Volunteer Work in Argentina

Volunteer Programs Argentina

Argentina really does have something for everyone. From the sub-tropical north to the sub Antarctic tip on the South American continent. With a long eastern Atlantic sea border to lush Pampas plains, the deserts of Patagonia and the glaciers and waterfalls of the deep south, Argentina is a stunning destination!

Argentina can roughly be divided into four main geographical areas: the spectacular Andes mountain range, the dry North along with the more verdant Mesopotamia, the lush plains of the Pampas and the windswept wastes of Patagonia. Mount Aconcagua soars almost 7,000m (23,000ft), and waterfalls at Iguazú stretch out in a massive semi-circle, thundering 70m (230ft) to the bed of the Paraná River.

Argentina’s lowest point is Laguna del Carbón in Santa Cruz Province, sitting 105m (344ft) below sea level. In the southwest is the Argentine Lake District with a string of beautiful glacial lakes framed by snow-covered mountains. At Argentina’s southernmost tip, and so the southernmost tip of the whole of South America, is Tierra del Fuego (Spanish for Land of Fire), a stunning archipelago split between Argentina and neighbouring Chile.

The city of Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina, lies on the southern shore of the Rio de la Plata River in east-central Argentina. This largest city in Argentina covers 203 km² (78.5 sq mi) of land area while the metropolitan of Buenos Aires is spread over 4,758 km² (1,837.1 sq mi) area. Buenos Aires is a popular tourist destination, with more than ten million visitors annually.

The capital city is divided into 48 barrios, or neighbourhoods. Most are working-class barrios, while others resemble the rich enclaves of Los Angeles and New York City. Buenos Aires developed outward from the Plaza de Mayo, the historic square that is surrounded by the presidential palace known as the Casa Rosada (pink house), the colonial Town Hall (cabildo), and the Metropolitan Cathedral.

As the city grew, it moved away from the working waterfront. The Casa Rosada looked toward the Pampas, not the Río de la Plata. By the 1990s, city officials shifted gears and developed a plan to revive the waterfront. Millions of dollars were pumped into the new water-front neighbourhood of Puerto Madero. A marina was built, and expensive restaurants and shops opened in the old brick warehouses.

Buenos Aires city experiences four seasons, but the climate of the city remains mild throughout the year. The average annual temperature of the city is 18º C (64.4º F) and that makes the city pleasant in all seasons. Temperature during the winter season (from July to September) ranges between 3ºC to 8ºC. The coldest month is July. Most of the heaviest rainfall occurs during the winter, average rainfall per year is around 1,147 mm (45 inches). Summers from December to March are hot and humid and the temperature ranges around 28ºC. Autumn (from March to June) and spring (from September to December) are the other seasons.

Programs

4 programs
  • Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • from 1 week
  • Public Hostel
  • from USD 519
  • Airport Pick Up Included

This wonderful program’s aim is to simply provide care to animals in need. The Sanctuary was founded in 2010 by a local mother and daughter team, who were driven by the ill treatment of animals in their own country. Over time the shelter has grown from strength to strength and combined with the assistance from international volunteers, they now…

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  • Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • from 2 weeks
  • Public Hostel
  • from USD 709
  • Airport Pick Up Included

Every day on this program, professionals and volunteers alike give technical and educational assistance to hundreds of Argentine children and their families. Approximately 3,500 unprivileged children have benefitted from the efforts of this program, which has in turn provided them with an opportunity to have a better quality of life and the…

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  • Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • from 2 weeks
  • Public Hostel
  • from USD 709
  • Airport Pick Up Included

This wonderful community development program currently works on three key projects;

Ciudad Oculta - Around 45 minutes away from central Buenos Aires by car, Ciudad Oculta (The hidden city) houses around 100,000 people within just five square kilometres, a slum area of epic proportions. Urban poverty has resulted in children having…

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  • Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • from 1 week
  • Public Hostel
  • from USD 489
  • Airport Pick Up Included

This important program was created with the goal of supplying essential medical treatment in Buenos Aires. Volunteers and interns who join this project will be able to work closely with a supervising physician, and are paired with a full-time doctor or nurse who they will shadow on daily rounds. Intern responsibilities vary according to their…

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