About Us

Connecting Worlds

Connecting People, Transforming Lives

Discovering the world through our rewarding volunteer and internship opportunities is the best way of traveling, learning about other cultures and making a difference in the local communities in Latin America and Asia. Whether you are a student, or a working or retired professional, you travel alone or with other people for a week or for a year, we have a program that is right for your needs. There is a world that wants to meet you and our job is to help you meet them.
Lic. María Cristina Acuña - Directora y Fundadora de Voluntarios al Mundo
Lic. María Cristina Acuña
Director and Founder of CW Abroad

ABOUT US:

Our mission to provide affordable and meaningful cultural immersion programs that empower local communities, and create leaders and change lives both of locals and participants. We achieve that by partnering with local and overseas organizations and governments that are willing to enhance their communities through different projects and learning experiences.  

María Cristina Acuña founded Connecting Worlds in 2011 as an Argentine organization that supports affordable exchange programs in Argentina and Latin America. She holds a Licentiate degree in Tourism and is at the core of the CW team. Cultural exchange and international experiences are her passion, and she is an avid traveler with first-hand experience in volunteering programs and internships abroad.

Cristina’s goal is to deliver the richest and most fulfilling cultural programs. So, as the Director and Founder of the organization, she is in direct contact with volunteers and locals and oversees all details of every single program. Her main interest is to offer the most enriching experiences and projects in Argentina, Latin America and the rest of the world. If you want to learn more about Connecting Worlds or any of our programs, or if you even wonder about a customized program for you, write an email to Cristina at [email protected]

Traveling narrows the gap between peoples and helps us to widen our horizons, so that we can become more tolerant and empathetic with the world that surrounds us.

Many of our participants are from 18 to 80 years old and come from different parts of the world. Up to now, we have received participants from 32 countries and many of them still stay in touch with the communities where they have completed their programs and they keep on working in volunteering projects.

 

CONNECTING WORLDS IS SPECIAL FOR A FEW REASONS:

  • We are one of the very few organizations that offers affordable and high-quality cultural exchange programs abroad that is based in a developing country.
  • We carry out our own projects in Argentina for our own communities. Most organizations are mainly profit-oriented traveling companies based in rich nations. Their objective is to recruit candidates, but they do not have experience in organizing their own volunteering and internship programs in a developing country.
  • When starting a program with Connecting Worlds, you are not only helping the community where it will take place, but you are also assisting CW to support solidary projects in Argentina.
  • Your fees will be paid to our local partners directly, to keep administrative costs as low as possible, and for you to rest assured that your help is reaching the community without any intermediaries. 
  • We support the idea that volunteering experiences should be affordable to allow more generous-hearted people to take part, and to make the number of these enriching intercultural exchanges grow significantly.
  • Our main objective is to promote affordable cultural programs while being transparent in its fees structure.Also, through traveling and cultural exchange, we help people reach their full potential which in turn leads to a more tolerant, peaceful and environmentally sustainable world.




WHY ARE OUR PROGRAMS A LOT CHEAPER THAN OTHERS OFFERED BY OTHER ORGANIZATIONS?


Firstly, we are a small group of travelers and volunteers committed to our jobs. We look forward to helping other people to live their own experiences abroad.

We know that, when planning a trip, money is a decisive factor. That is why by partnering with local organizations, we can offer programs at a cost that is much lower than the one offered by other intermediary organizations from other countries.

With the objective of offering programs at a fair price,  we keep out operating cost at the lowest possible without compromising the quality of our attention. For example, we do not own company vehicles for CW Abroad or rent an expensive office. Many of us even work from home most days of the week to optimize commuting costs.

Instead of spending money on those facilities, we prefer to administer our income efficiently and invest the money on the communities where we work and on the development of new programs.

 


Meet our team

We're a small passionate team with big dreams: We want to inspire people to help Change the World!

Lic. María Cristina Acuña

CW Executive Director

Lic. María Cristina Acuña

CW Executive Director

Daniela Solís

CW Community Manager

Daniela Solís

CW Community Manager

Gastón Catelnuevo

CW Volunteer Coordinator

Gastón Catelnuevo

CW Volunteer Coordinator

María Kausalya Gowda

CW Counselor

María Kausalya Gowda

CW Counselor

Programs

+80

In 10 countries in Latin America and Asia

Participants

+2000

They trusted us

Hours of service

+580.450

by our participants

Years

+10

Generating a positive impact on the lives of others

What we do

We inspire change by connecting people with rewarding volunteer and internship opportunities in Asia and Latin America.

