Volunteer Abroad in Argentina

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Salt Flats to Snowy Peaks

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150 Volunteer Abroad Programs in Argentina

Program fees from $180! Apply now with IVHQ.

Participants may choose from nearly ten program options in Argentina with International Volunteer HQ. Individuals may join childcare, heath care, or education-focused projects while developing a deeper bond with the locals. Typically, programs last for two weeks to a month.

Volunteer Abroad in Argentina
Volunteer in Buenos Aires with Connect-123!

Volunteer with Connect-123 in one of Latin America’s most exciting cities, Buenos Aires! Explore Argentina, improve your Spanish and give back to the community! Connect-123 offers hands-on projects in fields such as community service, economic development, health care, youth development, among others. Programs have flexible start dates and durations, and are available to worldwide volunteers.

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ELI

ELI - Experiential Learning International opens the doors to volunteer opportunities in Argentina, including social work with orphans, street children, and the elderly in Buenos Aires, and wildlife and environment conservation efforts, also in the capital city with the possibility of traveling to Bariloche to help protect the Andes condor. Accommodations are provided to all participants.

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Volunteer and Intern in Argentina with Projects Abroad

Projects Abroad Argentina provides a diverse range of volunteer placements for prospective participants from all over the world. International volunteer programs are located in the cities of Cordoba and Buenos Aires. Programs include home stay, meals, and medical insurance.

Mente Argentina

Make the world a better place while having a meaningful, rewarding volunteer experience through Mente Argentina volunteer abroad programs. Participants can stay for two to four weeks in the cosmopolitan city of Buenos Aires while participating in various projects. The program is open to worldwide participants.

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Global Volunteer Network

Volunteer with Global Volunteer Network and change the lives of children in impoverished communities of Cordoba, Argentina. With programs that range from one week to three months, participants can choose from a wide range of placements, such as sports projects, women empowerment, and animal conservation. Volunteers can either stay with a local family or in a shared apartment.

Volunteer in Argentina with COINED International

In Buenos Aires and Cordoba, the volunteer opportunities we offer focus on Care, Community Work and Nature, such as equine therapy or social projects promotion. Our programs in Patagonia-Puerto Madryn enable you to take part to the preservation of local flora and fauna, in a whale observatory for instance. While expanding your vision and understanding of the world, you will also help make a dif...

Road2Argentina

Work with a volunteer organization and help build communities in Argentina. Road2Argentina has a volunteering program specially designed for people who know basic or intermediate Spanish and have a strong desire to help others. The program offers placements at community centers, community soup kitchens, and fundraising events, and may require volunteers to work with children. Couples and famili...

GoEco - Volunteer Abroad in Argentina

GoEco offers volunteering programs in Argentina that provide aid to poverty-stricken families. Participants can engage in various volunteering activities while immersing in the rich Argentine culture of the country and learning the Spanish language.

Globalteer

The Howler monkey and its amazing sound that can carry over three miles, have become a major target for illegal exotic pet traders. Work with Globalteer and volunteer at a Monkey sanctuary and help care for orphan monkeys, or help with conservation efforts to reduce the illegal trade of this beautiful animal.

Volunteer in Argentina with Cultural Embrace by API

Cultural Embrace by API offers volunteer positions in Buenos Aires, Bariloche, and Cordoba. Volunteers can choose from many projects, including infant and childcare, teaching or tutoring, social justice, medical health and nutrition, and coaching. Volunteer programs include room and board, Spanish lessons, visa assistance, airport pickup, and medical and travel insurance, among many other servi...

Child Family Health International

Take part in providing primary care and social medicine to the locals of Cordoba, Argentina. CFHI's programs give participants the chance to experience clinical rotations in various areas of medicine including dentistry, psychology, pediatrics, and more. Volunteers can live in a homestay, watch the locals dance the Tango, and visit the Evita Fine Arts Museum.

Cultural Homestay International

Experience the culture and excitement of living in another country with a host family and teaching them English. Don't worry, no prior tutoring experience is necessary! What's more, you can even sign up for language classes of your own if you so request.

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Volunteering in Argentina is full of colorful experiences.

How to Volunteer Abroad in Argentina

Salt Flats to Snowy Peaks

Argentina is a country that has been luring in travelers and expats for decades. With salt flats to the north, sublime mountain ranges to the west, Iguazu Falls to the east, and the end of the world on its southern tip, that’s not really much of a surprise. Not only does the scenery invite, but the people, culture, and food of Argentina radiate passion, vitality, and an unbeatable zest for life and its pleasures. There are volunteer opportunities aplenty in Argentina, from inner city Buenos Aires, to the rich farm lands of Mendoza.

