At a glance…
- Available year-round
- 5 meaningful project options
- Projects based in and around Argentina’s buzzing capital, Buenos Aires
- Accommodation in a dormitory-style volunteer house
- Program fees include airport pick-up, orientation, accommodation, breakfast and 24/7 in-country support
- Program fees from US$620 (approximately CA$840) for 2 weeks
- Affordable Spanish language crash course available
- Between 5 and 10 volunteers start in Buenos Aires each month
- Most affordable fees - as the world leader in affordable volunteer travel, we’re able to keep our fees low by partnering with a local organization in Argentina to support meaningful community projects and local employment.
- Superior support - your experienced IVHQ Program Manager, teamed with our local team in Argentina will ensure you feel supported every step of the way - from planning to volunteering.
- Responsible projects - we’re dedicated to ensuring that our projects are responsibly run and have sustainable positive impacts that are supporting local needs.
- Online training - as soon as you register on an IVHQ program, you will gain access to our interactive volunteer training to ensure you’re well prepared for your program.
- Safety-first - volunteer safety is a top priority for IVHQ and we have clear standards for risk management on each program. You can feel confident that you are placed with trustworthy institutions, organizations and families that have been screened by our local teams.
- New friendships - as an IVHQer, you’ll always be in the company of friendly locals and like-minded volunteer travelers who will quickly become your life-long friends.
- Epic weekend adventures - you’ll have your weekends free to explore Argentina with your new-found friends.
The Buenos Aires volunteer program is based in and around Argentina’s cosmopolitan capital city, Buenos Aires, with the volunteer accommodation located in the Recoleta neighborhood. Volunteers are required to fly into Ministro Pistarini International Airport, known as Ezeiza International Airport (EZE), which is a 11 to 13 hour flight from most major airports in Canada.. Volunteer placements are located in the Barracas area, within 20 to 40 minutes travel time from the volunteer accommodation.
The program begins on the first and third Monday of each month and volunteers can choose to volunteer for periods ranging from 2 weeks to 12 weeks.
Volunteers on the Childcare project in Buenos Aires play an important role in supporting and nurturing the development of local children from marginalized communities.
Working with a local soup kitchen, volunteers assist in providing a safe environment for the children, encouraging them to stay off the streets and engage in activities that develop their skills and provide valuable exposure to the English language.
Volunteers support the local staff by facilitating games, activities and providing meals for up to 45 children and teenagers. Activities can vary, but typically include arts and crafts, songs and games.
This project is perfectly suited to volunteers who possess plenty of energy and enthusiasm for working with children. Previous experience or qualifications in early childhood education and a basic knowledge of conversational Spanish are an advantage but not required to join this project, as you will be working under the guidance of the local staff.
As a volunteer on the Teaching/Education project in Buenos Aires, you’ll assist on an integrative educational project, aimed at addressing issues of poverty and illiteracy in low-income communities.
In the marginalized communities of southern Buenos Aires, local schools promote an integrated educational approach, focusing on social inclusion, education to whole families and by bringing different social groups within the school together. As part of this initiative, volunteers work alongside a local teacher to carry out English lessons to primary and secondary school-aged children.
Volunteers provide vital support to local teachers by assisting students with pronunciation and providing additional guidance and support to the children within the class. Volunteers may also have the opportunity to assist in other areas including music and art lessons.
Volunteers who are looking for an opportunity to teach English abroad to enthusiastic learners are well suited to this project.
As you will be volunteering with the support of IVHQ’s local team and placement staff, you do not need to be a qualified or experienced teacher to participate on this project. However, we encourage you to come prepared by completing some relevant training. Visit our Online TEFL Course page to learn how to gain an internationally-recognized TEFL certification at a discounted rate. A B1/B2 Spanish level is recommended although not required.
Please note that due to school holidays, this project is closed from mid-December to end of February/mid-March.
Construction and Renovation
Construction and Renovation volunteers in Buenos Aires play a crucial role in providing the hands-on help needed to support communities that improve the wellbeing of the people that call them home.
You’ll focus on renovation and maintenance activities within local schools, soup kitchens and other community spaces within low-income communities in Buenos Aires.
