Reports from the Field

Handling NGO Communications in Argentina

Elizabeth Palmieri


“I chose Global Nomadic’s NGO Communications Internship in Argentina because I was fresh out of University hoping to broaden my digital publishing and multi-media skills before stepping into the competitive job market. I’d always wanted to work for a non-profit organization, and I had already fallen in love with Buenos Aires when I briefly visited in 2014. The organization offered a Communication program where I could use my editorial skills to help recruit international volunteers for their eight projects, and in turn, make a difference in the lives of many underprivileged Argentinians.

Elizabeth Palmieri2 I joined the Communications team during a time of much action: every week we visited around 2-3 projects, where we’d organize an interview with each director of the project, take video footage and photos, and gather information to write articles about the place and its volunteers.  Since I spoke Spanish on the team, I went to every project as a source of communication, where I facilitated the interviews and translated the videos to include subtitles.

I saw places that I never would have thought to visit, and talked to inspiring individuals I would have never met otherwise. I loved speaking to passionate community members about their projects that I was promoting and seeing them come to life and continue to prosper with the help of international volunteers and community resources.

I recommend Global Nomadic’s NGO Communications internship opportunity in Buenos Aires for the open-minded travellers interested in community development, and for those who want to use their digital content creation skills to help promote a diverse range of important projects that help low-class neighbourhoods in the city.  Thanks to the program, I returned home with a vast portfolio of published work and a meaningful experience that will stay with me forever.Elizabeth Palmieri3

TIP: While you aren’t required to speak Spanish on the Comms team, I highly suggest that you come armed with basic Spanish or take the two-week intense Spanish class offered (if you are a quick learner) to make your time here easier and more rewarding. The people who work in the projects do not speak English and our coordinators prefer to have meetings in Spanish.”

NGO Communications Internship in Argentina

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Elizabeth Palmieri