Volunteer in Argentina
At a glance…
- Available year-round
- 8 meaningful project options
- Projects based in and around the cultural center of Cordoba
- Accommodation in a volunteer house
- Program fees include airport pick-up, orientation, accommodation, meals and 24/7 in-country support
- Program fees from $325 for 1 week
- Affordable Spanish language lessons available
- Between 5 and 15 volunteers start in Argentina each month
- Programs start every Monday
- 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 IVHQ Argentina volunteer program is based in the center of Cordoba Province in the town of Villa Allende. Cordoba is a very popular destination for volunteer travelers and has a lot of volunteer work readily available.
Volunteers can begin the IVHQ Argentina volunteer program every Monday. Volunteers can choose to volunteer for periods ranging from 1 week to 12 weeks. For those wishing to participate on the program for longer than 12 weeks, this is ok, however the extension must be arranged and paid for directly to the local staff, once you are in Argentina on the program. The first day of your volunteer program will be orientation, after which you will begin your volunteer placement.
As a volunteer on our Childcare project in Argentina, you will act as a positive role model to disadvantaged children, as many are forced to abandon school to support their families financially. Investment in early childhood development is critical to breaking the poverty cycle in Argentina and volunteers pay an important role in this respect.
If you’re someone who loves interacting with young children - this is the project for you! By introducing new cultures and ideas to the children, you will help to broaden their perspectives and stimulate their curiosity.
As a volunteer on this project you will spend 3-5 hours each day interacting with the children in either a kindergarten, daycare center or soup kitchen. Typical activities on this project include educational games, arts and crafts, sports or simply playing and sharing affection with the children.
As you will be volunteering with the support of local placement staff, you do not need to be a qualified or experienced in childcare to participate. A passion for working with children and initiative is key to being a successful Childcare volunteer.
Please note that from approximately the 3rd week of December to the end of February volunteers will assist in open-air, children’s summer holiday programs at local public swimming pools or may alternatively supplement their time by assisting on other project activities, subject to availability. There is also a 2 week school vacation break in July and volunteers will switch to another project during this time.
As a volunteer on this project you will act as a positive role model to students from a range of vulnerable backgrounds. This can include having illiterate parents who do not place importance on education or needing to work full time to support their families. Although Argentina provides public access to education, almost 50% of children in vulnerable situations abandon school after finishing primary school due to a range of social problems.
This project is well suited to volunteers with a positive outlook and passion for education as your role will be to model positive behaviors and engage the students in cross-cultural sharing.
When volunteering on this project you might act as a tutor assisting students with their assignments, aiding their understanding of material learned in elementary or high school and covering subjects, such as Mathematics, Science and English. You may also have the opportunity to teach adults to read and write, teach English to children or adults, or collaborate with teachers in schools for children with disabilities.
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 volunteers to come prepared by completing some relevant training, like a teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL) course. Visit our Online TEFL Course page to learn how to gain an internationally-recognized TEFL certification at a discounted rate.
Please note that volunteers on this project are required to have an intermediate knowledge of Spanish to participate. This project closes from approximately the third week of December to the end of February. There is also a 2 week school vacation break in July and volunteers will switch to another project during this time.
As a volunteer on this project you will provide encouragement, protection and assistance to elders with limited resources or those facing abandonment. This can be due to limited access to work or housing or breakdowns in family or social bonds.
This project is well suited to volunteers who are patient and caring by nature and willing to interact, learn from and provide care to elders in a local community center.
When volunteering on this project you will keep the elders company during their scheduled activities and develop a range of basic assignments to facilitate their learning and wellbeing. Each day, the elders receive breakfast and lunch, and take part in recreational activities, including art workshops, yoga, singing, adapted gymnastics, hairdressing, podiatry and professional psychological assistance. When the need arises, you may also be sent to a local nursing home where you will work alongside staff and help take care of elders who may be ill and will need special care.
As you will be volunteering alongside local staff members, you do not need to have any experience working with the elderly to take part in this project.
Please note that some knowledge of Spanish is recommended so that you are able to easily interact with the elders on this project. The project also experiences a closure from approximately the 3rd week of December until March and volunteers whose duration runs beyond this date will change to a different project. There is also a 2 week school vacation break in July and volunteers will switch to another project during this time.
As a volunteer on our Community project you will work alongside local staff in carrying out activities in vulnerable communities.
If you’re someone who has a great initiative and loves variety, this project is for you!
As a volunteer on this project you will assist with feeding programs, interaction with community elders, socioeconomic surveys, recreational, sports and social gatherings between different neighborhoods, organization, promotion and execution of cultural and educational events, job skill workshops and community street cinema.
