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Healthcare and Medical Volunteer Program in Argentina - Cordoba

Healthcare and Medical Volunteer Program in Argentina - Cordoba

Looking to volunteer in Healthcare in Argentina - Córdoba? International Volunteer HQ’s Healthcare volunteer project is an exciting chance for pre-medical, medical and nursing students or qualified professionals to gain medical experience and observe clinical practice in a cross-cultural setting. Medical volunteering in Argentina helps increase access to healthcare and improve the wellbeing of local people.

Highlights:
  • Programs start every Monday
  • Affordable fees from CA$809 for 2 weeks
  • Includes accommodation, breakfast and dinner, airport pick up, orientation and 24/7 support
  • Shadow local professionals in community clinics across low-income areas

  • Explore the vibrant streets of Córdoba

  • Relax in the pool at the large volunteer homestay

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Key information

Improve access to quality healthcare
Based in small clinics in Córdoba
Homestay accommodation
Volunteers aged 18 years & older
Fully hosted experience from CA$809 for 2 weeks
Durations from 2 - 24 weeks
Spanish language lessons available
Up to 5 hours volunteering a day

This program is ideal for:

Medical or nursing students at any level through to qualified professionals. Under Argentina's laws students need to be supervised by a local professional while treating patients so this project is great for volunteers who are keen to watch and learn rather than get practical experience. An intermediate level of Spanish is required.
Who is this program suited to?

What to expect and how you'll make an impact

Healthcare in Córdoba is largely provided by a series of small community clinics that assist with both general and more specialist care. These small clinics make it easier for people in disadvantaged neighbourhoods to access quality healthcare. Volunteers can make a difference by contributing their time and energy to support local staff who also benefit from exchanging ideas and knowledge with international volunteers.

You’ll shadow local staff for the first few weeks of the project, while you find your feet and settle in. After that, your tasks will be customized to your skills, experience, training, personality and Spanish language ability. You may be able to:

  • Take blood pressure
  • Weigh and measure babies
  • Treat small wounds
  • Carry out other minor tasks.

Students aren’t allowed to treat patients in Argentina without the supervision of a local professional so for less qualified volunteers, duties will be mostly observational, assisting local staff with routine tasks including:

  • Check-ups and basic medical care
  • Taking patient details and measurements
  • Helping where needed around the clinics

Fully qualified health professionals will be able to immediately volunteer in a more hands-on capacity.

During January and February volunteers can expect reduced volunteer hours (morning shifts only). In these times, you can use the extra time to contribute to another project, subject to availability. You’ll also need to bring your own scrubs to wear while volunteering in the clinics.

Contributes to United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal #3: Good Health and Well-Being

Contributes to United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal #3: Good Health and Well-Being

Good mental and physical health is key to sustainable development and building healthy and happy communities. Now more than ever, we must increase access to free healthcare and health education across the globe to achieve an acceptable standard of living and wellbeing for all.

Why do Healthcare volunteering in Cordoba with IVHQ?

When you volunteer on the Healthcare volunteer project in Argentina - Córdoba, you’ll be improving access to healthcare for the local community, while also gaining medical experience through:

  • Assisting qualified medical professionals
  • Gaining healthcare experience and skills
  • Getting exposure to different clinical practices in action
  • Practicing your Spanish
  • Developing your cross-cultural communication skills
  • Immersing yourself in Argentinian culture
  • Exploring the beautiful region of Córdoba

Volunteer requirements

Volunteers need to be 18 years or over to participate on this program. If you are under the age of 18, IVHQ offers alternative volunteer opportunities for teens. Visit our High School Volunteer Abroad page to learn more.

All volunteers are required to have adequate volunteer travel insurance and upload a criminal background check via MyIVHQ before arriving in Argentina.

For the Medical project, volunteers must be studying or qualified in a relevant field and have an intermediate level of Spanish.

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What recent volunteers said about their IVHQ experience

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Clare Cuenya
05 Mar 2024

I would tell someone else who is thinking about this project and location to go ahead and book it! This experience was one I will never forget and something that allowed me to dive so deep into the culture of Argentina. You will feel instantly welcomed the minute you arrive until the minute you leave.

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Alyssa Maenza
06 Nov 2023

I gained extremely valuable hands on clinical practice and experience in the clinic, and beyond that I had the privilege to get to know some truly beautiful people. I was able to increase my Spanish fluency through valuable conversations with native speakers every single day. The friendships I formed in Córdoba are deep and real and I firmly believe anyone with the opportunity to come to a place with such warm, inviting people is beyond lucky.

