Volunteer teaching english in a Women's Refuge, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Anything that you can bring, will be very helpful to give opportunities those more in need. Volunteer!!

This project aims at helping female adolescents in need of support by showing them how to re-integrate in the Argentinean society. This is a shelter for women at risk that offers workshops, homework support and emotional guidance, so that the youngsters feel secure and self confident. The girls live at the refuge, some of them go to school and others learn a skill or just stay there after a traumatic experience.
As a volunteer you will come across hard things to digest. Family issues, disease, substance abuse, phisical or psychological abuse, marriage issues, exploitation and domestic violence are some of the things that these girls go through and you will need to put everything from you to be able to support them.
According to UNESCO poverty is the most significant phenomenon of the century and Women represent more than half the population of poor people in the world because for them is sometimes harder to avoid this. Some of the girls that come to the refuge are girls that have had a rough time growing up or that find themselves in a difficult situation.
On top of teaching Enligh, your most important task will be building friendships, showing the girls the volunteer’s culture and accompanying them in their daily life. You’ll be able to collaborate in any activity carried out within the organization.
This project has a Catholic spirit and the house is guided by nuns who live permanently with the young women. You will need to respect the rules and regulations of the house but will not need to participate in any religious activity. The nuns are young and quite modern: they just want to teach the adolescents that life is  worth living and that there are people who care for them.

Join this project and make the difference!

 

When the girls have someone to trust in the start understanding the importance of respecting themselves and selconfidence to live a healthy life; and the importance of constructive social criticism, team work and training to build a better society.
Your job as a volunteer will involve different tasks inside and outside of the refuge. Inside, you can help the girls with their homework, give computer and english lessons or crafts workshops.But you’ll may have to go outside to accompany the girls to doctors appointments or to run errands. Participants who are willing to stay more hours (in the late afternoon most girls have their free time) are also welcome. Showing own initiative is, as always, very important.
You can also do all sorts of things, for example, to take the girls to the cinema in case the relationship between the project and the volunteer works out well. Volunteers should always communicate first with the caregivers and responsibles for the project.
By giving a hand on this project you will provide a safe place for the girls and help them reinserting it into the formal education system and society. Can you think of a better thing to do? The girls as well as the project responsibles will be thankful and you’ll make new friends and carry a warm feeling in your heart for the rest of your life. Help 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

  • Over 18 years old
  •  Be able to adapt to a new life and environment
  •  To be sociable
  •  Maintain a cordial relationship with students
  •  Take the initiative; be organized, systematic and responsible in your work
 
  • Prepare educational material
  •  Teach English or your mother tongue
  •  Provide homework support
  •  Setting up handcraft workshops
  •  Giving dance classes
  •  Starting theatre clinics
  •  Organizing music seminars
  •  Arranging football training
  •  Teaching students about your country and its customs
  •  Assist the teachers on routine duties

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

Project Hightlights

  • Teach English and assist teen girls in difficult situations like substance abuse, phisical or psychological abuse, marriage issues, exploitation and domestic violence.
  • Support girls to empower themselves.
  • Work collectively to promote safety and non-violence for all women.
  • Provide non-judgemental support and advocacy for women of diverse cultures, backgrounds, sexual identities, socio-economic groups, and abilities.

Daily Routine

Your day can start early in the morning organizing activities either in the playroom or outside. Lessons take place in different shifts, according to the subject. You can also help with the homework, ussually in the afternoon. You’ll have to be around your students to teach them the benefits of education. It’s great to see them succeed and even better to receive a hug or a thanks note for your efforts and the possitive influence you’re making through your teaching.
 
 
"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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