Volunteer in a Soup Kitchen, Buenos Aires, Argentina

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

Work on this project helping more than 80 “porteños” (people from Buenos Aires) in need. You’ll have your hands full with the many things you can do to improve their quality of life.
While there are some discrepances over the veracity of official figures that show a fall in poverty in Argentina, millions of people are living short of food, education, health care and even housing. According to a research done in 2010 by the Argentinean branch of the FLACSO, over 40% of Argentineans were below the poverty line. This number is centainly worrying. Imagine finding youself in the street, with no roof upon your head, no bed to sleep in and no food to eat. A large portion of the homeless population is neither destitute nor vagrant, but just one or two paychecks removed from what had once been a happy home and they have an incredible desire to live independently again.
The experienced staff helps providing meals, extensive support programs, counseling for emotional and spiritual strength, legal assistance and advice, and some basic skills and vocational workshops to improve their education and employability. As a volunteer you’ll be welcome to help in area that you feel comfortable at and will be able to propose new ways of helping the people that assist to the shelter everyday.
Working on this home you’ll be able to help in the kitchen to prepare them a warm meal that sometimes is their only meal for the day. You can also collaborate in the reception area, setting the tables, washing dishes and everything you see that could need an extra hand.

Join this project and make the difference!

 

You will build strong relationships among the people involved in the project: the staff and the people in need.
You will need to provide support to the staff but specially to the homeless and that could mean even a nice conversation in which they can share their concerns with you and know they are not alone.
You’ll be cook and teacher, sympathetic ear and advocate, as well as helping the staff prepare and distribute meals. You may also help with organizing, publicizing, and leading new workshops on everything from job interviewing skills to personal safety. Project staff will also train you for community outreach and advocacy programs to help educate the general public about homelessness, show that there is no shame in needing help, and also reach out to those who are living on the streets to make sure they know help is available.
There’s so much that needs to be done and that you can contribute with! This organization receives volunteers constantly and are prepared to help you make the best out of your volunteer experience. You’ll meet lots of people and feel very good once you see all you can do.
Man does not live by bread alone, and the homeless population of this South American capital needs more than a warm meal to make it through the toughest times. You can make a difference! Start now!

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

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

    •  Over 18 years old
    •  High school degree
    •  Health insurance, accident and liability
    •  Commitment to the Host Organization,its rules and tasks
    •  Basic knowledge of Spanish
    •  Attitude of service
    •  Enthusiasm for working with people of low resources
    •  Studies in careers or professions in humanistic and/or social fields, though not mandatory will be highly valued
    •  Energy, pro-activity, creativity and a good ear are needed
    •  Dynamism
    •  Willingness to share your time
    •  Fulfill with all legal and formal requirements for your Volunteer*
    • On this project tasks are simple, but indispensable and on top of everything varied!
    •  Peel potatoes, chop vegetables, serve diner and wash dishes
    •  Set up workshops
    •  Organize events
    •  Offer friendship to the people that come to the organization and provide advice
    •  Assist the regular staff on routine duties
    •  Help on the community closet, sorting clothes and giving them to those who need it
    •  Helping on maintenance activities
    •  To listen and meet the needs of the people that come to the organization for it

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

Project Hightlights

  • Help people that live on the streets of Buenos Aires
  • Provide them with a warm meal and emotional support
  • Propose new workshops and help them build up self esteem and confidence
  • Participate with the friendly staff and the many volunteers that advocate for this cause

Daily Routine

Usually volunteers have 6 hs shifts in the morning Monday through Friday. In some cases it can be arranged a change of schedule if you prefer to work in the afternoon. Any extra time you’re willing to do will be highly valued.
 
 
"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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