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Construction & Renovation Volunteer Program in Buenos Aires - Argentina

Construction & Renovation Volunteer Program in Buenos Aires - Argentina

Ready to roll up your sleeves on a Construction and Renovation project in Argentina - Buenos Aires? International Volunteer HQ’s Construction and Renovation project enables volunteers to gain experience and skills in building, renovation and maintenance at schools, soup kitchens and community spaces in marginalized areas of Buenos Aires. These initiatives need hands-on help with the upkeep and improvement of their facilities so they can continue the vital work they do supporting local communities.

Highlights:
  • Programs start every Monday
  • Affordable fees from AU$753 for 1 week
  • Includes accommodation, breakfast, airport pick up, orientation and 24/7 support
  • Help with renovation and maintenance projects in charity-run initiatives

  • Initiatives include schools, soup kitchens and community spaces

  • Assist with gardening, painting, tiling, furniture repairs and other work as required

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Once you have secured your place, join regular video calls to meet your Program Manager and other volunteers before your trip.

Key information

Improve infrastructure for the local community
Based in Argentina’s capital, Buenos Aires
Dormitory-style volunteer house
18+ years and families
Fully hosted experience from AU$753 for 1 week
Durations from 1 - 12 weeks
In-country and online Spanish lessons available
3 - 5 hours volunteering per day

This program is ideal for:

Active volunteers who don’t mind getting their hands dirty and are willing to provide support wherever help is most needed. No previous experience is needed because you’ll be teamed up with experienced local staff and volunteers from the surrounding communities.
Who is this program suited to?

What to expect and how you'll make an impact

Important community projects in disadvantaged areas of Buenos Aires are run by charities who don’t receive government funding and tend to rely on local volunteers and donations for their day-to-day operations. They often can’t afford crucial repairs or improvements that would make their buildings safer, more functional and attractive. With your practical help, these organisations will be better able to support local communities and make a meaningful impact.

As a Construction and Renovation volunteer in Argentina - Buenos Aires, you’ll assist local teams with the maintenance and renovation of community spaces like schools and soup kitchens, and be able to see the visible improvements you make.

Construction volunteer work varies, but tasks may include:

  • Painting
  • Repairing furniture and equipment
  • Tiling
  • Gardening
  • Building internal walls and bathrooms
Contributes to United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal #10: Reduced Inequalities

Contributes to United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal #10: Reduced Inequalities

Covid-19 has deepened existing inequalities, hitting disadvantaged and minority communities the hardest. To reduce inequalities, we must provide better services and support to refugees, migrants, indigenous peoples and people with disabilities.

Why do Construction and Renovation volunteering in Buenos Aires with IVHQ?

By joining the Construction and Renovation project, you’ll be adding value to the local community, while developing personally and professionally by:

  • Making community spaces more safe, useful and appealing
  • Supporting local initiatives which serve low-income communities
  • Practicing your Spanish
  • Developing your communication skills
  • Gaining construction skills and experience
  • Immersing yourself fully in Argentinian culture
  • Exploring Argentina’s bustling cosmopolitan capital, Buenos Aires

Volunteer requirements

  • Volunteers under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to participate in this program and may be asked to provide additional documentation to the local team
  • All volunteers aged 13+ are required to provide a criminal background check to IVHQ prior to departure. Those aged 13-17, if unable to obtain a criminal background check, can provide two character reference letters instead
  • All volunteers are required to have adequate volunteer travel insurance
  • All volunteers must speak fluent English.
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Once you have secured your place, join regular video calls to meet your Program Manager and other volunteers before your trip.

What recent volunteers said about their IVHQ experience

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Florence Baker
14 May 2024

I can definitely tell that my independence and confidence has grown dramatically since being on the Argentina program. The advice I would give is be brave and take a chance, I was very nervous about travelling solo to Argentina but once I was there I met so many amazing like minded people and it turned out to be the most amazing adventure! The only thing I’d change was my ability to speak Spanish but other than that I’d highly recommend joining a program.

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Lauren Lachenmayer
24 Apr 2024

I had an amazing experience in Buenos Aires, Argentina as a Medical Volunteer. I thought a month was the perfect amount of time to get involved in the project and explore the city a bit. I really enjoyed connecting with the local team/other volunteers and practising my Spanish. I learned so much about the Argentine culture and it was awesome to try new foods. I advise all volunteers to go in with an open mind and just absorb your surroundings. Take in as much as you can and also spend time reflecting.

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Tirza Savellano
22 Mar 2024

I feel that I have gained not only knowledge about how to better take care of children, but learned about how other people in different parts of the world live and what kind of accommodations they require. I feel that I have been able to apply my Spanish speaking skills from school to this experience, and I would recommend this program to anyone who has a passion for making a real difference and change in today's world. I appreciate the kindness of the children I worked with, and I would certainly participate again with IVHQ (hopefully for a longer period of time)!

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Maria Sergeeva
10 Jul 2023

The support I received was amazing! I understand that it is very difficult to organise all of this but everyone is doing an incredible job. I felt 10000% comfortable and safe during the whole period.