Geography & Demographics

Argentina spans the lower half of South America, is the second largest country on the continent, the eighth largest in the world, and the Atlantic Ocean laps up its eastern shore. At the southernmost tip of the country you’ll find the Drake Passage, the body of water that runs between South America and Antarctica, a popular crossing point for travelers. The Andes mountain range runs all the way down the west side of the country, spilling over to its neighbor, Chile.

The population of 41 million people is spread out across the country and are mostly found in the major cities leaving parts of the country completely uninhabited. The vast majority of Argentines are descended from European immigrants that flocked to the country from the mid-19th century, and now only 1 percent of the population descended from indigenous citizens. However, the national identity remains very strong and distinct, and Argentina remains one of the most rapidly developing countries in the world.

Argentina spreads out across a huge chunk of South America so there are several different climates. To the far north you’ll find the outer regions of the Atacama Desert, the driest place on Earth. Further south towards the center of the country, more greenery appears and fertile farm land dominates provinces like Mendoza or the Pampas. Even further south is Patagonia, a region littered with snow-capped mountains and sublime scenery. Once you reach the very southern tip of Argentina, the sub-zero temperatures set in.

This diverse climate provides boundless opportunities for volunteers, and makes travel within the country an ever-changing experience. It also allows for travel all year round, as there will always be colder or warmer areas.

Food & Culture

The official language in Argentina is Spanish, but it may not be the Spanish you are used to hearing anywhere else. The Argentine dialect pronounces certain syllables differently to other Spanish-speaking countries such as Spain itself or others further north in South America. You may find one or two other regional languages, such as Quechua, spoken, but the vast majority of the population speak Argentine Spanish.

Argentina is a country of passion, from its people, to its food, and customs. The country is predominantly Roman Catholic, although you will not find an overbearing sense of religion. Whilst it remains a tradition amongst the older generations and most Argentines will say they are Roman Catholic, it does not dictate other parts of their lives and there is a general sense of religious freedom.

The people are straightforward yet warm, unreserved yet tactful, and happily welcome foreigners into their country. It is thought that their passion comes from their European influence, and you could easily find parallels between characteristics of Argentines and the Spanish or Italians, for example. They are extremely social people, and to say that Argentines like to have a good time is an understatement. The certain joie de vivre from Europe has definitely crossed over to Argentina, and you’ll find plenty of fun to get involved with as a visitor.

The Argentine love of anything rich and passionate is reflected in their food. The country boasts some of the best steak on the planet, as well as the best wine. In summer, you will come across weekly asados, which is a BBQ filled with meat aplenty and an endless flow of vino, which is particularly famous in the Mendoza region. It’s not the easiest place for a vegetarian to find a meal, but meat is not the only thing on the menu so they won’t leave with empty stomachs.

The currency in Argentina is the Argentine Peso. There are many ATMs in every city, and in smaller towns. However, if you are planning on volunteering in remote places, it is advised that you take some cash with you, as access to ATMs may be limited.

Volunteering in Argentina

As there is so much difference between the northern, central, and southern regions of Argentina in terms of climate, there are many different kinds of placements to do. Argentine society is moving forward very quickly, so there aren’t as many humanitarian or aid projects as there are in less developed parts of Latin America, but that is by no means to say that they don’t exist. Most bigger cities offer projects that help struggling communities, so volunteers looking to help people will find more projects within the more densely populated areas.

Farming placements are also very popular in Argentina, particularly in the central regions where the land is rich and fertile. Volunteers seeking the opportunity to learn how to live off the land and use natural resources to live will find many projects in Argentina.

Finally, due to the large hostel culture within Argentina, volunteers will also find many opportunities for work exchange projects in hostels. Those looking for a more relaxed and social volunteer position can work in a hostel in exchange for their board, saving them accommodation fees as they travel around Argentina.

The most popular way to travel around the country is by bus. They are relatively inexpensive, albeit very long bus rides. Volunteers could move through the country, working on a variety of different projects, and be easily working on something completely new in each location.

Emma Higgins

Emma Higgins is a British travel writer who’s been on the road for four years. She loves to immerse herself in local culture and really get to know a place through its people and food. On her own website, Gotta Keep Movin’, she focuses on cultural observation and voluntourism. Emma is also a regular contributor to Travel + Escape and We Said Go Travel, and is a Senior Editor for Green Global Travel. Most days, you will find her with a pen in one hand, and a cup of tea in the other.