This project is open to all volunteers who wish to lend a helping hand in the local communities in Cordoba.
Please note that from approximately the 3rd week of December until March, this project is unavailable and volunteers whose duration runs beyond this date will move into alternative activities. This may include providing support to government-run, open-air Summer School programs for children or assisting with activities at a swimming pool. The project also closes for 2 weeks in July where volunteers will need to switch to an alternative project.
Special Needs Care
The aim of this project is to provide disabled young adults with useful tools for their active development, stimulating independence and integration within their families and local communities.
This project is well suited to volunteers with a basic understanding of Spanish and a warm, caring nature.
Your tasks may include facilitating workshops or classes, organizing events, and supporting therapeutic activities. Working with the disabled can be emotionally challenging but also extremely rewarding.
You are not required to have experience working with the disabled to participate, as our local placement staff are on hand to support and guide you in the daily tasks.
Please note that this project will experience disruptions during the Christmas and New Year holiday period due to some placement closures. During this time, volunteers may supplement their time on alternative activities, subject to availability. When the project resumes operation in January, volunteers will assist with summer activities held at a local swimming pool until regular operation recommences in mid February. The project also closes for 2 weeks in July where volunteers will need to switch to an alternative project.
When volunteering on the Healthcare project you will help professionals in small community clinics run by the municipal government in Cordoba. These clinics are predominantly located in poor neighbourhoods and provide general medical care, nursing services, vaccinations, gynaecology, dentistry, social support, and other primary health attention.
If you’re someone who has an interest in international healthcare systems within vulnerable communities, then this project will be a great choice for you.
As a volunteer on this project you will contribute to the clinics by shadowing doctors and socializing with patients. In most cases, you will not be directly providing patient care and your independence will be determined by your level of training, demonstrated expertise, Spanish language level, personality and ability to take initiative. In Argentina there are 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. Depending on the supervising doctor, you may be able to take blood pressure, vaccinate, weigh/measure babies, cure small wounds and other minor tasks.
This project is open to pre-medical, medical and nursing students as well as fully qualified doctors and healthcare professionals. Intermediate Spanish is also required to take part in this project.
Please note that this project has a two week minimum duration requirement. Although the Healthcare project operates year-round, during January and February volunteers can expect reduced volunteer hours (morning shifts only) and may supplement their time on the program with participation on alternative project activities, subject to availability. You will need to bring your own medical scrubs to wear while volunteering in the clinics.
Construction and Renovation
As a volunteer on this project you will have the unique opportunity to work alongside local people to help improve the infrastructure in small, rural communities.
This project is well suited to volunteers with a lot of energy and self motivation. A good level of fitness is also recommended as the work can be physically demanding.
Your tasks may include renovating buildings, painting, landscaping/gardening and building new rooms or spaces. Projects and volunteer roles will vary during the year, dependent on where the most help is needed in the community.
You are not required to have previous experience in construction, however a positive outlook and strong dedication to the work at hand will go a long way in ensuring you get the most out of your volunteer project.
Please note that this project has an extra cost of US$35 per week for supervision, materials and the logistics involved in this project. This amount will be included in the Program Fee quoted to you by IVHQ when you apply.
The aim of this project is to provide disadvantaged children and adolescents with fun sports and recreational activities before or after school. This in turn helps to keep them off the street, which is where their major risk factors are.
This project is well suited to volunteers with high energy levels and a passion for sport and healthy competition.
As a volunteer on this project you will work with the local staff to arrange fun activities and sports for the children such as football and basketball. You will typically help out on this project Monday to Friday, from 6pm to 9pm. During school holiday breaks in July this project runs from 9am to 1pm.
This project is open to all volunteers with a passion for sport and exercise!
Please note that this project takes place in open areas and the daily activities will therefore depend on the weather. From December through February, this project will experience a closure and volunteers add their support to government-run, open-air Summer School programs for children. This may involve spending recreational time with children at swimming pools, and adding value to other outdoor leisure activities.
The program orientation begins every Monday and volunteers need to arrive in Cordoba on the day before orientation.
After you have registered for the program, please book your flights to arrive at the Ambrosio Taravella International Airport (COR) in Cordoba. 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 Cordoba. 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 Cordoba on the day before your program orientation.
Orientation is hosted by our Argentina team at the volunteer house in Villa Allende. Orientation begins on the morning of your chosen start date and covers everything you need to know for your volunteer program in Argentina – 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 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 sight seeing, 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.
Please note, this schedule can vary as some projects take place in the afternoon. If volunteers are taking advantage of the Spanish language lessons, they will usually volunteer for half the day and spend the other half of the day (1 to 2 hours) taking Spanish lessons.
