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Teaching and Education Volunteer Program in Argentina - Cordoba

Teaching and Education Volunteer Program in Argentina - Cordoba

Apply now. The next available start date for this project is Dec 6, 2021

Eager to teach in Argentina - Córdoba? International Volunteer HQ’s Teaching and Education project is a great way for volunteers to get involved by sharing their culture and invaluable English language skills with local school children. Volunteers gain teaching experience and help improve access to education within the local community which can help children stay in school, continue on to further education and get better paying jobs to support themselves and their families.

Highlights:
  • Programs start every Monday
  • Affordable fees from AU$480 for 1 week
  • Includes accommodation, breakfast and dinner, airport pick up, orientation and 24/7 support
  • Engage and encourage local students in their education

  • Discover Córdoba’s historic Jesuit Block

  • Relax by the pool at the volunteer homestay

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Who is this program suited to?

Volunteers with a positive outlook who enjoy working with children or are aspiring teachers. No previous teaching experience is required as you’ll be working alongside qualified local teachers, but you will need to be able to speak and understand Spanish at an intermediate level.
Who is this program suited to?

Key information

Improves access to quality education
Based in schools around Córdoba
Homestay accommodation
Volunteers aged 16+ and families
Up to 5 hour volunteering a day
Fully hosted experience from AU$480 for 1 week
Durations from 1 - 12 weeks
Spanish language lessons available

What to expect and how you'll make an impact

Due to a range of social problems, students in disadvantaged parts of Córdoba often don’t get the chance to concentrate on school or finish their education. Instead they leave school prematurely and have to work to support their families.

As a Teaching and Education volunteer, you will act as a role model to students from a range of backgrounds. By helping to engage and educate young students, you can also encourage them to realise how the power of education can help their families to improve their situations and lives. Day-to-day teaching volunteer work varies, but generally consists of:

  • Assisting local teachers
  • Tutoring students in English, maths and science
  • Providing pronunciation and language guidance
  • Helping with other classroom activities

This project closes for school holidays from mid December to the end of February, and for two weeks in July. Volunteers will switch to another project during these periods.

Contributes to United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal #4: Quality Education

Contributes to United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal #4: Quality Education

More than half of all children and teens do not meet minimum proficiency standards in reading and mathematics. Quality education provides an opportunity to learn and grow in a safe environment and is key to preventing poverty, securing long-term employment and improving quality of life.

Why do Teaching and Education volunteering in Argentina - Córdoba?

When you join the Teaching and Education project in Argentina - Córdoba, you’ll be giving a hand to the local community while also developing personally and professionally by:

  • Improving access to education in Argentina - Córdoba
  • Helping students engage with learning
  • Practicing your Spanish
  • Developing your communication skills
  • Gaining teaching abroad experience
  • Immersing yourself in Argentinian culture
  • Exploring the beautiful Córdoba region

Volunteer requirements

  • Volunteers under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to participate in this program
  • Volunteers aged 16-18 are required to provide IVHQ with parental consent 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

Fluency in Spanish is not a prerequisite for the IVHQ Argentina volunteer program, however​ on​ some projects volunteer work will be limited by a lack of language ability. We strongly recommend that all volunteers take advantage of the free Spanish lessons offered exclusively to IVHQ volunteers by our ​local team in Argentina. Past volunteers feel that taking these lessons help immensely with day-to-day volunteer work and communicating with local people. Volunteers interested in taking the free Spanish lessons can arrange these directly with the local ​team once in Argentina.

”I would like to tell you how amazing this experience was and how nice, interesting, kind, helpful, funny the people you are going to live with are! It was so great to feel you were in a family at the other side of the world and I loved everything. Argentina is a wonderful country with amazing landscape. One suggestion : Go to Iguazu Falls and Buenos-Aires (it's called the little Paris) and do the activities proposed by your leaders - they are all really great !”

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Volunteer Abroad in Argentina, Córdoba with IVHQ

Location

In the middle of Argentina, IVHQ’s Córdoba projects are set against the breathtaking backdrop of rolling hills and valleys which surround the city. Córdoba is home to Argentina’s second largest university and hundreds of thousands of students who give it a lively, modern flavour. You’ll find great markets, picturesque parks, pumping nightlife and masses of museums, cathedrals and cultural icons just waiting to be discovered.

Arrival and orientation

After you have registered for the program, please book your flights to arrive at the Ambrosio Taravella International Airport (COR) in Córdoba. Your airport pick-up is included in your Program Fee. We recommend that volunteers under the age of 18 travel internationally with a notarized letter of consent from their parents to support their documentation.

When you arrive, you will be greeted at the airport by a member of the local team and taken to the volunteer accommodation in Córdoba. 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 Córdoba on the day before your program orientation. Orientation is hosted by our Córdoba team and begins on the morning of your chosen start date. It covers everything you need to know for your volunteer program in Córdoba – an introduction to Argentina, culture and customs, rules and expectations, safety, travel opportunities, and an 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 will have a morning or afternoon shift, which will last around 2 to 5 hours. A typical morning schedule is as follows:

7:30 AM Breakfast at the volunteer accommodation.
8:00 AM Volunteers travel to their placements to join local placement staff. Start time and daily workload depends on the project that the individual volunteer is participating on.
1:00 PM Work at the placement usually ends. Volunteers are free to travel back to the volunteer accommodation, go sightseeing, or do some shopping. If volunteers are taking Spanish language lessons, they will usually do this in the afternoon (or in the morning if they are volunteering in the afternoon).
8:00 PM Dinner at the volunteer accommodation.

