Healthcare Volunteer Program in Buenos Aires - Argentina
Excited to volunteer in Healthcare in Argentina - Buenos Aires? International Volunteer HQ’s Healthcare project is a fantastic chance for pre-medical, nursing and medical students or qualified professionals to gain relevant 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.
- Programs start every Monday
- Affordable fees from £438 for 1 week
- Includes accommodation, breakfast, airport pick up, orientation and 24/7 support
Shadow and assist local medical professionals
Volunteer in one of Buenos Aires’ biggest teaching clinics
Intermediate Spanish required
This program is ideal for:
What to expect and how you'll make an impact
On IVHQ’s Healthcare project in Argentina, you’ll get the opportunity to volunteer at one of Buenos Aires’ biggest teaching clinics, or at one of the smaller more specialiseds clinics which offer a wide range of health services to the local community. It’s a great opportunity to observe medical practices in action in a different cultural setting.
You’ll shadow local staff for the first few weeks of the project, while you find your feet and get acclimated. After that, your tasks will be customised to your skills, experience, training, personality and Spanish ability.
You are required to be suitably qualified for any tasks you carry out, and under Argentinian law students aren’t allowed to treat patients without the supervision of a local professional. For less qualified volunteers, this means duties will be mostly observational, assisting local staff with routine jobs including:
- Check-ups and basic medical care
- Taking patient details and measurements
- Helping where needed around the clinic
Local medical staff benefit from the additional assistance, as well as the opportunity to communicate with international volunteers, as it facilitates a two-way cultural exchange of ideas, skills and experience.
Why be a Healthcare volunteer in Argentina with IVHQ?
By doing medical volunteering in Buenos Aires, 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 bustling cosmopolitan city of Buenos Aires
It is also recommended that you bring your own scrubs, latex gloves and stethoscope.
Medical specialities on the Argentina - Buenos Aires volunteer project
In Buenos Aires you may have the opportunity to volunteer in the following medical areas:
- General medicine
- Medical imaging
- Mental health
Please be sure to note your area of speciality, relevant qualifications and experience in your application.
Volunteers need to be 18 years or over to participate in 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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On IVHQ’s Buenos Aires projects, you’ll find yourself volunteering in one of the world’s largest and most diverse cities. Millions of immigrants make this a dynamic city with a unique fusion of European heritage and South American roots. You’ll be staying in the upmarket and culturally-rich Recoleta neighborhood where you can visit Eva Peron’s tomb or enjoy numerous statues, world-famous museums and art galleries. The city centre is a short trip by metro.
Arrival and orientation
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 taken to the volunteer accommodation. 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 Buenos Aires on the day before your program orientation.
Orientation is hosted by IVHQ’s Argentina team and begins on the morning of your 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 socialising.
Volunteer schedule example
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.
Volunteers may have a morning or afternoon shift, or both, and can expect to volunteer a minimum of three hours, Monday through Friday. A typical daily schedule would be as follows:
|8.00 AM||Breakfast at the volunteer accommodation.|
|8.30 - 9.00 AM||Volunteers travel to their placements.|
|9.30 AM - 1.00 PM||Work at the placement commences, if you have been assigned a morning shift.|
|1.00 - 2.00 PM||Break for lunch|
|2.00 - 4.00 PM||Work at the placement commences, if you have been assigned an afternoon shift.|
|5.00 - 7.00 PM||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.
Relax and take the time to discover the beauty of Buenos Aires. Hit the dancefloor and learn to tango, take in a football game, see the city’s highlights by bus or try Argentina’s famous steaks at one of the many restaurants and cafes. It’s only a short trip to the nearby cities of Córdoba or Rosario, or to sample wine in the Mendoza region and experience the Iguaçu Falls and National Park. If you’re in the mood for an adventure there’s trekking, mountain climbing, horseback riding, paragliding and abseiling opportunities. And for something different, find beautiful beaches and practice your Portugese in Uruguay - only a quick boat ride away.
Accommodation and WiFi
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 have a mixture of single beds and bunk beds with bedding provided, however volunteers will need to bring their own towels. The shared bathrooms feature hot showers and western toilets.
The volunteer accommodation is within walking distance to the University of Buenos Aires’ medical school; which makes the area very vibrant. Supermarkets, grocery shops, and plenty of cafes and restaurants are all nearby. There are also three metro lines and many bus lines at walking distance which will take you anywhere in the city.
Extra nights of accommodation are subject to availability and cost US$23 (approximately £19) per person, per night.
A continental style breakfast is provided in the kitchen/dining room of the volunteer house every morning and includes eggs, toast, spreads, cereal, fruit, tea and coffee. Volunteers prepare their own breakfasts.
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 buy lunch and dinner from restaurants nearby the volunteer placements and accommodation at a cost of between £4 to £21 per meal.
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||£438 Equivalent to £63/day|
|2 weeks||£682 Equivalent to £49/day|
|3 weeks||£871 Equivalent to £42/day|
|4 weeks||£1060 Equivalent to £38/day|
|5 weeks||£1249 Equivalent to £36/day|
|6 weeks||£1438 Equivalent to £34/day|
|8 weeks||£1816 Equivalent to £32/day|
|10 weeks||£2194 Equivalent to £31/day|
|12 weeks||£2572 Equivalent to £31/day|
- 24/7 in-country support
- In-country program orientation
- Pre-departure support from your Program Manager
- Airport pick-up
- Personalised 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
- All programs attract a Registration Fee of US$329 (approximately £282) 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 GBP.
