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ARGENTINA

TEACHING CHILDREN IN BUENOS AIRES

Teach a variety of subjects to children of all ages in a choice of schools, orphanages and social assistance centres. You can help with English, Drama, Sport, Maths or Music, particularly if you have an interest in one of these areas. You'll act as an assistant to the regular English teacher.

Argentina is stunning! Many neighbourhoods have their own unique flair, such as the brightly painted houses of La Boca or beautiful Belgrano. Argentina is a vast country, from the subtropical north to the subantarctic south.

No qualifications needed. "Every day is very different, which is why I really love this placement!" Olivia Goodman

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SUMMARY FACTFILE
Start Dates All year round - you choose your start and finish dates!
Duration 2 weeks to 1 year, subject to visa requirements
Requirements Minimum age 17, no qualifications necessary (just a good dose of enthusiasm). If you're teaching English, you must be fluent in English.
Price From £1,045
Full Price List / Other Currencies
What's included Arranging your Programme,
Full pre-departure support and assistance,
Payment Protection insurance
Accommodation

Food (excluding lunch)
Meeting you at Buenos Aires Airport
Transfer to your accommodation
Transport to and from your project
Local in-country team support and backup
24-hr emergency support.
Free T-Shirt.
Certificate of Completion
What's not included Flights, Insurance, Cost of Visas (if a visa is required), Return transfer to airport.
Who can do this Project? All projects are open to all nationalities and all ages over 17.
Suitable for gap years or those taking a year out, grown-up gappers, career breakers, anyone interested in teaching or working with children overseas while doing voluntary work, projects abroad or study abroad.
Also available as a summer placement in Argentina, short breaks or for those wanting to do TEFL teaching.

WHAT YOU'LL GAIN FROM DOING THIS PROJECT:

  • An exciting, never-to-be-forgotten adventure into Latin America.

  • The enormous satisfaction of helping disadvantaged children and knowing that you made a difference to them.

  • New skills, more confidence, a greater understanding of a different culture, invaluable personal and professional development.

  • An entry on your CV or résumé that will put you head and shoulders above most others in the job market

  • And best of all ... an unforgettable experience!

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TEACHING IN SCHOOLS:
You'll work in a school where the children come from a mix of class backgrounds. You'll have the chance to help them with English mainly, but also Drama, Sport, Maths or Music, particularly if you have an interest in one of these areas. You will nearly always be an assistant to the regular English teacher.

TEACHING IN CHILDREN'S HOMES, COMMUNITY CENTRES & ORPHANAGES:
You'll provide basic English teaching through playing or singing with the children. They are starved of affection, and volunteering in any home can be challenging but highly rewarding. It will help if you have a basic understanding of Spanish, but it's not a requirement.

One of the Orphanages we work with is for children who have been “infected” with HIV (very few) or have been “affected” by HIV. Teaching at this home is entirely optional.

TEACHING ADULTS (optional):
Adult courses are spread across a variety of institutions and Social Assistance Centres. You could be asked to teach adults of all ages. Often class sizes are small and you will usually be in sole charge of the class. Teaching is available to adults all year round. Students here are usually 20 or older and are very eager to learn English.

You may be asked to teach children or adults depending on the time you're there and whether the schools are on holiday or not. You'll usually teach from 10 to 12 to 12 hours a week, in a variety of institutions during your stay, giving you a rounded experience. You'll have plenty of free time during your placement to enjoy all of the attractions that Buenos Aires has to offer!

The Teaching placement is available all year round. However, the schools do have holidays so during these times teaching is only available to adults or in the Children's Homes. The school terms are as follows:

Term 1: Last week of February to the second week of July
Term 2:
Last week of July to the third week of December
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THE LP COMMUNITY PROGRAMME:
During your placement you may attend the LP Community Centre twice a week, usually in the afternoon for 2 hours, to help with English workshops. You work with children and adults and can also get involved with other classes. such as Yoga, Arts & Crafts, Music, Dancing, etc.

The LP Community Centre in La Boca provides food for more than 1,000 people in the local community. Over 200 families help distribute the food. It started when a handful of local neighbours purchased sewing machines, ovens and kitchen supplies and started producing clothes and food for the community. Soon after, the Ministry of Social Development donated money to help upgrade the kitchen facilities. The community grew and is now fundamental to the La Boca neighbourhood.

"The girls at Misericordia were so lovely and really eager to see all the postcards of London that I had brought with me. The girls at Nuñez loved looking at the pictures in my OK magazine, listening to my i-pod and chatting about what music they like in English! Buenos Aires is a great city and I can't wait to explore it more!"  Becky Shellim

"Rachel and Charlotte are finishing their placement tomorrow and planning to go to Brazil on Monday. It was a pity they came for such a short time as they were really enthusiastic preparing their lessons and establishing a relationship with the kids, especially with those at Querubines. Yesterday, as a goodbye party, they prepared a puppet show (they hand-made the puppets) for the kids at homes Querubines. We received a very emotional call from the Director thanking us for sending such thoughtful people to work with the children."
Adriana Saccal, Travellers Organiser, Buenos Aires.

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The LP Community Project

HOSTEL ACCOMMODATION:

You'll live a hostel situated in a beautifully renovated historic building in Downtown Buenos Aires, very conveniently located for exploring the city, with an endless supply of cafes, restaurants and shops nearby. It has a socialble atmosphere and you'll be made to feel welcome with a real chance to immerse yourself in Argentine culture.

You'll share a dorm room and have access to kitchen facilities. The hostel has a common area where you can relax and watch TV or DVD’s and there is also a piano and a ping pong table! It also has Wi-Fi and a couple of computers and a small roof terrace with chairs to enjoy the sunshine.