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Sage Moore
24 Nov 2022

I would say that it is one of the most fulfilling things I have ever done. Not only did I get to help others, but I also learned things that I might not have even thought about otherwise. Volunteering can be hard, but being pushed outside of your comfort zone is so rewarding and valuable.

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Vincent Pecorelli
06 Jun 2022

If you have any doubts, ignore your fears and sign up. It was an incredible experience! I learned so much, met great people and received more than I could have ever imagined out of this program. I am so grateful for the experience I had!

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Volunteer Abroad in Argentina, Buenos Aires with IVHQ

Location

On IVHQ’s Buenos Aires projects, you’ll find yourself volunteering in one of the world’s largest and most diverse cities. Millions of immigrants make this a dynamic city with a unique fusion of European heritage and South American roots. You’ll be staying in the upmarket and culturally-rich Recoleta neighborhood where you can visit Eva Peron’s tomb or enjoy numerous statues, world-famous museums and art galleries. The city centre is a short trip by metro.

Arrival and orientation

The program begins every Monday and volunteers need to arrive in Buenos Aires on the day before orientation.

After you have registered for the program, please book your flights to arrive at Ministro Pistarini International Airport, known as Ezeiza International Airport (EZE). Your airport pick-up is included in your program fee.

When you arrive, you will be greeted at the airport by a member of the local team and taken to the volunteer accommodation. Your accommodation is covered by your program fee and includes the night before your program orientation.

If you are travelling in Argentina prior to your volunteer program, we can arrange for you to be picked up in Buenos Aires on the day before your program orientation.

Orientation is hosted by IVHQ’s Argentina team and begins on the morning of your start date. Orientation covers everything you need to know for your volunteer program in Buenos Aires – Introduction to Argentina, Culture and Customs, Rules and Expectations, Safety, Travel Opportunities, Introduction to Project and Placement. The orientation will also give you a chance to meet other volunteers and swap contact details for weekend travel and socialising.

Volunteer schedule example

First Day

On your first day of volunteering, you will be escorted to your placement by a local coordinator and introduced to the placement staff you will be working with.

Weekdays

Volunteers may have a morning or afternoon shift, or both, and can expect to volunteer a minimum of three hours, Monday through Friday. A typical daily schedule would be as follows:

8.00 AM Breakfast at the volunteer accommodation.
8.30 - 9.00 AM Volunteers travel to their placements.
9.30 AM - 1.00 PM Work at the placement commences, if you have been assigned a morning shift.
1.00 - 2.00 PM Break for lunch
2.00 - 4.00 PM Work at the placement commences, if you have been assigned an afternoon shift.
5.00 - 7.00 PM You are free to travel back to the volunteer house for your Spanish lessons, go sightseeing or do some shopping.

Please note, this is an example schedule as some projects take place in the afternoon. Start time and daily workload depends on the project that the individual volunteer is participating on.

Weekends

Relax and take the time to discover the beauty of Buenos Aires. Hit the dancefloor and learn to tango, take in a football game, see the city’s highlights by bus or try Argentina’s famous steaks at one of the many restaurants and cafes. It’s only a short trip to the nearby cities of Córdoba or Rosario, or to sample wine in the Mendoza region and experience the Iguaçu Falls and National Park. If you’re in the mood for an adventure there’s trekking, mountain climbing, horseback riding, paragliding and abseiling opportunities. And for something different, find beautiful beaches and practice your Portugese in Uruguay - only a quick boat ride away.

Accommodation and WiFi

Volunteers are accommodated in an apartment block in central Buenos Aires. Each apartment features one bedroom, a kitchen, bathroom and living room with a TV. They are also equipped with air conditioning and WiFi.

Volunteers can expect to share a bedroom with up to three other volunteers of the same gender. Bedrooms have bunk beds with bedding provided, however volunteers will need to bring their own towels. The shared bathrooms feature hot showers and western toilets.

A communal space within the building provides volunteers with the opportunity to socialize and interact with other volunteers from different apartments on the premises. Additionally, the office is conveniently situated in the same building, making it easier for volunteers to get a hold of the local team.

The apartment block is within walking distance to Plaza de Mayo and Obelisc, two of the main tourist attractions in Buenos Aires, which makes the area very safe and vibrant. There is 24/7 security at the accommodation reception and supermarkets, grocery shops, and plenty of cafes and restaurants nearby. There are also four metro lines and many bus lines within walking distance, which will take you anywhere in the city.

Meals

A continental style breakfast is provided in the kitchen/dining room of the volunteer house every morning and includes eggs, toast, spreads, cereal, fruit, tea and coffee. Volunteers prepare their own breakfasts.

For lunch and dinner, you can cook for yourself in the generous and well established communal kitchen of the volunteer accommodation which has a gas hob, oven, microwave, fridge and pantry space. Alternatively, you can buy lunch and dinner from restaurants nearby the volunteer placements and accommodation at a cost of between AU$7 to AU$39 per meal.