Life-Changing Intercultural Experiences

We carefully select charitable causes and various exchange programs, which are administered by local organizations and that are willing to make a difference in their communities and promote cultural exchange.

Customized programs

We help you to find the type of program abroad that best matches your goals and interests. Many of our projects are volunteering programs, but we also offer internships for students and professionals, language courses with discount prices, along with personalized programs that we organize on demand.

Positive social impact

Working together with our local partners plays a critical role in creating positive social impact. We do this by partnering with nonprofit organizations, government agencies and private enterprise to support their strategic goals for the communities in which they work.

Get Involved - Create Change

If you're looking to share your skills for positive change-then join us to make a difference!

Reviews

Below is a small sample of what people are saying about CW Abroad and our Staff.

I wanted to start by apologizing on my delay on this email. Thank you for making my experience in BA a smooth process. Our communication before arriving and after arriving was effective. For example, the package sent via email was helpful. It helped me understand the transportation and culture in…

Scarlet Santos
Scarlet Santos

from USA. Medical program in Buenos Aires

The team at CW Argentina were helpful from start to finish with the organisation of my final year medical elective in orthopaedics and plastic surgery. It was a privilege to be welcomed so warmly into the team of medics and health care professionals at the hospital, and an excellent opportunity…

Selina Roy
Selina Roy

From Spain. Medical internship in Buenos Aires

I truly have to thank Connecting Worlds for their continued support during my year-long adventure here in Colombia. Cris and the entire CW team truly care about their candidates as people and not just as names of applicants on sheets of paper. Traveling and actually living abroad is scary and…

Sarah French
Sarah French

from USA. Teaching English program in Colombia

''Mi experiencia con Connecting Worlds Argentina fue una experiencia enriquecedora que contribuyó a mucho crecimiento en mi vida personal y profesional. Mi experiencia en San Javier fue exactamente la que yo necesitaba en este punto en mi vida, y ahora tengo un sentido de dirección en mi vida. Germán Junges…

Christian Cliff
Christian Cliff

from USA. Teaching english program in Argentina

''Un paraíso verde lleno de paz y tranquilidad, rodeado de hermosos paisajes y con muchas opciones para todo tipo de planes. La amabilidad y atención de los anfitriones y hasta de sus mascotas hacen que te sientas como en casa. Fueron dos semanas de disfrute, aprendizaje, naturaleza y paz. A…

Alejandro García
Alejandro García

from Colombia. Volunteer program from Patagonia

Mi participación en el programa de voluntariado de CW Argentina en Buenos Aires ha sido una experiencia única. Aparte de entablar amistades con los miembros de la organización, la familia que me hospedó, el resto de los voluntarios y otras personas que conocí en Argentina, llegué a integrarme en la…

David Martín
David Martín

from Spain. Volunteer program in Buenos Aires

I can't thank you and CW enough for the amazing situation you set me up with. My internship is very engaging and I am meeting and working with a very genuine and interesting group of co-workers at the office. Lilian has been an amazing host and has not hesitated with…

Jake Burns
Jake Burns

from USA. Internship program in Buenos Aires

The Working Holiday Program by CW Abroad is a fantastic program. I went to Buenos Aires, Argentina for 8 weeks before starting my PhD program in the fall. I did my program at a Hostel, in the heart of downtown Buenos Aires. Preparing for the trip, the administrators, Cristina &…

Kiara Lee
Kiara Lee

from USA. Working holiday program in Buenos Aires

''From september 2007 to march 2008 I made a bike trip from Lima (Peru) to Ushuaia (Argentina) in order to promote blood donation. I was in touch with María before starting this trip, and she made a huge job for me, specialy for the end of the trip. She organised…

Julien Leblay
Julien Leblay

from France-Gap program

'After finishing University the thing I wanted to do most was travel and learn a second language. I came across Connecting Worlds which offered me the perfect internship, an affordable, well organised program abroad that allowed me to get the full cultural experience I was looking for. They even arranged…

Hannah Kinghorn
Hannah Kinghorn

from UK-Teaching english program

''I recently got back home after spending a month in Argentina. It was life-changing experience which has allowed me to broaden my understanding about culture and poverty. I was able to work with a NGO in Buenos Aires, a program which works in impoverished neighborhoods of Buenos Aires and aims…

Katherine Christensen
Katherine Christensen

from USA-Volunteer program in Buenos Aires

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