Specialized Placements 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.

 

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.

The people living in the provincial urban and rural areas of this vast country have their own traits and charms. More alike to the people of other Latin American countries, they are warm, friendly, family oriented, easy going and deeply connected to their natural environment.

 

San Carlos de Bariloche, one of the main Patagonian cities, is located on the shores of Nahuel Huapi lake, in the midsts of the Andes mountain region. It is a major tourists destination for adventurous travelers from all over the world. Hiking, mountain, climbing, skiing, canoeing, fishing, horseback riding, rafting and swimming are but some of the many activities available in and around the National parks of this region.

 

Visiting Argentina just once, has been proven not to be enough for most travelers who had the chance to go there. So if you still haven’t had that experience, it’s about time you start planning your first trip to this wonderful destination!

 

What’s included in our fair-cost policy?

 

All our programs include a fixed price Registration Fee of US$249 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.

 

Organic farming program

This program is located in the Patagonian Nahuel Huapi National Park, 25 kilometers away from San Carlos de Bariloche city.

It is an ideal program to combine tourism and volunteer work and it offers volunteer families, young groups and adults a unique opportunity to experience the lifestyle of rural Argentinean people while learning to perform the many activities involved in an organic farm.

This program runs from September through April

 

Accommodation and meals

CW volunteers to this program will share a lovely and comfortable cabin with a magnificent view to the beautiful surrounding landscapes. This cabin is provided with running water, electricity, private modern bathrooms with hot water showers, a specious livingroom with a fireplace, a fully equipped kitchen and cozy bedrooms with beddings provided.

The program includes three daily meals prepared mostly with fresh organic products from the farm. Breakfast consists of mate tea, tea, coffee, fruit juice, milk, homemade bread, marmalades and bakery, organic butter and cheese, eggs, etc.

Lunch and dinner, also prepared mainly with the organic products from the farm, may consist of traditional dishes such as pollo al disco (chicken grilled on a big pan), milanesas (breaded fried steaks), curanto (traditional indigenous way of cooking meat), locro (beans and corn based stew), asado (typical Argentine barbecue), as well as some more European dishes like fresh pasta, pizza, polenta, soups, sausages, fresh fish and vegetables, rice, salads, fruit, etc.

The scope of this program is to promote organic and sustainable farming  while preserving the natural landscapes that make Patagonia so unique in the world.

While helping in this hands-on program, volunteers will be able to share the farm people’s lifestyle, gain a lot of knowledge on sustainability and  achieve many useful skills.

 

Some of the tasks that volunteers will be required to help with are:

 

-Milking cows and helping to produce organic dairy products like butter and cheese.

-Feeding farm animals, cleaning their shelters, collecting eggs.

-Sowing seeds, fertilizing, cleaning and watering orchards and plantations.

-Harvesting and helping to produce organic marmalades, conserved fruit and vegetables.

-Maintenance tasks such as building and repairing fences, irrigation systems, animal shelters, barns, etc.

Volunteers are required to work in the program five hours Mondays to Fridays and, depending on the dates of their stay at the farm, volunteers can also help with some educational activities with students groups and local schools.

Weekends are free and there are many places to visit within walking distance from the farm, such as Playa Muñoz, Refuge Fray, Laguna Llum, Lakes Gutiérrez and Mascardi, etc. With public transports it is also possible to visit other tourists spots in the area, like Bariloche city, El Bolsón, Cerros Catedral and Tronador, among many other beautiful locations where they can even spend their weekend.

 

 

Other projects in Bariloche

CW has some other projects in San Carlos de Bariloche that deal with community social care for the most underprivileged and vulnerable people of the city and its surroundings. Some of these projects are:

 

-Women’s shelter center.

-Homeless people shelter center.

 

Women’s shelter center project

This project aims to provide a safe shelter to women (with or without children) who have been victims of domestic violence and have nowhere else to go. The center offers them protection, contention, accommodation and food, as well as some educational and occupational trainings to achieve economic independence and reinforce their sense of worth.

There is a professional team of medical and social workers who also assist these women and their children to recover from the physical and psychological abuses they have suffered and to overcome their traumas.

Volunteers to this project can help in many ways, by assisting the local staff in the daily household routines, providing contention to the women and children living in the shelter, offering them English classes, occupational workshops and entertainment activities.