- 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 and dinner, public transport to and from your placement each day and return to the airport when your program finishes.
- Recommended spending money: Volunteers in Buenos Aires generally find US$160 to be sufficient for weekly expenses, including in-country tours and optional Spanish lessons.
Recommended activities and tour add-ons
Experience an authentic home-made Argentinian BBQ with plenty of meat and vegetables. It does not matter if you are vegetarian or a voracious meat eater, we want you to experience one of the greatest social events while embracing the Argentinian culture.
Menu: Starter - Choripan - sausage and bread-served with Chimichurri Sauce and Morcilla (blood sausage). Main - Steak (Ojo de Bife (rib-eye) / Lomo (tenderloin) / Picaña (sirloin)) served with eggs and grilled vegetables such as grilled tomatoes, onions and red pepper. Dessert - Flan Dulce de Leche (a creamy custard baked on top of a layer of caramel).
One of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, is a must-see. Not only for the largest broken waterfall in the world but for the entire ecosystem which makes this attraction one of the best sights to see in Argentina. You will not only have the chance to walk around the national park but also be able to be part of excursions throughout the weekend.
Day 1 IGUAZU (Friday morning - afternoon): BRAZILIAN SIDE FALLS Includes transfer (round trip to the hotel) and professional guided tour. It does not include the entrance to the Iguazú National Park which is US$20.
Day 2 IGUAZU (Saturday): ARGENTINE FALLS WITH BILINGUAL GUIDE (PRIVATE SERVICE) ARGENTINE SIDE FALLS Includes transfer (round trip to the hotel) and professional guided tour. It does not include the entrance to the Iguazú National Park which is US$20.
Garganta del Diablo Circuit: Indescribable for its beauty and energy that thrills everyone, it offers an impressive mix of sounds and landscapes. Superior Circuit: Access the magnificent panoramic views of the falls and the delta of the Iguazú River formed by a set of leafy islands. Lower Circuit: A set of strategically designed walkways that allow the most diverse views of the Falls and an intimate encounter with the waterfalls and charming corners of the jungle.
For all excursions we recommend carrying insect repellent, slippers and comfortable clothes.
Day 3 IGUAZU (Sunday): Free morning – possible shopping or morning tour in the city of Puerto Iguazu.
Passionate about dancing and want to discover the famous Tango? Attend a tango lesson in a traditional Milonga where you will enjoy an hour lesson with a professional teacher and also have the chance to spend a night in a Milonga.
Visit Tigre with our local coordinator to escape the hustle and bustle of the big city and explore one of the most beautiful wetlands in Latin America. Tigre is a traditional delta and is formed by two main massive rivers which bring sediments from Brazil and Paraguay forming an amazing wetland at the north of Buenos Aires.
Do you want to try a Malbec from Mendoza or San Juan? Would you fancy trying different grapes that come from diverse regions in Argentina? If yes, why don’t you immerse yourself into one of the Argentine passions by exploring different tastes from one of the world’s best wine producers. Wine and snacks from various wine cellars are included.
*You will need to be 18 or older in order to join this experience.
Please contact us or your IVHQ Program Manager to sign up or to get more information about any of these activities and tours.
Recommended Spanish Language Classes
Virtual Spanish Language Lessons
If you would like to improve your Spanish language ability before starting your volunteer program, our team in Buenos Aires deliver interactive online Spanish lessons that are popular with IVHQ volunteers.
These virtual lessons are highly recommended to help settle any language barriers or culture shock you can face when arriving in Argentina.
If you would like to sign up for virtual Spanish lessons, just make a note in your application or contact your IVHQ Program Manager who will assist you in booking the lessons.
The lesson content is created and delivered by qualified teachers of Spanish as a second language, who have extensive experience teaching both online and in the classroom. The online Spanish course focuses not only on teaching Spanish but also providing you with valuable vocabulary and tools needed to help you prepare for your volunteer project.
The virtual language classes are taught from Monday to Friday via Zoom and Google Classroom. Volunteers can join personalized private classes which cater for all language abilities from beginner to advanced.
- 1-week virtual private lessons (60-80 minute classes, 5x per week): US$130
Class timetables will be set with the provider once a volunteer has secured their place. Outside of these contact hours volunteers will complete assignments and have access to a Q&A forum.
Volunteer progress will be assessed by the coordinator and teachers through the online syllabus which will be used to track the progress and performance of each student. All volunteers will be provided with a Certificate of Completion at the end of each week and can request a formal final assessment if they wish.
Spanish Language Lessons in Buenos Aires
A 1-week Spanish language crash course is offered in Buenos Aires for those volunteers who are new to Spanish and want to learn the basics. The lessons are held from Monday to Friday.
1-week private lessons (2-hour classes, 5x per week): US$195
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.
Please contact us or your IVHQ Program Manager for more information or to sign up for any of these language lesson options.
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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.
Essential country information
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).