As the local schools operate as charities, they receive no financial aid from the government, therefore the assistance from volunteers in renovating existing areas of the school and helping with light construction tasks is greatly appreciated by the local teachers, children and community.
Hard-working volunteers who don’t mind getting their hands dirty and are willing to provide support wherever help is most needed, would best suit this project. Your tasks can include painting, repairing furniture and equipment, tiling, gardening, or assisting in the construction of internal walls and bathrooms.
You are not required to have previous experience in construction or renovation in order to join this project, as you will be volunteering alongside local staff and volunteers from the surrounding communities.
The Construction and Renovation project in Buenos Aires has an extra cost of US$35 (approximately CA$48) per week for supervision, materials and the logistics involved in this project. This amount will be included in the Program Fee quoted that is quoted to you when you apply for the program.
The Healthcare project in Buenos Aires gives medical students, nursing students, or healthcare professionals, a first-hand understanding of the healthcare system in Argentina.
As a volunteer on this project, you’ll assist the local medical staff in one of the biggest teaching clinics in the City of Buenos Aires, as well as other nearby clinics which provide a wide range of minor, moderate and major healthcare services to the community. Specialty services provided by the clinics include general medicine and surgery, nursing, pediatrics, physiology, dentistry, gynecology, x-ray, ultrasound, mental health, among others.
While volunteers will be able to work within their current scope of practice, all volunteers should expect to be shadowing local medical staff when they first begin their program and familiarize themselves with the clinic. Their volunteer work will be determined by their level of training, demonstrated expertise, Spanish language level, personality and ability to take initiative.
In Argentina, there is an adequate number of local doctors working in these clinics and unlike in some other South American locations, the law does not allow patients to be touched by students without a local professionals’ supervision. It’s important that as a volunteer supporting a Healthcare project in Argentina, you arrive with work expectations that fit within these legal restrictions.
This project is open to pre-medical, medical and nursing students, as well as fully qualified doctors and healthcare professionals. A B2 level of Spanish is also required to take part in this project. Once you have registered for the program, you will need to provide a copy of your qualifications and certificates to our local team in Argentina. If you are studying, please provide a copy of your academic transcript. These must be received by our local team at least 2 weeks prior to your arrival in Argentina.
It is recommended that volunteers bring their own medical scrubs, latex gloves and stethoscope.
The Healthcare project in Buenos Aires has an extra cost of US$65 (approximately CA$90) per week for supervision, materials and the logistics involved in this project. This amount will be included in the Program Fee quoted that is quoted to you when you apply for the program.
Sports can be a tool to strengthen communities, improve quality of life and support educational outcomes.
As a volunteer on the Sports Education project, you’ll be supporting local Physical Education teachers to achieve this goal. You’ll be placed within an integrative educational project, which aims to address the issues of poverty and illiteracy in low-income communities in southern Buenos Aires.
Working with the assistance of a qualified Physical Education teacher, volunteers on the Sports Education project in Buenos Aires facilitate coaching sessions and drills along with games and activities for children and teenagers in primary schools and afterschool programs.
The local children have a love of football and hockey; however, volunteers are encouraged to introduce new games and sports to the children. Volunteers with a love for a particular sport are encouraged to bring the required equipment from home, or purchase it once in Argentina, as the placements typically have limited resources for all sporting codes. Volunteers with an interest in swimming may also have the opportunity to help during swimming lessons for the students at a local swimming pool.
Volunteers who are passionate about sport and working with children to support their natural development are an ideal match to this project.
Please note that due to the school holidays, this project is closed from mid December to end of February/mid-March.
The program orientation begins on the first and third Monday of every month 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). Canadian travelers do not require a visa to enter Argentina for a duration of 90 days. 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 transported to the volunteer accommodation. 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 Buenos Aires on the day before your program orientation.
Orientation is hosted by our Argentina team and begins on the morning of your chosen 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 socializing.
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 work a minimum of 3 hours, Monday through Friday. A typical daily schedule would be as follows:
8.00AM – Breakfast at the volunteer accommodation.
8.30AM - 9.00AM – Volunteers travel to their placements.