Volunteers with a background on healthcare therapy and occupational therapy are very valued to assist the professional local staff working in the shelter. Yet any hard-working, compassionate, proactive and warmhearted person can volunteer in this beautiful projects that will make a huge difference in the lives of these vulnerable women and children that depend solely on these people’s help to stand back on their own feet and start anew.

 

Homeless people shelter center

This project main objective is to provide homeless people from the area with a safe and warm place where to spend the nights, facilities for hygiene routines and some meals. It also offers training workshops and health care attention.

The project was created by a joint initiative of the local government and the diocese and is open all year round. About forty people come to spend the night here and leave in the morning, while a smaller group stays in to receives the specific assistance and attention they require.

The project aims not only to provide these homeless people with shelter, food and care; but mainly to provide them with the necessary means to stand back on their own two feet. For this, the project includes a variety of workshops to teach them specific working skills such as cooking, baking, ceramics, carpentry, cloth mending, handcrafts, etc.

Volunteers for this project can help in many tasks that go from household daily routines (cleaning, cooking, serving meals, washing dishes, etc) to organizing and conducting workshops and recreational activities such as writing, music, English classes, PE classes, etc.

 

Volunteer Requirements

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.

 

Location and duration

CW offers a very attractive and varied number of projects placed both in Buenos Aires and in Bariloche.

San Carlos de Bariloche, one of the main Patagonian cities, is located on the shores of Nahuel Huapi Lake, in the midsts of the Andes mountain region. It is a major tourist’s destination for adventurous travelers from all over the world. Hiking, mountain, climbing, skiing, canoeing, fishing, horseback riding, rafting and swimming are but some of the many activities available in and around the National parks of this region.

Visiting Argentina just once, has been proven not to be enough for most travelers who had the chance to go there. So if you still haven’t had that experience, it’s about time you start planning your first trip to this wonderful destination!

This program runs from September through April. You can start any day you choose and stay from one week on, for as long as you wish.

 

Orientation

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 our Pre-departure guide delivered to volunteers by CW once their place in the program is secured.

Volunteers will be driven from the airport to the Patagonian Nahuel Huapi National park where is located our organic farm or to one of Bariloche 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.

 

A volunteer’s typical week in Bariloche

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. 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 or shopping.

Weekends are left free for most projects, though a few may require some working hours on Saturdays.

 

Basic Facts

 

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/bariloche-p-18.html

Program Fees

 

BARILOCHE:

 

Social projects:

 

Weeks Homestay (2 meals)* Hostel (Daily  Breakfast)**
2 835 605
3 1087 742
4 1339 879
5 1591 1016
6 1843 1153
7 2095 1290
8 2347 1427
9 2599 1564
10 2851 1701
11 3103 1838
12 3355 1975
Additional week 252 137

 

The Homestay option includes daily breakfast and dinner, private bedroom, airport picks up, orientation upon arrival, program supervision, in-country 24/7 volunteer support and in-country administration costs.

 

The Hostel includes daily breakfast, shared accommodation in a dorm (5/6 pax), airport picks up, orientation upon arrival, program supervision, in-country 24/7 volunteer support and in-country administration costs.

 

REGISTRATION FEE:  All Internship programs in Argentina attract a refundable* Registration Fee of USD 249 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. We need this fee just to sustain the organization. Please read our refund policy.

 

Organic Farm (From September to April)

 

Program duration Program Fee/3 meals included
1 week USD 400
2 weeks USD 750
3 weeks USD 1100
4 weeks USD 1450
5 weeks USD 1800
6 weeks USD 2150
7 weeks USD 2500
8 weeks USD 2850
Additional week USD 350

 

This program includes 3 meals a day, shared accommodation at a cabin exclusively for volunteers, airport pick-up, program supervision, in-country 24/7 volunteer support and in-country administration costs

 

 

*REGISTRATION FEE:  All Internship programs in Argentina attract a refundable* Registration Fee of USD 249 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 a Hostel (Buffet breakfast + 3 dinners a week included), airport pick-up, orientation, program supervision, in-country 24/7 volunteer support and in-country administration costs.

 

What’s no included: Meals (homestay option), 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 80 to be sufficient for basic weekly expenses.