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Healthcare & Medical Volunteer Program in Buenos Aires - Argentina

Shadowing and observing practicing medical professionals can be a huge learning opportunity, particularly for medical students. This project provides an excellent chance to observe healthcare practices in real life, and in a different cultural setting. There’s also a wide variety of medical specialties that volunteers are able to get involved in.

The Healthcare project in Buenos Aires is open to medical students, nursing students and healthcare professionals. Argentine law prevents students from doing hands-on medical work with patients unless it’s under the supervision of a local professional, which means this only happens rarely. However, there is still plenty to be gained by seeing a modern healthcare system in action.

As a volunteer on this project, you’ll assist the local medical staff in one of the biggest teaching clinics in Buenos Aires. For those interested in working in specific areas of healthcare, you can also volunteer in other nearby clinics which provide a wide range of minor, moderate and major healthcare services to the community. Specialty services provided by these clinics include general medicine and surgery, nursing, pediatrics, physiology, dentistry, gynecology, x-ray, ultrasound and mental health.

Healthcare volunteer in Buenos Aires, Argentina with IVHQ

Qualified professionals may be able to assist in more of a hands-on role, but that should not be expected. All volunteers will be shadowing local staff when you first begin the program and familiarize yourself with the environment. Further duties will be determined by your level of training, demonstrated expertise, Spanish language level, personality and ability to take initiative.

This project is open to medical and nursing students at all levels, including pre-medical, as well as fully qualified healthcare professionals. An intermediate (B2) level of Spanish is also required.

There is a $65 per week surcharge on this project, for the extra supervision, materials and logistics involved. This amount will be included in the Program Fee quoted that is quoted to you when you apply. It is also recommended that volunteers bring your own medical scrubs, latex gloves and stethoscope.

Once you have registered, 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 two weeks prior to your arrival in Buenos Aires.

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Project Highlights
What you need to know
  • Affordable fees from $620 for 2 weeks
  • Shadow and assist local medical professionals

  • Volunteer in one of Buenos Aires’ biggest teaching clinics

  • Assist in a wide range of medical fields

  • Suited to volunteer medical students and professionals interested in observing Argentine healthcare

  • Intermediate Spanish required

  • Additional $65 per week surcharge for extra supervision, materials and logistics

  • Minimum duration of 2 weeks

  • Volunteer for up to 5 hours per day

Destination Highlights
Argentina at a glance
  • Based in Argentina’s capital city, Buenos Aires

  • Program fees include airport pick-up, orientation, accommodation, a daily breakfast and 24/7 in-country support

  • Accommodation is in a dormitory-style volunteer house in the central neighborhood of Recoleta

  • Between 5 and 10 volunteers start in Buenos Aires each month

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. . 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.

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). 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 $13 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 $5 to $10 per meal.

Argentina - Buenos Aires

Length of Program Program Fee $USD
2 weeks $620
3 weeks $755
4 weeks $890
5 weeks $1,025
6 weeks $1,160
8 weeks $1,430
10 weeks $1,700
12 weeks $1,970
  • 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
What extra costs will I have?
  • 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.
Registration Fee
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
Program Fee
What it covers
  • 24/7 in-country support
  • Airport pick-up
  • Program orientation
  • Volunteer placement
  • Accommodation
  • Meals
  • 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!

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).

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 $210.

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.

How to get started

Pick a destination + project and apply for free
Meet your personal volunteer travel expert
Pay the registration fee to secure your place and upgrade your MyIVHQ account
Get ready to volunteer abroad, we’ll support you every step of the way!