Elderly care volunteer, Buenos Aires, Argentina

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

On this project you will be part of a team of volunteers led by a group of social workers. They will help with different activities of the nursing home including games, reading stories and newspapers, general entertainment, and keeping the elderly company. You’ll work at an institution dedicated to the healthcare of the elderly. The home has four acres of land to provide a space for all necessary services so that the residents feel like a small community.
On this amazing space they have a residence for the elderly, a place for them to spend their day and also research facilities. They have many years of experience in the geriatric clinic field as well as in the treatment of sub-acute patients. All these services are supported by a dedicated group of highly trained professionals to improve the patients’ quality of life as well as the families’ wellbeing.
Providing a safe, clean and fun place to spend their days to the elderly is one of the noblest things you can do. They can no longer drive wherever they want or go shopping and sometimes they are far from the family they devoted their lives to. Giving them a full time care is the main goal of this organization. Improving their health, defining it as a complete physical, psychological and social wellbeing is the way to do it.
Sometimes is hard for the family to leave the love ones in an institution since they feel that they are not taking care of their elders as they once took care of them. So it’s important for the family to know that they are making the best choice.
This organization’s mission is to offer therapeutic options to meet the physical, psychological, social, recreational, cultural and spiritual needs of the seniors and their families providing a worthy place to care, understand and help.

Join this project and make the difference!

 

A proof of this commitment is the teaching and research activities that take place in the organization.
As a volunteer you’ll have to open yourself up to the wisdom of the elderly patients and to the knowledge of the experienced staff. Certainly you’ll learn a lot and your help will be highly appreciated.
There many activities in which you can get involve. You can help at the institution or outside of it, and also in groups or with individual tasks. All of them imply giving affection to the elderly that need company and someone to listen to them. The activities you’ll take part in will be defined according to the institution’s needs and your expectations and skills.
At the institution you can play games with the patients, take walks on the field and read them the letters they receive or assist them with all the tech stuff like e-mails that sometimes is hard for them. You can also prepare workshops like yoga, music, literature, cooking, etc. You can also help by taking them to the hospital or to do different kinds of errands or just taking them on a day trip somewhere. These are just to name a few!
We’re sure you’re already thinking of other things you can do here! Help on this project giving everything you can to improve the elderly people’s quality of life and live for yourself an experience that will remain in your heart forever.

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
    •  High school degree
    •  Health insurance, accident and liability
    •  Commitment to the Host Organization,its rules and tasks
    •  Affinity with elderly
    •  Flexibility and creativity
    •  Patience, enthusiastic spirit and lots of energy
    •  Experience working with elderly preffered but not mandatory
    •  Fulfill with all legal and formal requirements for your Volunteer*

    *Latin American students applying for Volunteers in Spain must have a valid EU passport

    •  Providing friendship to the elderly: Keeping them company and chit chatting
    •  Organizing cultural activities and sports activities to improve the residents’ physical well-being
    •  Taking walks with them
    •  Doing grocery shopping
    •  Cooking and serving meals
    •  Cleaning, gardening and general maintenance
    •  Supporting the existing staff
    •  Arranging additional stimulating and fun activities for the residents like music shows, bingo sessions, card playing competitions, etc
    •  Assisting with bathing, dressing and personal grooming

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

Project Hightlights

  • Be part of a team of volunteers led by a group of social workers
  • Enter this community that is set in a 4 acres land that has all the necessary facilities to treat and to take care of the elderly
  • Learn a lot from an institution that has many years of experience in the subject and has a proven commitment to the well being of the elderly.
  • Prepare yourself to meet very wise friends and to get a new perspective on life

Daily Routine

Participants work 5 days a week around 20 to 30 hs. The work ussually in the morning though help can be useful in the afternoon as well. Normally you’ll have your weekends free although you could be needed on special events and ocasions. You can start your day by prearing breakfast and then coordinating some activity like a walk, gim or a game.
 
 
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Kathy L.
German, 29 years old
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Alice R.
Brazilian, 22 years old
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