment of tolerance, dialogue, and cooperation. Schools are attended for children from 4 to 13 years old.
During the introduction meeting, volunteers are assigned to a class and they will assist the teachers in all subjects: maths, science, language, sports, music, drama, etc.
Often you will find that all you have is a blackboard and a piece of chalk in the classroom. Fortunately, the main resource you have is yourself. The students will want to find out about you. They will want to know why you have chosen to come and teach in a school in Argentina.
Lots of lessons will give you the opportunity to explain about where you live or your interests and hobbies at home.
Creativity is an important tool that can be acquired during the students’ cognitive development. To achieve this, a suitable learning environment should be created. When such an environment is created, then students are given the chance to experiment, explore, create and recreate with real imaginary and creativity.
Volunteers work 25 hours per week. There are mornings and afternoon shifts, from 8am to 1pm or 1pm to 6pm.
We will pick you up upon arrival; our transfer service will be waiting for you with a sign with your name. It is very important that you send us your flight information beforehand. It takes about 40 minutes to get from the airport to the accommodation. Please bear in mind that the transfer back to the airport is not included, you will need to take a taxi or a bus when you finish your project.
Host Families: The main advantage of staying with a family is the possibility of getting to know better the Argentine customs, the way of life and mostly, the possibility of practicing the language 24 hours a day. Our students will add to their learning experience a personal experience that makes them feel at home, establishing bonds that will last in time. You can choose between double or private room, half board or no meals.
Student Residence: Our residences are the best choice if you want to share time with students of different countries and diverse cultures; You will be able to enjoy the independence that you need, and at the same time, getting to know friends from all over the world. We have fully equipped residences, hot shower, towels and laundry facilities are at your disposal. All residences have TV and Wi-Fi access available. There are some apartments that offer laundry service for a small extra cost (it depends on each place). They are located in strategically important points of the city; near business areas, shopping centres, theatres, movie theatres, bars and restaurants. We do not offer meals at student residences; you will have a full equipped kitchen to cook or a cheap restaurant or a bar to buy food nearby. Supermarkets are open from 8 to 10 pm. But there are some stores open 24 hours.
Alcohol: Alcoholic drinks are only offered and allowed during outings or during special occasions as directed by the owners of the apartment. Beware that if you drink alcohol in your free time or during special events, you are not allowed in the projects unless you are 100 % sober.
On Monday 9am we will meet for the cultural orientation meeting and the city tour. If you book Spanish lessons you will also take a placement test that day and you will be assigned to a group of your level. The Spanish course includes 4 daily hours of group Spanish lessons (20 hours per week). If there is not a group of your level you will take 10 hours per week of individual lessons.
If you don’t take Spanish lessons you will be introduced to the volunteer project where we will set the exact schedule of your daily tasks.
The monetary unit of Argentina is the Peso. .On your first day at the city tour, the tour guide can show you where the banks and ATMs are, so that you can take money. Credit cards are normally accepted especially VISA and MasterCard.
Bank hours: Monday through Friday: 8am to 1 pm.
Depending on the time of the year Córdoba could be very hot or very cold. The temperature during summer varies from 29°C to 40°C o and the temperature in winters varies from 2°C degrees to 15°C or 18°C. Sometimes you wrongly assume that Latin America is always hot, but this is not true for Argentina. It can be really cold in winter especially for projects that are located in the middle of the mountains.
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Córdoba is the second largest city in the country. Its Jesuit heritage and its strong Spanish vividness result in a fascinating blend of past and modernity. Córdoba is also a university city, home to several colleges and universities which endow it with a youthful and forward-looking environment on many different aspects. This is the reason why people from Córdoba are kind, friendly, and open-minded, and easily integrate their visitors and students, a really valuable distinctive feature.
The people of Córdoba are known as fun-loving folks with a fondness for cuarteto music, rally car racing, and the drink of Fernet and Coke. Feel free to linger over a long lunch, relax in the square with a coffee or ice cream, and meet a few of the laid back locals.
Its rugged outskirts provide plenty of adventurous activities like parasailing and horseback riding.
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As we have limited spots available in our programs and we serve on first come first basis, it is strongly recommended to apply for the program and reserve your spot in the program well in advance. You can book your spot in the program by filling an online form and pay the application fee.
Once you complete your application, your individual 'My Account' will be active in which you will receive your placement confirmation after which you can pay the program fees. You can pay the program fees later as well in installments, but 45 days before the program starts.
After you complete your application, your personalized ‘My Account’ will be active. You will need to upload your CV/Resume along with your photo in the same. Our backend team and the placement site takes around 10-12 days to review your application. After we review your CV and documents, your booking is confirmed and booking confirmation is updated in your ‘My Account’. Some projects need a mandatory criminal background check and the same is mentioned in the project info of your program. Approval of your application depends on your qualification and eligibility criteria for each project.
Yes, you are welcome to take part in the Programs in Argentina as part of a group. We welcome families, friends, high school students, college/university and corporate groups to volunteer in Argentina programs together.
Yes, most definitely you can as we believe every participant brings something new to the project. If you do not have previous experience, we offer you the opportunity to have a great start with us. We make international volunteering easy – not only are our Volunteer Abroad opportunities rooted in offering you extensive support, but they are also very affordable.
Yes, we will provide you with the Certificate after successful completion of your program. The certificate is provided on request.
Speaking Spanish is not a mandatory requirement to join the programs, however, knowledge of it would be an added advantage in the program. Volunteers are advised to learn basic Spanish.
Your program coordinator or a member of the local coordinating team will take you to your placement on the first day and introduce you to everyone after giving you a basic orientation about the program, its surroundings and other facilities around the location. From the 2nd day onwards, you’ll have to commute by yourself to the program location.
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