9.30AM - 1.00PM – Work at the placement commences, if you have been assigned a morning shift.
1.00PM - 2.00PM – Break for lunch
2.00PM - 4.00PM – Work at the placement commences, if you have been assigned an afternoon shift.
5.00PM - 7.00PM – 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.
Volunteers are accommodated in a multi-story, dormitory-style volunteer hostel in the neighborhood of Recoleta in central Buenos Aires. It has free WiFi and great facilities for volunteers, including a top terrace and deck for socializing, communal kitchen and living areas.
Volunteers can expect to share a bedroom with up to three other volunteers of the same gender. Bedrooms are comprised of single beds and bunk beds with bedding provided, however volunteers will need to bring their own towels. Bathroom facilities are shared between volunteers with hot showers and western toilets.
The volunteer accommodation is located within walking distance to a medical school from the University of Buenos Aires; which makes the area very vibrant. Supermarkets, grocery shops and greengrocers are all found nearby. There are also three metro lines and many bus lines at walking distance which will take you anywhere within the city.
Extra nights of accommodation are subject to availability and cost US$13 (approximately CA$18) per person, per night.
You will be provided with groceries to make a continental style breakfast every day, which is prepared in the kitchen/dining room of the volunteer house and includes toast and spreads, cereal and fruit.
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 purchase lunch and dinner from restaurants nearby the volunteer placements and accommodation at a cost of between US$5 (CA$7) to US$10 (CA$14) per meal.
Argentina - Buenos Aires
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- All programs attract a Registration Fee (from US$299) on top of the Program Fee (partially refundable until 60 days before your program start date*). A 5% international banking fee is added at point of payment.
- To see prices in your local currency, use this currency converter.
- The Construction and Renovation project has an extra cost of US$35 per week, while the Healthcare project has an extra cost of US$65 per week. These extra costs cover the supervision, materials and the logistics involved in these projects.
- Discounts on language lessons
- * Terms and Conditions do apply
- Visa, flights, travel insurance (mandatory), vaccinations, criminal background check, souvenirs, in-country trips or tours, transport to and from your placement, transfer back to the airport at conclusion of the program, lunch and dinner and optional Spanish lessons.
- Volunteers in Buenos Aires generally find US$160 to be sufficient for weekly expenses, including meals.
What it covers
- Most affordable program fees
- Expert support from a program specialist
- Full MyIVHQ account access
- Online volunteer training
- Comprehensive preparation tools
- Deals on flights and travel insurance
- IVHQ alumni rewards
What it covers
- 24/7 in-country support
- Airport pick-up
- Program orientation
- Volunteer placement
- Discounts on language lessons
On the weekends, volunteers have free time to relax or explore the bustling and vibrant city of Buenos Aires. You can also spend your weekends exploring nearby areas, or take a boat over to Uruguay! Many volunteers also take advantage of the short flight or overnight bus to Mendoza (wine region near the Andes), Córdoba, or Rosario. Argentina offers plenty of activities for adventurous volunteers, including trekking, mountain climbing, horseback riding, paragliding, and abseiling - just to name a few! Our local team in Argentina will be happy to advise you on any weekend travel arrangements you might like to make when you arrive in Buenos Aires.
See our Argentina Travel and Tours page for more volunteer travel options in Argentina!
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).
Volunteers need to be 18 years or over to participate on this program, unless volunteering with a parent or guardian. If you are under the age of 18, IVHQ offers alternative volunteer opportunities for teens. Visit our High School Volunteer Abroad page to 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.
Free Interactive Volunteer Training - All volunteers are encouraged to complete our interactive pre-departure training, which is available exclusively to registered IVHQ volunteers. The training is designed to build an understanding of important aspects that need to be considered before embarking on an IVHQ program. It helps volunteers to prepare in the right way by providing advice on what it takes to be a safe, responsible and valuable volunteer. Try a sample of the training here.
A one week Spanish language crash course is offered for those volunteers who are new to Spanish and want to learn the basics. The course includes a 2 hour group Spanish lesson, Monday to Friday, and costs US$210 (approximately CA$285).
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.