Children Day Care Center in Buenos Aires, Argentina

You are the one who can assure these children to have the chance to grow up safe and healthy.

This day care center looks after the youngest of the “cartoneros’” children during the mornings and early afternoons (approximately 70 children that live in the nearby neighborhood). Cartoneros are the people who collect anything that can be reused or recycled from the trash bags. They work to keep their children from doing so, and try to provide their son and daughters a better environment to grow up, but it’s sometimes hard for them to do it. This project provides that help.
Most important Volunteer task is building friendships and entertaining children. All children come from humble families and have little pedagogical or educational support. The cartoneros are a special group within the Argentinean society that faces on a daily basis discrimination, violence and severe poverty. By taking care of their children you will be providing a healthy environment for them to grow up and an easier time on making a living for their parents.
This is a lovely project that makes life worth it, but there are few resources. Therefore, it may seem sometimes difficult to entertain the children, but volunteer will realize quickly that affection and imagination are miracle-workers and that with those two tools, many things can be done. Though it is located in a rather difficult neighborhood and pretty far from downtown Buenos Aires, you’ll see that it will be totally worth it to make the effort. The neighborhood is made out of several settlements of people that have recyclables collection as their only mean of survival. You don’t need to worry about safety though, because you’ll be accompanied by a tutor to adjust yourself to this new situation. 

Join this project and make the difference!

The staff at the project will walk the you to the bus stop and will also wait for you when they arrive at the bus stop. For sure, they will help you with everything you may need, since Volunteers are of great help to them.
Children will be provided with healthy learning environment through interactive games and pictograph stories. Emphasis on the nutritional care of the children is also given in the center. You can also get involved with the children in various games and learning exercises to create interest in them and develop their physical health and potentiality. Creative games, activities, and craftworks are carried out to better educate the children and develop their mind-body coordination skills.
Whether you are thinking of becoming an educator or just have a genuine love of children, volunteering at a child care center may be just for you. Many high school and college students can gain significant experience by volunteering their time to build their resume. Others who enjoy children can gain satisfaction in their life by helping children in such a setting.
This children need you to play, learn and just hang out with them. Sometimes, they have a hard time at home, so this center works pretty much as a support system for them. The extreme poverty in which they and their families live can scar them for life. Be part of the volunteer group that donate their time to make the lives of these children better!It is very important to be patient because some children have gone through difficult situations and sometimes the participants have to handle children’s bad behavior. The participant must be didactic as well, and by the end of the project they will gain not only a lot of experience, but also satisfaction.

Accommodation

Families & Homestays

Our families know, due to their experience, what it means to be a real host. They have received many students from different nationalities, occupations and ages. We will take into consideration your likes and preferences. Living with a local family is the best way to learn their customs, likes, and style while you learn a new language.

Residences & Hostels

If you want to live with several local and foreign students, you can choose to stay in a private or shared room in any of the students' residencies we offer you. Sharing a place with young people from all over the world is a great opportunity to learn about different cultures and make new friends as well as learning about the place in which you are studying.

Private Apartments

A Private Apartment is the best choice to enjoy your privacy and comfort of your own place.

Requirements

Usual Volunteer Tasks

  • Over 18 years old
  •  Good predisposition to work with children
  •  Ability to adapt to different circumstances and flexibility
  •  Good spirit and lots of energy
  •  Pro-activeand self-motivated
  •  Basic level of Spanish. Keep in mind that tasks will be assigned according to your level of Spanish
  •  Previous experience in social or educational work though not mandatory, will be valued
  • Watch the children during working hours
  •  Help children with their homework and reading
  •  Assist with the set up and clean up of projects and snack time
  •  Raise vital funds for the project
  •  Prepare recreational activities
  •  Put together presentations and educational games
  •  Spend free time chatting and playing with the children
  •  Assist the teachers and other volunteers on routine tasks
  •  Propose new ideas to improve the day to day work at the organization
  •  Make friendship with the kids
  •  Prepare educational material
  •  Teach the children about your culture
  •  Help preparing meals offered

The tasks named above will be arranged with every volunteer according to each one’s skills and special abilities.

Project Hightlights

  • Provide affection and support to vulnerable children and adolescents.
  • Contribute to children’s future through education.
  • Assist the staff and other volunteer in any activity you like.
  • Create new workshops and activities to teach and entertain the children.

 

Daily Routine

Usually volunteers work from 4 to 6 hours per day, from Monday to Friday. You can be asked to work some weekends if needed. You can start your day early in the morning by preparing breakfast for kids or work in the afternoon shift. Give a useful hand every time is necessary, it will be really appreciated! And be flexible enough as you won’t have every minute of your work day planned and resources are scarce.
 
"As a student at this school I have been very satisfied with everything. I have felt that my Spanish has developed so much in such a short time. My teachers have been fantastic!!! Group classes combined with individual classes are ideal and make a difference. The school atmosphere is wonderful and everyone is so helpful here, all of which make attending classes a real pleasure. Thank you!"
Kathy L.
German, 29 years old
"This is the second time I come to Argentina and I love it! The School’s facilities are very good, we have internet access and a lot of things. The best things about these courses is that teachers and staff help you make of this a wonderful experience. Come and see it for yourself!"
Alice R.
Brazilian, 22 years old
"My experience in Buenos Aires was great. The teachers are well trained for each level. I liked the activities that the school offered. During my 4 weeks studying Spanish I received a lot of amazing touristic spots info and another info to get advantage of my stay in the country."
Ricardo C.
Brazilian, 18 years old
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