Health and Medical in Argentina
This South American country stretches from the Amazon tropical rainforest in the north to the icy waters of the Antarctic Ocean in the south, and from the South Atlantic Ocean in the east to the Southern Andes mountains in the west. It is blessed with the most fantastic variety of natural landscapes and sights, inhabited by some of the richest fauna and flora on earth.
Just to mention but a few of its many “must see” attractions, we can begin by the breathtakingly beautiful Iguazú waterfalls (the largest waterfalls in the world) located on the border with Brazil, and then jump to the other extreme of this large country to find the most austral city of the planet, the charming city of Ushuaia. Then, in the midsts of the Andes we find the Aconcagua mount, second in height only to Mount Everest and home of the condor. It is a favourite pick for many mountain climbers and the center of the famous Las Leñas ski station.
On the South Atlantic coasts, the wales, seawolve, penguins and seals are the stars of the show, and to the west of that southern region we must mention the mostly untouched and enchanting fairytale landscapes of the Patagonia, with its millenary lenga woods, huge glaciers, beautiful lakes and snowcapped mountains.
The Argentinean people are just as varied, though they share some common personality traits such as their pride and friendliness, and a solidary and hospitable nature.
What’s included in our fair-cost policy?
All our programs include a fixed price Registration Fee of US$279 and a Program Fee that varies according to the duration of the program and the services included.
The Registration Fee covers the costs of all that Connecting Worlds has to do in order to organise the experience in an efficient manner and offer each participant a quality program. These costs include marketing, staff salaries, travel costs of staff who visit and inspect each of the programs on offer and Connecting Worlds’ solidarity fund among others. We need this fee just to sustain the organization.
The Program Fee is the total cost of everything related to the services that the volunteer will be able to take advantage of upon arrival to the destination of their choice. For example, accommodation, meals, transfers, the donation made to the volunteer project, welcome orientation and constant 24/7 support. The payment for this fee goes directly to the country in which the volunteer will be stationed, directly benefiting the local community. It’s a fee which helps organisations that work in the country associated with the program at hand to move forwards with their projects and generate work opportunities for the local community.
Thanks to our fair-cost policy, the volunteer benefits from not having to pay high fees and our local partners benefit from being able to invest in their projects and keep things moving forwards. Connecting Worlds also benefits from keeping the costs of its programs as low as possible because we get the opportunity to support local communities and make a difference in our own small but important way.
This program basically consists on shadowing doctors and nurses during their daily rounds and to work under their close supervision, accordingly to the volunteer’s experience and expertise. The program is placed in one of the most prestigious public hospitals of the continent, located in the heart of Buenos Aires city. This renowned institution was pioneer in many medical practices such as insulin administration, cardiac catheterization, kidney punctures. It was also the first hospital school to offer medical internships. Today it is world famous for its high level care and academic reputation.
Participating in this program offers the volunteer a unique opportunity to work side by side with a physician or nurse and under the close supervision of some of the most qualified professionals in their fields.
Although most volunteers and interns will not intervene directly in patients’ treatments themselves, depending on their professional degrees, self confidence and experience, they may be allowed to interact more actively and to administer patients some level of treatment.
Accordingly to their expertise and to the hospital current needs at each time, volunteers can choose to work in a specific department and sometimes also spend some extra time on a second one. Some departments available in this program are:
-Nursing (shadowing nurses during their round).
The days and hours a volunteer is required to work in the program will depend on the schedule of the doctor or nurse they’ll be shadowing and the department where they’ll be placed on, so flexibility and patience are key attributes in a volunteer for this program and are highly valued.
This program runs from March to mid December and is available to healthcare and medical professionals and Pre- medical students. Volunteers are required to provide a copy of their professional certificates to our local team on arrival and they must also have a full travel insurance. Intermediate to advanced level of Spanish language skills is required and our local staff can arrange for Spanish lessons on request and at an additional cost.
To be part of a volunteer project you must be 18 years-old or over. You’ll be required to have adequate volunteer travel insurance against sickness, accident and 3rd party liability.
An intermediate understanding of Spanish is extremely helpful. We encourage volunteers to take advantage of the very affordable language lessons offered by our partner staff in Bariloche. Many of those who have taken part in our projects in the past told us that taking these lessons helped them a lot in everyday volunteer work and to communicate with locals.
CW offers a very attractive and varied number of projects placed both in Buenos Aires and in Bariloche.
Buenos Aires, the capital city of the country, is world famous for its rich and vibrant cultural activity and its European architecture and lifestyle.
This huge city’s high quality entertainment, gastronomic and tourism industries are well renowned, and Tango music and dance shows, football matches, music concerts, theatre plays and cabaret shows are just a few examples of the cultural entertainment you can enjoy there.