Pricing

  • USD
Duration
Program Fee
Due 30 days before you start, or within 48 hours if you register inside of 30 days. Covers the cost of hosting you.
  • USD
1 week $480 Equivalent to $69/day
2 weeks $735 Equivalent to $53/day
3 weeks $925 Equivalent to $44/day
4 weeks $1,115 Equivalent to $40/day
5 weeks $1,305 Equivalent to $37/day
6 weeks $1,495 Equivalent to $36/day
8 weeks $1,875 Equivalent to $33/day
10 weeks $2,255 Equivalent to $32/day
12 weeks $2,635 Equivalent to $31/day
  • All programs attract a Registration Fee of US$329 (approximately AU$516) in addition to the Program Fee. This covers all pre-departure support services.
  • A 5% international banking fee is added at point of payment.
  • Recommended spending money: Volunteers in Buenos Aires generally find US$250-300 to be sufficient for weekly expenses, including in-country tours and optional Spanish lessons.
  • Breakfast
  • Airport pick-up
  • Accommodation
  • 24/7 in-country support
  • In-country program orientation
  • Pre-departure support from your Program Manager
  • Personalised preparation tools, guides and check lists
  • Access to IVHQ’s preferred insurance and flights partners
  • Discounts on language lessons
  • Discounts on travel and tour add-ons
  • Certificate of International Volunteer Service

Learn more about what's included in your IVHQ Registration Fee and Program Fee.

  • Lunch and dinner
  • Transport to and from your placement each day
  • Return to the airport when your program finishes
  • Flights
  • Visa (if required), travel insurance (mandatory), vaccinations, criminal background check.
  • Personal spending money for snacks, laundry, public transportation, drinks and leisure activities during your free time.

Free-time experiences & tours in Buenos Aires

Take your volunteer experience to the next level with IVHQ's affordable activity and tour add-ons in Buenos Aires! Explore your options below and learn how to book them once you've been accepted onto the IVHQ Buenos Aires program.

BBQ Night
BBQ Night

Experience an authentic home-made Argentinian BBQ with plenty of meat and vegetables.

AU$47
Iguazu Falls Trip
Iguazu Falls Trip

Embark on a captivating three-day journey to witness the largest waterfall system in the world.

AU$1413
Private Virtual Spanish Language Lessons
Private Virtual Spanish Language Lessons

Improve your Spanish skills before volunteering abroad on the Buenos Aires program with our interactive one-to-one online language lessons.

From AU$204

Virtual Spanish Language Lessons

If you would like to improve your Spanish language ability before starting your volunteer program, our team in Buenos Aires deliver interactive online Spanish lessons that are popular with IVHQ volunteers.

These virtual lessons are highly recommended to help settle any language barriers or culture shock you can face when arriving in Argentina.

If you would like to sign up for virtual Spanish lessons, just make a note in your application or contact your IVHQ Program Manager who will assist you in booking the lessons.

The lesson content is created and delivered by qualified teachers of Spanish as a second language, who have extensive experience teaching both online and in the classroom. The online Spanish course focuses not only on teaching Spanish but also providing you with valuable vocabulary and tools needed to help you prepare for your volunteer project.

The virtual language classes are taught from Monday to Friday via Zoom and Google Classroom. Volunteers can join personalized private classes which cater for all language abilities from beginner to advanced.

  • 1-week virtual private lessons (60-80 minute classes, 5x per week): US$130

Class timetables will be set with the provider once a volunteer has secured their place. Outside of these contact hours volunteers will complete assignments and have access to a Q&A forum.

Volunteer progress will be assessed by the coordinator and teachers through the online syllabus which will be used to track the progress and performance of each student. All volunteers will be provided with a Certificate of Completion at the end of each week and can request a formal final assessment if they wish.

Spanish Language Lessons in Buenos Aires

A 1-week Spanish language crash course is offered in Buenos Aires for those volunteers who are new to Spanish and want to learn the basics. The lessons are held from Monday to Friday.

1-week private lessons (2-hour classes, 5x per week): US$195

If you have an intermediate or advanced level of Spanish, and would like additional classes while in Buenos Aires, our local team will assist you in arranging classes at a nearby Spanish language school.

Please contact us or your IVHQ Program Manager for more information or to sign up for any of these language lesson options.

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Safety and support with IVHQ

Safety and support

IVHQ follows best practice and industry-leading health and safety procedures, which are regularly reviewed and optimized as part of the B Corporation recertification.

  • All volunteers encouraged to complete our interactive pre-departure training.
  • All local teams trained on best practice volunteer management & First Aid.
  • All IVHQ programs are required to adhere to IVHQ's Risk Management Policy.
  • All volunteers have access to 24/7 in-country support from our local team.
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Essential country information

Capital Buenos Aires
Population 41.09 million
Languages Spanish
Currency Argentine Peso
Time zone UTC-03:00

Weather and climate

Like its topography, Argentina’s climate varies greatly. The climate ranges from subtropical in the north, to humid in the central regions, to sub-Antarctic in the south. Winter is the driest period of the year (June to August). The coldest months are June and July and the warmest month is January. Average annual temperatures in Buenos Aires range from 51°F to 83°F (11°C to 28°C).

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