Location: General Pacheco, Argentina
Duration: Minimum 2 weeks, Maximum 12 weeks
Start Dates: Project is ongoing, and you can join at any time, depending upon availability
Cost: from $640 USD for the first 2 weeks - see Costs tab for further details
- Gain hands-on work experience working with a community-based NGO outside of Buenos Aires
- Ideal for individuals with an interest and passion for gardening, landscaping, community development, international development & NGO management
- Keywords: community development, NGO management, agro-ecology, gardening, Argentina
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In the vast country of Argentina, civil society has a long and vibrant history, with an abundance of NGOs and community organisations working together to hold governments accountable as well as striving to achieve better living conditions in vulnerable areas.
The NGO you will be working with supports various social initiatives in and around Buenos Aires, and they constantly need to attract volunteers and funding for their many activities. This project centres on a recently started cooperative to the north of Buenos Aires. The aim of the project is to offer opportunities to the young people of the community to gain the necessary skills and experiences to get a job and thereby support their families. The project focuses on sustainable community development in three dimensions; environmental, social and economical. The core belief of the NGO and cooperative is that empowerment is achieved through involvement in community experiences, inspiring youth to build their own, better future.
At the community centre, classes are taught teaching students how to use various gardening machinery, skills which will serve them well when looking for employment. They are also taught how to properly tend for and look after a garden. The centre also serves as an important meeting point, where members of the local community can get to know and interact with volunteers from many different countries and cultures. For most locals, international travel is out of the questions due to financial constraints and so the centre provides the opportunity for local people to learn about other countries and cultures.
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Many young people in the community have not had the opportunity to finish a basic education; meaning higher education is beyond their reach. By learning a practical trade and how to work as part of a team, they gain a foot into the labour market and a new capacity to develop. Besides gardening, landscaping and machinery skills, the centre also offers language courses, workshops in arts and music and immersion in agro-ecology philosophy.
The centre maintains a greenhouse where students can plat fruits and vegetables, which they can later sell and thus generate an income.
As a volunteer on this project, you will be a vital part in the exchange of knowledge and experience, working together with local community members to create mutual solidarity. You will have plenty of opportunities to learn about a wealth of topics, both practical and philosophical. Your duties will include helping out daily in the gardens, help manage the community schedule, manage participants and other administrative tasks. Depending on your own background and preferences, you can get involved in workshops on art, English, school support, recycling and much more.
Most gardening activities will take place during the morning, with theoretical classes held in the afternoon. The centre is open year round, however naturally there is less activities outdoors during the winter months (July-August).
Travel & Accommodation
The centre is located about 90 minutes northeast of the city of Buenos Aires and 70 minutes from the airport. You can easily reach downtown Buenos Aires using local buses, the journey takes about 1,5 hours.
You will be given easy to follow instructions on how to get from Ministro Pistarini International Airport (Ezeiza) to the Project HQ outside Buenos Aires. Alternatively we can arrange for you to be met at the airport for an additional $95 USD.
Accommodation is provided in the Volunteer House, close to the centre. The house can accommodate up to 12 people in bright and spacious rooms, overlooking the garden. Rooms are shared, however each room has it’s own bathroom and shower.
During your placement you will be provided with breakfast and dinner Monday through Friday. The house also features a fully equipped kitchen for the use of volunteers, where you can make your own delicious meals. The house also has WiFi , a TV and a living room where you can relax and unwind after a long day at the centre.
One-on-One Pre-departure and In-country Support
- Minimum age 18.
- Minimum 2-weeks commitment.
- Excellent organisational skills with strong working and personal ethics.
- Determination, self-motivation and ability to work in a team environment.
- Agree to write monthly report on your placement progress.
- Intermediate skills in Spanish (lessons available).
- Full travel & medical insurance, visas. Full assistance will be given in getting everything you need arranged if you opt for our Placement Support Package
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Price is staggered per week:
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* All payments incur a 5% bank transfer fee.
Project Fee includes accommodation, breakfast & lunch during weekdays, project placement, in-country support and a two-day orientation to Buenos Aires.
What's not included:
Dinner during week, food on weekends, flights, insurance, visas (if applicable) and vaccinations. Full support will be provided in getting all these arranged if you opt for premium support.
Placement Support Package
For your trip, we will help you organise and plan everything you will need from start to finish. Our coordinators know each project & country like the back of their hand, and will be able to offer personalised advice to ensure your trip is well-planned & executed to perfection.
This includes one-to-one assistance planning and booking;
- Pre-departure Support - Flights, Visas, Vaccinations, Insurance, Essential Items and anything else you will need before you set off.
- Ongoing In-country Support - whilst you are on the project you can Contact us at any time with any questions or concerns and we will do whatever we can to help.
- 24/7 Emergency Support - a phone number that you or your family can ring at any time, night or day in case of emergency.
Our Placement Support Package costs £349 / $449 / €425 per person, and can be purchased once you are ready to confirm your place.