Porteños (Buenos Aires born citizens) are proud, friendly, outgoing and passionate people; while gauchos (rural people of the Pampas farming and cattle lands), though also proud in a shyer way, are very hospitable, sensitive and charming.
You can start any day you choose and stay from one week on, for as long as you wish.
A pick up service at the airport is included in the program fee and clear instructions on how to reach the pick up location is detailed in the Pre-departure guide delivered to volunteers by CW once their place in the program is secured.
Volunteers will be driven from the airport to one of Buenos Aires best Youth Hostels, where they’ll meet a member of our local team who will fill them in with basic tips on what to expect of their volunteering experience, general roiles, regional and local customs, and provide them with some useful travelling advice. Every volunteer will receive a welcome pack that contains a local sim phone card, a map and a transports guide.
Our Volunteer House is strategically located in a very nice area of the city and a short commuting distance from the programs placements and most of the many attractions of this unique cosmopolitan center. CW volunteers are placed together in this homely, comfortable and well equipped House. It has free WiFi and great facilities for volunteers, including a roof-top terrace and barbecue area, communal kitchen and living areas, hammocks and a TV room.
Our Volunteer House is a perfect base for your stay in Buenos Aires and an excellent place to make new friends.
You will be provided with groceries to make a continental style breakfast every day, which is prepared in the kitchen/dining room of the volunteer house and includes toast and spreads, cereal and fruit.This arrangement leave volunteers free to enjoy the delicious and Argentinean cuisine in the wide and varied offer of restaurants, pizzerias, parrillas (barbecue restaurants), cafés and pubs scattered all over the place.
On volunteers’ special request and with notice given in advance, CW can arrange for private accommodation and individual bedrooms in family homes located in the fanciest neighborhoods of Buenos Aires city (Recoleta, Palermo, Belgrano, etc). The fees for this accommodation do not include any meals but volunteers can use the kitchen facilities and / or make their own arrangements with their host once in site and at an additional cost.
Accommodation and meal arrangements for the program in Bariloche will be described below that program.
Our volunteers working schedules vary according to the project they choose, but if you have any special requests please let us know in advance and we’ll do our best to accommodate your schedule in accordance to your needs.
A typical weekday begins with breakfast at 8:00 AM and then a commuting of half to one hour busride to your project placement. Work stats at about 9:00 AM and depending on the daily requirements of each project, the working day finishes between 3:00 and 5:00 PM. There are some breaks during the day and after work volunteers are free to enjoy themselves together and with their new local friends, go downtown, do some sightseeing, shopping and taking advantage of the immense offer of entertainment available all year round in “the city that never sleeps!”
Weekends are left free for most projects, though a few may require some working hours on Saturdays.
Spanish is Argentina’s official national language
The Argentine peso is the official currency in Argentina
The capital city is Buenos Aires
The country is home to approximately 41,09 million people
Argentina is famous for its contribution to the world of football, with a large proportion of its players heading success all over the world
Argentina is one of the few countries in which two people of the same sex can be married by law
Argentina spans across 2,766,890 square kilometers and is the second largest nation in South America, coming in only behind Brazil.
For more information, visit the following link:http://www.cwabroad.org/argentina-p-4.html
|Weeks||Homestay/Private Bedroom (no meals)||Volunteer House/Shared Bedroom (Daily Breakfast )**|
Volunteer House: Volunteers are provided with breakfast every day.This gives volunteers to opportunity to use the remaining nights to experience the amazing culture and cuisine that Buenos Aires has to offer. All standard amenities are available in the student residence, including hot showers and modern bathrooms, and there is even free Wi-Fi!
Homestay: Meals are not included. A damage deposit is required for all host families and shared apartments. It must be paid at check-in and will be refunded at check-out if there is no damage. Money will be taken out of the deposit to pay for any damages done by the participant.
*REGISTRATION FEE: All Internship programs in Argentina attract a Registration Fee of USD 279 on top of the program Fee. A 5% international banking fee is added at point of payment. You can calculate the value of your currency in US dollar using this currency convertor.
What do my fees pay for?
REGISTRATION FEE: Support and guidance from CW staff, program marketing costs, pre-departure assistance, staff salary, CW Solidarity Fund, administration costs, travel costs to inspect programs and communication costs with volunteers. We need this fee just to sustain the organization.
Program Fee Buenos Aires: Accommodation with a host family or at our Volunteer House, Transportation to and from project, airport pick-up, orientation, program supervision, in-country 24/7 volunteer support and in-country administration costs.
What’s no included: Meals (homestay option), Transportation to and from project, Air tickets,Vaccinations, Certificate of Good conduct, Visa, Local travels and Personal expenses, International Insurance against sickness, accident and 3er party liability. In addition to providing health insurance, the plan must cover medical evacuation and repatriation. Our participants in Argentina generally find USD 160 to be sufficient for basic weekly expenses.