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Erick Estrada
08 Sep 2023

The advice that I would give to someone who is hesitant about joining this program is that you may feel scared at first but the people that are there are so great at making you feel like you've been living there for years. The accommodation is great, the experience is amazing, and the food is amazing. This is a great way to get out of your comfort zone.

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Arianna Colella
10 Aug 2022

Volunteering abroad is an experience that everyone should have! It is life changing and worth every minute.

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Keilly Pulgar
29 Jan 2021

The staff were amazing and made my entire experience very comfortable and enjoyable. As an aspiring doctor, it was a great experience being able to compare the healthcare system with that of the U.S. The doctors and nurses were also very helpful and tried to include me in everything that they were doing. This being my first time volunteering abroad, I believe I came back a more open-minded, independent, and appreciative person than I was a month ago. The food was amazing and I appreciated the effort the cooks and house staff put into making us happy with the meals and switching it up every night. I absolutely loved my experience with IVHQ and look forward to volunteering with them again in another country.

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Kelli Green - UW-HOSA 5 Group
29 Jan 2021

Saying good bye to one of the nurses really stands out to me. She gave us a long speech after helping an elderly homeless woman. It was so heartfelt and just really reminded me of exactly why I want to become a nurse, and I aspire to be the kind of nurse she is - compassionate, loving, kind, dedicated and non-judgmental. She is truly a wonderful woman and I'll remember her forever. I think it's important to be aware that you are going to a country that is very different than your own and to not expect to be very comfortable at first, and that there is an adjustment you will have to make. This was the most amazing trip and I am SO happy I was able to go. I will be talking about this experience for the rest of my life and have nothing but great things to say about it. Thank you IVHQ for being so helpful in planning this trip and making it possible!!

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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 traveling 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 socializing.

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 family homestay in Barrio El Refugio, a peaceful neighborhood, 15 - 20 minutes drive from Córdoba airport, and 30 minutes drive to the city center. Your hostess is also your coordinator so our local team will be very easy to approach and always available in case you need anything.

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.

A private room (without a private bathroom) can also be requested at an additional cost of US$70 (approximately CA$100) per week for a single room or US$105 (approximately CA$150) per week for a double room. This needs to be paid to our local team in Córdoba and needs to be arranged prior to arrival.

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

Meals

Breakfast and dinner are served every weekday at the volunteer accommodation. On the weekend you will only be provided with breakfast, however, you will be provided with supplies so that you can prepare your own dinner.

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

  • 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
2 weeks $565 Equivalent to $40/day
3 weeks $750 Equivalent to $36/day
4 weeks $935 Equivalent to $33/day
5 weeks $1,120 Equivalent to $32/day
6 weeks $1,300 Equivalent to $31/day
8 weeks $1,650 Equivalent to $29/day
10 weeks $1,990 Equivalent to $28/day
12 weeks $2,290 Equivalent to $27/day
16 weeks $2,890 Equivalent to $26/day
20 weeks $3,490 Equivalent to $25/day
24 weeks $4,050 Equivalent to $24/day
  • All programs attract a Registration Fee of US$329 (approximately CA$471) 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 Cordoba generally find US$120 to be sufficient for weekly expenses, including in-country tours and optional Spanish lessons.
  • Breakfast and only dinner during the week
  • Airport pick-up
  • Accommodation
  • 24/7 in-country support
  • In-country program orientation
  • Pre-departure support from your Program Manager
  • Personalized 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 then dinner on the weekend
  • 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 Cordoba

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

Buenos Aires Overnight Tour
Buenos Aires Overnight Tour

Experience a 2-day round trip tour to Buenos Aires.

CA$223
Cordoba Mountain Tour (Full Day)
Cordoba Mountain Tour (Full Day)

Enjoy a captivating 10 hour guided tour to any of the six different valleys and towns that you have to choose from.

CA$77
Cordoba Mountain Tour (Half Day)
Cordoba Mountain Tour (Half Day)

Enjoy a 4 hour guided tour to any of the six different valleys and towns that you have to choose from.

CA$51

Spanish language lessons

Fluency in Spanish is not a prerequisite for the IVHQ Argentina - Córdoba program, however on certain projects volunteer work will be restricted with limited language ability. IVHQ, therefore, strongly recommends that volunteers take advantage of the very affordable language lessons offered exclusively to IVHQ volunteers. Past volunteers feel that taking these lessons help immensely with day-to-day volunteer work and communicating with local people. Taught by professional Spanish teachers and tailored to each person’s specific needs, the classes run for one hour a day, Monday through Friday. The lessons are arranged with your IVHQ Program Manager prior to departure.

  • 1 hour, private lessons (5 hours per week): CA$111 per week

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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 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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