Volunteers for a small orphanage project in Argentina
Around 40 children and teenagers have found a new home in two small houses outside the city of Buenos Aires. The orphanages allow the children to learn to love and give them the attention their own families cannot. Each home houses has around 15 children and two people taking care of them at a time. They are responsible for the cleaning and taking care of the children. Help in many different areas is always needed. To create strong bonds with the children, gain their trust in order to make them feel better about themselves. Cultural exchange facilitates this task. For the minimum time of 4 weeks, we are looking for Volunteers for a small orphanage project.
Type: Helping Hands
Online Project: Yes
Location: Buenos Aires, Autonomous City of Buenos Aires, Argentina
Minimum Stay: 4 weeks
Max. No. of Volunteers: 3
Project focus: Children, Childcare; Education, Special Education
SDG: 04 Quality Education
- Helping organize toys
- Helping prepare meals
- Laying the table for the children
- Helping feed the younger children
- Helping wash up, clearing the dining room and kitchen
- If the volunteer is fluent in Spanish, they can help, older kids with their homework, Picking up kids from school or kindergarten, or take younger kids to the park
- If the volunteer have basic Spanish, they can play with and look after toddlers
Spanish level required: Intermediate (B1-B2)
Minimum stay: 4 weeks
The kids call the carers “tias” or “tios” (aunts or uncles). This helps create a warm family atmosphere for the children.
It’s important to remember that in Argentina we do not say “orphanage”, we say “home” (hogar) because for the children a “home” is where they all live together as a family, while an orphanage is where they want to move out of”.
Volunteers should not give the children any gadgets like phones, cameras etc.,
Most importantly, volunteers should use their initiative and not be afraid of speaking Spanish even if they think it’s not correct, that’s the only way to learn!
We offer you the possibility to engage yourself in a culturally and professionally challenging environment. Besides giving something back to the world; you get an excellent opportunity to further develop your personality and intercultural competence. We find a social project that perfectly matches your qualifications and preferences; prepare you for your new assignment; guide you before and during your volunteering experience, help to fundraise your mission and following up on your achievements once you get home. For this service we charge 1.600 Euro (net).
In short: We will make sure that all you need for a successful mission is provided to you!
or how this project makes a difference:
Long Term aim (desired impact):
To create strong bonds with the children and leave a life time impact on their lives.
Short Term aim (desired output for the individual volunteer coming):
To create strong bonds with the children, gain their trust in order to make them feel better about themselves. Cultural exchange facilitates this task.
Accommodation on arrival: ACCOMMODATION FOR VOLUNTEERS
Located in the heart of Buenos Aires, 4 blocks from the famous Plaza de Congreso.
Transportation located 20 meters from Line A subway, which will take you all the way to Plaza de Mayo.
Comfortable rooms, single or shared. Full-equipped kitchen and living room, Internet (including computers and WiFi).
Facilities: breakfast room, computers, luggage storage, tourist information.
Project is closed:
The project is only closed during christmas (24 and 25 december) and New Year (31 December; 1 of January).
Social activities (organised by partner):
We organize social activities with volunteers and projects every month, i.e.: visits to museums, football matches, pick nicks, open debates, etc.
Language lessons: Intensive (20h/ week) 1 week USD 280
Intensive (20h/ week) 2 weeks USD 490
Intensive (20h/ week) 3 weeks USD 720
Intensive (20h/ week) 4 weeks USD 920
Regular (10h/ week) 1 week USD 240
Regular (10h/ week) 2 weeks USD 420
Regular (10h/ week) 3 weeks USD 590
Regular (10h/ week) 4 weeks USD 690
Guidance: There is one coordinator at the project and a general coordinator for all volunteers. However, we expect the volunteer to have a proactive and determined attitude of the volunteer is extremely important.
It is always very helpful when volunteers find their own way to help in the communities, so that coordinators instead of “training them” can use that time to accomplish pending tasks they might have.
There is free wifi and computers at the volunteers house.
Other relevant information:
After an extensive consultation and presentation of the first suitable projects, we will conclude a written agreement. In order to have planning security for all stakeholders.
If the project partner decides for you, he documents this on the so-called Confirmation of Assignment (COA).
This is an indication for us that the pure mediation process is completed here and we can start with the preparation.
You will be prepared individually according to your previous knowledge.
At regular intervals, we as well as the project partners expect a short documentation of your project results and progress.
At the end of the project a feedback round takes place and the project work will be evaluated together with all participants.
Qualified Letter of Reference
After successful implementation of the project, you will receive a qualified letter of reference.
Do you think that this project perfectly fits you?
In that case we welcome your resume and motivation letter in English. Please mention the assignment title and its VJD-No. as reference. We will of course ensure complete confidentiality and discretion while processing your inquiry.
All information is correct to the best of our knowledge, but we cannot guarantee its accuracy and completeness.
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