FOOD:
You’ll be given an allowance for your meals (breakfast and dinner, lunch is excluded for projects in Buenos Aires). This arrangement is to give you the flexibility to sample the great Argentinean food. Right on the door step of the hostel there are many cafes and restaurants with great priced menus just waiting for you….the choice is yours!

HOST FAMILY ACCOMMODATION:
If you would prefer a more cultural experience, we can arrange for you to stay with a local Argentinean family. Host family accommodation gives you the opportunity to become more integrated in the local community and is ideal if you want to practice your Spanish (Basic/intermediate Spanish is required to stay with a Host Family). You'll have a comfortable private room and use of the kitchen. Breakfast and dinner is provided every day and you will usually share a typical Argentinean meal with your family.

Facilities in host families do vary, but you can express your preferences regarding the type of family that you stay with (for example, a family with or without children, pets, etc). If you stay in a host family you will be given contact details of other volunteers living in Buenos Aires so that you won't miss out on any socialising!

If you choose the host family option, there is an additional supplement.

Hostel Accommodation in Buenos Aires 

Hostel Accommodation in Buenos Aires

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Once you have applied for a placement, we'll contact you and send you our Welcome Pack. You'll also receive Log-on details and password for our Volunteer Extranet where you'll have access to all the documentation and information which we've put together to facilitate preparations for your adventure! Your Project Co-ordinator for your country will liaise with you throughout the arrangements process, as well as while you're on your placement and on your return home.

The documents you'll have access to also include a Country Factfile, Safety Guide and any manuals that may assist you on your particular programme (e.g. Teaching Guide, Sports Manuals, Enrichment Suggestions for Animal Care, etc.). We do all we can to make your stay one that you'll never forget. This is a truly awesome, elegant and beautiful country.

As with all our destinations, the culture and heritage is different to what you're used to ... which, although one of the most exciting aspects of travelling, should be borne in mind.    Self-reliance and independence are highly appreciated in all our destinations and will help you to make the most of this wonderful opportunity! 

    

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE LP COMMUNITY PROJECT

LP Community Centre in La Boca, started 1996, providing small snacks to local communities out of a small shop space. However now and since 2004 the centre operates in an ex-naval motor factory. In essence the centre provides food for more than 1000 people in the local community, as well as manufacturing products such as clothes in the factory. There are over 200 families that participate in the distribution of food, which happens daily, with a large number of family members making up the centres key staff.

The Community Factory was initiated by a hand full of local neighbours who purchased sewing machines, ovens and kitchen supplies and started producing clothes and food for the community. Soon after, the Ministry of Social Development, donated money to help upgrade the kitchens facilities, to enable the production of crackers and pastas and to purchase more modern and industrial ovens and freezers. In additional the same Ministry purchased new sewing machines to help the community fulfill a contract to produce School uniforms for public schools in Buenos Aires. The community grew further and with the support of local government moved into the area of housing and still to this day, this amazing project is growing and is fundamental to the La Boca neighbourhood.

Recently representatives from the community have been invited to Venezuela and Bolivia to share their experiences and knowledge and to support similar initiatives in similar poor communities.

This community project was started due to the lack of food and basic provisions for poor locals. This community acts as a beacon of hope and shows that with community spirit, a united front and hard work, factories like this one can be built without investment from corporate companies, but rather the investment of people and their time.

During your placement you will attend the LP Community Centre twice a week, usually in the afternoon for 2 hours to help with English workshops. You work with children and adults and can also get involved with other classes such as yoga, arts & crafts, music, dancing etc so please do make us aware of any extra interests you have and we can try to arrange for you to work in these areas as well. (Subject to availability and suitability).

Got any questions? Please email us: info@travellersworldwide.com

 

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OPTIONAL ADD-ON ACTIVITIES:

While on your placements, you can also book some Optional Add-Ons to make the most of your Travel Experience. Very popular choices are Spanish Courses and Dance Courses.

Spanish Lessons and Courses
Tango & Salsa Dance Lessons

Photography Lessons and Courses

This project can also be combined with any of our other projects in Argentina, or you could even do a second project in a different region of the country, thus doubling your adventure and enjoyment!

Learn Spanish in Argentina

LOCATION, EXPLORING AND SIGHTSEEING:

The romance of Argentina takes one's breath away. From the northern deserts to the southern Andean Cordillera, from Iguazú Falls to the magnificent desolation of Patagonia, Argentina's geography is varied and stunning. Argentina is geared up to thrill - from nights tango-ing in the chic quarter of Buenos Aires to gaucho riding in the grasslands of the Pampas.

Cosmopolitan Buenos Aires:
Buenos Aires is one of the most exciting cities in Latin America. Tango was born here, restaurants serve all manner of world cuisines, bars play the latest music, cafés spill on to the streets and nightclubs allow dancing throughout the night.

  • This fabulous city is renowned for its sophistication and has a surprisingly European feel about it.
  • BA is reminiscent of Paris and its tree-lined avenues and frequent plazas have a beguiling, faded elegance.
  • Downtown, the Plaza de Mayo is the traditional focus of activity.
  • Nearby Avenida 9 de Julio is popularly known as the world's widest thoroughfare and, with its nine lanes of traffic, is truly a pedestrian's nightmare!
  • Avenida Santa Fe is the most fashionable shopping area.

TRAVEL:
To read about Travel arrangements and what happens when you arrive in your new country, please click here.

Support & Backup: To read about the excellent Support & Backup we provide before you leave and during your programme, please click here.


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