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Holiday Experience Volunteer Program in Argentina - Córdoba
Next start date available: Dec 20, 2022

Holiday Experience Volunteer Program in Argentina - Córdoba

Ready to experience an authentic Argentinian Christmas as a Holiday Experience volunteer in Córdoba? International Volunteer HQ’s Holiday Experience project is a fun and meaningful way for volunteers to support local children, the elderly and communities in need during the Christmas and New Year season. Volunteers will help bring festive cheer to local hospitals, nursing homes, childcare centers, playgrounds and other community spaces, while soaking up Argentinian traditions during the holiday season.

Highlights:
  • Only available the weeks of Christmas and New Years
  • Affordable fees from $450 for 1 week
  • Includes accommodation, breakfast and dinner, airport pick up, orientation and 24/7 support
  • Help with festive activities for children, elderly and others in need

  • Check out Córdoba’s rich history and beautiful ancient buildings

  • Stay in a home with other volunteers in a peaceful neighborhood of Córdoba

Key information

Support marginalized & low-income communities
Based around the neighborhoods of Córdoba
Local homestay accommodation
Volunteers aged 16+ and families
Up to 5 hours volunteering per day
Fully hosted experience from $450 for 1 week
Durations from 1 - 2 weeks
Spanish lessons available

This program is ideal for:

Compassionate volunteers who want to spread holiday cheer and make a difference to people’s lives over the festive season.
Who is this program suited to?

What to expect and how you'll make an impact

The Argentina - Córdoba Holiday Experience project is held during the weeks of Christmas and New Years and provides the opportunity to participate in a variety of projects that benefit the local community during the festive season when other volunteer projects take a break.

Please note, in 2022, this project is only available to volunteers who begin the weeks of 20th December and 27th December - volunteers should arrive on the 19th or 26th December (respectively) for this project. Volunteers who continue beyond these weeks will resume on a standard volunteer project of their choice.

Why do Holiday Experience volunteering in Cordoba with IVHQ?

When you volunteer during the holidays in Argentina, you’ll be adding value to the local community, while also developing personally and professionally by:

  • Bringing people together during the holiday season
  • Providing companionship to the young and old
  • Practicing your Spanish
  • Developing your communication skills
  • Gaining childcare, elderly care and event planning experience
  • Experiencing the festive season in Argentina
  • Exploring the stunning region and city of Córdoba

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
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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 on Monday. 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, which is Monday for this project. Orientation is hosted by our Córdoba team and begins on the morning of your chosen start date, which is Tuesday for this project. 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

The general schedule for the 2022 Holiday Experience project is as follows:

WEEK 1:

Please note that, due to the public holiday, arrival will take place on Monday, and your project will run Tuesday through Saturday. Your final night in the accommodation will be on Sunday with departure Monday morning.

Monday, December 19th Arrival - Pick-up and transportation to housing.
Tuesday, December 20th Orientation
Wednesday, December 21st - Friday, December 23rd Help organize holiday parties for children or the elderly, deliver gifts to hospitals and nursing homes or renovate a local community center playground.
Saturday, December 24th Christmas Eve - Prepare and enjoy a traditional Argentinian Christmas Eve family dinner.
Sunday, December 25th Christmas - Enjoy a relaxing Christmas day and a late Argentinian Christmas family lunch.
Monday, December 26th Departure - Depart the program if you are only volunteering for 1 week

WEEK 2:

Please note that, due to the public holiday, arrival will take place on Monday, and your project will run Tuesday through Saturday. Your final night in the accommodation will be on Sunday with departure Monday morning.

Monday, December 26th Arrival - Pick-up and transportation to housing.
Tuesday, December 27th Orientation
Wednesday, December 28th - Friday, December 30th Help organize holiday parties for children or the elderly, deliver gifts to hospitals and nursing homes or renovate a local community center playground.
Saturday, December 31st Prepare and enjoy a traditional Argentinian New Year’s Eve family dinner.
Sunday, January 1st New Year’s day - Enjoy a relaxing New Year’s day and a late Argentinian New Year’s family lunch.
Monday, January 2nd Departure

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 single or double private bedroom (without private bathroom) can also be requested at an additional cost of $70 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 $30 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 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 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 $450 Equivalent to $64/day
2 weeks $665 Equivalent to $48/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
  • Discounts on language lessons
  • Discounts on travel and tour add-ons
  • 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 $299 in addition to the Program Fee. This covers all pre-departure support services.
  • 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$50 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): $55 per week
  • 1 hour, private lessons (5 hours per week): $65 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 upon arrival

Volunteers tested for COVID-19 upon arrival

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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