Weekends

Maybe the rhythm of Córdoba’s famous cuarteto music will call to your feet, maybe you’ll forage for a flea market bargain, take a trip to the Che Guevara Museum, adventure in the mountains, try Argentina’s beloved Fernet and Coke or spend your time discovering the Jesuit Block. Maybe you’ll do it all and more, or just relax in a peaceful park and sip a coffee. In any case there’s no shortage of things to see and do during your free time in Córdoba. But if it’s time for a change of scene, Córdoba’s central location means it’s easy to hop on a plane or jump in a car or bus and visit Argentina’s buzzy capital, Buenos Aires, or pay a visit to the Mendoza wine region or the city of Rosario. If the outdoors are your thing, there’s plenty of trekking, mountain climbing, horseback riding, paragliding, and abseiling fun to be had in the Córdoba region and nearby.

Accommodation and WiFi

Volunteers are accommodated in a large homestay in Rivera Indarte, a peaceful neighborhood, 15 - 20 minutes drive from Córdoba airport, and 30 minutes drive to the city centre.

This two-story homestay has great facilities for volunteers, including a barbecue area and a swimming pool which is available in the summer. Bedrooms have single beds and bunk beds and you can expect to share a bedroom with one to three other volunteers of the same gender. Bathrooms with hot showers and western toilets are shared between no more than three other volunteers, and bedding and towels are provided.

Single or double private bedrooms can also be requested at an additional cost of US$70 (approximately AU$103) per week, to be paid to our local team in Córdoba and needs to be arranged prior to arrival. If you would like additional nights of accommodation before or after your program duration, this costs US$20 (approximately AU$29) per night, which can be paid to our local staff and should be arranged prior to your arrival.

WiFi is available for volunteers to use at the volunteer house. You can also purchase a local SIM card with data for an unlocked mobile phone to keep connected.

Meals

Breakfast and dinner are served each day at the volunteer accommodation. Volunteers can buy lunch from the restaurants, bars and food deliveries within a 5-10 minute walk from the volunteer house.

If you have any special dietary requirements, please let us know ahead of time so that we can make arrangements for you. Remember that you should be flexible and open to trying new foods and we will do our best to see that you are well taken care of.

Pricing

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.
1 week AU$480 Equivalent to AU$69/day
2 weeks AU$797 Equivalent to AU$57/day
3 weeks AU$1071 Equivalent to AU$51/day
4 weeks AU$1344 Equivalent to AU$48/day
5 weeks AU$1617 Equivalent to AU$47/day
6 weeks AU$1883 Equivalent to AU$45/day
8 weeks AU$2401 Equivalent to AU$43/day
10 weeks AU$2903 Equivalent to AU$42/day
12 weeks AU$3346 Equivalent to AU$40/day
  • Accommodation
  • Breakfast and dinner
  • 24/7 in-country support
  • In-country program orientation
  • Pre-departure support from your Program Manager
  • Airport pick-up
  • Personalized preparation tools, guides and check lists
  • Access to IVHQ’s preferred insurance and flights partners
  • Certificate of International Volunteering

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

  • All programs attract a Registration Fee of AU$441 in addition to the Program Fee. This covers all pre-departure support services. IVHQ fees are priced in USD but you may elect to pay in AUD.
  • A 5% international banking fee is added at point of payment.
  • Additional things to budget for include: Visa, flights, travel insurance (mandatory), vaccinations, criminal background check, lunch, public transport to and from your placement each day and return to the airport when your program finishes.
  • Recommended spending money: Volunteers in Cordoba generally find US$80 to be sufficient for weekly expenses, including in-country tours and optional Spanish lessons.

Spanish language lessons

Spanish language lessons are available for all levels. IVHQ strongly recommends taking Spanish lessons as they help you communicate and make a bigger impact in your volunteer placement. Taught by professional Spanish teachers and tailored to each person’s specific needs, the classes run for either one or two hours, Monday through Friday. The lessons are arranged with the local team and paid for at orientation. You can choose from:

  • 2 hour, small group lessons (10 hours per week): AU$110 per week
  • 1 hour, private lessons (5 hours per week): AU$118 per week

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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.
Safety and support with IVHQ

Protecting against COVID-19:

Volunteers tested for COVID-19 within 72 hours of travel

Volunteers tested for COVID-19 within 72 hours of travel

Health & safety information provided during orientation

Health & safety information provided during orientation

Strict disinfecting standards for programs & accomodation

Strict disinfecting standards for programs & accomodation

Greater physical distance between volunteers

Greater physical distance between volunteers

Essential country information

Capital Buenos Aires
Population 45.1 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, from June to August, is the driest period of the year. 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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