Volunteers are typically accommodated in volunteer house in Villa Allende, although homestay accommodation may at times be assigned by the team in Argentina, depending on volunteer numbers. The volunteer house is located just 10 minutes drive from the Córdoba airport. The two-story house great facilities for volunteers, including an orientation room, games room, barbecue area and plenty of space on the property for volunteers to go jogging, or play football. You can expect to share a bedroom with two to four other volunteers of the same gender. Bedrooms are comprised of single beds and bunk beds with bedding and towels provided. Bathroom facilities are shared between volunteers with hot showers and western toilets. Single or double private bedrooms, with private bathrooms, can be requested at an additional cost of US$15 per night (for a single bedroom) and US$20 per night (twin share for a double bedroom), to be paid to our local team in Argentina.
WiFi is available for volunteers to use at the volunteer house. You can also purchase a local SIM card with data for an unlocked mobile phone to keep connected.
Your Program Fee covers breakfast and dinner during your program, which is served at the volunteer accommodation. Volunteers can purchase lunch from restaurants in Villa Allende (15 minutes’ walk from the volunteer house), or they may wish to catch a bus to the Cordoba city center (45 minutes to one hour). 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 open to trying new foods and be flexible with your eating habits and we will do our best to see that you are well taken care of. If you require any additional nights of accommodation before or after your program duration, this costs US$20 per night, which can be paid to our local staff in country and should be arranged prior to your arrival.
“I would recommend it to others, especially if they were interested in improving their Spanish and getting to know Argentina. Overall, it was a great experience and I would like to thank IVHQ for everything they have done for me. The meals were excellent and the care provided by hosts exceeded my expectations by far. They created such friendly and comfortable environment, which really contributed to the quality of my experience in Argentina. My favorite moments were the times I spent getting to know the country/local community. Communicating in Spanish with the local people, including the staff members and the hosts was challenging but absolutely exciting. I also loved getting to know the fellow volunteers, and sharing our process of discovering Villa Allende, Cordoba and Argentinian culture.” - Sena Fukumoto (Community Development Volunteer in Argentina)
Cordoba is one of the major tourist destinations in Argentina, hosting millions of tourists every year. On weekends, volunteers have free time to relax or explore this famous university city and cultural hub. From visiting Cordoba’s many museums and flea markets, to enjoying sports and cultural events, to experiencing the student nightlife, there is something to suit every volunteer. Volunteers can also spend their weekends exploring surrounding villages in the Sierras de Cordoba (mountains), like Alta Gracia (where the very popular Che Guevara museum is located), or Villa General Belgrano (a Bavarian style mountain village). Many volunteers also take advantage of the short flight or overnight bus to Buenos Aires (Argentina’s capital city), or pay a visit to Mendoza (near the Andes), 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 assist you in making weekend travel arrangements when you arrive in Cordoba.
See our Argentina Travel and Tours page for more volunteer travel options in Argentina!
Weather and climate: Argentina’s climate varies greatly, ranging 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 in Buenos Aires and Córdoba range from 11°C (51°F) to 24°C (75°F).
Volunteers need to be 18 years or over to participate, unless volunteering with a parent or guardian. All volunteers are required to have adequate volunteer travel insurance and provide a criminal background check to IVHQ’s local team on arrival in Argentina. Additional requirements apply for Healthcare and Teaching/Education volunteers, please review the project description above.
Fluency in Spanish is not a prerequisite for the IVHQ Argentina volunteer program, however on certain projects, such as Community Development, Special Needs Care, and Elderly Care, volunteer work will be restricted with limited language ability. The Healthcare and the Teaching/Education project requires volunteers to speak Spanish at least at an intermediate level. We strongly recommend that all volunteers take advantage of the very affordable Spanish lessons offered exclusively to IVHQ volunteers by our local team in Argentina. Past volunteers feel that taking these lessons help immensely with day-to-day volunteer work and communicating with local people. Volunteers interested in taking Spanish lessons can arrange these directly with the local team once in Argentina.
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.
Spanish language lessons are available for all volunteers regardless of their ability. IVHQ strongly recommends these for all volunteers unless they are fluent. Volunteers with a basic level of Spanish should strongly consider these lessons to allow them to work and communicate more effectively during their program. These language lessons are organized upon your arrival in Argentina during your program orientation. The language lessons are tailored to each volunteer’s current level of Spanish and are taught by professional Spanish teachers, so volunteers find these lessons very effective and worthwhile. Classes run for the duration of your choice, Monday through Friday. The cost is highly affordable and offered exclusively to IVHQ volunteers. Spanish lessons must be paid for in Argentina to our local staff.
- 2 hour small group lessons (10 hours per week): US$75 per week
- 1 hour private lessons (5 hours per week): US$80 per week